NBC has handed out its first pilot order this cycle, giving an early green light to a drama from The Family creator Jenna Bans. The network landed the project, titled Good Girls, in early October in a pre-emptive buy with a put pilot commitment. It hails from NBC’s sister studio Universal TV, where Bans signed an overall deal in July.
Written and executive produced by Bans, the drama follows three “good girl” suburban wives and mothers who suddenly find themselves in desperate circumstances and decide to stop playing it safe, and risk everything to take their power back.
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. The Jenna Bans project is one of a number of high-profile drama buys by NBC this season, with the Warren Leight-Paul Haggis Drama Salvation, from Sony TV and the Marcia Clark legal drama from ABC Studios, among those on the list.
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.