HBO has handed out a pilot order to Us., a romantic drama from Parenthood creator Jason Katims, his production company True Jack Production and Universal Television.
Us. is described as a sweeping examination of the often baffling, sometimes unexpected but ultimately heart-wrenching ways love and human connection can be found today through a vast web of seemingly unconnected people. Jason Katims created the series and is penning the pilot script. He will also serve as an executive producer alongside True Jack Productions’ Michelle Lee.
Katims is a respected writer/producer who in addition to creating Parenthood, also served as the showrunner on the NBC/DirecTV series Friday Night Lights. More recently he created About A Boy, also for NBC, which was recently cancelled after a mere two seasons. Us. marks the second project that Katims has gotten off the ground in recent months. He is also spearheading Hulu original series The Way, starring Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan.
“Jason is one of the most gifted writers working in television or any other medium, and we are thrilled that he will be bringing his unique storytelling talents to HBO,” said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming.
It’s also worth noting that Us. joins a very prestigious pilot slate at HBO. The network is also deep in development on a drama series set during the period of the Salem Witch Trials from Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan; music drama Virtuoso from True Blood and Banshee executive producer Alan Ball; and drama Laughs Unlimited, about soldier’s on-going struggle with PTSD.