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CBS picks up three drama pilots

Film vets Mangold, Columbus to helm hours

CBS picked up a trio of drama pilots Thursday.

The Eye gave the nod to “Quean,” from Ilene Chaiken (“The L Word”), Silver Pictures and Warner Bros. TV. Pilot concerns an edgy and independent millennial hacker girl who teams up with an Oakland police detective to solve crimes. Chaiken and Joel Silver are executive producers.

Also ordered was “Applebaum,” a series based on author Ayelet Waldman’s “Mommy Track Mysteries” series of books in which a former public defender becomes a private investigator to keep from being bored to death as a stay-at-home mom. CBS TV Studios is behind “Applebaum,” which will be executive produced by Waldman, Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper and Chris Columbus, who will direct the pilot. Columbus has helmed theatricals including “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

Finally, “American Gangster” screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi has teamed with “Without A Trace” executive producer Greg Walker on an untitled period piece set in the 1960’s centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb, a rodeo cowboy turned longtime sheriff of Las Vegas.

CBS TV Studios is behind the pilot, which will be executive produced by Cathy Konrad and Arthur Sarkissian and James Mangold, who will direct the pilot. Mangold has helmed theatricals including “Walk the Line” and “3:10 to Uma.”

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