Fox has given a script commitment with penalty to two drama projects from Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen’s Temple Hill (Rosewood) — a dance show written/executive produced by Richard LaGravenese and executive produced by Dancing With The Stars’ Julianne Hough and medical show Juarez General from Oz creator Tom Fontana. Both will be produced by 20th Century Fox TV, where Temple Hill is under an overall deal, with Godfrey and Bowen executive producing.
The LaGravenese/Hough project is described as an aspirational, serialized character drama set in the competitive world of dance that highlights how dancers must work, fight and create to achieve their dreams.
Fontana’s Juarez General is described as an unconventional medical franchise about a hospital in the border town of Juarez, Mexico, the deadliest city in the world and ground zero for the drug war. The project is based on an original idea Temple Hill developed with Epic magazine, whose Josh Davis and Joshuah Bearman get executive producer credit alongside Fornana and Barry Levinson, his partner at the Levinson/Fontana Company.
The dance drama and Juarez General join two other broadcast projects Temple Hill has in development: military thriller Behind Enemy Lines, inspired by the movie, which is set at Fox as a put pilot with Jeffrey Nachmanoff writing, and comedy Let’s Pretend This Never Happened at ABC, based on Jenny Lawson’s memoir, which Hilary Winston is writing.
The LaGravenese/Hough project, Juarez General and Behind Enemy Lines fall under the overall deal Temple Hill inked with 20th TV in July when the company brought in Albert Page as head of TV. He serves as co-executive producer on the three dramas. (Let’s Pretend is a pre-existing project the company had while based at ABC Studios which co-produces with Sony TV.)
This is the second dance-themed drama project Fox is developing for next season — both exec produced by famous professional dancers and both produced by 20th TV. The other, about a young, hip and diverse group of aspiring dancers at a top ballet company, is written by Tracy Oliver and exec produced by top ballerina Misty Copeland.
Temple Hill, which also produced ABC’s Revenge, is repped by UTA and attorney Ken Richman. LaGravenese, nominated for an Emmy for writing HBO’s Behind The Candelabra, is repped by CAA and attorney Gretchen Rush. Hough is repped by CAA and attorney Jason Sloane. UTA-repped Fontana recently created Copper and Borgia.