ABC taking its ‘Cut’

Cahill, Hoblit behind med school drama

“The Cut” has made the cut at ABC.

Alphabet has made a script commitment to an hourlong drama from scribe Jason Cahill (“The Sopranos”) and helmer Gregory Hoblit (“Hart’s War”).

Cahill and Hoblit will serve as exec producers on the Paramount Network Television-produced pilot, with thesp Debrah Farentino also attached to exec produce, but not star.

Targeted for fall 2004, “The Cut” will be an ensemble drama focusing on the personal lives and professional struggles of first-year med students in Boston.

“It’s really about surviving the pressures of the first year of medical school,” Cahill said. “I think ‘The Paper Chase’ really captured the pressures of law school, and if I could come close to that movie, I would be very happy.”

Cahill quipped the idea for the project “is all Debrah Farentino’s fault. She has friends who teach at UCLA Medical School and was really inspired by their stories, and she brought it to me with her husband,” Hoblit.

Hoblit, who directed the pilot for “NYPD Blue,” most recently reteamed with Steven Bochco for last season’s Fox pilot “NYPD 2069.” He has directed a number of other Bochco projects, including “Civil Wars,” “Cop Rock” and “L.A. Law.”

On the feature side, Hoblit’s credits include “Frequency” and “Primal Fear.”

Cahill, who inked an overall deal with Paramount in 2000, has penned a number of “Sopranos” scripts, including the seg that introduced the now-dead Big Pussy, which won Cahill a WGA Award. Last year, he developed a pilot for FX dubbed “Snitch”; scribe got his start writing for “ER.”