Above: “Homeland” exec producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon at Showtime’s TCA panel in July.
Hot off the Emmy success of their Showtime drama “Homeland,” exec producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have scored a drama pilot-production order from CBS.
“Anatomy of Violence,” which Gordon and Gansa will co-write, concerns a female FBI agent working with a mysterious psychiatrist with whom she shares a past connection. Series is based on a soon-to-publish non-fiction book, “The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime,” by Adrian Raine. Project is set up at Gordon’s recently launched shingle, Teakwood Lane, which is based at 20th Century Fox TV.
“Anatomy” brings Gordon and Gansa back to CBS Corp., which owns Showtime. “Homeland” launched its second season Sunday to strong ratings up 60% from its series premiere the prior year.
Pilot orders this early in development season are a rarity but “Anatomy” was undoubtedly a hot property considering its auspices.
CBS declined comment.
Teakwood Lane’s Hugh Fitzpatrick is on board as co-executive producer.
Gordon is exec producing no fewer than five other pilots this development cycle: two for Fox, two for NBC and one for TNT. As a writer, he’s working Josh Friedman on an untitled robot-rebellion drama for NBC, and at Fox he’s teamed with Shaun Cassidy to pen a drama about a CIA agent forced to take his family undercover.
Gordon and Gansa are repped by WME.