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Altman, Trudeau on Fox pilot

Production on 'Killer App' skedded for September start

Garry Trudeau has written and Robert Altman is set to helm “Killer App,” a drama pilot ordered by Fox as a potential mid-season replacement.

In addition to the pilot, Fox has ordered six additional scripts for the one-hour drama, which focuses on the office dynamics in a startup Silicon Valley software company. Sources at the net say the skein’s pickup chances are high.

“Killer App” will be co-produced by Twentieth Century Fox TV and the Kushner-Locke Co. Altman will serve as exec producer along with Kushner-Locke co-chairmen Peter Locke and Donald Kushner.

Although he is best known for theatrical helming, Altman is no stranger to TV. His small screen work includes a stint exec producing and helming the short-lived ABC series “Gun.”

“Doonesbury” creator Trudeau previously worked on the HBO series “Tanner ’88” and a “Doonesbury” TV special; “Killer App” represents his first foray into writing for a network series.

Casting is under way and production on the pilot is set to begin in September.