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This is pilot season, WGA strike-style.
Fox has given the green light for casting to begin on the one-hour project “Inseparable” from “Invasion” creator Shaun Cassidy and ABC Studios.
However, the project has not been picked up to pilot, a process that has been stalled by the writers strike.
Cassidy first developed “Inseparable” — a modern-day Jekyll and Hyde tale about a partially paralyzed forensic psychiatrist with a split personality whose alter ego is a charismatic criminal — during the 2003-04 development season, when it was set up at CBS through Universal.
It was resurrected in the fall when Cassidy, through his overall deal at ABC Studios, pitched it to Fox before the strike.
The network bought it and asked for a revised draft. Before Cassidy was able to complete it, the writers walkout began.
At a showrunner rally at the gates of Walt Disney Studios in Burbank on Nov. 7, the third day of the strike, Cassidy told The Hollywood Reporter that he has several projects at ABC Studios that are now in “development freeze” (HR 11/8).
Two months later, the prolonged strike has wiped out this year’s pilot season, and the duration of the stoppage is anybody’s guess.
To get a head start when it’s over, Fox is proceeding with casting on “Inseparable.” But there will be no official pilot order to the project until the network sees Cassidy’s new draft, which he will finish after the end of the strike.
CAA-repped Cassidy is in the first year of a two-year overall deal at ABC Studios, which has now been suspended because of the strike.
Cassidy previously created or co-created the series “American Gothic,” “Players,” “Roar” and “Cover Me” and executive produced CBS’ “Cold Case” and “The Agency.”
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