The Yellowstone star and executive producer has set up the drama ISB at ABC, which picked up the procedural with a put-pilot commitment with a financial peny attached.
Former The Flash showrunner Aaron Helbing and Costner will co-write the script. Both will executive produce, while Helbing — whose credits also include Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Smallville — will also serve as showrunner.
The potential series is a co-production between A+E Studios and Disney's 20th TV. Costner will exec produce alongside his Territory Pictures partners Rod Lake, Ivan Cohen, Ken Halsband and Jon Baird.
"This project came from a long-running friendship with Tana Jamieson of A+E Studios," Costner said Thursday in a statement. "We had previously developed a project together and when she asked me to work with her on this, her passion for the project made it an easy decision for me and Territory. I am excited to be working with ABC because of their history of breaking new ground and for their strong support of our creative vision."
There is currently no deal in place for Costner to star in the drama, which remains in development. He currently stars on Paramount Network's Yellowstone, which is the ViacomCBS-owned cable network's highest-rated scripted original and the backbone of its scripted strategy.
EXCLUSIVE: ViacomCBS' Entertainment & Youth Brands has signed a rich overall production and development deal with Yellowstone co-creator Taylor Sheridan. The pact, said to be well into the eight figures, covers multiple projects across the division run by Chris McCarthy, including projects for the newly created Entertainment & Youth Studios. David Glasser and his 101 Studios will executive produce all projects under the deal.
Additionally, Paramount Network has ordered a 4th season of its flagship series Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner ahead of the series’ season 3 summer premiere.
This marks the first overall deal for ViacomCBS’ recently formed Entertainment & Youth Brands unit, which encompasses MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Smithsonian Channel, VH1, Pop, CMT, TV Land, Logo and their respective content studios. Keith Cox, President of ViacomCBS Entertainment and Youth Studios, who has played a key role in fostering the relationship with Sheridan at Paramount Network, will oversee the projects under the deal.
Yellowstone is the No. 1 scripted series of the summer across cable and broadcast TV in the key P18-49 and P25-54 demos and the most-watched 2019 summer series on cable TV. Yellowstone, Paramount Network’s most watched show, was co-created with John Linson, and co-produced by 101 Studios. The series follows Costner as John Dutton, who controls the largest, contiguous ranch in the United States.
Sheridan's deal also includes a first season of scripted drama Mayor of Kingstown, which Paramount Network ordered in January. Set in a small Michigan town centered on seven federal prisons, Mayor of Kingstown follows the McClusky family, the power brokers between the criminals, the cops, the prisoners and politicians who all have something at stake. The series comes from creator and executive producer Sheridan, along with co-creator and executive producer Hugh Dillon, executive producer Glasser and production company 101 Studios.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sheridan also has the second season of the unscripted series The Last Cowboy coming up on Paramount Network; its renewal was announced during TCA last month.
Glasser, prior to 101 Studios, produced Sheridan’s feature film Wind River, which made its world premiere at Sundance in 2017 and continued on to Cannes, ultimately making close to $44M WW. Sheridan was Oscar nominated for his 2016 original screenplay, Hell or High Water.That movie notched four Oscar noms overall in 2017, including Best Picture.
Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert are to host a major television event to help end COVID-19 airing across NBC, ABC and CBS as well as a number of international networks.
The trio will front One World: Together at Home featuring a slew of A-list stars on Saturday April 18 between 8pm and 10pm. The event, which is curated by Lady Gaga, has been put together by social action platform Global Citizen and the World Health Organization.
It builds on a series of live online concerts, organized by Global Citizen, where stars such as OneRepublic, Coldplay's Chris Martin and John Legend have performed at home.
The global entertainment special will celebrate the efforts of community health workers and promote the fight to end the global pandemic. It will feature multimillion-dollar pledges to the WHO's Solidarity Response Fund.
It will feature appearances by Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan, Stevie Wonder and friends of Sesame Street.
It will be produced by The Voice and Songland exec producer Audrey Morrissey and her production company Live Animals in partnership with Global Citizen.
In addition to NBC, ABC and CBS, it will air on BBC One as well as Disney, NBC and Viacom stations around the world. The full list of broadcasters includes Bravo, E!, MSNBC, NBCSN, NBC News, NBC News on YouTube, Peacock, Syfy, USA, ABC News, ABC News Live, Freeform, Nat Geo, Channel 5 in the UK, Network Ten in Australia, and Telefe in Argentina, BET and MTV globally across more than 180 countries, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1 in the US as well as Bell Media platforms in Canada, MultiChoice, and Ireland's RTE.
It will also stream online via a number of platforms including China's Alibaba, Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, LiveXLive, Tencent, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, TIDAL, TuneIn, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo and YouTube.
Money raised will go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, run by the UN Foundation, to support and equip healthcare workers around the world, and to local charities that provide food, shelter, and healthcare to those that need it most.