NBC has picked up two more Universal Television-produced drama pilots to series, sprawling ensemble The Village, written/executive produced by Mike Daniels (The Brave, Sons of Anarchy), and The Enemy Within, starring Jennifer Carpenter and Morris Chestnut, from Gotham executive producer Ken Woodruff, NBC executive-turned-producer Vernon Sanders.
The Village, from Universal TV and 6107 Productions, revolves around the residents of an apartment building in Brooklyn. The pilot has been an early front-runner, drawing parallels to NBC’s acclaimed drama This Is Us. Its cast includes87-year-old The Sopranos alum Dominic Chianese who is believed to be the oldest series regular on a network show.
In The Village, the people who reside the building have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything — even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.
The cast includes Moran Atias, Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien.
Minkie Spiro will direct and executive produce the pilot. Jessica Rhoades also executive produces with Daniels.
Written and executive produced by Woodruff and directed by Mark Pellington, The Enemy Within is a fast-paced thriller set in the world of counterintelligence. It centers on Erica Shepherd (Carpenter), a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history and serving life in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. For Keaton, it’s not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy: They must think like one.
The cast of the project, which has been compared to NBC veteran The Blacklist, also includes Raza Jaffrey and Kelli Garner.
Woodruff executive produces with Pellington and Sanders.
The Enemy Within and The Village join medical drama New Amsterdam (fka Bellevue) on the list of NBC’s new series orders this upfront season. NBC is the first network to present its fall schedule on May 14.