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The CW Orders Procedural from 'Grimm' Producer

The CW wants to add a political-campaign procedural to its mix.

As first reported in The Hollywood Reporter, the CW has given a script order to a new drama from Grimm producer Richard Hatem. Wrecking Ball is a case of the week drama that revolves around a John F. Kennedy, Jr. type character, who teams with a young campaign strategist to solve underdog cases. CBS Television Studios is on board to produce the project.

This is not the first time Hatem has worked with the network. He also has producing credits on Supernatural and The Secret Circle. Hatem will write the script and serve as executive producer with Ross Fineman.

CW President Mark Pedowitz has repeatedly vocalized his interest in expanding the network’s core audience of 18-24-year-olds to 18-34-year-olds. At last month’s TCA Summer Press Tour, he told reporters that after Ringer failed to hold onto its audience, the CW’s next serialized drama would have a small episode order. Wrecking Ball seems like the type of project that would fit the bill and appeal to a slightly older audience, but it’s too early to tell whether or not it will eventually be given a series order.

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