Emily Owens, MD creator Jennie Snyder Urman has sold three projects under her overall deal at CBS Television Studios — two dramas to the CW and a comedy to Fox as CBS Studios this year is branching out from supplying only siblings CBS and the CW to also selling to the other broadcast networks.
The CW’s Cross, written by Urman, is set in the 19th Century and centers on 22-year old Eliza who secretly assumes her recently deceased twin brother Thomas’ identity and takes his job working in a Boston hospital as a doctor’s apprentice. The drama explores gender politics, race relations and the birth of modern medicine during an explosive time in American history. At the CW, Cross joins Urman’s Jane The Virgin, a drama based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana La Virgen. The project, which Urman exec produces with Gary Pearl, Jorge Granier and Ben Silverman, was one of the first buys for this development cycle. It centers on Jane, a hard-working, religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated. Fox’s Sober Companion, which Urman is writing/exec producing with David Rosenthal, is an odd couple-esque comedy in which an out of control lawyer is forced to enlist a sober companion in order to get his life back on track. Under her pact with CBS Studios, Urman, repped by UTA and Felker Toczek, is a consulting producer on the studio’s new CW drama Reign. Her credits also include series Men In Trees and Gilmore Girls and feature Something Borrowed.