'Joan' creator sets up skein at the CW
Jerry Bruckheimer and original “CSI” helmer Danny Cannon are reuniting for a project at CBS, while the CW is working on an hour with “Joan of Arcadia” creator Barbara Hall.
Also in the development hopper at the CW: an hourlong pilot from “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman and an FBI-themed drama from scribe Adam Mazer (“Breach”).
Bruckheimer and Cannon are teaming to exec produce an untitled “National Treasure”-esque action-adventure hour about a wealthy benefactor funding a team of archaeologists to find artifacts. Matt Holloway and Art Marcum, currently working on “Iron Man,” will write the pilot and get a production credit.
Cannon is attached to direct the project if it snags a greenlight. Warner Bros. TV is producing via Jerry Bruckheimer Television, run by prexy Jonathan Littman.
Bruckheimer personally picked Cannon to direct the “CSI” pilot, suggesting him to CBS after seeing some of his film work. Cannon, who’s an exec producer on all the “CSI” skeins, has directed several features, including “Goal! The Dream Begins” and “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.”
Jerry Bruckheimer Television also has projects set up at Fox and ABC for next year.
Over at the CW, Kauffman will write and exec produce the pilot for “Steps,” an ensemble drama with comedic elements that’s set at a family-run dance studio. It’s the first pilot Kauffman has written in nearly a decade.
Most recently, Kauffman was an exec producer on now-defunct WB drama “Related.” WBTV will produce “Steps.”
As for Hall, she’s supervising production of “Cherries in the Snow,” a drama about a young Blighty woman trying to survive in the not-so-pretty world of the Gotham cosmetics biz. Emma Forrest is writing the pilot, based on her book of the same name.
Then there’s “Ghosts,” the Mazer-penned hour about an FBI surveillance unit that lives and works together in a bid to fight crime in Washington, D.C.
The CW has given the project a put pilot commitment. Marc Abrams and Mike Benson (“The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer”) are expected to produce via their Reveille-based shingle Catapult.