HBO Orders Pilot for Military Drama
LOS ANGELES - "Hearts and Minds," a drama set in the world of military intelligence, is in the works for HBO by writer and television academy chairman Bryce Zabel.
HBO ordered a pilot script after reviewing materials that laid out the story line, Zabel said last week. Zabel heads the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, organizer of the Emmy Awards.
The central character of the proposed series is a military reservist who returns to regular duty after Sept. 11 and becomes chief of a joint task force, he said.
The series would take viewers into two worlds that intersect with terrorism, modern military intelligence and nation-building, "winning over people, not defeating their armies," Zabel said.
"Since Sept. 11, we've all become compelled by the reality of using military force in the age of terrorism. While bombs can win a war, an equal challenge is winning and keeping the peace that follows — and that's the world `Hearts and Minds' lives in," Zabel said.