Albom sports deal

Eye inks 'Morrie' author to create drama

“Tuesdays With Morrie” author Mitch Albom is moving into series television, inking a deal with CBS to create an hourlong drama about the worlds of TV and print journalism.

Eye has given a premium script order to the project, to be produced by DreamWorks Television and Gary David Goldberg’s UBU Prods. The show is being targeted for the 2001-02 season. Scribe will create and write the pilot episode.

Emmy buzz

Deal comes a week after the ABC telepic adaptation of Albom’s mega-bestseller “Tuesdays With Morrie” captured four Emmy awards, including the statuette for TV movie.

“‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ was one of the most touching pieces of nonfiction writing in the past decade, and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with the gifted Mitch Albom,” said DreamWorks TV topper Dan McDermott.

“As a nationally renowned journalist, he’s spent years in the newsroom and on the beat, and we look forward to those experiences lending themselves, in one fashion or another, to compelling television drama.”

Tyro journo

The Eye series will revolve around a young reporter who goes to work for his family’s newspaper and is forced to choose between his principles and his drive to succeed. His former college flame is a television reporter covering the same beat; their rivalry-romance will be a key part of the show.

Albom is a sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press and hosts a nationally syndicated radio talker. He’s written seven books, including “Bo” and “Fab Five.”

Deal was brokered by UTA.

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