'Battlestar' Writer Rebuilds 'Bionic Woman'
'O.C.' creator, 'Rescue Me' team also bring pilots to NBC
The network has given a cast-contingent pilot order to the remake of the 1970s show and also greenlit two other pilots: the cop drama "Fort Pit," from the producers of "Rescue Me," and a spy series called "Chuck" co-written by "O.C." creator Josh Schwartz.
Eick and Laeta Kalogridis ("Alexander," "Birds of Prey") are co-writing and executive producing the "Bionic Woman" update, the showbiz trade papers report. The show is based on the 1970s series, a spinoff of "The Six Million Dollar Man," about a woman (Lindsay Wagner) who suffers a traumatic accident and has her body rebuilt with artificial parts that give her extraordinary strength and speed.
NBC's sister studio, NBC Universal TV, is producing the pilot.
"Chuck," meanwhile, comes from Warner Bros. TV. Schwartz and Chris Fedak are writing the script, a drama about twentysomething spies that's infused with dark humor, a la "Grosse Pointe Blank."
Finally, NBC has given the go-ahead to "Fort Pit," which is based on the experiences of former New York City cop Robert Cea. It centers on a crime-ridden Brooklyn precinct staffed by green officers and discipline cases who are playing out the string of their careers.
"Law & Order" veteran Michael Chernuchin wrote the original draft of the script, and "Rescue Me" co-creator Peter Tolan took a shot at it as well. Both will serve as exec producers along with Tolan's "Rescue Me" partner Denis Leary and Jim Serpico. Tolan will also direct the pilot.