It’s a waiting game these days for TV show creator and movie writer Shawn Ryan, a Rockford native who lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Ryan, best known for creating the cop series “The Shield” that ran for six years on FX and the one-season Fox cop drama “The Chicago Code,” said in a telephone interview last month that he expects to hear within days now if Paramount Pictures will give the green light for production of Tom Clancy’s bestseller, “Without Remorse.” Ryan wrote the script.
In January, he expects to hear if two new TV shows he has a role in will become series. “We’re waiting to see if they get picked up in January,” he said of the pilot scripts that have been submitted.
For ABC, Ryan would be the executive producer and is co-writing with Karl Gajdusek scripts for “Last Resort.” The potential series revolves around a renegade U.S. nuclear sub that forms its own nation after disregarding a command to launch a missile. “Both of us have an affinity for Tom Clancy’s world of high-stakes intrigue and military adventure,” Ryan said.
For CBS, Ryan would run the show and Simon Mirren, whose credits include “Criminal Minds” and “Without a Trace,” would write the scripts for an as-yet unnamed drama. It revolves around using real-life science that has been developed within the last 18 months, Ryan said. A genetic scientist discovers he has the psychopathic gene and uses it to help the FBI catch criminals.
Ryan said both potential TV shows are “high priorities” for the networks. “I think we have an advantage, but not a guarantee for success.”