Vince Gilligan’s “Battle Creek” has nabbed a series production order for the 2014-15 TV season. CBS did not offer details on the specific episode order, but sources indicate that the Eye has offered 13 segs to the project.
“House” creator David Shore will be showrunner of the series and exec produce alongside Gilligan and “Breaking Bad” alum Mark Johnson. Gilligan is interested in helming the project should his schedule permit.
Michigan-set “Battle Creek” centers on two detectives with very different world views. As they team up, they must figure out if cynicism, guile and deception will help clean up the streets of Battle Creek, Mich., in the face of lack of resources or if naivete and trust will get the job done.
Sony Pictures TV, the studio behind “Breaking Bad,” will produce “Battle Creek” along with CBS TV Studios.
Project was created by Gilligan and developed at CBS in 2002 with Johnson’s involvement, fresh off Gilligan’s tenure writing and producing “The X-Files” for Fox. While Gilligan was a buzzed-about scribe thanks to his time on the popular sci-fi horror series, “Battle Creek” wasn’t ordered to pilot at the Eye and was eventually shelved.
Gilligan went on to create AMC’s smash hit “Breaking Bad” and soar to notoriety, claiming the best drama series win at this year’s Primetime Emmys ceremony and doing several rounds on the press circuit for coveted interviews regarding “Breaking Bad’s” final season.
CBS order for “Battle Creek” continues a strong week for Sony Pictures TV, with victories including the studio’s high-profile Emmy wins on Sunday and a promising premiere for “The Blacklist” on NBC.
Gilligan and Shore are both repped by ICM Partners.