11:07am PT by Michael O'Connell
Showtime Developing Election Drama With Former Obama Speechwriter
Talk about timing. After competitive bidding from multiple networks, Showtime has landed an election drama from former President Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett — on election day.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the cable network is developing Anthem from Lovett. The scribe and 1600 Penn creator is joined by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, both already on board the Showtime pilot Billions, as executive producers.
While similarly political, Anthem is a dramatic departure from the short-lived White House comedy 1600 Penn. The drama follows an unraveling United States of America when partisan division comes to a head on the day of a presidential election. What starts off as a normal Tuesday ends with a season on the brink of civil war.
Lovett, who was a speechwriter for both Obama and then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, has been busy in TV since he made the switch to Hollywood. He most recently served as producer on the third and final season of HBO's The Newsroom.
Anthem joins a growing roster of potential programming at the cable network, which just recently started developing a remake of In the Heat of the Night and announced a new pilot and star for shelved Philip Seymour Hoffman vehicle Happyish.
As for Billions, Homeland star Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti recently boarded as stars.
Lovett is represented by CAA, Mosaic, and Jeff Frankel. Levien and Koppelman are repped by WME and lawyer Karl Austen.