NBC is gearing up for next season already. Slashfilm reports that they recently picked up a pitch for a musical drama that is executive produced by Steven Spielberg. If the show is picked up as a series it will follow a cross section of characters who come together for the exhilarating ride of putting on a Broadway musical.
Theresa Rebeck wrote the pilot and will exec produce alongside Mr. Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Notable to musical fans will be the fact that Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will create original songs for the series. Michael Mayer may direct.
Meanwhile, EW is reporting that David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman project has finally found a home. We previously reported on the project but it has since looked like the project was dead. NBC is apparently the one to bring it back to life.
Kelley’s take incorporated the superhero’s signature lasso, cuffs, and plane in the script, and insiders said it was a serious, non-campy take on the DC Comics character. For years, various writers and producers (including Joss Whedon) have tried to bring back Wonder Woman, but the character has proved difficult to resurrect.
It seems that since the regime changes over at NBC, they are more willing to take risks on new programming. We’ll see how it pans out for them. I’m glad that the new suits at the network seem more willing to take the chances, I just hope they don’t mess with the formula of success that NBC’s sister network USA has achieved.