As Sons Of Anarchy is wrapping its run, one of the FX series’ key writers, co-executive producer Mike Daniels, has lined up his next gig. Daniels has signed a two-year overall deal with Universal TV. As part of the pact, he is joining the studio’s upcoming straight-to-series FBI drama Shades Of Blue, starring Jennifer Lopez, as co-executive producer and No.2 to executive producer/showrunner Jack Orman with whom Daniels previously worked on ABC’s Pan Am. This marks the first overall pact for Daniels, who will be developing for both network and cable and is already prepping a high-profile cable pitch.
Daniels was an assistant at Sony marketing, writing scripts on the side, when his material landed him agency representation. His first writing job was on the CW’s One Tree Hill, which he joined in 2007. Stints on The Vampire Diaries and Pan Am followed, and in 2012, Daniels boarded Sons Of Anarchy, quickly rising from producer to co-executive producer and one of creator Kurt Sutter’s top lieutenants. “Mike has worked on an incredibly wide range of dramas, always with a fresh voice and interesting things to say,” said Universal TV EVP Bela Bajaria. “He’ll be a great addition to our upcoming drama Shades Of Blue and we are eager to develop with Mike as well.”
Daniels’ writing career got off to an auspicious start on a personal level too. The first scene of the very first episode he wrote on his first show, OTH’s Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want, featured a proposal by Lucas, played by OTH star Chad Michael Murray, to Lindsey, played by Michaela McManus. It worked, and Daniels and McManus, who met on the show, got married. Daniels is repped by ICM Partners and Jackoway Tyerman.