Small town drama from writers Andrew Chapman and John Eisendrath (Alias), Sony Pictures TV and Maria Grasso and Deb Spera’s studio-based One-Two Punch Prods. has sold to ABC. Meanwhile Immortals writers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides have set up a high-concept drama at CBS, with ABC Studios, Bob Sertner and Chris Morgan producing.
ABC’s Dakota is set in the tiny farm town of Williston, North Dakota that is undergoing an oil boom. It is centered around the respected Holmburg family, one of the last to sell their mineral rights, and the many newcomers who inhabit their hometown in search of the American dream. Chapman and Eisendrath will write the script and will executive produce with Grasso and Spera. The four previously worked together on the ABC/ABC Studios drama pilot A House Divided, which Chapman wrote and was later developed as a feature. He recently sold his debut novel Ascendant to Simon & Schuster. Chapman is repped by Rothman Brecher Kim, Original Artists and manager Ragna Nervik; Eisendrath is with ICM Partners; and One-Two Punch is with WME.
CBS’ The Centurion centers on an elite Force Recon Marine who, after a near-fatal accident in combat overseas, makes a promise to God to clear the debt of the lives he’s taken if he safely returns home to his family. Settling back into his former career as a police detective, he is making good on his promise, guided by the angel of his best friend who died in the accident. Brothers Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, repped by WME and Principato-Young, will write the script and will executive produce with Bob Sertner (No Ordinary Family) and Chris Morgan. This marks the second TV sale for as a producer for feature writer Chris Morgan (Fast Five), he also has an adventure drama at ABC with 24 alum Evan Katz and Temple Hill.