Former Columbia Pictures Chief and current ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ producer, Matt Tolmach, has sold a female lead supernatural television series to CBS, according to Deadline. The project, from Tolmach and writer Jessica Goldberg is titled ‘Sleepers’. Goldberg’s resume includes writing ‘Refuge’ and ‘The Prince of Motor City’. The series “centers on a woman who has the gift to save “sleepers,” people who are caught somewhere between life and death.”
While CBS typically shies away from genre fare, recently it’s had a string of fairly successful supernatural dramas such as ‘The Ghost Whisperer’ and ’Medium’ and the upcoming ‘A Gifted Man’.
‘The Ghost Whisperer’ starred Jennifer Love Hewitt as “a newlywed with the ability to communicate with the earthbound spirits of the recently deceased who overcomes skepticism and doubt to help send their important messages to the living and allow the dead to pass on to the other side.” The series lasted 105 episodes over 5 seasons. ‘Medium’, which starred Patricia Arquette lasted six seasons for 129 episodes at two networks (CBS and NBC). She was “suburban mom Alison Dubois who attempts to balance family life with solving mysteries using her special gift. The dead send her visions of their deaths or other crimes while she sleeps”.
The upcoming ‘A Gifted Man’ stars Patrick Wilson (‘Prometheus’,‘Watchmen’), Jennifer Ehle (‘The Adjustment Bureau’), Afton Williamson (‘Law & Order: SVU’), Julie Benz (‘No Ordinary Family’,’Buffy’), Margo Martindale (‘Justified’,’Medium’), and Liam Aiken (‘Road to Perdition’). It follows the life of ultra-competitive surgeon Michael who is changed forever when his ex-wife Anna dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the hereafter.
Seems like there’s a pattern to CBS’ genre tastes.