EXCLUSIVE: Michael Patrick King is returning to series television with a new hourlong project at NBC. In hear the broadcast network is finalizing a deal to nab the spec by the former Sex and the City showrunner quickly after it was quietly taken out in the marketplace this week. The show, which is receiving a pilot commitment, is said to be in the vein of the 1975 feature Shampoo that starred Warren Beatty. It centers on a straight Beverly Hills hairdresser in his 50s who is struggling to stay young and relevant in a place where looks are everything. The show explores men’s struggle with aging just like Sex and the City did with women’s fears of getting old. The project hails from Warner Bros. TV where King is under an overall deal. It brings him back to NBC, the last broadcast network he has worked for. King served as a consulting producer on NBC’s comedy Will & Grace before switching to cable with Sex and the City and his underrated HBO comedy The Comeback starring Lisa Kudrow.
Going to the networks with specs vs. pitches has become a preferred way of selling for TV’s big guns. J.J. Abrams has done it for the past 3 years with Fringe, Undercovers and this year’s Alcatraz. David E. Kelley also has been going out with specs, most recently with the script for his upcoming NBC series Harry’s Law. CAA-repped King spent the past 5 years in features, writing, directing and producing the two hit Sex and the City movies. He recently set up a comedy at Universal with Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Oprah Winfrey attached to star.