Brian Burns sets CBS, HBO projects

Writer-producer teaming with filmmaker brother

Writer-producer Brian Burns is having a busy development season with three projects set up at CBS and HBO.

At CBS, Burns is shepherding two dramas with his brother, filmmaker Ed Burns, both produced by CBS Par TV. The first is an ensemble about young arson investigators at the New York City Fire Department, while the second is a psychological thriller whose premise is being kept under wraps.

The Burns' father is a retired NYPD police sergeant, and the two had been looking to do a TV series in that arena that wouldn't be just another New York-based cop show.

They were drawn to arson investigators, who Brian Burns describes as "the fire department's version of detectives."

"It's a such a unique job that very few people know about, so it felt like a cool area for a procedural," he said.

The two CBS projects mark a reteaming for the Burns brothers, who created several projects through their Irish Twins Prods. banner in the late '90s, including "The Fighting Fitzgeralds" for NBC.

At HBO, Brian Burns has partnered with Dan Kennedy to create a comedy inspired by Kennedy's memoir, "Rock On: An Office Power Ballad," about a slacker trading his lifestyle for a 9-to-5 job at a major record label.

Burns is executive producing the project with HBO executive-turned-producer Sarah Condon. Kennedy will co-exec produce.

"Rock On" stems from Burns' relationship with HBO, where he served as a supervising producer on "Entourage" for the past three seasons.

Burns, who also is developing the feature comedy "The World's Greatest Brad" with Gary Sanchez Prods. and Paramount, is repped by UTA and attorney Karl Austen.
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