‘C.I.D.’ drafts WB for series

Swayze skein makes case

NEW YORK — Warner Bros. Television is closing in on a deal to produce “C.I.D.,” a one-hour drama centering on the Criminal Investigation Division of the U.S. Army. Patrick Swayze is aboard to develop the series as his first starring TV vehicle.

Project has a notable feature pedigree, with Jeb Stuart (“The Fugitive”) negotiating to script the pilot and Mace Neufeld and Dylan Sellers onboard as executive producers. Swayze’s manager, Erwin Moore, also is expected to take an exec producer position.

Project was hatched by Sellers, who took the idea to Neufeld because of latter’s vast experience with the armed forces in producing the series of Tom Clancy films and “The General’s Daughter.”

Together, Neufeld and Sellers are close to securing the cooperation of the Army for a drama that sets out to be more like “Homicide” and “NYPD Blue” than the action-oriented “JAG,” as Swayze plays a dogged investigator sleuthing crimes involving the military.

Project was brought first to WB because Sellers and Moore’s Talent Entertainment Group have deals there. A network hasn’t yet been sealed for the project, which is being eyed for fall 2002.

Swayze next will be seen starring with Charlize Theron, Billy Bob Thornton and Natasha Richardson in the Jordan Brady-directed “Waking Up in Reno.”

He is also in post-production on “Without a Word,” a feature about a dance team that he co-wrote with his wife and dance partner, Lisa Niemi, who directed the film.

With Neufeld and Sellers, Swayze and Moore will shape the pilot with Stuart, the feature vet whose credits include “Another 48 Hrs.” and “Die Hard.”

Swayze is repped by WMA; Stuart by UTA.

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