Jerry Bruckheimer’s already red-hot TV business is about to explode.
The ultrasuccessful feature producer, whose small-screen biz is run by Jonathan Littman, is poised to stake his claim as TV’s top gun by snagging no less than three series orders from three different networks this week: CBS, Fox and the WB. That would give the producer a three-for-three track record for drama pilots this season, since his company filmed three hourlong prototypes.
With the Eye’s “CSI,” “CSI: Miami” and “Without a Trace” all locks for renewal, Bruckheimer — who just inked a rich extension of his overall deal with Warner Bros. TV– will likely have a whopping six skeins in primetime next season.
Over at Fox, net has already said yes to “Skin,” a steamy hour from scribe Jim Leonard set in the world of adult entertainment. The WB, meanwhile, has given the go-ahead to “Fearless,” a femme-focused skein from scribe Jeremy Littman about a FBI agent who literally fears no evil.
CBS won’t make anything official until today or tomorrow, but Bruckheimer’s Meredith Stiehm-penned cop drama “Cold Cases” has long been on the net’s buzz list and seems assured of either a fall or midseason berth.
Meanwhile, reality skein “The Amazing Race,” which Bruckheimer produces with Bert van Munster, returns later this month and is a candidate for midseason.
Bruckheimer and Littman’s success is good news for WBTV and topper Peter Roth.
Studio doesn’t benefit from Bruckheimer’s success with the “CSI” franchise, since those shows were developed before the producer inked with WBTV. But with “Without a Trace” turning into a hit franchise, and three more Bruckheimer at-bats slated for the coming season, Roth’s deal with Bruckheimer seems certain to turn a tidy profit.
Littman also stands to gain. Bruckheimer has often credited the producer with playing a key role in the success of his TV business; it’s no surprise Littman is said to be close to inking a rich new deal to remain with the company.