3:15pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Hate Crime Drama Produced by Katie Couric Scores CBS Pilot Pickup
Katie Couric is returning to CBS.
The network on Monday ordered a drama pilot from the former CBS Evening News anchor, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The untitled project follows an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit who solve a myriad of crimes against humanity as they confront their own biases.
Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) penned the pilot and will executive produce with Couric, David Marshall Grant, Alex Kurtzman and his Secret Hideout producing partner Heather Kadin. CBS Television Studios will produce.
This is the sixth drama set up at CBS this season and the second from Kurtzman and Kadin. The duo are also working on the Alan Cumming drama Killer Instinct in addition to CBS All Access' upcoming Star Trek: Discovery.
So far all of CBS' drama pilots hail in-house from CBS TV Studios, with just one comedy — Me, Myself and I — from an outside studio (Warner Bros. TV).
Should the drama be picked up, it would be the first scripted series for Couric. Since leaving CBS News in 2011, she has hosted a short-lived daytime show for ABC and most recently turned her attention to documentaries such as Under the Gun and Nat Geo's upcoming Gender Revolution.
Couric also is exec producing the upcoming Lifetime TV movie about the Flint water crisis starring Cher.