Bochco wages war at FX

Cabler commits to contemporary military script

Steven Bochco is aligning with feature scribe Chris Gerolmo (“Mississippi Burning”) to create an hourlong modern-day war drama for the channel.

Cabler has made a script commitment to the untitled project; Bochco’s first series deal with a basic cabler. Project would be produced by Steven Bochco Prods. and Paramount Network Television, the latter of which produced the FX original movie “The Pentagon Papers.”

Citing the success of recent World War II dramas “Saving Private Ryan” and “Band of Brothers,” insiders said FX was interested in pursuing a weekly character-driven drama that explored the lives of contemporary military men and women both on and off the battlefield. Storylines will also concern the soldiers’ friends and loved ones.

According to sources, FX entertainment president John Landgraf aggressively pursued a project with Bochco soon after he joined the network earlier this year. Series reps the first scripted project to be brought in by the exec. If the unflinching portraits of police work and plastic surgery on FX skeins “The Shield” and “Nip/Tuck” are any indication, Bochco’s show is not likely to shy away from depicting the tough realities of modern warfare.

Producer’s last foray into the wired world — the planned 2003 HBO drama “Marriage” — never made it to air.

Bochco just received an order for a 12th season of “NYPD Blue” (Daily Variety, Feb. 9). ABC is currently considering a series pickup for his police drama “Blind Justice.”

On the reality front, Landgraf has greenlit the unscripted series pilot “30 Days.”

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