[07/31/08 - 06:55 PM] Development Update: Thursday, July 31 Updates include: Josh Berman brings a James Patterson character to the small screen for CBS; Craig Piligian lands a pair of series at Discovery; and TNT orders a new drama pilot from John Masius.
ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from Discovery's press release, March 2009) One of the greatest artists of all time, the legacy of Leonardo daVinci (1452-1519) includes some of the most well-known paintings ever made. But daVinci's talent exceeded far beyond painting - he was also a successful architect and engineer, and his drawings of military weapons have been highly regarded and studied for nearly 500 years. These drawings capture exceptionally engineered weapons unlike anything that had been developed at the time they were created, yet there is no record that these designs were ever constructed ... until now. Discovery Channel's six-part world premiere original series, DOING DAVINCI, puts a team of 21st century builders, engineers and historians together to take on one of history's greatest minds as they attempt to build daVinci's weapons once and for all. The series premieres Mondays at 10PM ET/PT beginning April 13.