Petersen Banner Sets Up Drama Duo at CBS
Fri Sep 6, 3:39 AM ET
By Josef Adalian

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - "The Perfect Storm" director Wolfgang Petersen has set up two drama projects at CBS, one about a female governor, the other about a crippled cop.



Petersen's Radiant Prods., which he runs with Gail Katz, has a deal with CBS that calls for the network to produce at least one pilot from several scripts brought in by Radiant. Along with Universal Network Television and CBS Prods., Radiant already produces CBS' sophomore spook drama "The Agency."

The two hourlong drama projects, set up within days of each other, are targeted for the fall 2003 season.

Playwright Alison Carey ("For Here or to Go") has written an hourlong drama about the female governor of California who comes to power after her husband dies while in office.

"It's the story of a woman doing a balancing act running the biggest state in the country and her family," Katz said.

Meanwhile, scribe Gary Horn ("Vertical Leap") is penning an hourlong police drama about a cop in a wheelchair.

"He's an officer who's injured in the line of duty and returns to the force as an active homicide detective," Katz said, noting the series will not be an "Ironside" clone.

Horn writes with first-hand knowledge of his subject: He sustained spinal cord injuries when he was 19 that require him to use a wheelchair.

Petersen, meanwhile, continues to be busy on the feature side, recently signing up to direct and produce the Warner Bros. epic "Troy."

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