Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon has set up two more hourlong projects, Run Black at Fox and Bar Scene at NBC. Both are produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Gordon and his Exhibit A are under an overall deal.
Run Black is being written by former Criminal Minds showrunner Simon Mirren, who also has a deal at Sony TV. It centers on a brilliant and dangerous prisoner who is given a chance to reduce his sentence when the FBI recruits him to partner up with a book-smart but painfully naive agent to infiltrate and dismantle a criminal empire on the outside. Mirren and Gordon executive produce, with Gordon possibly directing.
NBC’s Bar Scene, from writers/exec producers Chris Alberghini and Mike Chessler (90210), is based on the life of Jackie Davis, who is a series co-creator. It is about a team of misfit lawyers who start their own practice. Davis’ sister, Stephanie Davis, executive produces with Gordon and Jamie Tarses through her Sony TV-based Fanfare. Alberghnini and Chessler are repped by Paradigm.
Gordon and his Exhibit A development executive Mary Rohlich have set up five TV projects this season through Sony TV: dramas Run Black and Bar Scene and three comedies — a Chris Sheridan project at ABC co-produced by Amblin TV, the Jason Micallef-penned Bastards at Fox and the Steve Basilone- and Annie Mebane-written Domino Effect at NBC; the latter two are co-produced by Fanfare. Gordon is also attached to executive produce and direct the Adam Goldberg/Happy Madison/Sony comedy How The F**k I’m Normal, which has a pilot production commitment at ABC. On the feature side, Gordon, repped by WME, BEP and Warren Dern, recently wrapped production on comedy Identity Theft starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman.