Nets developing trio of projects
CBS is developing a series based on author Charlaine Harris’ Harper Connelly series of mystery novels.Separately, Samuel L. Jackson is developing a detective drama at the CW, while late night host Craig Ferguson has a sitcom lined up at CBS. In the case of the Harper Connelly books, Eye likely hopes that lightning strikes twice with Harris, whose “Sookie Stackhouse” thrillers were turned into HBO’s hit series “True Blood.” “Grave Sight” — titled after Harris’ first Harper Connelly book — will come from Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, as well as Naren Shankar (“CSI”), David Zucker and scribe Kam Miller (“Law and Order: SVU”), all of whom will exec produce. The Harper Connelly mysteries center on a woman who’s struck by lightning — and suddenly able to see the last moments of the dead. CBS TV Studios, where Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Prods. is based, is the studio. Over at the See-Dub, Jackson is developing the drama “Hawkshaw” from scribe and exec producer David Loughery. “Hawkshaw” centers on a mysterious man in his 20s who doesn’t know his real identity — but believes that he’s either a descendent of Sherlock Holmes or is actually the literary sleuth. Hawkshaw’s psychiatrist thinks he suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder — but her sister, a young cop, soon discovers Hawkshaw’s British charm and powers of deduction can help her solve crimes. Both sisters soon find themselves drawn to him (and perhaps battling for his affection). Jackson is exec producing through its UppiTV shingle, which has a first-look deal at CBS TV Studios. UppiTV development topper Amanda Tracey is also an EP. It’s a reunion between Jackson and Loughery, who wrote the 2008 Jackson feature “Lakeview Terrace.” Jackson, who’s been looking to get into the TV game in recent years, exec produced Spike TV’s animated “Afro Samurai.” Loughery’s feature credits also include “Obsessed.” As for “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” host Ferguson, the yakker host has partnered with scribe Yvette Lee Bowser (“Half and Half”) to develop “Roz,” a half-hour comedy for CBS. Project centers on a single mom who supports her extended family. Bowser will exec produce with Ferguson and Tracey Pakosta, who serves as Ferguson’s partner at his Green Mountain West shingle. Pakosta spent ten years at the WB network, where Bowser created the show “For Your Love.” Bowser’s other credits include “Living Single.” Green Mountain West is based at CBS TV Studios, which is behind “Roz.”
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