Network plans Western, revives 'Prime Suspect'
NBC has greenlit a drama pilot for an edgy Western from scribe Josh Brand and helmer Peter Horton. It is also reviving its plans to redo the U.K. detective drama “Prime Suspect” with a new creative team and Peter Berg onboard to exec produce and direct.Also Friday, the Peacock scooped up a comedy project from Kari Lizer, creator-exec producer of “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” And CBS ordered pilots for two domestic comedies. Dubbed “The Crossing,” NBC’s Western project follows a mysterious former soldier who arrives in a small town to become something of a savior. The soldier experiences flashbacks to haunting experiences from the Civil War. Project from Universal Media Studios has a dark and moody quality — it won’t be confused with “Bonanza.” Brand and Horton first developed the project at FX, but the script has undergone extensive revisions since it relocated to the Peacock. They are exec producers. Oaters are few and far between on broadcast TV these days, but the project is part of new NBC Entertainment topper Bob Green-blatt’s bid to cast a wide net. The B.O. success of “True Grit” also indicates there’s an appetiteamong a younger demo for iconic Western heroes. The new take on “Prime Suspect” was penned by Alexandra Cunningham, who exec produces with Berg and Sarah Aubrey. The project was in development last year but was pushed back because of trouble casting the femme gumshoe lead played by Helen Mirren in the original U.K. series. The multicamera laffer from Lizer hails from Warner Bros. TV. It revolves around a woman who assists others in going through career transitions and downsizings. Lizer wrote and exec produces. CBS’ pickups include an untitled project starring Rob Schnei-der as a man who marries into a tight-knit Mexican-American family. Project hails from Schnei-der and Lew Morton, who exec produce with Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum for CBS TV Studios. “Homegrown” focuses on four generations of a blue-collar Midwestern clan living under the same roof. Multicam project comes from comedy vets Jeff Filgo and Jackie Filgo, who wrote and exec produce, and Warner Bros. TV.