CBS Buys Medical Drama From Dan Jinks, Playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo

Medical dramas’ hot streak this development season is being extended with another sale. CBS has put in development LFE from The Dan Jinks Company and CBS Television Studios.

Written by Paul Downs ColaizzoLFE follows a group of New York City’s wildest and most brilliant doctors as they start their second year of residency in the city’s most prestigious hospital. The show will not only be about saving lives in the hospital, but also about the young doctors grappling with their own mortalities in the face of the almost superhuman and godly feats they pull off while on the job. Dan Jinks (American Beauty, Pushing Daisies) and Colaizzo exec produce.

Colaizzo, 28, got his big break when his play Really Really was staged off-Broadway last fall with David Cromer directing and Zosia Mamet starring, with him making an overnight transition from a struggling unemployed writer to a hot playwright. Colaizzo, repped by ICM and Echo Lake Entertainment, made another transition, to TV, last season when he developed a one-hour pilot for ABC, executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. He also worked on Ryan Murphy’s HBO pilot, Open.

This is the second broadcast sale for The Dan Jinks Co. under its deal with CBS TV Studios, joining The Family Business at NBC. Jinks is with WME.

LFE joins a slew of other medical drama pitches sold this season. CBS also has an untitled project from Jason Katims and Sarah Watson and Code Black, based on Ryan McGarry’s feature documentary, both with put pilot commitments.

Additionally, the network has an adaptation of the South Korean medical drama Good Doctor with Daniel Dae Kim producing, a Larry Kaplow project produced by Halle Berry and Katie Jacobs; and Austen’s Razor, centered on a character inspired by Arthur L. Caplan, an authority on bioethics, which has a production commitment.

Fox’s The Cure, from New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell and Medium creator Glenn Gordon Caron and ABC’s medical advocate drama project from David Marshall Grant, Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein also have put pilot commitments. ABC also has a drama from Amy Holden Jones with a significant penalty, and Cold Blood, from Janine Sherman Barrois and Aaron Kaplan; while NBC has Critical, from Eva Longoria, John Glenn and Katie Lovejoy.

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