4:30pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
TNT Passes on Justin Chatwin Drama Pilot 'Breed'
With upfronts around the corner, TNT is starting to narrow its pilot field.
The Turner-owned cable network has passed on Breed, its drama pilot starring Shameless alum Justin Chatwin, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Breed centered on a string of brutal murders in the Pacific Northwest and the mysterious race of creatures who may be committing them. Despite his own mental instability, a gifted detective named Cooper Wells (Chatwin) embarks on the case, employing his expertise on serial killers. But when the perpetrators start to reveal barbaric tendencies of an inhuman nature, Wells is forced to enlist the help of a powerful and alluring female assassin to track them.
John Scott Shepherd (Save Me) penned the pilot and executive produced alongside Invention Films and Nicky Weinstock. Scott Winant (True Blood, Fargo) directed.
Supernatural crime drama Breed was one of four drama pilots in the works at TNT under new network topper Kevin Reilly. DC Comics entry Titans and mystery drama Lumen, starring Parenthood's Sam Jaeger, are still in the mix, though the former has yet to begin casting, and the cabler's Jerry Bruckheimer/Michael Bay/Michelle Ashford cocaine drama is being redeveloped.
Sources tell THR that Reilly is looking for edgier fare that pushes the envelope in a bid to compete with basic cable networks like FX.
TNT/TBS' upfront presentation is set for May 13 in New York.
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