Hot Pilot 'Oaks' Falls to FOX

Kevin Reilly has wasted little time putting his stamp on his new job at FOX, giving a series order to a drama called "The Oaks."

Capping a quick but intense bidding frenzy by several networks, FOX won the project from writer David Schulner ("Once and Again") by giving the project a series commitment and bringing in "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan as showrunner.

Casting is expected to get underway in the next few days, the showbiz trade papers report, with the pilot slated to be shot in the fall. Michael Cuesta ("Dexter," "Six Feet Under") is attached to direct.

"The Oaks" tells the story of three families who live in the same house over the span of several decades -- one in 1967, one in 1987 and one in the present. Though they're not related, the families are tied together by a supernatural presence within the house.

The deal for the show came together in less than two weeks. ABC and CBS also reportedly bid on the project, but FOX got the upper hand by bringing in Ryan, who worked with both Reilly -- now president of FOX Entertainment -- and his boss, chairman Peter Ligouri, in developing "The Shield" at FX.

Schulner and Ryan will serve as executive producers along with Cuesta, Gina Matthews and Grant Scharbo.

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