CBS has bought two drama projects with spiritual elements: a procedural from The Defenders co-creator Niels Mueller and producer Aaron Kaplan and Maybe Angels, a legal drama with a supernatural twist from former Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Krista Vernoff and producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Both projects hail from CBS TV Studios. Additionally, CBS has closed the pilot order deal for Tweaked, a half-hour, single-camera spec written by Iron Man director Favreau. Favreau is executive producing and directing the pilot, which chronicles life and dating among single parents in Santa Monica. The pilot, from CBS TV Studios, is already casting.
The untitled Niels Mueller project centers on an ordinary man making an extraordinary impact on people’s lives. CBS has a tradition of feel-good spiritual shows with Touched By An Angel. But, unlike Angel and another popular series about angels, NBC’s Highway To Heaven, the new project does not have religious overtones. WME-repped Mueller (The Assassination Of Richard Nixon) is executive producing with Kaplan and Laura McCorkindale.
While the lead in Mueller’s project does extraordinary things but is not an angel, the leads in Vernoff’s drama are just that. Maybe Angels is a legal show about two angels who help their former spouses. CAA-repped Vernoff, who created ABC’s drama pilot Grace last season, is writing as well as executive producing with Timberman, Beverly, Mark Waters and Jessica Tuchnisky. Both Kaplan and the duo of Timberman & Beverly have 3 series on the air – two on broadcast and one on cable. Kaplan is behind Fox’s Terra Nova and ABC’s Good Christian Belles and MTV’s The Inbetweeners. Timberman/Berverly is producing CBS’ Unforgettable and A Gifted Man and FX’s Justified. In addition to Tweaked, Favreau has Ex-Comm, a sci-fi drama with humor, which received a put pilot commitment from ABC. Favreau is writing the script with Roberto Orci, Seth Green and Michael Dougherty and is on board to direct that project too if it goes to pilot.