ABC is developing series projects with a pair of veteran Paramount-based scribes who created two of the net’s more memorable skeins of the 1980s: Glenn Gordon Caron (“Moonlighting”) and John Sacret Young (“China Beach”).
Both are writing hourlong dramas intended for the Alphabet’s fall 2003 lineup.
“Paramount has been creative and forward-thinking in their approach to these deals, finding ways for us to work with these terrific creators on passion projects of theirs,” ABC Entertainment prexy Susan Lyne told Daily Variety. “Having these great projects with Glen Caron and John Sacret Young is a big plus for the network.”
Kathy Lingg, senior vice president of drama development for Paramount Network Television, added the studio was “thrilled that two important projects from two of our most gifted producers will be developed at ABC.”
Deals with Par also seem designed as a signal to the creative community that ABC — which ended up developing all but one of its fall 2003 pilots inhouse at Touchstone– seems intent on broadening its production horizons for 2003.
Caron, who created the critically acclaimed but short-lived CBS hour “Now and Again,” has just started work on the script for his tentatively titled “Meant to Be.”
“It’s a romantic comedy set in the afterlife,” Caron said, noting he’s always been “tickled by the idea” of what happens to people after they pass on. Scribe said not all the action will take place in Heaven.
Caron said it’s too early in the development process to get more specific about the skein, since there’s a good chance the show will change as he begins writing it.
“But there will be millions of extras and lots of nudity,” Caron promised, tongue planted firmly in cheek.
Young is working on a drama dubbed “B.O.S.S.” that deals with a group of female vice cops whose beat encompasses everything from white-collar crime to prostitutes and drug addicts.
“It’s not all set on Hollywood Boulevard,” Lyne said. “Their jobs take them from the highest levels of corporate America to really dark street crimes.”
Young said the title “B.O.S.S.” refers to a unit many police departments call the Bureau of Special Services. “(It’s) the one place in law enforcement where women run point,” he said. “(The) highest percentage are there, and the best are there, often undercover.”
In addition to creating and exec producing ABC’s “China Beach,” Young exec produced the edgy Fox sci-fi drama “VR5” and the CBS sudser “Orleans.” His feature credits include “Romero” and “Testament.”
Caron’s feature credits include the Jennifer Aniston starrer “Picture Perfect,” 1994 remake “Love Affair,” “Clean and Sober” and “Wilder Napalm.”
Deals for the ABC projects were brokered by Caron’s reps at Endeavor and Young’s reps at CAA.