EXCLUSIVE: Former Without a Trace and The Defenders showrunner Greg Walker has sold a second drama project to CBS this season. Red on Red, from CBS TV Studios and Richard Shepard and Sean Furst and Bryan Furst’s Olé, is based on the book by Edward Conlon. It centers on a young hungry detective who is asked to inform on his new partner who is a legend in the NYPD. Walker is writing the script, with Shepard attached to direct. The two are executive producing with Sean & Bryan Furst. This is one of two sales Olé has made under the two-year deal with CBS Studios the company inked in June. It has sold another detective drama to CBS penned by Jennie Snyder-Urman (90210), who wrote Olé’s CW presentation Danni Lowinski last season. The untitled show is about a divorced husband-and-wife detective team in Miami who reunite to solve cases.
For Walker, this also is the second drama project at CBS/CBS Studios this season. He also has Ralph Lamb, which he is co-writing with Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi. James Mangold is attached to direct the show, which is based on the true story of Ralph Lamb, a cowboy-turned-Las Vegas sheriff in the 1960s and ’70s. Red on Red is the first fiction book by Conlon, a detective with the NYPD who chronicled his experience as a fourth-generation NYPD cop in the memoir Blue Blood. Shepard won an Emmy for directing the pilot for Ugly Betty. He also helmed the pilots for Criminal Minds and its spinoff and, most recently, the pilot of the new CW drama Ringer, which premieres tonight. Walker and Olé are repped by WME. Snyder-Urman is repped by UTA.