CBS gives drama project a series production order
“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and “House” creator David Shore are teaming up at CBS.
The pair have landed a drama project, “Battle Creek,” with the network, which has given it a series production order for the 2014-15 season.
Gilligan and Shore are writing and executive producing the project. The show probes the question:”When two detectives with very different world views are teamed up, they must answer the question: is cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan in the face of a complete lack of resources; or is the exact opposite true – it takes naïveté, trust and a boatload of resources?”
The project, which Gilligan created, has long been in germination. CBS developed the script in 2002.
Shore will serve as showrunner on the series, while Gilligan may direct the project, pending his availability. (There’s also AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff “Better Call Saul” to contend with.)
Mark Johnson is also executive producing the project, which comes from “Breaking Bad” producers Sony Pictures Television and CBS TV Studios.