Producer R.J. Cutler (“American High”) is reuniting with FX on a project exploring race relations.
Cutler and FX last teamed for “American Candidate,” the reality series/talent search set in the world of politics.
Both sides were tightlipped about the particulars of the show, in development at the cabler, but Cutler emphasized the series would be documentary in nature. Cutler’s past docu-style series include “American High” and “Freshman Diaries,” both of which chronicled the joys and pains of adolescence.
Cutler and FX are casting the project, including a look at talent around the D.C. area, according to the Washington Post. Although details were sketchy, show might revolve around a white family and black family who move in together.
“We are developing a very exciting and what I hope will be provocative series that will raise questions and confront issues,” Cutler said.
FX originally developed Cutler’s “American Candidate,” a “War Room”-meets-“American Idol” concept, that ultimately landed at Showtime.
FX execs decided to bow out last year after determining the cabler couldn’t cover the cost of mounting such an ambitious reality show, but remained committed to finding a project with Cutler. Deal to develop the new skein was struck after Cutler met with FX entertainment president John Landgraf to hash out possible series ideas.
Cabler is steadily growing its reality business, with “NASCAR Drivers: 360” premiering this month and the Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) series pilot “30 Days” in development.