4:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
CBS Nabs Pair of Crime Dramas From Greg Berlanti
CBS is expanding its relationship with Greg Berlanti.
Ahead of this month's Supergirl debut, the network has handed out two hefty put-pilot commitments to drama Out of Body from writer Jennifer Johnson and an untitled drama from Chris Fedak, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Out of Body centers on a former criminal who inexplicably begins to jump into bodies of people in danger and has to use his skills to prevent them from being murdered or he could end up in a body bag himself.
Johnson (Gang Related, Lost) — who like Berlanti is under an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television — will pen the script and exec produce. Berlanti and his Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter will also exec produce alongside Todd Garner.
The untitled Fedak drama, meanwhile, centers on a young tech genius billionaire who utilizes his cutting-edge technology and resources to partner with a street-smart but old-school San Francisco police detective to solve crimes committed by 21st century criminals.
Fedak (Chuck, Forever) — also based at WBTV — will pen the script and exec produce alongside Berlanti and Schechter.
The pair of sales mark the latest for prolific producer Berlanti this development season. He's also readying a brides of Dracula drama for NBC — which landed a pilot production order — with Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The duo also are teaming for Riverdale, a live-action drama based on iconic comic Archie, which moved from Fox last season to The CW.
The news comes as Berlanti is juggling six broadcast shows this season: The CW's Arrow, The Flash and midseason entry Legends of Tomorrow; CBS' Supergirl and NBC rookie Blindspot (which just earned a full-season pickup) as well as Mysteries of Laura.
"I'd be crazy if I didn't say everybody at the company feels so lucky right now that we're getting to work with all these amazing people, from actors to crews to the writers," Berlanti told THR. "It's definitely a steep learning curve for us all, trying to figure out how to manage and do it. But those growth periods are really nice."
Berlanti is repped by WME and Felker Toczek; Johnson is with WME and Ziffren Brittenham; Fedak is with WME and Bloom Hergott.