MTV has greenlighted for production I Just Want My Pants Back, a drama pilot based on the book by David Rosen, which will be directed by Doug Liman. The project, from Liman and Dave Bartis’ Hypnotic and Universal Cable Prods., marks the first pilot order from an outside network for UCP, which has been ramping up development for unaffiliated cable networks in the past 6 months under SVP Maira Suro. It also falls under a two-year overall deal that Hypnotic has signed with UPC.

Described as an youthful romantic dramedy set in New York City, Pants centers on 22-year-old Jason Strider and his friends who grapple with dating, romance and becoming adults. The project was originally developed for NBC through UMS where Hypnotic was based. Through their relationship with UPC where they executive produce the studio’s new series for USA Covert Affairs, Liman and Bartis brought the script to Suro.

“Having come from MTV, I was well aware of what they needs were,” said Suro who served as SVP development West Coast at MTV before joining UCP in February, overseeing development for non-NBC Uni cable networks.

Liman, who had not directed a pilot since 2007, was originally only supposed to executive produce Pants. “A great opportunity presented itself: he had a window of availability and, with MTV’s enthusiasm to move with a pilot order, it all came together,” Suro said.

Since joining UCP, Suro has set up a handful of projects at various cable networks, including Pushers, a drama set in the pharmaceutical industry from Law & Order: SVU executive producer Neal Baer, Michael Curtis and Roger Shulman. It is in the works at AMC.