In a pre-emptive buy, NBC has given a put pilot commitment to a drama from The Family creator Jenna Bans. The project hails from NBC’s sister studio Universal TV and stems from the overall deal Bans signed there in July.
Written and executive produced by Bans, the untitled drama follows three good-girl mothers and wives from the suburbs of Detroit as they descend together into a life of crime.
Launching strong NBC drama series produced by Uni TV has been a priority for the network and a top task for the new regime at the studio. This is a rare big commitment for a project coming from a network’s own studio, indicating the high hopes for the project. NBC so far this buying season has given put pilot commitments to a Marcia Clark legal drama from ABC Studios and police procedural Family Honor from 20th TV as well as a pilot production commitment to the Amy Poehler-produced comedy The Baby starring Seann William Scott, from Uni TV.
Bans is among the top drama writer-producers on Uni TV’s roster. She joined the studio after more than a decade at ABC Studios, where she served as co-executive producer on ABC’s Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy and worked on Desperate Housewives and Private Practice before creating and executive producing the well-reviewed The Family starring Joan Allen, which ran on ABC for one season. Bans is repped by UTA and Morris Yorn.