Davis investigates CBS' 'Exit'

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CBS has taken "Exit 19," greenlighting a drama pilot presentation starring Geena Davis, while Fox has checked into "The Inn," handing out a pilot order to a comedy starring Niecy Nash.

"Exit 19" will star Davis as a quirky homicide detective on the mean streets of Manhattan who also is a single mom to two kids in the Long Island suburbs.

The project was developed at ABC Studios by writer Michael Nankin and studio-based producers Gene Stein and Nina Wass, whose overall deal there was terminated during the writers strike.

Stein and Wass then took the script to Davis, with whom they had worked on ABC's comedy series "The Geena Davis Show." Davis, who had a holding deal with CBS Paramount Network TV, in turn took the project to CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler, who ordered a major rewrite.

Jeff Bell was tapped to pen the new script, which was greenlighted by the network.

Bell, Stein and Wass will executive produce, while Davis will serve as a co-executive producer.

CBS Paramount will produce with ABC Studios.

For years, Tassler had been looking to do a show with Davis, one of her roommates at Boston University.

Last year, Davis was approached for the lead on "Criminal Minds" after the exit of star Mandy Patinkin.

The multicamera "Inn," written by "Arrested Development" alum Abraham Higginbotham, is described as "Upstairs/ Downstairs" in a hip New York hotel.

Fox originally picked up the 20th Century Fox TV/Reveille/ Principato-Young project in October with a put pilot commitment (HR 10/29).

Higginbotham executive produces with Peter Principato, Paul Young, Brian Dobbins and Reveille executives to be named later.
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