David Semel is set to direct and executive produce Bunker Hill, CBS’s medical drama pilot written/executive produced by Parenthood‘s Jason Katims, from Universal Television, Katims’ studio-based True Jack Prods. and CBS TV Studios. The project follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting-edge, “new school” approach to medicine. Katims and Semel executive produce the pilot with True Jack’s Michelle Lee.
Last year, CBS ordered a slew of medical drama scripts. Two, Code Black and LFE, went to pilot, and one, Code Black, went to series. It was directed by Semel, one of a string of pilots he has directed that have gone to series, including Heroes, Legends and, at CBS, Intelligence, Madam Secretary and Code Black.
Semel also recently directed the opening episodes of two buzzy straight-to-series Amazon dramas, breakout The Man In The High Castle, which already has been renewed for a second season, and David E. Kelley’s upcoming Trial starring Billy Bob Thornton. He is repped by WME.
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