CBS returning Sander/Moses to prime time
Given the green light by CBS-TV, Kim Moses and her husband Ian Sander are ready to move into high gear with their newest television series.
“We are thrilled about this project,” Moses said of “Reckless,” a sultry prime time legal drama developed and produced by Sander/Moses Productions and ordered into series for the 2013-2014 season on CBS. “We knew from the beginning of development when we were working with creator Dana Stevens that we had something universally relevant and very special. We are deeply grateful that CBS green-lighted ‘Reckless' to series.”
Sander described ‘Reckless' as a “taboo busting show” in which sex is the lynchpin between cops and lawyers. It is set in Charleston, S.C., where the pilot episode was shot in April.
The protagonists are a Northern litigator played by Anna Wood and a Southern city attorney portrayed by Cam Gigandet.
“They struggle to hide their intense attraction to each other while clashing over a police sex scandal that threatens to implode the city,” Sander said. “The story has all the ingredients for prime time drama that is connected to today's culture. It certainly emphasizes how adversarial opposites do, indeed, attract.”
Moses, a Donora native and a graduate of Monongahela Valley Catholic High School, said Gigandet and Wood are “talented young actors who bring crackling energy and intense chemistry to their characters.”
Gigandet, 27, made his acting debut in 2003 on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” His track record also includes recurring roles in such television shows as “The Young and The Restless,” “Jack and Bobby,” a key role in the 2012 made-for-TV film, “Seal Team 6: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden,” and appearances in 20 movies. In 2009, he was nominated as best villain in the “Scream Award”s competition for his role as “James” in the highly acclaimed film “Twilight.”
Wood, 26, has appeared in such TV series as “House Of Cards,” “Mad Men,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Deception,” and “Cold Case,” and also has several movies among her credits.
Others cast in key roles on “Reckless” are Gregory Harrison (“Trapper John, M.D.”), Michael Gladis (“Mad Men”), Shawn Hatosy (“Southland”) and Kim Wayans (“In Living Color”).
Moses recalled that Harrison starred in Sander and Moses' first TV series, “New York News,” which also was on CBS. Moses' brother, J Moses, also a Donora native, was a partner in that series, which also starred Mary Tyler Moore. Harrison portrayed famed New York journalist Mike MacAlary, the role Tom Hanks is playing in “Lucky Guy,” which is currently having a successful run on Broadway.
Kim Moses and Sander are equally excited about “Reckless” because Catherine Hardwicke will direct the series.
“Catherine directed the ‘Reckless' pilot,” Moses said. “‘Twilight,' which she directed, has captured the hearts and wallets of millions while claiming the record for highest grossing movie by a female director of all time. Her track record speaks volumes about the talents and experience she brought to our pilot. We really enjoy working with Cat.”
Hardwicke, whose career spans nearly 30 years, became the most successful female director in Hollywood in 2008 when she was at the helm of the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's best selling novel, “Twilight.” Other features she has directed are “Thirteen,” “Red Riding Hood,” “Lords of Dogtown,” and “Push.”
Also enhancing the “Reckless” team is the presence of veteran screenwriter and executive producer Dana Stevens. She wrote the script for the series pilot and also penned the new Nicholas Sparks' (of The Notebook fame) thriller, “Safe Haven,” starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, which hit the box offices earlier this year. Her other work includes “For Love Of The Game,” starring Kevin Costner, “Life Or Something Like It,” with Angelina Jolie in the lead and “City of Angels,” starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan.
“Dana is the most brilliant romance writer that we've ever worked with,” Sander said. “She creates chemistry between characters on the page like no other. And she's spent a lot of time in the south because her boyfriend Scott is a city attorney down there, so through that lens she brought an authenticity to the ‘Reckless' world that served the pilot beautifully.”
Moses said she “can't say enough great things” about Charleston, which was voted “most desirable city to live in” by Conde' Nast in 2012,
“Ian and I went to Venice, Italy two years ago on business and I fell in love with the city,” she said. “Every night, before I go to sleep, I look through this small picture book of images of the city that I bought while I was there. It relaxes me after a long, hectic day. When we arrived in Charleston, I was struck by how similar Charleston and Venice are - minus the canals. When you are approaching Charleston by boat, the city appears out of the water and stacks up against the sky just like Venice. The streets are very narrow, cobblestone with horse and carriages. Like Venice, it's very romantic. I've found my Venice in the U.S.”
As she's done with all her other shows, Moses added a “dash of Donora” into the “Reckless” pilot. The building in which the jeweler and artist live is engraved with Irondale as a tip of the hat to her late father John Moses' Irondale Hotel, which was located at Sixth Street and McKean Avenue in Donora.
Sander says what he loves about Charleston is not only is it “an incredibly accommodating city” for production but also because it's “so beautiful and we got lots of company while shooting the pilot” including his wife's childhood friend from Donora, Debbie Daitillio Johnson, and Danielle Barbe. Barbe, a talented singer and songwriter, is the daughter of another of Moses' longtime friends, the late Christine “Tina” Sarkus Barbe, and David E. Barbe of Carroll Township. She performed at the red carpet celebration of “Ghost Whisperer's” 100th episode in 2010 in Hollywood
“Reckless,” ticketed to debut at mid-season, is a Sander/Moses Production in association with CBS-TV Studios and reunites Sander and Moses with the network, which aired the couples successful “Ghost Whisperer” for five years. “Ghost Whisperer,” which was the network's top Friday night show, is now in syndication in 167 countries around the world.
Moses said the CBS order was especially significant and poignant because it came on Mother's Day.
“(It was the) best Mother's Day ever because I was with my husband and my two sons when the call came in and we celebrated together,” she said. “And the first call I made was to my mother (Beverly Moses Ford, who lives in Carmel, Calif.) to share the news.”
Ron Paglia is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.