NBC Stays In Familiar Territory As It Develops 2 New Dramas

By December 6, 2016
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NBC is sticking to the drama categories it knows best, ordering both a police procedural and, of course, a legal drama.

Mike Daniels, a former writer and producer on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, will put together what Deadline described as a “character-driven police procedural with an emotional spin.”

The untitled drama explores the complex personal life of a former cop and mother who returns to the force, in part, to solve the murder of her detective husband.

Daniels did a little preparation for doing a series like this, previously working as a co-executive producer on Jennifer Lopez’s NBC drama Shades of Blue.

taken-inset120616Daniels also will be busy on another NBC series, Taken – based on the 2008 Liam Neeson film – which is expected to jump onto the network’s schedule in February.

NBC will look more at star power in its new legal drama with a working title of The Advocate.

Willie Garson, who played Mozzie in the USA series White Collar, will be one of the stars as well as a co-executive producer. Garson, who also popped up in a few popular episodes of Stargate SG-1 as television producer Martin Lloyd (who creates his own Stargate-like television series), has also directed an episode of White Collar as well as Disney’s Girl Meets World.

The series pilot will be written by Alyson Feltes based on a story by Garson. Feltes was a consulting producer on The Firm based on the 1993 film (and 1991 book by John Grisham) that had a short life on NBC in 2012.

It centers on an idealistic young former foster child who now works as a paralegal while advocating for those in need from all walks of life.

NBC will likely read pilot scripts first before deciding whether to move forward with any actual production. Decisions on whether they might become series would likely be made in late spring.

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