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July 16, 2013 11:08 AM
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Bravo Orders a Drama Series Script from 'City Island' Director Raymond De Felitta

Anchor Bay Films Raymond De Felitta's 2009 'City Island'

After years of "Real Housewives" and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," Bravo seems to be making a few small steps back towards its roots as a network known for dramas and an indie sensibility. The network's been bulking up the scripted series it has in development -- there's a TV adaptation of "Heathers," the supernatural drama "Witch Hunt" from "Nobody Walks" director Ry Russo-Young and playwright Dorothy Fortenberry, and there's "Fortune," a modern day take on Charles Dickens' "Bleak House" from another playwright, Theresa Rebeck (the creator of "Smash"). 

And now, according to Deadline, the network has ordered an hourlong drama script from filmmaker Raymond De Felitta, who was nominated for a short film Oscar in 1991 and whose most recent features have been the 2012 doc "Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story" and the family drama "City Island," which premiered at Tribeca in 2009.

The potential series, which comes via Warner Horizon Television, is set during the Wall Street crash of 2008, during which a New York hedge fund trader finds both her professional and personal life crumbling. She turns to yoga for inner peace, and ends up creating a worldwide self-help movement called "Humble Tiger" with the help of her mysterious teacher.

The New York-born De Felitta has a crime feature entitled "Rob the Mob" in the works, with "City Island" star Andy Garcia set to play a role.

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