Cabler, Devlin 'Talk' it out

TNT and Dean Devlin are teaming for “Talk to Me,” an hourlong show set in the world of hostage crisis negotiators.

Cabler has made a pilot commitment to the project, scripted by Paul Guyot (“Judging Amy”) and produced by Lions Gate Television.

Series had been set up at USA Network with other writers attached, but will be reconceived for TNT.

“Every episode will open in the middle of a crisis, clock ticking,” Devlin told Daily Variety. “My hope is that each week it’ll be an hour of intense television that doesn’t let up. I see it in the vein of ’24’ or the first season of ‘ER.’ ”

Show will focus on the head of a hostage negotiators unit, along with the conflicts that arise between his team and the SWAT division.

“You’ve got the negotiators trying to keep everyone alive, while the SWAT team is trying to take everyone out. There’s an inherent conflict there that’s always fascinated me,” Devlin said.

Casting will begin shortly.

“Talk to Me” is one of three series pilots under consideration at TNT. Others are “Saved,” about a San Francisco emergency medical technician, from David Manson, Fox 21 and Imagine TV (Daily Variety, Aug. 19); and “Grace,” about a jaded female police officer turning her life around, from Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent and Nancy Miller.

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