The CBS project, Darkness Falls, brings together the key auspices behind long-running procedural Criminal Minds — CBS, which airs it; the Mark Gordon Co., ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, which produce it; and the series’ executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer. Messer will write and executive produce Darkness Falls with fellow Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois. The project is described as a character procedural that will explore the complex dynamic of an FBI psychologist and a homicide specialist as they journey into small communities around the country to solve the darkest, most twisted single murders. WME-repped Barrois will serve as showrunner, with UTA-repped Messer continuing her duties as the sole showrunner on Criminal Minds. Gordon and Nicholas Pepper also executive produce.
The NBC project, Spinsters, will be written by Cougar Town co-executive producers Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein, who executive produce with Gordon and Andrea Shay. It is a single-camera dating comedy about three modern-day spinsters and the one guy who might be able to help them. Spinsters stems from Pietrosh and Goldstein’s overall deal with ABC Studios. The duo is repped by ICM Partners, which also reps Gordon.
Darkness Falls and Spinsters join Mark Gordon Co.’s six other broadcast projects sold so far, including Sex Diaries, Dirty Girls, Pros & Cons, Gothica, a family drama co-written by Bob Daily and Pierce Gardner, and soap Vain from Holly Sorensen.