Drama centers on catastrophic global event
ABC is exploring the worlds of TV news, politics and genius 11-year-olds in its latest batch of drama pilots, while it’s apocalypse now for NBC.Peacock has greenlighted the post-apocalyptic drama pilot “Day One,” from “Heroes” scribe Jesse Alexander. The hourlong takes place following a catastrophic global event that destroys the world’s infrastructure. Action centers on a small group of survivors. Universal Media Studios is behind “Day One.” Alexander’s credits include “Alias” and “Lost.” The Alphabet net’s “I, Claudia” centers on the world of a young prosecuting attorney who, viewers learn, will one day be a contender for the presidency. In present-day “I, Claudia,” however, lead character Claudia McIntire is more concerned about her love life than her career. John Scott Shepherd (“The Days”) wrote and will exec produce “I, Claudia.” Matt Gross is also an exec producer. ABC has been infatuated with women presidents through the years: Geena Davis starred in “Commander in Chief,” while Patty Duke played the president in short-lived 1980s Alphabet laffer “Hail to the Chief.” Also at ABC, “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes is giving the TV news beat another try. Having twice attempted to develop a drama about war correspondents, Rhimes is now exec producer on “Inside the Box,” set in a D.C. network news bureau. Richard E. Robbins, a news producer whose background includes “Peter Jennings Reporting,” wrote the script, which centers on a female news producer and her colleagues. Betsy Beers is also attached. ABC additionally picked up an untitled pilot from Daniel Cerone (“Dexter”), about a Savannah police detective who discovers, after his father dies, that he has an 11-year-old brother with a genius IQ. The detective winds up partnering with his young brother, who helps him solve crimes. Show is based on the Argentinian series “Brothers and Detectives.” Cerone is exec producer. “I, Claudia,” “Inside the Box” and the Cerone drama all come from ABC Studios.