EXCLUSIVE: Director-producer Marc Buckland has sold two projects to NBC, comedy RIP and drama State Of Mind. Both hail from Universal Television where Buckland is under a two-year development deal. He most recently directed the pilot for NBC’s new drama Grimm, which got off to a strong start last Friday. In his pilot writing debut, Buckland will pen and direct the single-camera comedy RIP, about a reluctant angel. A “Kindness Guru” who happens to be an asshole dies and in order to get to heaven is forced to return to earth and help people with the help of his simple minded brother. Buckland is executive producing with Nina Wass. Buckland’s directing duties on an NBC single-camera comedy pilot, that for the network’s series My Name Is Earl, earned him an Emmy Award. Drama State Of Mind, which will be written by Daniel Arkin (Kyle XY), centers on a police forensic psychologist who helps solve the most mysterious homicide cases by getting into the minds of the victims, all while starting to lose his own. Arkin and Buckland executive produce. The two previously worked together on NBC’s drama series Medical Investigation where Buckland directed an episode written by Arkin. Buckland is with ICM.
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