TNT, TBS pickups include 'Dallas' reboot, Devlin project
Turner has picked up four pilots for its TNT and TBS cablers, including an update of “Dallas” and an entry from “Leverage” exec producer Dean Devlin.Greenlights come on the heels of a strong summer for Turner, which scored big ratings for frosh TNT drama “Rizzoli and Isles,” and recently gave a second-season order to “Memphis Beat.” Pilots include two crime procedurals — “Perception,” from Kenneth Biller (“Star Trek: Voyager”) and an untitled drama from Allan Loeb (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”). TNT is also reviving “Dallas” via scribe Cynthia Cidre. At TBS, Devlin is behind “Brain Trust,” about a quirky detective. “These pilots reflect our enthusiasm for relatable but complex everyman heroes, showcased in exciting storytelling environments,” said TNT/TBS/TCM programming chief Michael Wright. “They also reflect our reliance on extraordinary talent to deliver on the promise of quality series television. The writers of these projects bring great intelligence, heart and humor to their work. We are confident each of these projects would be a terrific addition to our original series lineup.” “Perception,” which remains a working title (having originally been developed as “Proof”), comes from scribes Biller and Mike Sussman. Pilot, from ABC Studios, centers on an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his strange view of the world to solve big crimes. The Loeb project, announced at the May upfronts as “The Rabbit Factory,” is based on the book with that title by novelist Marshall Karp. Project centers on an L.A. cop navigating life after the death of his wife, just as his partner gets married. Lionsgate TV is producing. Then there’s Cidre’s new take on “Dallas,” which will once again center on rival brothers JR and Bobby Ewing and their Southfork ranch. Warner Horizon is behind the show, which is based on the original 1980s staple created by David Jacobs. At TBS, Devlin has partnered with Marcon Schnabel (“The Librarian”) to create “Brain Trust.” Pilot, from Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, focuses on a down-on-his-luck detective who gets a chance at redemption.