You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

FX goes ‘Over There’

Cabler gives greenlight to Bochco war pilot

FX has greenlit production on the one-hour war drama pilot “Over There” from Steven Bochco and Chris Gerolmo (“Citizen X”).

Cabler has been mulling the project since earlier this year (Daily Variety, May 5), more recently securing 20th Century Fox Television to produce the ambitious project with Steven Bochco Prods.

FX has ordered the pilot, plus three scripts.

“Over There” marks the first foray into cable series for 20th, which also produces Bochco’s long-running police drama “NYPD Blue.”

Project is FX’s second hourlong pilot, after the Fox TV Studios/Regency TV/Pariah project “Thief” (Daily Variety, Oct. 29, 2003), to get picked up since “Rescue Me.” (“Thief,” which stars Andre Braugher as a professional crook, wrapped production last month.)

Exec producers Bochco and Gerolmo co-wrote the pilot, which the latter will direct. Casting begins next week, with production slated to begin in December.

“Over There” revolves around a sergeant and his platoon stationed in Iraq. The first episode centers on a small battle, while the second focuses on the platoon’s attempt to guard a checkpoint. Stories involving the soldiers’ families on the homefront will be interwoven in the frontline drama.

FX entertainment president John Landgraf, who had approached Bochco upon his arrival at FX to create a war drama, likened the skein to a series of vignettes, each episode taking place in a “very intense contained amount of time in one geographical area.”

“It won’t be a satirical look at the war in the way ‘MASH’ was. We want it to be an accurate look at war and the people fighting it,” Landgraf said. “Our whole goal is to have soldiers — past and present — feel like we are getting their experience right.”

That said, should “Over There” get a full series order, Landgraf said the ensemble would be ever-changing — some soldiers will be killed, relieved of duty or sent home while others would rotate in.

Twentieth topper Dana Walden said the scripts were “among the most daring and compelling we’ve ever read — not to mention among the most timely.” Landgraf insisted, however, “There isn’t any political agenda underpinning what we’re doing.”

Bochco’s upcoming drama series “Blind Justice” will premiere on ABC next year.

More TV

  • MANIFEST -- "Crosswinds" Episode 110 --

    Live+3 Ratings for Week of Jan. 7, 2019: 'Manifest' Winter Premiere Doubles

    “Manifest” returned from its first winter hiatus by doubling in adults 18-49 in the delayed viewing numbers. For the week of Jan. 7, “Manifest” went from a 1.1 rating in Live+Same Day to a 2.2 in Live+3. In total viewers, the show added 4.4 million viewers for 10.3 million total, an increase of 76%. NFL [...]

  • curt menefee tv take podcast

    Listen: Curt Menefee on 'Fox NFL Sunday,' Colin Kaepernick and Rising Football Ratings

    Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety‘s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway, talks with Curt Menefee, host of “Fox NFL Sunday,” the long-running pre-game show being inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in April. Menefee has a pretty packed week. Mondays are his weekend, he says, discussing the [...]

  • A Quiet Place Roma Jack Ryan

    'A Quiet Place,' 'Roma,' 'Jack Ryan' Among Golden Reel Nominees for Sound Editing

    The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) announced nominations for its 66th annual Golden Reel Awards Friday. On the film side, “First Man,” Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” “A Quiet Place” and “Roma” led the way with three nominations each. Musical dramas “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” received two, as did “The Favourite.” Among broadcast [...]

  • Ashley Graham and Christie Brinkley'American Beauty

    Christie Brinkley, Ashley Graham on How 'American Beauty Star' Embraces Diversity

    Lifetime’s “American Beauty Star” has a new second season host who appreciates the contestants’ struggle for success as equally as their battle to break down diversity barriers in the fashion industry. “I have been doing this for almost 20 years… and people are finally catching up to what we’ve always known as normal,” the show’s [...]

  • Shazad Latif, Emily Coutts, Anthony Rapp,

    'Star Trek: Discovery' Boss Talks Tig Notaro, Picard Limited Series and Season 3

    There are many mysteries in the “Star Trek” universe. One of them was explained on Thursday night at the season two premiere party for “Star Trek: Discovery” in New York when showrunner Alex Kurtzman revealed the backstory of how Tig Notaro found her way onto a spaceship in the role of brilliant engineer Jet Reno. [...]

  • Wendy Williams

    Wendy Williams Takes Extended Leave From Daytime Talk Show

    Wendy Williams is taking an extended absence from her eponymous daytime talk show due to health complications after ongoing surgery for a shoulder fracture she said she sustained in December. “Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves’ Disease that will require treatment,” according to a note from her family. “Wendy will [...]

  • Rick Gomez

    'NYPD Blue' Pilot at ABC Adds Rick Gomez in Series Regular Role

    The “NYPD Blue” sequel pilot has cast Rick Gomez in the series regular role of Det. Craig Pettibone, Variety has learned. Pettibone is studying law at night with the goal of passing the bar one day. Although he hasn’t passed it yet, he’s aggressive enough to be already drumming up clients by passing out his business [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content