Time, an action adventure drama from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, has livened up a sleepy drama marketplace, sparking a bidding among the Big 4 networks. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Davis Entertainment, ended up going to NBC with a pilot production commitment.

Described as “nbc logoBack To The Future meets Mission: Impossible”, Time is a high-octane hour about an unlikely trio traveling through time to battle unknown criminals in order to protect history as we know it. Ryan and Kripke are co-writing the script and will executive produce with Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and John Fox and MiddKid Prods.’ Marney Hochman.

I hear Kripke and Davis Entertainment thought about exploring the arena of a big-scale, adventure time-travel drama. They reached out to Ryan, who is working on two series for Sony TV, Mad Dogs at Amazon and The Get Down at Netflix. Kripke and Ryan, both under overall deals at Sony TV, hit it off and within weeks crafted the storyline and characters for Time.

This marks the third consecutive big drama sale to NBC for Davis and Sony TV. The other two resulted in series orders for The Blacklist and the upcoming Las Vegas actioner The Player. Davis also has new ABC comedy series Dr. Ken and just sold a 1970s Vegas comedy to Fox.

Ryan is repped by WME, The Shuman Co. and Michael Gendler. Kripke is with WME and Rick Genow.