Fox commits to ‘Confidential’

Daniels, Judge link for series

Fox Broadcasting Co. has made early pilot commitments to a pair of major projects targeted for fall 2000: a series version of “L.A. Confidential” and an hourlong, live-action skein from “King of the Hill” exec producers Greg Daniels and Mike Judge.

The Daniels-Judge series will be a comedy-drama about the music biz set inside a major record company. Twentieth Century Fox Television will produce the pilot as part of the studio’s overall deals with Judge and Daniels.

Daniels and Judge are writing the script for the pilot and will serve as co-exec producers. Deal was brokered by Howard Klein and Michael Rotenberg of 3 Arts and Endeavor.

“It’s sort of like ‘L.A. Law’ at a record label,” Daniels told Daily Variety, adding that the show will focus on the execs who run the company, the musicians signed to the label and the various problems both groups encounter.

Project would be the first major non-animated, hourlong series for Daniels and Judge. In addition to their work together on “King of the Hill,” Daniels was an exec producer and writer on “The Simpsons,” while Judge is the twisted force behind the “Beavis and Butt-head” TV and film franchise.

Daniels said he got the idea for the series while putting together a soundtrack album for “King of the Hill.” His father, Aaron Daniels, was also once prexy of ABC Radio, providing more potential grist for the comedy mill. Judge has also interacted with the music biz via his association with MTV (“Beavis and Butt-head”).

As for “L.A. Confidential,” the skein is a co-production of Regency Television and Warner Bros. Television and is based on the Oscar-winning pic from Warner Bros. and New Regency Films. Project had been in development at HBO earlier in the year (Daily Variety, Jan. 13), but the pay cabler ultimately passed.

New incarnation will focus on the activities of the Los Angeles police department after World War II, but eight years before the events portrayed in Curtis Hanson’s 1997 pic. Fox execs want to put a stronger focus on the male soap opera aspects of the story.

Walon Green, who wrote the pilot script, remains as exec producer for the skein, while David Conrad and Melissa George are still attached to star.