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NBC has given a pilot order to a medical drama from former “Law & Order: Svu” showrunner Warren Leight, Variety has learned.
The drama is explained as a “real-time extreme event” medical series that follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital that becomes the borough’s last viable trauma center after a catastrophic hurricane wreaks havoc on the city. On a holiday weekend with few doctors on call, the medical staff will be pushed to make the most difficult life-and-death choices as they work to save their patients and themselves.
Sony Television is producing the pilot, marking the first major outing for Leight under his deal with the studio. In March 2015, the writer/producer/playwright inked a multi-year pact to develop new projects with Sony TV. He departed “Svu” after the 2015-2016 television season.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Golden Globe nominee Chris Noth (“The Good Wife”) and Academy Award nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Whale Rider,” “Game of Thrones”) have both been cast in Discovery Channel’s upcoming scripted series “Manifesto,” set to air later this year. The series will tell the story of how the FBI brought down Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany), also known as the “Unabomber,” one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world. Noth will play Don Ackerman, the Bay Area Divisional Head of the FBI, who supervised the Unabomber Task Force, while Castle-Hughes will star as Tabby, a street agent who partners with FBI agent Jim Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington), one of the most decorated profilers in the history of the bureau whose radical approach ultimately took Kaczynski down. Production »
- Will Thorne
There’s a new boss at the Phoenix Foundation.
After the latest departure and sudden arrest of Director Patricia Thornton (Sandrine Holt), Phoenix Foundation has recruited needed a new director.
According to the press announcement, Matty Webber is a legend in the covert ops world. She was Jack’s (George Eads) superior for 18 months while on assignment in South America.
There’s also a little hint that Jack may not be happy to having her as a boss again.
“Matty Webber is a tough cookie and despite her history with Jack, she’ll have no problem finding her place in the Phoenix team. She may even teach Mac a few new tricks,” said executive producer and showrunner Peter Lenkov. »
- Gig Patta
3 items from 2017
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