Eye sees fit to greenlight pilot about PI
CBS greenlit the pilot “The Webster Report” Tuesday, while NBC ordered four dramas of its own.
“Webster,” which is cast-contingent, comes from scribe Theresa Rebeck (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) and former Universal TV exec Sarah Timberman’s 25C Prods. pod.
“Webster Report” revolves around an offbeat New York private investigator. Warner Bros. TV, where 25C is based, will produce, along with CBS Prods. Rebeck, Timberman and 25C’s Carl Beverly will exec produce.
Rebeck’s other credits include “NYPD Blue,” “Maximum Bob” and the feature “Harriet the Spy.”
Over at the Peacock, net has given the official go-ahead to the Glenn Gordon Caron (“Moonlighting”) drama “Medium.”
The pilot, from Paramount Network TV and Kelsey Grammer’s Grammnet Prods., is based on the real-life story of Allison DuBois, a research medium and criminal profiler (Daily Variety, Oct. 21). Show will explore how the lead character balances her psychic abilities with being a wife and mother.
Caron, Grammer and Steve Stark will exec produce.
Also at NBC, net has given the OK to David Seltzer (“The Omen”) and his six-hour limited series “Revelations.”
The apocalypse-oriented thriller (described as “X-Files” meets “The DaVinci Code”) comes from Pariah TV.
Then there’s “Pearl City,” also known as “Hawaii Blue,” a modern take on the classic “Hawaii Five-O” formula of cops in Paradise. Jeff Eastin (“Rush Hour 3”) will exec produce and Jon Avnet will direct the pilot, which comes from NBC Studios.
NBC has also greenlit a new take on “HUB,” a pilot originally developed last season at the Peacock. Project, from Mark Gordon and scribe Nick Thiel (“Magnum P.I.”), is a quirky drama set at Los Angeles International Airport — or an airport that bears similar characteristics to LAX. NBC Studios is attached; Gordon and Thiel exec produce.