McG, Gemmill cop WB skein
HOLLYWOOD — McG and “ER” exec producer Scott Gemmill are bringing their take on the undercover cop skein to the WB.Frog has made a pilot commitment to the project, to be produced by McG’s Warner Bros. TV-based Wonderland Sound & Vision — the company behind the WB’s big fall hope, “Supernatural.” Gemmill will write and, with McG, serve as exec producer; Peter Johnson is supervising for Wonderland. Dubbed “Tribe,” potential skein is being described as a modern spin on “21 Jump Street,” though that’s somewhat misleading since the officers in the WB show won’t be in high school. “It’s about five twentysomething undercover cops in Los Angeles, with five different points of entry,” McG told Daily Variety. Action will move from Malibu and Venice to “the sex trade in Koreatown and the illicit underground of UCLA sororities,” helmer added. “There’s a real ‘Dirty Dozen’ component to the show. These cops are all rejects from different precincts,” McG said. Five main characters come together when the LAPD puts together an undercover unit. Part of the show “is about finding family through non-blood relationships,” he added. McG said Gemmill “has got a great pedigree for this show.” “He does heavy drama but he also knows how to have fun, to lighten things up,” he said. Gemmill served as showrunner of “ER” for the past three seasons; he’s stepped back to a No. 2 post this season to focus on development. Scribe created last season’s Fox drama “Jonny Zero” and spent four seasons on “JAG.” As for McG, helmer has several feature projects in the works as a producer and is weighing his next directorial gig.