‘Tree’ grows on WB sked

'Fearless' makes midseason move

Warner Bros. TV/Tollin-Robbins drama “One Tree Hill” has sprouted on the WB’s schedule, while fellow frosh “Fearless” has flown from fall.

The WB bumped “Fearless” to midseason at the request of series producers Warner Bros. TV and Bruckheimer TV, which decided they needed more time to develop the drama. WB had previously picked up “One Tree Hill” for midseason.

“We have recommended to the WB that to best ensure the highest quality and attention for ‘Fearless,’ we launch the series at midseason,” Warner Bros. TV prexy Peter Roth and exec producer Jerry Bruckheimer said in a joint statement.

Producers now hope to launch production on “Fearless” sometime in October. Insiders said the show was delayed because at least one role still needs to be cast, and producers hope to flesh out the concept a little more. Show stars Rachael Leigh Cook as an FBI agent who’s born without the gene for fear.

Meanwhile, WB Entertainment prexy Jordan Levin said production on “One Tree Hill” already was set to begin on Aug. 12, making the scheduling switcheroo easy to accomplish.

“We consider ‘One Tree Hill’ one of the strongest pilots we developed this year,” Levin said. “We respect (Bruckheimer’s) request to give ‘Fearless’ more time to develop naturally. Jerry assures us that he can deliver a better show for us at midseason.

“Since we had such a strong program as ‘One Tree Hill’ to move onto the fall schedule, it made the decision an easy one for us.”

“Fearless” isn’t the only show announced for this fall but later pushed for midseason; Hoping to strengthen its Wednesday lineup, CBS recently moved new laffer “The Stones” to spring and replaced it with “Becker.”

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