A&E Network sticks to the script for 'Under'


A&E Network has handed out a cast-contingent pilot order to the scripted drama "Under" from Gary Randall and Nancy Miller. Fox Television Studios has come on board to produce.

The project, created by Charles Murray, was first announced in May as part of A&E's scripted development slate. It centers on a young thug who, after being marked for death by the mob and turning state's evidence against them, joins the witness protection program. He becomes an NYPD patrolman but is unable to escape his past.

Murray also wrote the pilot. Randall and Miller will executive produce.

The pickup comes on the heels of A&E's recently announced cast-contingent pilot orders for "Danny Fricke" and "The Beast," both from Sony Pictures TV, and "The Cleaner," from CBS Paramount.

A&E is looking for scripted drama projects that will complement its other programming, particularly such acquired series as "The Sopranos" and "CSI: Miami." Senior vp drama programming Tana Nugent Jamieson recently said the intention is to premiere one scripted series in early summer 2008 -- marking the network's first original drama series since 2002 -- and possibly a second series after that (HR 8/22).

Randall and Miller work together as executive producers on TNT's "Saving Grace," also from Fox TV Studios, and they held the same position on Lifetime's "Any Day Now." Miller created and runs "Grace."

Randall recently inked a new two-year deal with FTVS. He also executive produced Lifetime's drama pilot "Conspiracy" this year under his previous deal at the studio and continues to work on an adaptation of John Grisham's novel "The Street Lawyer" for TNT with Alex Sapot, his development executive at Grand Prods.

Randall is repped by attorney Brad Small. Miller is repped by Endeavor and attorney William Jacobson.

Murray is a producer of CBS' "Criminal Minds." He is repped by Endeavor, Industry Entertainment and attorney Jared Levine.

Along with "Grace," Fox TV Studios also produces such successful cable series as USA Network's "Burn Notice" and FX's "The Shield" and "The Riches."