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Hate Crimes Procedural Drama from Katie Couric Receives Put Pilot Commitment at CBS

In one of the biggest drama buys for CBS this season, the network has given a put pilot commitment to a character-based procedural from writer Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) and producers Katie Couric, David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters), Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin. CBS TV Studios, where Kurtzman’s new company Secret Hideout is under an overall deal, is the studio.

Penned by Lumet with Grant supervising, the untitled drama is being informally described as “The Good Wife meets Homicide“. It centers on an elite team of investigators for the Northeast Regional U.S. Hate Crimes Unit who must confront their own biases as they keep the peace by solving a myriad of crimes against humanity while acting locally but thinking of the national repercussions.

The project, which CBS landed in a bidding situation with another network, marks the first sale for Secret Hideout, Kurtzman’s successor to CBS TV-Studios based K/O Paper Products, since it recently closed a new overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under that pact, Kurtzman and Secret Hideout president of television Kadin also executive produce the upcoming CBS All Access Star Trek series, which Kurtzman co-created with Bryan Fuller.

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