January 23, 2016 - 16:53 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Jason Katims is checking back into CBS. The network has ordered the Parenthood alum's medical drama Bunker Hill to pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Bunker Hill 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.
Originally developed last year (when it narrowly missed a pilot pickup), the drama is said to be in the vein of Katims' former NBC medical drama County but set within a relevant, forward-thinking "wish fulfillment" hospital of the future.
Friday Night Lights grad Katims penned the new script and exec produces alongside his Universal Television-based True Jack topper Michelle Lee. Universal Television and CBS Television Studios will co-produce Bunker Hill.
Bunker Hillis one of many Katims has set up across town as True Jack ventures beyond broadcast. The beloved and Emmy-winning writer-producer next has Hulu's straight-to-series The Path starring Aaron Paul and has drama pilot Us in contention at HBO as well as a comedy in development at Showtime from writer Stu Zicherman. On the broadcast side, Katims has a funeral home-set musical soap in the works with The Wiz producers that's in contention at NBC.
On the comedy side, CBS has ordered a pilot for Superior Donuts. Based on the Broadway play by Tracy Letts (August: Osage County), the project follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, his new young employee and their patrons in a gentrified Chicago neighborhood. The half-hour multicam hails from writers Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan (Community, Scrubs), and Bob Daily (CBS' The Odd Couple), who will exec produce with Mark Teitelbaum and John Montgomery. CBS Television Studios will produce.
The Katims drama comes as CBS remains high on medical dramas. The network Freshman Code Black — which earned a full-season order — has been a sturdy player for the procedural-heavy network this season.
The Superior Donuts order arrives as multicam sitcoms The Big Bang Theory and The Odd Couple continue to bring in solid numbers for CBS. However, in recent years the network has also tried to dip its toe into the single-camera space with series like Life in Pieces.