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Jonathan Prince has inked a two-year, first-look deal with CBS Paramount Network TV to develop and executive produce series projects for cable, network and new media.

Under the pact, Prince already has set up a medical drama at CBS that he co-created with Elle Johnson ("Ghost Whisperer") and Fred Einsman ("Private Practice").

Prince describes the project which is being penned by Endeavor-repped Johnson, as " 'Top Gun' in medical school." It will center on bright and self- confident 22-year-old college grads who enroll in a medical school with an unusual program that forgoes years of book study to throw the youngsters into the trenches at a teaching hospital where they're faced with life-and-death situations.

"The students will learn from the doctors how to care for the patients, while the doctors will relearn from their students how to care about them," Prince said.

The project is inspired by the real-life experiences of Einsman, who got an MD degree through a similar program at Canada's McGill University.

The first-look deal expands Prince's relationship with CBS Par. He exec produces the studio's first cable series, "The Cleaner," for A&E. He also served last season as an exec producer on "Cane," CBS Par's drama for CBS.

Prince said the two series are indicative of the scope of development he wants to pursue under the deal. "I hope to do both — create large canvases for the broadcast networks and well-detailed but small canvases for cable," he said.

Prince is repped by WMA, 3 Arts and attorneys Karl Austen and Jamie Mandelbaum. (partialdiff)
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