CBS has given a pilot order to Code Black, a medical drama from Intelligence creator Michael Seitzman. David Semel has come on board to direct the pilot, from ABC Studios, where Seitzman is under an overall deal, and CBS TV Studios. Additionally, the network has picked up a multi-camera comedy from its sister studio written/executive produced by Tosh.0 co-creator/executive producer Mike Gibbons.
Based on Ryan McGarry’s feature documentary, Code Black had a put pilot commitment. The title refers to a code name used in the emergency room of an urban hospital when the influx of patients is so great that the staff is too overwhelmed to treat them all and some might die. The drama series, and the documentary it was inspired by, are set in the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation – LA County Hospital – where the extraordinary staff confronts a broken system in order to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most. “Code Black is literally a death-defying look at today’s world of medicine told from the boots on the ground at LA County Hospital,” Seitzman told me at the time of the sale.
He is executive producing the pilot with Semel, McGarry, the documentary’s producer Linda Goldstein Knowlton and executive producer Marti Noxon.
This marks Seitzman’s third CBS project to go to pilot, including House Rules and Intelligence, the latter of which was picked up to series.
This is CBS’ first medical drama pilot after buying a number of projects in the genre during pitch season, multiple of them with significant commitments.
Written/executive produced by Mike Gibbons, The Half of It centers on a newly divorced dad who revels in the fact that he now gets to keep half his stuff, which is more than he ever had when he was married. Gibbons has extensive late-night experience and has been tapped as co-executive producer on CBS’ upcoming Late Late Show with James Corden.