Richard Hatem’s four-year old drama project Wrecking Ball is getting a second go at the CW. The network has given a script commitment to the drama, about a JFK Jr.-type brash young man from a well known political family who teams with an idealistic twenty-something girl volunteer from his failed Congressional campaign to solve underdog cases of the week through their own legal firm. Hatem (Grimm) is writing as well as executive producing with Ross Fineman (Lights Out).
The project, described as “Moonlighting meets Erin Brockovich”, was first put in development at the CW during the writers-strike-impacted 2007-08 development season when it was produced by Fox TV Studios where Fineman was under an overall deal. It was greenlighted to pilot right after the end of the strike in March 2008, but the network pulled the plug a month later after not being able to close a deal with cable-focused FtvS. The script is now owned by the CW sibling CBS TV Studios, which is producing.
I hear Wrecking Ball has been a favorite of the CW’s head of development Thom Sherman who was instrumental in bringing it back for a second go-around. New CW president Mark Pedowitz has been high on giving passion projects second chances. His first pilot order at the CW was to Rockne S. O’Bannon’s Cult, which had been first ordered to pilot by the WB in 2006 but became a casualty of the UPN/WB merger. He also has been looking to add more close-ended shows to the network’s lineup. WME-repped Hatem and Fineman produced the CW’s 2011 pilot Heavenly, which was in serious consideration for a series pickup. Hatem also did a stint as a co-executive producer on the CW’s Supernatural.