A&E Unveils Drama Series

Jan 9, 2007  •  Post A Comment

The A&E Network is returning to the scripted drama business.

The cable channel, which has focused on reality shows and acquired series in recent years, unveiled a drama development slate on Tuesday that features shows produced by Joel Silver, Steven Bochco and others.

The network also announced that six of its reality shows have been renewed, a new one is in production and two pilots are being developed.

A&E’s new drama shows are:

  • “Dry River,” which focuses on an estranged father and son who are the local sheriff and a federal agent in a Texas town. Joel Silver is the executive producer.

  • An untitled product executive produced by Steven Bochco about a married couple who are partners in a law firm that specializes in divorce.

  • “The Hunt,” a crime procedural about a former L.A. cop who served time in jail for his part in the Rampart scandal. It was created by writer Sheldon Turner.

  • “Y3” is about a thief who impersonates a NYPD officer to solve crimes. Writer Dan Therriault will executive produce, along with Gary Randall through Fox Television Studios.

  • An untitled NYPD anti-terrorist project executive produced by Andrew Tannenbaum and Jason Hoffs.

  • “Johnny the Great,” about a hedonistic defense attorney from a script written by Billy Finkelstein.

  • A&E’s returning reality shows are “The First 48,” “King of Cars,” “Intervention,” “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and “Criss Angel Mindfreak.”

    The network has put “Patti Novak: America’s Toughest Matchmaker” into production. The show follows Ms. Novak as she helps singles try to meet their mates in Buffalo, New York.

    A&E also ordered pilots for “Hollywood DMV,” an animated show about life in the motor vehicle bureau, with standup comics and celebrity sightings added to the mix, and “Alien Encounters,” which tackles unexplained phenomena.

    (Editor: Baumann)