EXCLUSIVE: Their praised drama Memphis Beat may have faced an untimely demise, but Liz Garcia and Josh Harto‘s time working on the TNT show has given them inspiration for a new series. CBS has put in development The Big Easy, a supernatural mystery series set in New Orleans and centered on the complex life and cases of Jack Lyons, a hard-living trumpet player and paranormal investigator with a dark personal tie to his work. Garcia and Harto will write the project, inspired by their experiences living in the city while producing Memphis Beat, which was filmed there. The Big Easy hails from CBS TV Studios and studio based Timberman-Beverly Prods, with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly executive producing alongside Garcia and Harto.
This is married writing duo Garcia and Harto’s second sale this broadcast development season, along with restaurant drama Inferno at NBC, which is executive produced by Gordon Ramsay and Scott Stuber and has Smash director Michael Mayer attached to direct. Garcia and Harto, who recently wrapped production on Kristen Bell-starring indie drama The Lifeguard — written and directed by Garcia and produced by Harto — are repped by CAA and Madhouse.