Cabler orders six one-hour episodes of reality skein

A&E and GRB Entertainment (“Next Action Star”) are teaming for a series chronicling the real-life stagings of interventions. In addition, cabler has firmed up casting for its original movie “The Riverman,” based on the true story of serial killer Ted Bundy.

A&E has ordered six one-hour episodes of “Intervention,” a series greenlit to development earlier this year (Daily Variety, March 3) that compels people to confront their inner demons.

Each hour follows a pair of people afflicted with serious issues, as well as their friends and families who are organizing to intervene.

Senior VP of programming Robert DeBitetto said the series would delve into more unusual cases of addiction.

“When people think of an intervention, drug addiction and alcoholism are the first things that come to mind. That’s not always the case,” he said, describing one of the subjects as a compulsive gambler. Other people profiled may include shopaholics, videogame addicts and estranged family members.

“Intervention” comes out of the cabler’s docu arm headed by programming veep Nancy Dubuc. Division recently rolled out Granada Television’s “The First 48,” a real-life “Law & Order” featuring Philadelphia homicide detectives on their cases. Show notched a healthy 0.6 national rating/2 share in 25-54, up 47% in A&E’s core demographic, and 1.4 million viewers overall. Second week held up nicely, delivering 1.3 million total viewers.

No airdate for “Intervention” has been set, but DeBitetto said the series could premiere as early as fourth quarter this year. A&E’s Dubuc and Robert Sharenow (“House of Dreams”) exec produce. John Drimmer and Sam Mettler produce for GRB.

Meanwhile, Bruce Greenwood, Sam Jaeger, Kathleen Quinlan and Cary Elwes have signed on to star in “The Riverman.”

Elwes will portray Bundy in the true story of how the serial killer aided homicide detectives Robert Keppel (Greenwood) and Dave Reichert (Jaeger) in solving the Green River murders. Quinlan plays Keppel’s wife.

A&E and Fox TV Studios are producing the film, which has begun production in Canada for a September premiere. David Madden and Lisa Demberg are the execs for Fox.

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