Net sets epic CIA thriller
TNT and Ridley Scott are collaborating on the cable network’s “The Company,” a six-part miniseries based on Robert Littell’s bestselling Cold War epic.Cabler has greenlit the Sony Pictures TV project and ordered a slew of series projects from heavy hitters including Robert Redford and the Shephard/Robin Co. (also behind TNT original series “The Closer”). Sister network TBS, meanwhile, unveiled its first original sitcoms, “My Boys” and “10 Items or Less.” Announcements were made during Turner Broadcasting’s upfront presentation for advertisers Tuesday in New York. Executives were high on the growing lineup of originals on TNT, which includes the second season of “The Closer” and new EMT drama series “Saved” for June; Stephen King’s eight-part event “Nightmares & Dreamscapes” for July; and the sequel to original movie “The Librarian” for the fourth quarter. For next summer TNT has set “The Company.” Scott, Tony Scott, John Calley, David Zucker and Ken Nolan will exec produce the thriller following the lives of a group of CIA agents. Project had initially been set up as a feature at Sony. “I love the schedule we’re building. It’s built off of (acquired) shows that always relate back to drama, and a growing number of strong originals,” said TBS/TNT exec VP-chief operating officer Steve Koonin. Drama projects announced in development at TNT include the following:
- “Generations,” from Robert Redford and John Sacret Young (“The West Wing”), which goes back and forth in time to follow the story of three generations of a family who have all lived in the same house.
- “The Norms,” from Warner Bros. TV, Shephard/Robin and Michael Lewis, which revolves around a dysfunctional family in the South.
- “Middletown,” from Sony and John Masius (“Providence”), which centers on a high school principal and his wife as they raise both their students and their two children, one of whom is autistic.
- An untitled project, from WBTV and David Hollander (“The Guardian”), about a recently separated couple who each work in the business of heart transplant surgery: She’s a counselor, he’s a surgeon.
- An untitled project, from WBTV, Shephard/Robin, Richard Levine and Lyn Greene (“Nip/Tuck”), about a top sports doctor who winds up working with the disabled at a rehabilitation clinic in New Jersey.
- An untitled project, from William M. Finkerstein (“NYPD Blue”) and Bill Clark (“Blind Justice”), about a neighborhood cop, based on Clark’s experiences as a former NYPD detective.