NBC has added two more projects to its drama development roster hailing from Universal TV and two of its pods: a soapy drama from writer Patricia Resnick (9 To 5) and Scott Stuber‘s Bluegrass TV, and a high-concept drama from up-and-coming writer Moira McMahon Leeper and Peter Traugott‘s TBD Prods.
Resnick’s project is described as a semi-autobiographical drama with comedic overtones set around the professional and private lives of the harried staff of a formerly famous novelist suffering from decades-long writer’s block. The hire of an ambitious young writer as the author’s new personal assistant sets off seismic shifts throughout the already unsteady household. Stuber, Quan Phung and Jonathan Baruch executive produce. The project reunites Resnick, repped by Rain Management and Sandy Weinberg, with NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt. In addition to co-writing the 1980 movie 9 To 5 starring Dolly Parton, she also co-wrote with Parton the Broadway musical, which was produced by Greenblatt. It is now on a UK tour en route to the West End.
McMahon Leeper’s Maddox is about a family that moves into an idyllic community where medicine and technology are the closest thing we have to utopia. That is, until they begin to suspect that something darker might be afoot. Lisa Zwerling is supervising the script and executive producing with Traugott and Rachel Kaplan. Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan also is executive producing. McMahon Leeper, repped by UTA and IPG, wrote the project on spec, which she developed with Aaron Kaplan. The script then found its way to Traugott, who sold the idea to NBC with Zwerling coming on board to supervise.