Based on a Turkish drama, Game of Silence is a tale of childhood abuse, reinvention the prison industrial complex, class and hierarchy, frayed friendships and loves and political corruption. “As Larenz Tate keeps saying, ‘this is a such a dark show and complicated show, it should be on cable,’” EP Carol Mendelsohn said of the new NBC series onstage at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys all-day event on April 10. “But I think that’s the beauty of what you can do on network TV if you have a studio like Sony behind you.”

The Contenders Emmys - 630x423“It was designed so that there is resolution for the audience in the first 10-episodes, which was Season 1, but the finale of the season has some pretty major reveals, and cliffhangers and shocking twists,” added fellow EP David Hudgins of the thriller. Starring Rescue Me alum Tate, Revolution’s David Lyons, Once Upon A Time‘s Michael Raymond-James and Make It Or Break It’s Bre Blair, the 1-hour show debuted on April 12 after The Voice before moving to its regular Thursday slot on April 14.

Click on the video above of my talk in front of a packed DGA earlier this month with the former CSI EP and the Friday Night Lights EP. We were talking about the Sony Pictures Television and Universal TV produced GoS during the former’s panel at Contenders Emmys.