EXCLUSIVE: CBS has put in development Angel Time, a drama series project based on the characters in Anne Rice’s The Songs of the Seraphim novels. Named after the first book in the series, Angel Time hails from CBS Studios and Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman’s studio-based Timberman-Beverly Prods. Joe Carnahan is set to direct the project, with Rice executive producing. Written by Memphis Beat creators Josh Harto and Liz Garcia, Angel Time is a New Orleans-set high-stakes, operatic drama about Toby O’Dare, a soulless assassin with a tragic past who finds himself on a road to redemption. Harto and Garcia are executive producing the project with Rice, Carnahan, Timberman and Beverly.

Narc director Carnahan, repped by CAA and Stuart Rosenthal, is on a hot streak in TV with the two pilots he directed, A&E’s Those Who Kill and NBC’s The Blacklist, both going to series, and Blacklist drawing big ratings on Monday. Garcia recently wrote and directed the Sundance movie The Lifeguard, which she produced with Harto, both repped by CAA and Madhouse. CAA-repped Timberman-Beverly has four series: Elementary and Unforgettable on CBS, Justified on FX and Masters Of Sex, which premieres on Showtime this weekend. The company’s development slate also includes CBS medical drama Dorothy, inspired by the characters and themes from The Wizard of Oz, and Blood, Sweat & Tears, an A&E serialized drama set in Texas and centered on the world of amateur Bull Riding. Rice is with CAA and Christine Cuddy.

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