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Paramount Network, Ron Howard to Develop Dark Comedy Pilot

Paramount Network has teamed with producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to develop a dark comedy pilot, 68 Whiskey.

Adapted from the Israeli television series Charlie Golf One, the pilot revolves around a multicultural mix of men and women deployed as Army medics who together endure a dangerous and Kafkaesque world that leads to self-destructive appetites, outrageous behavior, intense camaraderie and, occasionally, a profound sense of purpose, the network said.

Howard and Grazer will direct and serve as executive producers for 68 Whiskey, which is co-produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios. Series creator Zion Rubin will also executive produce along with Efrat Shmaya Dror and Danna Stern.

R. Thomas Umstead
R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.