EXCLUSIVE: Two more drama projects landed slots on ABC‘s drama development slate: medical drama Warriors, from director-producer Chris Chulack (Southland), writer Steven Baigelman and Mandeville Television; and legal drama Grievances, from writers Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price and Neal Moritz’s Original Film.
ER alum Chulack is back on the medical beat with Warriors, which is inspired by the state-of-the-art Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The project, written by Baigerlman and to be directed by Chulack, will follow the best and brightest of active-duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine on critically wounded warriors returning home from Afghanistan; on military families and veterans; as well as administering to Washington’s government elite such as the president, senators, Supreme Court justices — all while juggling their complicated personal lives and trying to maintain their sense of perspective, humor, and sanity. Chulack and Baigelman executive produce with Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Maria Crenna. Warriors reunites Baigelman with UTA-repped Mandeville TV, where he developed The Oath, also for ABC. Baigelman, repped by UTA and Management 360, is developing the Miles Davis feature biopic Kill The Trumpet Player for Don Cheadle to star. The two recently co-wrote Mr. Inbetween for Showtime. Chulack, repped by UTA and manager Ken Goss, is executive producer/director on TNT’s Southland and directed the pilot for A&E’s breakout drama Longmire.
Grievances, from Sony Pictures TV, is described as an unvarnished look at a complicated, co-dependent, no-regard-for-boundaries female friendship between a single woman and happily married mother of three, who start their own law firm when they’re screwed over by their male bosses. Millard and Price, who have been writing together since they were in law school when they picked up writing to avoid actually practicing law, will write the script. They will executive produce the project with Original Film’s Moritz and Vivian Cannon. Paradigm-repped Millard and Price’s first feature was Disney’s The Game Plan.
Original Film, which is behind Showtime’s The Big C and the upcoming NBC comedy Save Me, has sold several projects this season, including a character-driven drama from writer Grant Thompson at CBS and Patients Required by Chris Cox at Fox.