12:35pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Michael Strahan Developing Football Star-Turned-Cop Drama for ABC (Exclusive)
Michael Strahan is expanding his relationship with ABC.
The Good Morning America host has sold Hobbs, his first scripted foray, to the network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama, which has received a script commitment, follows Tommy Hobbs, a former Heisman Trophy winner who joins the Miami police force after not being drafted by the NFL, as well as a meticulous, rule-following detective who has trained her whole life to become a police officer.
Michael Caleo (The Sopranos, Rescue Me) will pen the script and exec produce the ABC Studios drama alongside Strahan and his SMAC Entertainment partner Constance Schwartz-Morini. The latter is a former NFL strategist who teamed with the NFL Hall of Famer in 2011 to launch SMAC — a talent management, music, branding and production company. The company next has docuseries Religion of Sports due in the fall on the Audience Network.
Hobbs marks Strahan's first scripted project and latest ABC venture following GMA and $100,000 Pyramid, the latter of which was renewed for a second season as part of the network's successful retro Sunday game show block.
Strahan is repped by WME, SMAC Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.
Caleo, meanwhile, has multiple projects in development including FX's Queen Pins and VH1's Traders. He earned an Emmy nomination as part of the writing staff of The Sopranos. Caleo is with Morris Yorn.