TNT develops ‘Homeland Security’

Clancy, Ovitz to exec produce procedural

TNT is developing the procedural drama “Tom Clancy’s Homeland Security,” with former uber-agent Michael Ovitz set to exec produce.

Project would mark Ovitz’s first onscreen credit as exec producer for a TV series. He would share exec producer duties with writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Clancy and Chris George.

Plotline pits a select team of domestic intelligence operatives against all enemies, both within the country and outside.

While many of Clancy’s novels — the Jack Ryan-centric “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games,” “Sum of All Fears” and “Clear and Present Danger” — have been adapted for the bigscreen, the author’s television presence has been relatively minor.TNT Prods. will produce “Homeland Security.”

Also, TBS has ordered an untitled comedy pilot from Conan O’Brien’s Conaco production shingle.

Untitled half-hour laffer, from writers Ben Wexler (showrunner), Ross Novie and Jay Rondot, will center on a family man who quits his day job and returns to the neighborhood where he grew up. There, he reunites with his former best friend.

Along with the three scribes, O’Brien will exec produce with David Kissinger and Jeff Ross.

Project comes from Warner Horizon Television.

TNT has been extremely busy on the development front of late in both scripted and reality. In addition to buying “Wasteland” from Mick Davis — about a U.S. marshal who is charged with hunting down the supernatural escapees on the run following a federal prison break — TNT has a handful of other shows in the pipeline.

Titles include “H.I.K.E.,” exec produced by Forest Whitaker, about a cop who deals with kidnappings in Phoenix; “The Order,” about an archeologist professor who ends up working in Israel engaging in various digs that explore life’s real questions of faith and meaning; and “Rush,” a “Rashomon”-style hospital drama about life in the ER.

Meanwhile, TNT is making a major push in the reality genre: There’s “The Great Escape,” from Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and “The Amazing Race” exec producer Bertram Van Munster, as well as “Search and Rescue,” from veteran reality producer Thom Beers (“Ice Road Truckers”) and his Original Prods. unit.

Shows will aim to meet the net’s newly created “smart popcorn” mantra, a theme recently explained by topper Michael Wright: “That means accessible, entertaining programming with an underlying sense of fun and intelligence.”

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