Bassett, McMahon near Fox pilot deal

Karyn Usher drama draws thesps

Angela Bassett and Julian McMahon are close to signing on for the untitled Karyn Usher drama pilot at Fox.

Pilot stars Saxon Sharbino as the orphaned 14-year-old daughter of a CIA operative who encounters a mysterious rogue agent who serves as both her surrogate father and professional mentor in the spy world. McMahon (“Nip/Tuck”) will play the rogue agent while Bassett (“ER”) will play the director of the CIA.

The pilot is from Laps/Adelstein in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Usher (“Bones”) is the writer; Brett Ratner is the director; Usher, Ratner, Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy, Becky Clements are executive producers.

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