And 4 go with 'Smith' at CBS
Taye Diggs is close to signing on to star in the ABC drama pilot “Daybreak,” while Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Amy Smart and Franky G are set to star in the John Wells pilot “Smith” for CBS.
On Friday, Eye also greenlit a new version of Peter Ocko’s drama about brain surgeons, as well as the comedy “The Weekend,” while ABC said yes to the comedy pilots “I Love the Things I Hate About You” and “52 Fights.”
Diggs (“Kevin Hill”) will star as an L.A.-based cop wrongfully accused of murder in “Daybreak.” While trying to figure out who framed him, Diggs’ character must also race to stop another murder from happening. Rob Bowman (“The X-Files”) is directing.
Paul Zbyszewski and Matt Gross are behind “Daybreak,” which comes from Touchstone TV. Diggs’ most recent credits include a guest stint on “Will & Grace” and the feature “Rent.”
“Smith,” from Wells and Warner Bros. TV, revolves around the inner workings of a team of criminals. Wells wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Christopher Chulack (“ER,” “Third Watch”) will direct.
Liotta will star as Bobby, with Madsen as Hope, Smart as Annie and G (“Saw II”) as Joe.
Meanwhile, the Ocko project is a reworking of “3 LBS,” his pilot from last season. Ocko is rewriting the now-untitled pilot, which revolves around a neurosurgeon who finds a partner with whom to collaborate when he starts to see his own mind failing him.
CBS Paramount Network TV is behind the Ocko drama. The studio is also producing “The Weekend,” from scribe Ed Roe.
The sitcom pilot centers on three male pals who focus their lives on the weekend.
Over at ABC, “I Love the Things I Hate About You” is a relationship comedy from 20th Century Fox TV and scribes Patti Carr and Lara Runnels (“Reba”).
“I Love the Things I Hate About You” pilot order is cast-contingent, as is that of “52 Fights,” from Touchstone TV and Brillstein-Grey TV.
Alex Taub (“Kevin Hill”) wrote the “Fights” pilot and will exec produce with Brillstein-Grey’s Peter Traugott. Comedy is based on the book of the same name, which focuses on the transition from dating to marriage.
Taub’s other credits include “Judging Amy” and “Smallville.”