Wolfgang, Katz set CBS drama double

Hourlong shows take on politics, police

Helmer Wolfgang Petersen and production partner Gail Katz’s Radiant Prods. is charging into development for fall 2003, setting up two projects at CBS.

Spelling Television-based shingle has a production agreement with CBS that calls for the Eye to produce at least one pilot from several scripts Radiant will set up there. Radiant, along with Universal Network Television and CBS Prods., already produces the Eye’s sophomore drama “The Agency.”

The two hourlong drama projects, set up within days of each other, are the first to be set up by CAA-repped Radiant since it signed with Spelling Television in February.

Playwright Alison Carey (“For Here or to Go”) has written an hourlong drama about the female governor of California who comes to power after her husband dies while in office.

“It’s the story of a woman doing a balancing act running the biggest state in the country and her family,” Katz said.

Carey is repped by WMA.

Meanwhile, scribe Gary Horn (“Vertical Leap”) is penning an hourlong police drama about a cop in a wheelchair.

“He’s an officer who’s injured in the line of duty and returns to the force as an active homicide detective,” Katz said, noting the skein will not be an “Ironsides” clone.

Horn writes with first-hand knowledge of his subject: He sustained spinal cord injuries when he was 19 that require him to use a wheelchair. Scribe is repped by Innovative Artists and Untitled Management.

“Though each idea is different, the common thread between these two writers is their passion for their series ideas,” said Radiant TV exec Rosemary Tarquinio. “It’s so evident when they talk about them and when they pitched them. And that’s the one thing we look for when we’re interested in being in business with writers.”

Katz said the early experience with Spelling, studio prexy Jonathan Levin and development chief Ted Gold has been positive.

Noting both projects were set up within days of each other, Katz said, “It was a good week.”

Petersen continues to be busy on the feature side, recently signing up to direct and produce the epic “Troy” for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures (Daily Variety, Aug. 13) .

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