Medical drama continues to be the hottest genre so far this development season with another high-profile project getting a put pilot commitment. In this latest case, Fox has committed to The Cure, to be written by New Yorker writer and best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell and Medium creator Glenn Gordon Caron.
Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV — where both Imagine and Caron are under deals — are producing, with Gladwell, Caron, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo executive producing. The Cure is described as a provocative, character-driven medical thriller about a young, impulsive African-American neurologist who takes the law into her own hands in the cause of tackling a deadly disease.
This is a rare broadcast drama created with a black protagonist at the center, as happened with Shonda Rhimes‘ ABC series Scandal, featuring Kerry Washington. There have been shows that ended up with black actors as the leads through the casting process — including ABC’s medical drama Gideon’s Crossing (Andre Braugher) and the upcoming How To Get Away With Murder (Viola Davis) — but that rarely happens at the concept stage. Imagine TV and Fox have another drama with a black lead (and largely black cast) coming up: hip-hop series Empire.
This is the third put pilot commitment for a medical drama so far this season. CBS has handed out two so far, including to an untitled project from the Parenthood duo of Jason Katims and Sarah Watson, and to Code Black, based on Ryan McGarry’s feature documentary, from Michael Seitzman and Marti Noxon. ABC committed a significant penalty to a medical drama from Amy Holden Jones.