CBS picks up dramas 'ATF,' 'Quinn-tuplets'

Shows hail from Michael Dinner, Mike Kelley

CBS on Tuesday finalized the deal to pick up drama pilot "ATF" and gave a presentation order to drama "The Quinn-tuplets."

Written and to be directed by Michael Dinner, "ATF" centers on an ATF agent who hunts down the most dangerous criminals while trying to balance life as a dad to his teenage daughter who has re-entered his life.

Sony TV developed the project, which now will become a co-production with CBS TV Studios.

Dinner is executive producing with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

"ATF" was part of the batch of drama pilots greenlighted Monday night, including "Reagan's Law" and an untitled medical drama produced by John Wells, though its deal took longer to formally close.

"The Quinn-tuplets," from CBS TV Studios, was written by "Swingtown" creator Mike Kelley and Chris Kelley (no relation).

Based on the Israeli series "The Ran Quartet," it follows the personal and professional lives of the adult Quinn quintuplets, whose whole lives have been documented on TV.

Mike Kelley is executive producing with Giyora Yahalom, Oren Jakobi, Yona Wiesenthal and Eilon Ratzkovsky. Arik Kneller serves as co-exec producer and Chris Kelley as producer.

This is the second pilot based on an Israeli format to land a pilot order this season. Fox picked up comedy "Traffic Light" based on the Israeli series of the same name.

And for CBS, this marks the second time it has mined an Israeli series for a project that has reached the production stage following the 2008 series "The Ex List."

As for shows about multiples, "Quintuplets" was a family comedy about teen quintuplets and their parents, played by Andy Richter and Rebecca Creskoff, that had a short run on Fox in 2004.

In 2002, Fox ordered drama pilot "Sextuplets," about a family of teen sextuplets who live in the hotel their parents run.
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