NBC has put in development drama American Disaster from writer Michael McGrale (CSI: MiamiThe Following), director Deran Sarafian (House, The Strain, Hell On Wheels), Muse Entertainment and Universal TV.

Written by McGrale, American Disaster centers around a Midwestern community that holds itself together in the wake of a catastrophic tornado. The project is envisioned as a potential anthology series tackling different natural disasters.

McGrale co-executive produces. Sarafian is set to direct the potential pilot and executive produce. Michael Prupas and Joel Rice executive produce for Muse Entertainment. Muse executives Lydia Storie and Meghan Mathes developed the project and serve as co-producers.

McGrale was a writer on the last six seasons of CSI: Miami and also served as a visual effects coordinator on the series. He most recently worked on Fox’s The Following and also wrote on Rizzoli & Isles.

Canadian company Muse Entertainment has produced several limited event series, including Spike’s Tut, Reelz Channel’s The Kennedys and sequel After Camelot. The company’s mystery drama series Bellevue starring Anna Paquin, is set to debut on WGN America in January.

Sarafian was a director and co-executive producer on House M.D. from 2005-2009. He most recently served as director and executive producer on Rosewood and also directed episodes of The Exorcist and Wisdom of the Crowd.

Muse Entertainment and McGrale are repped by Paradigm. McGrale is also managed by Industry Entertainment. Sarafian is repped by Gersh and Zero Gravity Management.