A&E narrowing scripted series contenders

Net passes on 'The Quickening,' still considering 'Sugarloaf'

A&E has narrowed down the field of scripted series contenders.

The cable network has passed on drama pilot "The Quickening," which starred Radha Mitchell as a bipolar homicide detective.

That leaves drama "Sugarloaf" as the only pilot in consideration for a series pickup. The project stars Matt Passmore as Jim, a Chicago cop with a sly sense of humor who gets kicked off the force after being shot and wrongfully accused by his ex-captain of having an affair with his wife. After receiving a payout, Jim moves to a small Florida town and joins the state police.

A&E brass are said to be high on "Sugarloaf," but a final decision is expected to be made toward the end of the month.

The plan for "Sugarloaf" and "Quickening," both from Fox TV Studios, has been for at least one to spawn a series to launch in the summer.

"Sugarloaf" was written by Clifton Campbell, who is executive producing the pilot with Gary Randall.