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Fox is making good to diversify its development slate.
The network has picked up scripts from Greg Berlanti and Howard Gordon for two different cop dramas. Berlanti’s Prodigal Son and Gordon’s Connect hail from Warner Bros. TV and 20th Century Fox TV, respectively. The order follows “New Fox’s” commitment to have half its development come from 20th TV — its current in-house studio that will move to Disney once that deal has been completed — as well as outside indie studios like Warners.
Berlanti’s Prodigal Son, which earned a put-pilot commitment, revolves around Malcolm Bright, a criminal psychologist who knows how killers think because his father in the 1990s was a notorious serial killer called the Surgeon. Bright helps the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother, annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father looking to bond with his prodigal son and his own evolving neuroses.
Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver — who both worked on Berlanti’s short-lived ABC drama Deception — will pen the script. Berlanti and Sarah Schechter, who heads the former’s Warners-based production company, will executive produce alongside Fedak and Sklaver. This is Berlanti’s third sale this development season, joining The CW’s Batwoman and ABC’s criminal justice entry. Berlanti has a TV-record 14 scripted shows currently on the air, and his nine-figure Warners deal includes financial incentives as he adds to that tally.
Gordon’s Connect, meanwhile, is based on the French series of the same name. It’s a high-concept, adrenalized procedural about a brash hero with a gift that he will use to assist his cop brother, with whom he has a troubled relationship. Each week will see the duo solve crimes and work to reconnect.
Rashad Raisani (Shades of Blue, Allegiance, Burn Notice) will pen the script and exec produce alongside Gordon, Lucas Carter, Joe Wiggins and McG, with the latter set to direct. The series hails from 20th TV-based Gordon, Intrigue Entertainment and McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision. This is Gordon’s second sale this development season and arrives as his Showtime drama Homeland is poised to wrap its run next year. Gordon is also developing a new incarnation of 24 for Fox, which is shifting to broad-skewing procedurals and multicamera comedies as the multibillion-dollar Disney sale will split the broadcast network from its studio.
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