2ND UPDATE 5:30 PM: NBC has added another drama pilot to its roster, from Life creator/executive producer Rand Ravich. The untitled drama project, produced by 20th Century Fox TV, is described as an emotionally charged action thriller set in and around the world of Washington DC. It follows an idealistic Secret Service agent who finds himself at the epicenter of an international crisis on his first day on the job. He will need to cross moral and legal lines as he navigates the highest levels of power and corruption on his search for the truth. Ravich is executive producing with his producing partner Far Shariat, making a return to NBC where he landed his first series, the 2007 drama Life.
UPDATE 4:30 PM: It has been a busy pickup day at NBC. The network just ordered four more pilots: the Carlton Cuse-produced drama The Sixth Gun and comedies from Nurse Jackie co-creator Liz Brixius, Up All Night executive producer DJ Nash and The Office‘s Justin Spitzer. All four hail from Universal TV.
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Based on the Oni Press graphic novel, Sixth Gun is the story of six mythical guns in the Old West. When the Sixth Gun, the most powerful and dangerous of the group, resurfaces in the hands of an innocent girl named Becky Montcrief, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing Becky. Only Drake Sinclair, a self-serving gunfighter, stands in evil’s way. Feature writer Ryan Condal wrote the script and will executive produce with Cuse as well as Eric Gitter and Andy Bourne of Oni Press’s sister company, film/TV producer Closed on Mondays Entertainment. The order adds to an already full plate for Cuse, who also executive produces the A&E series Bates Motel and the FX pilot The Strain, his collaboration with Guillermo del Toro.
The DJ Nash single-camera project, from Jason Bateman‘s Aggregate Films, is a single-camera comedy. Loosely based on Nash’s life, it centers on a son idolizing his blind father and bemused by his mother’s newfound adolescence who watches his family come closer together post-divorce. Originally set in the 1980s, the comedy now takes place in present day. Nash will executive produce with Bateman and Aggregate president Jim Garavente.
Brixius’ single-camera Girlfriend In A Coma, from Wolf Films, is about a 34-year-old woman who, after almost two decades, wakes up from a coma to find out she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she was unaware of when her life was put on hold. Dick Wolf, Brixius, Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski executive produce.
Justin Spitzer’s Holding Patterns, from Peter Traugott’s TBD Prods, is an ensemble multi-camera comedy about a group of friends whose lives completely change after they survive a plane crash. Spitzer, Traugott and Rachel Kaplan executive produce. The pickups bring NBC’s comedy tally to nine pilots and one presentation in addition to the Michael J. Fox straight-to-series order.
PREVIOUS: NBC has greenlighted another drama pilot, The Blacklist. Written by Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Stranger), the project centers on the world’s most wanted criminal who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection. John Eisendrath (Alias) serves as showrunner on the Sony TV-produced pilot, which he and Bokenkamp will executive produce with Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox. Bokenkamp and Eisendrath are with ICM Partners; Bokenkamp is managed by Brian Lutz. The Blacklist, which had been among the hot scripts getting pre-pickup buzz, joins four other NBC drama pilots: I Am Victor, Bloodline and the off-cycle ones After Hours and The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives.