CBS is planning a buddy P.I. drama pilot called “Hail Mary” set to be taped next month in Atlanta, href=”http://www.deadline.com/tag/hail-mary-pilot/”>according to deadline.com.
The article says it’s a drama based in Atlanta that “focuses on a suburban single mom who teams up with a streetwise hustler to solve crimes.” No lead actors have been named yet for the pilot.
This doesn’t mean if CBS picks the show up that it will stay here though the fact it’s supposed to be set in Atlanta improves its chances. CBS draws the largest audiences of any network by a wide margin nowadays and has the fewest holes in its lineup for new shows. So it’s also a very competitive field for pilots.
The executive producer/showrunner is Ilene Chaiken, who created Showtime’s “The L Word.”
Pilots are sometimes shot in Atlanta but moved elsewhere later. Last year, ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7″ taped its pilot here but moved (appropriately) to Detroit for the rest of its freshman season. TNT’s upcoming drama “Franklin & Bash” starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer was also shot in Atlanta but ultimately moved elsewhere. (The pilot was shot almost a year ago. No launch date has been announced though it’s supposed to start sometime this summer.)
Three major scripted dramas are currently shot in Atlanta: “The Vampire Diaries” on the CW, “Drop Dead Diva” on Lifetime, returning to Peachtree City for season three next month, and AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” which is set to start production for season two in June or July. There are some rumblings that a spin-off of “The Vampire Diaries” may be shot here as well.
By Rodney Ho, email@example.com, AJCRadioTV blog