EXCLUSIVE: Chuck star Zachary Levi is eyeing a return to NBC as the star of a new series project he is executive producing with Eva Longoria. The half-hour single-camera comedy, Tuned, would showcase Levi’s musical skills, which he displayed in his voice work as the male lead in Disney’s Tangled. (Watch the video for the movie’s Oscar-nominated tune, “I See The Light,” featuring Levi and Mandy Moore.)
Written by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made Of Honor), Tuned is described as a musical half-hour about an ambitious New Yorker — a role intended for Levi — whose life is upended by sudden musical hallucinations. While these vivid hallucinations threaten to completely derail his enviable life, he’ll eventually realize that they might lead him on a more fulfilling journey. Tuned, which I hear NBC bought pre-emptively, hails from Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV, where the company is under a first-look deal. Kaplan, Elfont, Levi and UnbeliEVAble’s Longoria and Ben Spector executive produce.
Under its Uni TV deal, UnbeliEVAble already has sold two other projects: medical drama Critical to NBC and Texas family drama Pair Of Aces to ABC. The company also is behind the biggest commitment so far this development season for single-camera comedy Telenovela at NBC. The project, set behind the scenes of a telenovela, is a starring vehicle for Longoria. It will be given a 13-episode order and a possible offshoot series on Telemundo if she chooses it over a renovation comedy ABC is developing for her that would go to pilot with a series penalty if Longoria picks it.
UnbeliEVAble likes working with the same auspices. The company also developed a comedy project with Kaplan and Elfont at NBC last season. Similarly, the company reunited with Conde Nast for Pair Of Aces after selling together a drama to CBS last season. All parties are repped by CAA. Longoria also is repped by Brillstein Entertainment, Levi by Principato Young and McKuin Frankel Whitehead and Kaplan and Elfont by Management 360.
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