NBC charges Goldberg’s ‘Battery’

Web picks up six mideason episodes

Reforging old family ties, NBC has picked up six episodes of the Gary David Goldberg sitcom “Battery Park” for midseason.

The DreamWorks laffer stars Elizabeth Perkins as Capt. Madeleine Dunleavy, a hard-boiled police detective stationed in New York’s Battery Park. Goldberg and Chris Henchy created the half-hour skein.

The show’s pilot, which NBC greenlit in September, was shot two week ago. Goldberg will exec produce, with Henchy serving as supervising producer.

“Battery Park” is based loosely on “Sugar Hill,” the DreamWorks pilot from Goldberg and Henchy that ABC passed on last spring. That project, starring Charlie Sheen as an NYPD detective, was pitched as “Barney Miller” for the ’90s.

The ensemble cast of “Battery Park” includes Justin Louis (“Trinity”), Jacqueline Obradors (“Six Days, Seven Nights”), Frank Grillo (“Guiding Light”), Bokeem Woodbine (“The Rock”), Robert Mailhouse (“Sports Night”), Jay Paulson (“Can’t Hardly Wait”), Wendy Moniz (“Guiding Light”) and Samm Lloyd (“The West Wing”).

Goldberg, probably best known for creating the mid-1980s NBC hit “Family Ties,” also created the ABC hit “Spin City” and “Brooklyn Bridge.” His UBU Prods. will produce “Battery Park” along with DreamWorks.

Henchy’s credits include the short-lived WB sitcoms “The Army Show” and “Alright Already” as well as “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

“We are very excited about this project from Gary,” said NBC Entertainment president Garth Ancier. “We have a rich history together in television comedy, going back to ‘Family Ties,’ and I am confident this new project will be just as special.”

Goldberg and Henchy are repped by UTA. Henchy is managed by Gold/Miller.

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