EXCLUSIVE: Greg Berlanti has gone 3 for 3 so far this development season with a third major sale. He has teamed with friend and frequent collaborator Maggie Friedman for a high-concept crime drama project, which has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. Friedman is writing the script of the untitled project, which follows two connected cases that occur in two different time periods. Friedman and Berlanti are executive producing for Warner Bros. TV and studio-based Berlanti Prods. Berlanti has put a high-concept spin on a classic drama genre before with the ABC legal drama Eli Stone, about a lawyer with prophetic visions.
Friedman and Berlanti have been close since they worked together on Dawson’s Creek. They did a pilot for ABC together in 2004, which also was written/exec produced by Friedman, exec produced by Berlanti and produced by Warner Bros. And Friedman served as a consulting producer on Berlanti’s WB/Warner Bros. series Jack & Bobby. Following a break, Berlanti moved to ABC Studios, where he ran Brothers & Sisters and co-created Eli Stone and No Ordinary Family. Friedman stayed at WBTV, where she developed and executive produced the short-lived ABC series Eastwick. The two found themselves under the same roof again this summer as Berlanti returned to the WBTV fold with a new mega deal and Friedman had made a blind deal with the studio. This is the third project taken out by Berlanti this development season, his first under his new WBTV pact. All three have sold with put pilot commitments: one at Fox (legal drama penned by Marc Guggenheim), one at CBS (cop drama at CBS written by Nick Wootton) and one at NBC. Interestingly, the only network not to snag a Berlanti-produced project yet is his former longtime home ABC. Friedman is with CAA, Berlanti with WME.