Dick Wolf is moving into premium cable with his newest project.
Dick Wolf is further diversifying his portfolio with his latest TV idea, which the One Chicago producer is specifically targeting for premium cable networks and streaming services rather than his usual broadcast audience.
Wolf is one of the producers on American Babylon, a period drama based on the 2002 non-fiction book The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and its Hold on America by Sally Morris and Roger Morris.
The book details how Las Vegas rose to prominence through tracing the stories of key figures in the city’s history. According to Deadline, the TV series would combine real people with fictional characters.
Wolf is solely executive-producing the project; the pilot is being written by The Pacific writer Robert Schenkkan, who has a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award (and also happens to be the uncle of Gotham actor Ben McKenzie).
Schenkkan’s colleague from The Pacific, Bruce C. McKenna, would serve as the showrunner if American Babylon gets a full series order.
This isn’t the first time Dick Wolf has worked on a premium cable project; he produced HBO‘s 2007 Emmy-winning adaptation of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. But it is the first time in his career that he would be doing a full TV series for a premium network.
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Wolf has been expanding his already high profile this development season. Earlier this year he signed a massive new deal with Universal Television that specifically included developing shows for NBC’s streaming service Peacock.
One of those, Law & Order: Organized Crime, moved to NBC proper. Another series, Law & Order: Hate Crimes, remains in development while just this week, it was reported that Wolf might also bring his New York Undercover revival to Peacock.
Meanwhile, CBS has discussed the possibility of a third FBI series with Wolf as well. He currently has six scripted series on the air, as well as numerous unscripted programs produced through the Wolf Reality brand.
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