HOLLYWOOD — Teen idol-turned-TV producer Shaun Cassidy has joined the production of CBS drama pilot “The Agency” as showrunner and landed a drama pilot deal at USA Network.
Studios USA, where Cassidy has an overall deal, will become an exec producer of “The Agency,” along with CBS Prods., mirroring the production relationship the entities have on the Eye’s Saturday drama hit “The District.”
CBS in January greenlit the pilot for “The Agency,” about the men and women of the CIA, from Wolfgang Petersen and Gail Katz’s Radiant Prods. (Daily Variety, Jan. 24). Pilot script was written by Michael Beckner.
Cassidy is the creator of “Wilder,” which was originally developed for the WB for the 2000-01 TV season. He’ll exec produce along with former Studios USA exec David Eick, who also has an overall deal with Studios USA. Skein will be produced by Shaun Cassidy Prods. and distribbed by USA Cable Entertainment.
Skein reunites Cassidy and Eick for the first time on a series since the 1995 CBS series “American Gothic,” although Eick was the USA exec on the cable net’s former Cassidy series “Cover Me.”
“Wilder” is about a former teen idol actor who teams up with his younger cop brother to work as detectives.
Corin Nemec (“Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”) and Ashley Howard (“Bring It On”) have been cast as the leads in the pilot.
“This is the kind of true escapist fare and well-written project that I talked about looking for when I first came aboard,” Jim Miller, USA Network’s exec VP of original programming, said of “Wilder,” which is expected to draw somewhat from Cassidy’s own experience as a former teen idol.
“It’s the kind of subject matter that people try to tackle, and a lot of times the audience just doesn’t believe it. But because he was there, because he understands that mind set — the good and the bad — the authenticity, the veracity of it all is just unmatchable,” Miller added.