Dawson's Creek creator springs up at UPN

Kevin Williamson, creator of one of WB Network's signature series, Dawson's Creek, is getting into business with rival outlet UPN.

The network has given a pilot commitment to an untitled coming-of-age drama set in Palm Springs.

The ensemble project centers on a troubled teen who moves with his family to a development in the desert town only to find out that there are a few secrets across the street to be revealed. Williamson wrote the project on spec and will serve as executive producer.

UPN has gained critical praise and rating success lately with such series as Everybody Hates Chris and Veronica Mars, the latter of which Williamson said was his favorite show on the air.

Williamson, also known as creator of the successful Scream movie franchise, also created and executive-produced WB's short-lived drama Glory Days and ABC's Wasteland.

On the feature side, he most recently penned and produced the horror movie Cursed, reuniting with Scream director Wes Craven.

Williamson's other big-screen credits include helming Teaching Mrs. Tingle and writing I Know What You Did Last Summer, Halloween: H2O, and The Faculty.

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