HBO Orders Romantic Drama Pilot From ‘Parenthood’s’ Jason Katims

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Jason Katims is adding another project to his busy slate with an HBO pilot order for a romantic drama, titled “Us,” Variety has confirmed.

The hourlong drama pilot is described as a sweeping examination of the often baffling, sometimes unexpected but ultimately heart-wrenching ways love and human connection can be found today through a vast web of seemingly unconnected people.

“Jason is one of the most gifted writers working in television or any other medium, and we are thrilled that he will be bringing his unique storytelling talents to HBO,” announced Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming.

Katims commented, “Considering HBO’s incredible legacy, the opportunity to write my first premium cable show for Mike Lombardo, as well as his amazing and supportive team, is a dream come true.”

With “Us” at the pay cabler, Katims is now spread across all TV venues with broadcast hits “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights,” for which he won an Emmy for writing and served as showrunner, and the upcoming original Hulu series “The Path.” Breaking into the digital space, he’s exec producing “The Way” by way of his True Jack Productions shingle. The drama, slated to premiere this winter, will star “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan. Katims also created NBC’s “About a Boy” and “Roswell,” and served as writer-showrunner on “Boston Public.”

“Us” hails from Universal Television and True Jack Productions. Katims penned the pilot, which he will exec produce with Michelle Lee.

Katims and True Jack Productions are repped by CAA.

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