Homeland co-creators and executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa just landed a pilot production commitment at CBS to go with the two Emmys they won 10 days ago, including best drama series. CBS has handed out the big penalty to Anatomy Of Violence, a drama from 20th Century Fox TV and Gordon’s studio-based Teakwood Lane. It will be co-written by Gordon and Gansa in a followup to them co-penning the pilot for Homeland based on Gideon Raff’s Israeli series, which earned them an Emmy for best drama writing. Inspired by the soon-to-be-published non-fiction title The Anatomy Of Violence: The Biological Roots Of Crime by Adrian Raine, the CBS drama centers on a female FBI agent who starts working with a mysterious psychiatrist with whom she shares a past connection. Gordon and Gansa will executive produce, with Teakwood’s Hugh Fitzpatrick co-executive producing.
Anatomy Of Violence extends Gordon and Gansa’s successful reunion as writing partners. As referenced in Gansa’s Emmy acceptance speech, the two started off as a writing team before splitting up while working on The X Files. Years later, Gordon, as showrunner on 24, hired Gansa, and the two restarted their writing partnership with Homeland.
It has been a strong first development season for Teakwood Lane. This marks the fifth broadcast sale for the company, which was launched in July, along with an untitled adventure drama penned by Shaun Cassidy, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox; legal drama Ritter at NBC, which Gordon is doing with fellow Homeland executive producer Alex Cary; an untitled futuristic thriller for NBC with writer Josh Friedman, which has a script commitment with significant penalty attached; and the Max Landis-penned Vigilant at Fox, which also has penalty. Gordon and Gansa are repped by WME and attorney Michael Gendler.