UPN signs off on more dramas
UPN is teaming up with Joel Silver for a dramatic look at young Hollywood, while Fox has given the final go-ahead to Chris Brancato and Bert Salke’s “Murder Book.”NBC also is plunging into comedy development, giving a cast-contingent OK to a half-hour from scribe Carlos Jacott. As for the dramas, UPN greenlit Silver-produced “The Lot,” which revolves around twentysomethings in Hollywood trying to make it big in the world of showbiz. Dana Baratta wrote and will exec produce the Warner Bros. TV-produced sudser, which comes from exec producers Jennifer Gwartz and Danielle Stokdyk. Silver, Gwartz and Stokdyk all work on UPN’s “Veronica Mars.” Over at Fox, Brancato and Salke’s “Murder Book” is a two-lead procedural crime drama from 20th Century Fox TV based on L.A. cops and their real-life practice of compiling reams of info about a case in one giant book. Net gave the project a put pilot commitment last fall (Daily Variety, Sept. 29). At the time, Fox exec VP Craig Erwich called “Murder Book” the best of a number of procedural pitches the net had heard all year. “It really deconstructs the process by which crimes are solved,” he said. “It goes beat by beat into the way the police go about their business. It almost feels like a behind-the-scenes look (at police work), in a way I haven’t seen before.” Meanwhile, NBC has given a cast-contingent order to “I Love Faron Hitchman,” from scribe-supervising producer Jacott. J.B. Roberts and Kelly Kulchak will exec produce via NBC U TV Studio. Show’s about a married couple whose parents despise each other.