'Neverworld' being developed for fall 2002

They’re exploring new worlds at Fox, as the net has picked up the sci-fi pilot “Neverworld,” which comes from Kelsey Grammer, Robert Nathan and Paramount Network TV.

Project is being developed for fall 2002 consideration. “Neverworld” will follow the exploits of a young man who lands in a parallel universe. Nathan (“Law & Order”) will create and executive produce the project, while Grammer will exec produce.

Nathan’s production shingle, Writer’s Workbench Films, has an overall development deal at Paramount, as does Grammer’s Grammnet Prods.

Nathan was one of the original writers on “Law & Order,” where he wrote or co-wrote 32 episodes. The scribe also landed an Emmy Award nom for drama writing in 1994.

Nathan, who won a Peabody Award for his work on “ER,” co-created and executive produced NBC’s “Prince Street” and exec produced CBS’ “The Client.” As a novelist, Nathan’s work includes the book “The White Tiger.”

Grammnet, meanwhile, currently produces the UPN comedy “Girlfriends” with Paramount Network TV. Grammnet, which launched in 1993, also produced the NBC sitcom “Fired Up” and the NBC telepic “The Innocent.”

Grammer, a three-time Emmy winner, recently sealed a deal with Paramount that makes him the highest-salaried actor in TV history (Daily Variety, June 22).

Grammer agreed to stay with the hit Paramount Network Television laffer through 2004 at a record fee north of $1.6 million per episode. As part of the arrangement, Par also extended its overall deal Grammnet Prods.

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