Let’s rank NBC’s non-Parks and Recreation TCAs news, from most to least exciting.
Amy Poehler has inked a three-year overall deal with NBC and Universal TV, the studio behind [Parks and Recreation]. The first project under the pact is a comedy co-created by Poehler, which has received a pilot green light from NBC. Tentatively titled Old Soul, it stars Natasha Lyonne as a young woman who’s trying to find herself, but in the meantime she’s working as the aide to a group of opinionated elderly people. (Via)
That’s very good.
NBC also has greenlighted The Slap, an eight-episode miniseries based on the 2011 Australian short-run series. Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz wrote the adaptation…The Slap is described as a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it. (Via)
NBC has given a 10-episode order to Emerald City, an Oz-themed drama from Siberia creator/showrunner Matthew Arnold. Emerald City, which Arnold is writing and executive producing through Universal Television, is described as a modern and dark reimagining of the classic tale of Oz in the vein of Game of Thrones, drawing upon stories from Baum’s original 14 books that include lethal warriors, competing kingdoms, and the infamous wizard as we’ve never seen him before. (Via)
That’s awfully familiar-sounding to every other gritty fairytale show on TV.
NBC just announced its next big live musical event: Peter Pan.
“We’re very pleased to be underway on Peter Pan as our next live holiday musical for the whole family,” said Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman said in a statement. “In the hopes that lightning strikes twice, we think we’ve landed on another great Broadway musical — which ironically also starred Mary Martin — that is a timeless classic for all audiences, young and old, who just never want to grow up.” (Via)
Jay Leno’s #TonightShow ends Thursday, Feb. 6 with final guests Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks. (Via)
That’s the most Jay Leno of Jay Leno bookings.
On the pilot front, NBC has greenlighted the drama project starring Grey’s Anatomy alumna Katherine Heigl, now titled State of Affairs. Joe Carnahan is listed as writer/director/executive producer on the project, with original writer, Alexi Hawley (The Following) as executive producer. Produced by Universal TV, State of Affairs stars Heigl as a key CIA attaché who counsels the president on high-stakes incidents around the world. She balances her intense political responsibilities with a complicated personal life. (Via)
That’s unfortunate. So. The good? Amy Poehler. The bad? Everything else.