The CW Developing Dramas With Michael Weatherly and ‘Heroes’ Creator Tim Kring

Elizabeth Wagmeister

The CW is getting into business with two proven hit-makers to develop two new dramas: “NCIS” alum Michael Weatherly and “Heroes” creator Tim KringVariety has learned.

Weatherly is executive producing “Mata Hari,” a reimagining of the life of the exotic dancer, notorious lover and World War One double agent. The series, which is currently in development, will follow the brutal murder of Mata Hari’s fiance, which draws her into a game of international espionage in order to avenge his death in this sexy spy thriller.

“Mara Hari” is written by Micah Schraft, who’s past work with CW includes “Jane the Virgin,” “The Tomorrow People” and “The Secret Circle.” Schraft will serve as an exec producer, along with Weatherly and Laurie McCarthy. Tiffany Grant is co-exec producer.

Kring is bringing “Stick Man” to the CW, a female-led drama that follows an amateur documentarian who returns to her hometown to chronicle the events of her brother’s murder and the following trial, which is described like a true crime series such as “Making A Murderer.” Through her work, the central character becomes increasingly sympathetic to the convicted killer, ultimately discovering evidence that links her brother’s death to supernatural events.

Kring will exec produce, along with Justin Levy, Dan Friedkin and writer Cameron Porsandeh, who created Syfy’s “Helix.”

Both projects hail from CBS Television Studios.

“Mata Hari” marks Weatherly’s first executive producer credit for a major TV series. The “NCIS” alum is a familiar face to the CBS TV Studios family, which is producing his new CBS series “Bull,” which premieres tonight.

For Kring, “Stick Man” is his latest younger-skewing project, following supernatural drama “Beyond,” which premieres on Freeform in 2017. Aside from the mega-hit “Heroes” (and it’s recent NBC revival “Heroes Reborn”), Kring created Kiefer Sutherland’s “Touch” and USA Network’s “Dig.”

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