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Jason Katims is checking back into CBS.
The network has ordered the Parenthood alum’s medical drama Bunker Hill to pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The project follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting-edge, “new school” approach to medicine.
Originally developed last year (when it narrowly missed a pilot pickup), Bunker Hill is said to be in the vein of Katims‘ former NBC medical drama County but set within a relevant, forward-thinking “wish fulfillment” hospital of the future.
Friday Night Lights grad Katims penned the new script and executive produces alongside his Universal Television-based True Jack topper Michelle Lee. Universal Television and CBS Television Studios will co-produce.
Bunker Hill is one of many projects Katims has set up across town as True Jack ventures beyond broadcast. The Emmy-winning writer-producer next has Hulu’s straight-to-series The Path, starring Aaron Paul, and also has drama pilot Us in contention at HBO as well as a comedy in development at Showtime from writer Stu Zicherman. On the broadcast side, Katims has a funeral home-set musical soap in the works with The Wiz producers that’s in contention at NBC.
On the comedy side, CBS has ordered a pilot for Superior Donuts. Based on the Broadway play by Tracy Letts (August: Osage County), the project follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee and their patrons in a gentrified Chicago neighborhood. The half-hour multicamera effort hails from writers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan (Community, Scrubs) and Bob Daily (The Odd Couple), who will exec produce with Mark Teitelbaum and John Montgomery. CBS Television Studios will produce.
Bunker Hill comes as CBS remains high on medical dramas. Freshman series Code Black, which earned a full-season order, has been a sturdy player for the procedural-heavy network this season.
The Superior Donuts order arrives as multicam sitcoms The Big Bang Theory and The Odd Couple continue to bring in solid numbers for CBS. However, in recent years, the network also has tried to dip its toe into the single-camera space with series such as Life in Pieces.
Katims is repped by CAA and Schreck Rose; Goldman & Donovan are with UTA and Ziffren Brittenham; and Daily is repped by WME.
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