Cabler moves forward with scripted dramas
After seeing success with “The Glades,” A&E is moving quickly ahead with plans for more scripted hourlong dramas.Cabler has ordered cast-contingent pilots for “Big Mike” and “Longmire.” From Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison shingle and Sony Pictures Television, “Big Mike” focuses on a plus-size detective in the San Diego Police Dept. Script is being written by Ed Decter and John Strauss, who will exec produce with Doug Robinson. “Longmire,” from Warner Horizon Television, is about a sheriff in Wyoming. Greer Shephard and Mike Robin, the exec producer team behind TNT’s “The Closer,” will exec produce with “Closer” scribes Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny. Following the ratings failure of “The Beast” and two seasons of “The Cleaner,” A&E is looking to balance its reality-heavy sked with more scripted skeins. “The Glades,” starring Matt Passmore as a Chicago cop who moves to Florida, opened in the summer against tough competition but fared well. Net’s already ordered a second season. Next up is “Breakout Kings,” which is shooting in Toronto and set to debut sometime in the first quarter of the new year. Skein, about a partnership between U.S. marshals and a group of convicts, is from creators Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora. Gavin Hood directed the pilot. Cast includes former “Prison Break” regular Robert Knepper, “The Wire” thesp Domenick Lombardozzi and “Avatar” co-star Laz Alonso.