Simon Cowell is getting dramatic with Fox, partnering with Ted Harbert for an hourlong music-themed drama in the works at the web.
Project reps Cowell’s first foray into scripted series television under the “American Idol” judge’s recently inked multimillion dollar deal with Fox. It’s also the first confirmed project set up by Ted Harbert Television since Harbert and his shingle signed with 20th Century Fox TV over the summer.
Scribes Chris Lynch and Loren Segan will pen the pilot and produce the hour, which will be set at a Los Angeles version of the Julliard School. In addition to following the personal stories of the students and faculty, skein will have an “American Idol”-style subplot throughout its first 13 segs focusing on a competish to find the best performer in the school.
While still in the early stages of development, producers hope the first season will end with a live episode in which the winner of the fake competish is crowned.
Cowell came up with the idea for the skein and then brought in Harbert and 20th, who had a deal in place with Lynch and Segan.
“He’s just plain smart,” Harbert said of Cowell. “This guy really gets it, both in his concepts and his ideas for stories. Part of what we want to do with the series is show the behind-the-scenes stuff that isn’t shown on ‘American Idol.'”
Fox has made a series commitment to Cowell under the terms of its deal with the Brit producer-personality, though there’s no guarantee the Cowell/Harbert project will be picked up to pilot.
Lynch is a former sitcom scribe (“Unhappily Ever After”), while Segan once wrote for soaps (“Guiding Light.”) Duo now work together and last season wrote a Fox pilot script dubbed “Brave New World.”
Project was packaged by CAA, which reps Cowell and his simcow prods., Harbert, Lynch and Segan.