TNT and TBS announced Wednesday that they are going into production on four series pilots, including projects from Dean Devlin (TNT’s “Leverage” and “The Librarian” movie trilogy); Marco Schnabel (“The Librarian”); Kenneth Biller and Mike Sussman (“Star Trek: Voyager”); Allan Loeb (“The Switch”, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”); and Cynthia Cidre (“The Mambo Kings,” “A Killing in a Small Town”).
The TNT pilots include two crime procedurals, “Perception” (working title) and an untitled Allan Loeb project. The network is also moving ahead with a pilot for “Dallas,” an update on the classic prime-time soap.
TBS is working on a pilot for “Brain Trust” (working title), a comedic detective series.
“These pilots reflect our enthusiasm for relatable but complex everyman heroes, showcased in exciting storytelling environments,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “They also reflect our reliance on extraordinary talent to deliver on the promise of quality series television. The writers of these projects bring great intelligence, heart and humor to their work.”
TNT’s “Perception,” an ABC Studios production from executive producer Kenneth Biller and co-EP Mike Sussman, focuses on Dr. Geoffrey Pierce, “an eccentric neuroscientist who uses his unique outlook to help the federal government solve complex cases,” the network said.
The untitled project from executive producer/writer Allan Loeb and Lionsgate, based on “The Rabbit Factory” by novelist Marshall Karp, follows recently widowed police Detective Mike Lomax and his newly married partner, Terry Biggs, as they “delve into a world of mystery, intrigue and occasional hijinks,” TNT said.
Executive producer Cynthia Cidre is behind the “Dallas” update from Warner Horizon Television, which revisits the betrayals, jealousies and passions of the Ewing family of Southfork, the network said.
TBS’s “Brain Trust” comes from Dean Devlin and Marco Schnabel, and is being produced by Devlin’s Electric Entertainment. It is centered on Detective Billy Doyle, “whose career and life have hit rock bottom after he accidentally ends his partner’s career,” the network reported.