Two new dramatic projects have been sold, a small town drama to ABC and a high concept drama to CBS.
From writers Andrew Chapman and John Eisendrath (Alias), ABC acquired Dakota, set in the small farm town of Williston, North Dakota, as it undergoes an oil boom. The last people in town to sell their mineral rights, the respected Holmburg family are the central characters as well as the newcomers who populate the area in search of the American dream.
In addition to writing, Chapman and Eisendrath will executive produce with Maria Grasso and Deb Spera of One-Two Punch Production. Previously, the four worked on an ABC drama pilot called A House Divided that was later developed as a feature film.
Over at CBS, Immortals writers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides have set up The Centurion, which revolves around an elite Force Recon Marine. After nearly dying in an accident during combat overseas, he makes a solemn vow to God that he will clear the debt of the lives he has taken in war if he is able to safely return home to his family. Upon his return, the marine goes back to work as a police detective in order to follow up on his promise. Guiding him along on his holy mission is the angel of his best friend who perished in the accident.
The Parlapanides brothers will write the script and executive produce with Bob Sertner (No Ordinary Family) and Chris Morgan (Fast Five). The Centurion marks the second sale for Morgan as a producer, joining the untitled adventure drama in development at ABC with 24 alum Evan Katz and Temple Hill.
Neither of these projects tickle my fancy. How about you?