Upfronts ’13: TNT, TBS developing “Cop Swap,” “Cheeseheads”
U.S. nets TNT and TBS have unveiled unscripted development slates at their annual Upfront in New York, including a project where two policemen swap jobs, and a series about Green Bay Packers fans.
TNT has four non-fiction projects in development, including Burn, a docu-drama told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters. The series is being exec produced by Denis Leary, Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez and Jim Serpico, and is being made by Apostle Pictures and Callbox.
Also on the slate is Cop Swap, from Law & Order creator Dick Wolf. Each week, two law enforcement officials “from diverse backgrounds and departments immerse themselves in each other’s lives and jobs in an effort to learn something that will make them better officers, partners and citizens of the law,” according to the shows billing.
The series is being produced by Wolf Films and 44 Blue Productions, and the EPs are Wolf, Tom Thayer and Rasha Drachkovitch.
Elsewhere, Monopoly, from Hasbro, is a reality version of the popular game, in which players attempt to amass as much property and wealth as possible. It is being made by The Magical Elves and Hasbro Studios, and the EPs are Stephen J. Davis, Kevin Belinkoff, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz.
Finally, The Big Deal, from the producers of The Biggest Loser and MasterChef, promises to be the biggest treasure hunt America has ever seen. “Teams of antique and collectible enthusiasts from across the country compete in an epic scavenger hunt for the chance to win thousands in cash,” the show’s billing states.
It is being made by Shine America and the EPs are Eden Gaha and Paul Franklin.
Over at sister network TBS, prodco 51 Minds is developing Me Time with Diablo Cody, which will see the titular creator of United States of Tara and Young Adult bringing “her signature charm and style” to the screen as host of her own show.
The series promises to “reveal a side of Hollywood and celebs that the public very rarely gets to see,” and is exec produced by Cody, Mark Cronin and Courtland Cox.
Finally, TBS is also developing Cheeseheads (working title), which looks at the fans of Wisconsin’s Green Bay Packers. Billing promises that the show “will take viewers into the hilarious subculture through the eyes of a group of proud Wisconsinites as they navigate life in the only way they know how – loud, proud and with lots of beer.”
It is being made by Good Clean Fun and the EP is Jason Carbone.
In addition to the development titles, the Upfront also saw the announcement that TBS and TNT will become the industry’s first national entertainment networks to offer live streaming of their on-air lineups 24/7.
“For a decade, we’ve been beating the drum the loudest – that cable is as good as broadcast,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, which includes TBS and TNT, as well as truTV and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in a statement.
“Now, our industry has reached a tipping point. From creative strength to ratings power, cable has emerged as the leader in television. I’m proud of the role we’ve played at TNT and TBS. Today, we’re looking toward the next horizon – becoming a multi-screen video company serving multiple audiences.”
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