In a very competitive situation, CBS has landed a medical drama project from the Parenthood duo of Jason Katims and Sarah Watson. The project, from Universal TV and Katims’ studio-based True Jack Prods, is set at a high-tech Silicon Valley hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine. Watson will write the script and executive produce with True Jack’s Katims and Michelle Lee.
Medical drama is one of the hot genres early in the selling season, with ABC also recently committing a significant penalty to a medical drama from Any Holden Jones. The put pilot commitment by CBS to a project form NBC sibling Uni TV underscores the breaking of the walls of vertical integration, which started last season, with network-affiliated studios selling to rival nets. The process seems to be further accelerating this year, with several such cross-conglom projects in play.
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True Jack also developed with Watson the past two seasons an edgy romantic comedy/legal show, which was set up at Fox in 2012 and at ABC last year. UTA-repped Watson has been on NBC family drama Parenthood, developed and executive produced by Katims, since the beginning, rising to executive producer for the series’ upcoming sixth and final season. She also wrote for True Jack’s NBC comedy About A Boy, also developed/exec produced by Katims, which is returning for a second season. True Jack, repped by CAA, just sold its first cable project, a dating comedy at Showtimr from Stu Zicherman,