It’s been roughly nine months since the finale of Chuck, and the cult comedy has still left a hole in the NBC schedule the has yet to be filled. Okay, perhaps Revolution successfully filled the hour-long timeslot but the comedy genre is in a state of suffering. Still, since then co-creator Josh Schwartz has attached his name to multiple projects thus far while writer Chris Fedak has been in hiding following a five year run on network television. However now, not only are the creative duo back together for a possible new series but the creators responsible for the current Outstanding Drama Series winner at the Emmys is back as Homeland seems to have found a cousin on CBS.
First up, Deadline reports that Fedak and Schwartz are back together again at FOX for a new sci-fi pilot called Midnighters. Instead of co-writing this time, Fedak has penned the pilot on his own while Schwartz will be producing with partner Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl) along with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Brothers Television.
Based off of the book trilogy of the same name, Midnighters is described as “a drama centered on a small group of people all born at the stroke of midnight who have access to the 25th hour of the day”. The pilot has only received a script commitment thus far, but really this could be a strong contender for obtaining the sci-fi crown following the Fringeseries finale in Early 2013 at the network. Though it’s expected that J.H. Wyman’s untitled futuristic robot crime drama might get the spot, it’ll be interesting to see which series comes out on top.
This also comes on the verge of Josh Schwartz’s feature film debut later this month with the kid-friendly flick Fun Size. Schwartz other television ventures includes the final season of Gossip Girl kicking off this week, the sophomore season of Hart of Dixie, his next co-created series The Carrie Diaries hitting in Early 2013 along with his next produced series on the networkCult. Meanwhile, Schwartz is also in the works to adapt the hit U.K. series Misfits for The CW with a possible pilot early next year.
Meanwhile, THR reports that Homeland creators Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have received a pilot production commitment from CBS for an untitled F.B.I. drama Anatomy of Violence. Based off of the non-fiction novel of the same name, the series will follow “a female FBI agent who starts working with a mysterious psychiatrist with whom she shares a past connection”.
If picked up, this will extend the working relationship the duo have with CBS, as Showtime is a CBS sister network, while Gordon would serve as the showrunner. Both men will also write for the series and are set to serve as executive producers as well. With Homeland being critically acclaimed and having a spectacular run at the Emmys just two weeks ago, it’d be surprising if the series is ultimately not picked up in the long haul. There’s no word on how this may affect a third or even fourth season of production on Homeland, but it’s likely the two will be able to juggle both series.