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CBS Orders Four Drama Pilots Including TV Version of ‘L.A. Confidential’

Pilot Season is Now in Full Swing

CBS has greenlit a pilot order for proposed drama “L.A. Confidential,” based on the 1997 movie and following the plot of James Ellroy’s original novel, which will feature multiple detectives as they try to solve a murder in 1950s Hollywood. This is the second time a TV version of the novel has gotten to the pilot stage; Kiefer Sutherland and Eric Roberts shot one back in 2003, but it was never picked up to series.

CBS has also ordered pilots from Greg Berlanti and “A Wrinkle In Time” director Ava DuVernay called “Red Line,” which will center on an incident in which a black doctor is shot by a white cop in Chicago, and the ensuing fallout from that moment. There is also drama “The Code,” about military lawyers, and “Main Justice,” a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced show based on the life and career of former Obama-era attorney general Eric Holder, vying for series pick-ups by the Eye net.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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