EXCLUSIVE: Fox’s drama pilot Breakout Kings may break out of the rejected pilots heap. I hear that 20th TV, which produced Breakout Kings with Chernin Entertainment, is in preliminary talks with A&E about possibly taking in the project.
The pilot, about a team of U.S. marshals and a group of convicts who race against the clock to apprehend escaped prisoners, was a sentimental favorite of many industry insiders this season and became hot after a great early studio testing. It was one of Fox’s top three hourlong pilots but ultimately missed the cut when the network opted to go with only two new drama series, Lonestar and Ride-Along, and keep both of its bubble dramas, Lie To Me and Human Target.
20th immediately sent out the pilot, written by Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora and directed by Gavin Hood, to a number of broadcast and cable networks.
At A&E, Breakout Kings would fit into the character-driven procedural direction the channel is taking with the upcoming cop drama The Glades, which also is male-centered. Breakout Kings stars Laz Alonso, Domenick Lombardozzi, Malcolm Goodwin, Jimmi Simpson, Brooke Nevin and Nicole Steinwedell.