FOX Pushes Medical Drama Pilot ‘THE BEAST’
FOX has pushed their medical drama pilot THE BEAST from former ER executive producer Neal Baer due to casting reasons.
THE BEAST was the last of six FOX drama pilots to get a pickup, adding additional pressure on the project, a single-lead medical procedure. 20th Century FOX TV will look to cast its pilot in the off season where there will be more talent options. THE BEAST was one of the two medical drama pilots ordered by FOX this season, along with The Resident.
THE BEAST had gotten Stephen Hopkins to direct, which marks the second drama pilot to be pushed, along with CBS untitled Paul Attanasio which, coincidentally has the same situation.
Written by Law & Order: SVU veteran Baer, a practicing pediatrician, and Dawn DeNoon, THE BEAST is a life-and-death procedural. Each week it follows three challenging medical cases. In the end, two of the patients will live, one will die. The series centers on their doctor– with a clinical fear of death– who never stops fighting the odds.
Baer, DeNoon and Jessica Shulman will executive produce for 20th Century TV and studio-based Baer Bones.