Berman to set 'Killer' drama

“CSI” vet Josh Berman, who created the upcoming Fox drama “Killer Instinct,” has already landed another project at the network.

Fox has given a put pilot commitment — with six-figure penalty — to Berman’s “Vanished,” a topical look at the country’s fascination with missing women. “Vanished” is the first project to come out of Berman’s new four-year pact with 20th Century Fox TV (Daily Variety, April 27), which is already paying dividends for the studio.

It’s been a busy year for Berman, who continues to serve as an executive producer on “CSI,” entering its sixth season this fall. Berman’s “Killer Instinct,” meanwhile, bows Sept. 23 and will air at 9 p.m. Fridays.

“Vanished” revolves around Sarah Collins, a senator’s wife who goes missing as part of a larger conspiracy. The story behind her disappearance will unfold throughout the season, as told through the eyes of law enforcement, family members and the media.

“I love writing ‘CSI’ and pulling back the layers of an onion,” Berman said. “In this case, the onion is a whole season, and it’s the size of a watermelon. This will allow me to take what I love about procedural shows and complement it with strong emotional resonance and serialized storytelling.”

Berman said he was hungry to expand beyond the one-hour storytelling style of procedurals like “CSI.”

“Each week more secrets will be exposed,” he said. “We’re going to have the thrill ride of an investigation, with a fantastic mystery at the heart of the show: Where is Sarah Collins? Viewers won’t know where she is for quite a while.”

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