Medical drama continues to be the hottest genre this buying season. NBC has put in development Critical, produced by Devious Maids executive producer Eva Longoria and John Glenn (Identity). Written by Katie Lovejoy (Dracula), the drama is described as ER meets House and tells the story of a perfectionist Latina doctor who returns to her hometown to take a job at a prestigious hospital. But when a secret from her past, a mistake she made early in her career, comes back to haunt her, it will threaten to put the very fabric of her life in critical condition.
Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment is producing with Universal TV where the company has a first-look deal. Lovejoy executive produces with Glenn and UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector. For Lovejoy, this marks a return to her roots as a TV writer — she came out of the USC screenwriting program after winning the Humanitas Prize’s Student Drama Fellowship for a House M.D. spec. Lovejoy, repped by CAA and Bob Myman, went on to pen a rewrite on Disney’s Prom and was the highest-ranked woman writer on the 2010 Black List for her script The Arsonist’s Love Story. Critical also marks a reunion for Lovejoy and UnbeliEVAble, who developed together an adaptation of telenovela Pura Sangre at ABC last season.
Critical joins several other high-profile medical dramas set up so far this season. Three have received put pilot commitments: The Cure at Fox, from Malcolm Gladwell and Glenn Gordon Caron; an untitled project from the Parenthood duo of Jason Katims and Sarah Watson at CBS; and Code Black, based on Ryan McGarry’s feature documentary, from Michael Seitzman and Marti Noxon, also at CBS. Meanwhile, ABC committed a significant penalty to a medical drama from Amy Holden Jones. UnbeliEVAble is with CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.