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Eye, UPN get spooky pilots

'Crime' to do time at CBS; UPN picks up 'Triangle'

Drama development season took a spooky turn Thursday as UPN and CBS both greenlit sci-fi-themed pilots.

Eye also is going forward with its Jerry Bruckheimer/Jim Leonard collaboration “American Crime” (Daily Variety, Sept. 22).

On the fright front, UPN has given the go-ahead to “Triangle,” from exec producers John Sakmar and Kerry Lenhart, who are exec producing via Perry Simon’s Paramount Network TV-based Shore View Entertainment.

Hour begins with the wife of a young doctor mysteriously disappearing while they’re on their honeymoon. In order to find out what happened, he stays on the island and begins to treat the residents and visitors.

CBS, meanwhile, has honored its put pilot commitment to Par’s “Threshold,” about a female government agent who leads a team of military and scientific officers to respond to an alien threat (Daily Variety, Sept. 14). Bragi Schut wrote the pilot and will serve as co-exec producer, while David Goyer (“Batman Begins”) will exec produce and direct.

David Heyman (“Harry Potter”) will also exec produce, while Mark Rosen is on board as co-exec producer.

Another put pilot moving ahead to production is the Leonard-penned “American Crime.” Skein’s about a femme prosecutor/mom living in suburbia.

Bruckheimer, Leonard and Jonathan Littman are exec producing via Warner Bros. TV.

Back at UPN, net has greenlit the dramedy “Wildlife,” an hour about young adults dealing with “sex, love and rock ‘n’ roll” while living in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.

Michael Gans and Richard Register wrote the pilot and will serve as co-exec producers. Jonathan Axelrod and Kelly Edwards are exec producing via their Par-based shingle.