Lifetime entertainment president Susanne Daniels is locking up her first major drama series, a femme-powered police procedural from “Crash” exec producer Tom Nunan and Dan McDermott.
Women’s cabler, which will be presenting today during the cable portion of the Television Critics Assn. press tour, is in serious talks with NBC Universal TV Studio to produce no fewer than eight hours of the series. Project centers on a tough-as-nails FBI agent in her mid-20s with the ability to sniff out liars.
McDermott wrote and will exec produce alongside Bull’s Eye Entertainment principals Nunan and Cathy Schulman.
Daniels compared the show with the best of “Alias” and (TNT drama) “The Closer.”
Procedural will follow the character, whose parents were CIA operatives now serving time for treason, as she rights her parents’ wrongs.
“The script leapt out because it was the most imaginative close-ended story I’d read in quite a while,” Daniels said. “It was also perfect in terms of what I essentially was looking for: a sexy, strong, relatable heroine at the center.”
Since joining Lifetime in September, Daniels has been on the hunt for concepts and ideas that can quickly be turned around for premiere this year. She has already ordered “Cheerleader Nation,” a docudrama about high school cheerleaders and their coach, and “Lovespring,” a semi-scripted/improv office comedy set at a dating service from Eric McCormack’s Big Cattle Prods. (Daily Variety, Nov. 9).
“Nation” will premiere in March, coinciding with the unveiling of Lifetime’s new on-air look and branding campaign. “Lovespring” and the Nunan/McDermott police procedural will likely launch in June. Daniels said she was open to greenlighting a second drama possibly to bow around the same time.
Cop drama also reunites Daniels with Fox Broadcasting alums Nunan and McDermott. Daniels was a comedy exec at the net when Nunan ran the laffer department and McDermott headed up current. Script had initially been set up at USA under the title “Surveillance.”
Show is Lifetime’s first collaboration with NUTS.
Nunan has several projects in the works at various nets; his credits include serving as UPN Entertainment prexy. Former DreamWorks TV topper McDermott’s credits include “The Omen 666.”