CBS and ABC are both developing new dramas, one about an FBI field office and one about a former army special forces team.
Marking its first drama sale of the season, Bruckheimer Television has acquired a put pilot commitment from CBS for a series entitled The Bureau, a character drama set in the New York field office of the FBI. Written by Aron Eli Coleite (Heroes, Crossing Jordan, The River), the project will reunite the team behind last season’s drama pilot Trooper, which was recently ordered to pilot at TNT after CBS declined to pick it up in May.
Gaining a head start with an early pilot order from NBC for The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives, Bruckheimer has also sold two comedies to NBC: a documentary-style military comedy called At Ease, which got a put pilot commitment, and a single-camera comedy entitled The B-Side from writer Sheri Elwood, creator of the Canadian series Call Me Fitz.
Over at ABC, former 24 executive producer Evan Katz has sold an untitled heist drama described as a fun, twisty adventure about members of a former army special forces team. Once the squad is betrayed, they decide to become thieves in order to go after the people who are responsible for the deaths of their friends.
The concept for the series was brought to Katz by Twilight producer Temple Hill and feature writer Chris Morgan (Fast Five). This project is a result of the deal Katz inked with ABC Studios in June, which included him developing a script in addition to joining ABC drama Body Of Proof as executive producer/showrunner.
My interest in The Bureau depends on the cast and how the characters are written, because the description provided does nothing for me. However, ABC's heist drama sounds like it has elements of The A-Team and could prove to be interesting. What sayest thou, TVRagers?