NBC-affiliated Universal Television has set up two more projects at an outside network, ABC: drama Beneath from writers Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie (The Event) and Uni TV-based producer Peter Traugott; and the comedy High Maintenance, from writers-actors Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, who are also attached to co-star, and 3 Arts.
Beneath is described as a supernatural drama about the unusual changes that befall a town after an energy company comes drilling for natural gas and unleashes something far more powerful. ICM Partners-repped Dworkin and Beattie are writing the script and will executive produce with Traugott and Rachel Kaplan. Beneath expands Dworkin and Beattie’s relationship with ABC — the two serve as consulting producers on the network’s soap Revenge. It also marks Traugott’s first sale outside of NBC since he joined Uni TV last year and his return to ABC, where he did a lot of business as TV president of ABC Studios-based Brillstein Entertainment.
High Maintenance is based on Lemme’s college job experience as an elevator man in a luxury NYC highrise. Heffernan and Lemme, members of the Broken Lizard comedy filmmaking group behind such movies as Super Troopers and Beerfest, will write and act in the show, which centers on the staff at an upscale Manhattan apartment building. The duo, repped by UTA, 3 Arts and attorney Lev Ginsburg, will executive produce with 3 Arts. Heffernan & Lemme’s stand-up special Fat Man Little Boy will be released by Netflix later this year.
Universal TV — which landed a series order, The Mindy Project at Fox, in its first season actively selling to outside networks as part of a new mandate — has continued to set up shows at networks other than NBC this development cycle, including two Jason Katims projects at Fox.