EXCLUSIVE: Fox has bought Pandemic, a medical thriller from Mystic Pizza writer Amy Holden Jones, 3 Arts Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. WME-repped Jones is writing the project, which follows an epidemiologist who is facing difficult adversaries as he fights to stop a catastrophic pandemic. She will executive produce with 3 Arts’ Oly Obst and partner Erwin Stoff, who has been leading a push in the drama area for the management/production company this season. Stoff is executive producing for 3 Arts two other hourlong projects, a cop drama with magical elements from Michael Green and 20th TV, which recently landed a put pilot commitment at ABC, and CIA drama Secret America at NBC from writer Peter Landesman, Imagine TV and 20th TV.
Meanwhile, ABC has bought Puzzle Master, from ABC Studios and studio-based Sander/Moses Prods. Written by Gwendolyn Parker (Without a Trace), the project centers on a quirky puzzle master who uses her unique acuity and distinctive way of perceiving the world to help the San Francisco Bay Area’s Special Investigations Division solve crimes. The project is inspired by the work of prolific puzzle and computer game designer Scott Kim. Paradigm-repped Parker and UTA-repped Ian Sander and Kim Moses will executive produce. This is the second project at ABC this season for Ghost Whisperer executive producers Sander and Moses, who also have the circus-themed Berzerkus in the works at the network.