The WB has given a midseason pickup to the Warner Bros. TV/Tollin-Robbins martial arts actioner “The Black Sash.”
Netlet has ordered six episodes of the skein, which stars Russell Wong (“Romeo Must Die”) as a disgraced former cop who now pays his bills by serving as a bounty hunter and training students in the Chinese martial art Ba Gua. Carlton Cuse is the exec producer-showrunner.
Order for “Black Sash” gives Tollin/Robbins Prods. four skeins at the Frog; the others are soph success story “Smallville,” new laffer “What I Like About You” and new actioner “Birds of Prey.”
“We were just very lucky this year,” said T/R TV topper Joe Davola, who’s also an exec producer on “Sash.” “What’s great about ‘Black Sash’ is it really wasn’t on the development fast-track; it was in the back of the pack. So this pickup means a lot.”
In addition to its four WB series, T/R will debut its alternative sport series “Slamball” on TNN this weekend. Warner Bros.-based pod also has four skeins on Nickelodeon and additionally has HBO’s “Arliss.”
Exec producers for “Sash” are Cuse, Davola, Robert Mark Kamen (“The Karate Kid”), Dylan Sellers (“The Replacements”), Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins.
Another drama the WB had been considering for midseason, “The Lone Ranger,” still will air as a two-hour backdoor pilot on the netlet sometime next season. A Frog croaksman said the skein remains a contender, and that the net will pick up options for key talent.