Hourlong 'Mrs. America' also in development
TNT and Dean Devlin are developing “Leverage,” a “Mission: Impossible”-type action series in which six professionals in various fields pool their expertise to fight underworld mobsters, and corruption among international corporations and government officials.
The Devlin project emerged at the Turner Networks’ upfront presentation at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, where both TNT’s and TBS’ heaviest commitment to scripted original series in their history was stressed to a packed auditorium of media buyers.
Joining “Leverage” on TNT’s development slate is “Mrs. America,” an hourlong drama series from Warner Horizon TV dealing with a woman trying to juggle the responsibilities of family and job. The executive-producer team of Greer Shepherd and Michael M. Robin (“The Closer”), along with Michelle Ashford (“Medical Investigation”), will take charge of “Mrs. America.”
Two other one-hour projects emerged in the upfront, presided over by Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, and Michael Wright, senior VP of original programming for TNT and TBS: “The Saint,” from the exec producer William J. McDonald (“Rome”), a remake of the 1960s British series that starred Roger Moore as a debonair international thief; and “A.D.” (working title), a family drama from Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh (“Hoosiers,” “Rudy”).
TNT’s sibling TBS has engineered a development deal with standup comic/actor Larry Miller to star in a suburban comedy about a newspaper columnist, his wife and two kids. Miller will also be co-writer and co-exec producer with Eileen Cohn (“Just Shoot Me”), for Sony Pictures TV.
Turner Broadcasting’s rights deal with the National Basketball Assn. factors in another sitcom in development, “Big Shot,” about a teenage NBA rookie who still lives at home. His domineering parents are not impressed by his fame and money. Kenny Smith, the former NBA star who co-hosts TNT’s pre- and postgame NBA cablecasts, is co-exec producer with Jamie Foxx, Adrienne Lopez and Marcus King.
An untitled Sony Pictures TV comedy project comes from Dave Caplan (“The Drew Carey Show”), who’s writer and co-exec producer with Neal Moritz (“The Fast and the Furious”) and Vivian Cannon.
Even Bob Newhart is getting back in harness. He’s signed with TBS to exec-produce “Bob Newhart: In Search of Comedy,” a latenight half-hour anthology.