EXCLUSIVE: In Berlanti Prods.’ first sale this development season, the Warner Bros. TV-based company has set up a medical drama at ABC. The project, written/executive produced by former Supernatural co-showrunner Sera Gamble and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, centers on world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Steven Saylor who becomes a medical anomaly himself after suffering a traumatic brain injury. He’s forced to re-specialize as an internist at the hospital where he was once king. The untitled drama, produced by Berlanti Prods. and WBTV, has received a script commitment with penalty. Melissa Kellner Berman co-executive produces.
This marks Berlanti’s first project at ABC since he left sister studio ABC Studios for Warner Bros. in June 2011. During his five-year stint at ABC Studios, Berlanti shepherded a number of series — all for ABC — including Brother & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, No Ordinary Family and another drama with a male protagonist who had a brain issue, Eli Stone. I hear Berlanti and ABC had been looking to collaborate again and have now found a project to do it.
In its first development cycle at Warner Bros. TV, Berlanti Prods. last year sold five broadcast projects to CBS, Fox, NBC and the CW, four of which, CBS drama Golden Boy and comedy Oh F*ck, It’s You, Fox drama Guilty and CW drama Arrow were picked up to pilot. Two, Golden Boy and Arrow, went to series, with Guilty remaining in contention for next fall. (Additionally, WME-repped Berlanti has series Political Animals on USA Network.) UTA-repped Gamble stepped down as executive producer/co-showrunner of Supernatural in April when she opted not to renew her contract in order to focus on development for Supernatural producer Warner Bros. TV.