Smash executive producer David Marshall Grant is behind projects that have been set up at CBS, HBO and the CW. The CBS and the CW dramas are produced by CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman-Beverly, while the HBO comedy is executive produced by Sarah Condon. Grant is executive producing all three (his deal for the CW’s Blink is still being finalized) and writing the CBS one, an adaptation of the Israeli series Ran Quartet.
The untitled CBS drama is a medical show centered on adult quadruplets. In the original series, created by Giyora Yahalom and Oren Jakobi, the four siblings had had their entire lives documented by a filmmaker until age 32, when the documentary stops and everyone comes to find the four’s real lives are quite different from the way they had been portrayed on TV. It ran on Israeli satcaster Yes for two seasons. (Check out the video below.)
CBS first took a stab at developing an adaptation of Ran Quartet during the 2009-10 season when the script, written by Revenge and Swingtown creator Mike Kelly and his brother Chris, got to pilot stage. In that version, the quadruplets became quintuplets, thus the title Quinn-Tuplets. Grant’s take is said to have more of a procedural element. He is executive producing with Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Yona Wiesenthal, Avi Armoza, Eilon Ratzkovsky, Yahalom, Jakobi, Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil and Arik Kneller. CBS TV Studios and Timberman-Beverly produce with Yes and July-August.
The untitled HBO comedy is written by Michael Lannan inspired by his short Lorimer. It revolves around three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. Grant and Condon executive produce, with Lannan co-exec producing.
The CW’s Blink, written by Vera Harbert, is a dark family story about a girl whose father is in a coma. Grant will exec produce alongside Beverly and Timberman. Before Smash, CAA-repped Grant was an executive producer on Brothers And Sisters.