WB Picks Up Mountain

The WB Television Network has picked up its second drama for the fall, placing an early 13-episode order for Warner Bros.' The Mountain, starring Oliver Hudson, Barbara Hershey and Tommy Dewey.

The show, executive produced by The O.C.'s McG, is about a prodigal son who surprisingly inherits the family ski resort and decides to come home and run it. The story is loosely based on the life of executive producer and director David Barrett.

The Mountain is The WB's second early pick-up, joining Jack & Bobby with a firm spot on The WB's fall schedule. While The WB's drama options are closing fast, the network still is looking at Dark Shadows, The Robinsons: Lost in Space, Prodigy and Rocky Point.

The WB also is considering Global Frequency, from producer Mark Burnett, for midseason.

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.