EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Donald Todd, co-creator/executive producer/showrunner of the ABC comedy Samantha Who?, has set up 2 new projects at CBS — comedy Zits and drama True Detectives. Both are based on well-known properties — Zits is a popular comic strip and Jonathan True Detectives is a best selling novel from Jonathan Kellerman. Both projects stem from Todd’s multi-script deal with Warner Bros TV, which co-produces Zits and True Detectives with studio-based Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Shephard/Robin Co., respectively. Zits is a live-action family comedy based on the comic strip that explores the sardonic wit and hormonal angst of 16-year-old Jeremy Duncan.
Created by cartoonists Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott and distributed by King Features Syndicate to more than 1,600 newspapers in 45 countries, the comic strip has an estimated daily readership of more than 200 million. In addition to writing, Todd is executive producing Zits with Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Scott and Borgman. KristieAnne Reed serves as co-executive producer. Zits marks a rare comedy effort by procedural drama-centric Bruckheimer TV, which has been looking to break into the half-hour genre.
True Detectives is based on Kellerman’s novel, which debuted at No.1 on the New York Times Bestseller list last year. It centers on 2 estranged half-brothers, one a homicide cop and the other a private eye, solving crimes in Los Angeles. Todd, repped by the Rothman Brecher Agency, is executive producing the project with Greer Shephard, Michael Robin, David Salzman and Kellerman.