CBS adds two candidates to the medical drama pilot frenzy


CBS’s President Nina Tassler was vocal about it at the TCAs: she wants a medical drama on the air next year! Two candidates are now ordered to pilots, with a third one still possible.

First project is Code Black, co-produced by ABC Studios & CBS Television Studios, about the busiest and most notorious ER in the nation – LA County Hospital – the extraordinary staff confronts a broken system in order to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most. It is written by Michael Seitzman, an expert at pilots not ordered to series, except for horrible Intelligence last year.

Second project is LFE, a CBS Studios Television production, written by 29 year-old writer Paul Downs Collaizo. It is described as a “high-octane procedural” that focuses on residents trying to reconcile god complexes with their humanity at New York City’s top hospital.

Both look strong contenders, with another one with a hefty commitment pending, Austen’s Razor, as reported here a few days ago. The Untitled Silicon Valley medical drama project developped by Parenthood‘s team Jason Katims & Sarah Watson for CBS is rolled to next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At NBC, medical soap Heart Matters has been ordered to pilot, while ABC has a red hot one called The Advocate, soon to be ordererd.

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