In a competitive situation, the NBC showrunner, along with Parenthood writer-producer Sarah Watson, has nabbed a put-pilot commitment. Their hourlong show, which is set up at Universal Television, where both have deals, is being billed as an edgy, twisted romantic dramedy set in a Chicago law firm.
Watson is writing the pilot with Katims supervising. Both will serve as executive producers alongside Katims’ new head of development, Michelle Lee.
The move is a departure for Katims, whose most recent projects have landed at NBC. Among them: long-running critical darling Friday Night Lights, current entry Parenthood and last season’s hospital drama pilot County.
The most recent project Katims had on the air at Fox was 2007’s Wedding Bells, a short-lived dramedy he co-created with David E. Kelley.
For her part, Watson’s credits includes time on ABC’s The Unusuals, NBC’s Lipstick Jungle and Fox’s Standoff. She inked a two-year deal — her first overall pact — at Universal TV in March.
Katims is repped by CAA and Schreck Rose; Watson is repped by UTA.