CBS, Dorff track pilot for 'Tracer'


Stephen Dorff has teamed with "The Sopranos" writer-producers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess for the drama "Skip Tracer," which has been picked up to pilot by CBS.

CBS also has given a pilot order to "Viva Laughlin!" -- a musical from "Huff" creator Bob Lowry and Hugh Jackman based on the BBC miniseries "Viva Blackpool!" -- and CW has picked up a pilot based on a British series, ITV's "Wild at Heart."

"Tracer," from CBS Paramount Network TV, stars Dorff as a charming rogue with a heart of gold who works as a skip tracer -- a go-to guy for locating missing persons -- among the colorful characters in Los Angeles' underbelly.

Emmy winners Green and Burgess penned the script and are executive producing with Dorff and Dorff's producing partner Tucker Tooley of Media Talent Group.

Dorff developed "Tracer" through his deal with CBS, as part of which he also starred in the network's telefilm "Covert One: The Hades Factor."

Under his pact with CBS, Dorff developed three other projects, to which he is not attached to star: one with producers Ridley and Tony Scott and writer Doug Richardson, another with director Simon West and writer Robert Port and the third with writers Jeremy Miller and Dan Cohen. These projects are still in contention for a pilot pickup.

On the big screen, Dorff most recently appeared in "World Trade Center." He recently wrapped the indie "Dark Room." He is repped by ICM, Geyer Kosinski at Media Talent Group and attorney Alan Hergott.

Green and Burgess won two drama writing Emmys for their work on "Sopranos" and shared a best drama series Emmy with the rest of the show's producing team.

"Viva Laughlin!" (working title) is described as a rollicking musical about Ripley Holden and his family as they attempt to run a casino in Laughlin, Nev.

The project, from Sony Pictures TV, BBC Worldwide Prods., CBS Par TV and Jackson's Seed Prods., was originally picked up by the network in October with a rich put pilot commitment (HR 10/18).

Lowry and Jackman are executive producing with Jackman's producing partner John Palermo, BBC Worldwide's Paul Telegdy and the British series' creator Peter Bowker.

In addition to executive producing, Jackman is set to guest star in the pilot and also might appear in episodes.

"Wild" hails from CBS Par TV and Company Pictures, the company behind the original series, which airs on ITV1.

It centers on a New York veterinarian who moves his second wife and their two sets of children to a South African game reserve run by his father-in-law.

Michael Rauch, creator/executive producer of ABC Family's "Beautiful People," wrote the script for the CW and will executive produce with Company's Charlie Pattinson and George Faber.