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Piller Races To The WB

By Caillan
July 31, 2003 - 1:42 AM

After producing genre series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Dead Zone, Michael Piller's next project is a little more down to earth.

The WB network yesterday gave the veteran Trek writer-producer the greenlight to pen the pilot for a horse racing series, the Futon Critic reported.

Piller's script follows a teenage girl who works with a racehorse. Should the pilot be picked up as a series, the drama will follow the horse and the girl on their path to racing superstardom. Lion's Gate Television, which produces Piller's USA Network series, The Dead Zone, will also produce this pilot for the WB.

The project currently only has a "script commitment" from the network. If the WB likes what they see, they could order additional scripts to see how the series will develop, or commission the production of the pilot. Given the cut-throat nature of television, only a handful of projects are produced as pilots, and even fewer are given the greenlight to proceed to series.

Michael Piller, co-creator of Deep Space Nine and Voyager, currently serves as executive producer of The Dead Zone, which he developed for television from the book by Stephen King. The series is currently in its second season and has not yet been renewed for a third year.

The original news can be found at the Futon Critic.

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