Though in last place among the major networks, so far NBC has seen some early promises with big ratings thanks toRevolution, The Voice and more. While competition is slowly picking up as new series begin to premiere, the network has also been most notable for the project they already have in development to come next year. With a Munsters reboot titledMockingbird Lane while we’ll also see some classic characters reimagined in Hannibal and Dracula, they have also been hard at work in bringing forth a number of possible projects for pilot season.
Now NBC has purchased three new dramas that will develop through early next year, and one of which involves famed inventor Thomas Edison helping solve crimes.
First off, let’s start with a bizarre venture as Deadline reports that Daniel C. Connolly (A&E’s Longmire) will pen a new period crime drama for NBC called Edison. John Shiban (Breaking Bad) will oversee and assist with the script, while it’s expected that currently the network has only signed up for only a script-commitment.
Set in 1880s Manhattan, ”Thomas Edison, already America’s greatest inventor, works as a secret consultant to the under-trained and under-equipped New York Police force. Edison uses his inventor instincts and retro-cool devices to deconstruct crime scenes and pioneer new technology”. It’s said that the main draw is to match a tone of Guy Ritchie’s highly successfulSherlock Holmes films in order to give the potential new series a modern-like edge.
Sony Pictures Television is set to produce, while we just sit here and pray that Nikola Tesla is worked in as a character to face off against the titular rival.
Meanwhile, producer Greg Berlanti has already begun to plant some creative seeds as he has committed himself to two new NBC pilots, THR reports. In the first titled Napa, the series will seek to modernize the classic novel Wuthering Heights against the backdrop of Napa Valley focusing on a doomed love affair in an hour-long dramatic format. Berlanti will executive producer alongside Tom Donaghy, who is set to pen the script after receiving a put-pilot commitment from the network.
This matches Berlanti’s other pilot Family Affair, another drama that has received a put-pilot commitment from NBC as well. Scripting by Gossip Girl‘s Sara Goodman, this series will follow ”two families in a small Connecticut town who are thrown together when an accident claims the lives of a mother and father who were having an affair”. Berlanti assumes the role of EP as well alongside Goodman, while this marks Goodman’s second sale of the season after soapy drama Tabooat ABC.
Warner Brothers Television will produce both series after inking an overall development deal with Berlanti earlier this year. Berlanti is also involved with The CW’s superhero drama Arrow, which premieres on October 10th, while his other greenlit series CBS drama Golden Boy is slated for mid-season.