For Jerry Bruckheimer, TV has long been his personal playground.
Add another sandbox to the mix. Last week NBC picked up the prolific producer’s pilot “Chase” for a series order, set for a fall launch on the Peacock. The drama is another example of Bruckheimer’s imprint across the TV dial.
The drama, which stars Kelli Giddish, Cole Hauser and Amaury Nolasco, examines the cat-and-mouse game between a team of U.S. marshals and the country’s most dangerous fugitives.
Also in the works is the ABC pilot “The Whole Truth,” starring Rob Morrow (“Numbers”) and Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”) as opposing attorneys in a procedural with a twist: examining cases from the perpectives of both the prosecution and defense.
With “Chase,” Bruckheimer now has a series at NBC, one of the rare networks where he hasn’t made a lasting impression. He’s been firmly entrenched and most successful at CBS for years with a trio of “CSI” procedurals as well as the long-running “Cold Case.” Also, “Without a Trace” ran for seven seasons on the Eye before finally signing off last year.
On the cable side, Dylan McDermott-starrer “Dark Blue” has been a hit for TNT and will begin its second season Aug. 4.
And then there’s Bruckheimer’s jaunt into the reality world. CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” with its high production values and highly competitive globe-traveling contestants, has won the Emmy an astonishing seven years in a row and will go for its eighth title in August.
Of course, every show can’t hit ratings gold. Both “Miami Medical” and “The Forgotten” launched this season but aren’t likely to see a 2010-11 renewal.
The producer’s production company, Jerry Bruckheimer Prods., has been one of the most profitable shingles on the Warner Bros. lot over the past decade, and the studio — the largest TV supplier in Hollywood — figures to see several more shows come to fruition from Bruckheimer over the next few years.
“Chase” is exec produced by Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and series creator Jennifer Johnson. David Nutter directed the Johnson-penned pilot.