High-Concept Crime Drama From Matt Miller & Dan Lin Lands At ABC As Put Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation with multiple networks bidding, ABC has nabbed a drama project from former Chuck executive producer Matthew Miller and Lin Pictures with a put pilot commitment. Titled Forever, the drama hails from Warner Bros. TV where Miller and Lin Pictures are under overall deals. It centers on Dr. Henry Morgan, the most over-qualified pathology associate in the world who has experienced it all — wars, love, even smallpox and malaria — but there is one feat that he can’t seem to accomplish: dying. Morgan is a 200-year-old man who spends his days working in the New York City Morgue trying to find a key to unlock the curse of his immortality. His investigative work with hard-nosed NYPD detective Jo Martinez will reveal elements of Morgan’s colorful life. Miller will be writing the script and will executive produce with Lin Pictures’ Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz. Forever draws some parallels to the short-lived 2008 Fox drama series New Amsterdam, which starred Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a 400-year-old NYPD homicide detective with a female partner, Eva Marquez (Zuleikha Robinson).

This marks Miller’s return to ABC where last season he served as executive producer/showrunner on supernatural drama 666 Park Ave, also from WBTV. He is with WME and McKuin, Frankel, Whitehead. Lin Pictures, repped by WME and Myman Abell Fineman, has comedy pilot Assistants still in contention at Fox, which is eyeing a new pilot.

Comments (30)

  • This is such a ripoff of “New Amsterdam”

    Comment by Kal — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 11:56am PDT  
  • Didn’t they already have a show like this only the guy was a cop and not a pathologist?

    Comment by Amanda — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 12:02pm PDT  
    • Forever Knight, about a vampire who worked as a cop.

      Comment by DD — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 12:28pm PDT  
  • New Amsterdam!!! I loved that series. Glad to see they’re remaking it.

    Comment by Captain Awesome — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 12:03pm PDT  
  • Great concept. Look forward to the script. Rife with possibility.

    Comment by Sean M — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 12:05pm PDT  
  • No, but really, you guys. This IS New Amsterdam.

    Someone get me the Kingslayer.

    Comment by j — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 12:09pm PDT  
    • “Another time, Highlander…”

      Comment by 100stones3x — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 3:33pm PDT  
  • And he works in a morgue! How ironic!

    Comment by J — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 12:13pm PDT  
  • More like a high concept ripoff of one of the best Twilight Zone episodes ever, Long Live Walter Jameson starring Kevin McCarthy. He was a history professor who knew everything about history because he was 2,000 years old and recounted the historical events firsthand.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Live_Walter_Jameson

    http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1054648089/

    But he wasn’t immortal he died from a bullet wound. The doctor in Forever could also kill himself if he really wanted to. He could jump off a very tall building or drown himself or blow himself up with dynamite or soak himself with gasoline and light a match.

    Comment by Rod Serling — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 12:20pm PDT  
    • Just because it features an immortal, it doesn’t make it a rip-off of an old Twilight Zone episode.

      Comment by American — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 2:37pm PDT  
  • The secret is out… he farts a lot.

    The gas his body secretes has over time created a perfect balance of immunity that no disease, or war, can penetrate.

    That is until he begins hanging out with cops and eating ‘cop food’.

    You see dude really wants to help protect people and stuff but it’s literally killing him. And he’s clairvoyant too.

    Comment by Money Talks — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 12:26pm PDT  
    • HIgh concept idea in Hollywood parlance is synonymous with a trick or device used to attract business or attention..in other words a gimmick. Next.

      Comment by Fresh Ideas — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 2:01pm PDT  
  • This is development? If New Amsterdam couldn’t make the cut, there is little chance for this stripped down, hackneyed version.

    Comment by LackingAllOriginality — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 12:31pm PDT  
    • You have no idea what the new show will be like. New Amsterdam was a good show. It’s just that high concept shows had little chance when it came out . Times have changed. Who ever thought a show about fairy tale characters would succeed?

      Comment by MaryAnn — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 6:46am PDT  
  • Kevin Reilly pulled the plug of New Amsterdam– didn’t he know he had a star in Nikolaj Coster-Waldau?

    Comment by Nona — Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 12:43pm PDT  
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