Bryan Singer will direct the pilot of new CBS detective series Battle Creek, according to THR. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan wrote the script as a spec back in 2002, and House’s David Shore will executive produce the show along with Singer.
This may seem like another case of a big screen film director dipping his toes into TV, but it’s actually a return for Singer, who has relatively regular TV credits compared to other directors as prolific as he is on the big screen. It’s also a reunion for Singer and Shore, as Singer also directed the pilot of House and exec produced the show throughout its entire run. Additionally, Singer directed pilots for two shows that ended up not being picked up to series, ABC’s Football Wives and NBC’s The Munsters redo Mockingbird Lane.
Battle Creek, sounding vaguely True Detective-ish, is about the team-up between a detective named Russ (Dean Winters) and an FBI agent named Milton, who have totally different philosophies when it comes to their jobs:
Together, they must answer the question: Is cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Mich., in the face of a complete lack of resources? Or is the exact opposite — it takes naiveté, trust and a boatload of resources — actually true?
The show has already been picked up straight to series for 13 episodes so we should see it on CBS’ fall schedule.
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