In one of the biggest drama buys for CBS this season, the network has given a put pilot commitment to a character-based procedural from writer Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) and producers Katie Couric, David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters), Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. CBS TV Studios, where Kurtzman’s new company Secret Hideout is under an overall deal, is the studio.
Penned by Lumet with Grant supervising, the untitled drama is being informally described as “The Good Wife meets Homicide.” It centers on an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit who must confront their own biases as they keep the peace by solving myriad crimes against humanity while acting locally but thinking of the national repercussions.
The project, which CBS landed in a bidding situation with another network, marks the first sale for Secret Hideout, Kurtzman’s successor to CBS TV Studios-based K/O Paper Products. Under that pact, Kurtzman and Secret Hideout president of television Kadin also executive produce the upcoming CBS All Access Star Trek series, which Kurtzman co-created with Bryan Fuller.
The CBS hate crimes drama also marks the first major scripted series sale for Katie Couric Media. Couric has been ramping up production through the company, including the upcoming Gender Revolution documentary for National Geographic, working with producing partner Mitchel Semel. Couric also is producing a movie in the works at Lifetime about the water crisis in Flint, MI.
This also marks Couric’s return to CBS, where she anchored CBS Nightly News from 2006-2011. She is repped by CAA.
CBS has been interested in dramas tackling the tough subject of hate crimes. Two seasons ago, the network developed For Justice, about the Criminal Section of FBI’s Civil Rights Division, which went to pilot directed by Ava DuVernay.
Lumet, daughter of director Sidney Lumet, started off as an actress before segueing to screenwriting. She is repped by ICM Partners.
Grant, who has worked as executive producer on the CBS/ABC Studios/CBS Studios medical drama Code Black, is repped by CAA.
Secret Hideout is repped by CAA and attorney Michael Gendle.