NBC Greenlights Jerry Bruckheimer Project The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives

By Jessica Grabert 2012-06-13 13:51:56 discussion comments
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I thought we were pretty well through with pilots for the season, but apparently NBC head honcho Bob Greenblatt has other ideas in mind. In a move to promote year-round pilot greenlighting, Greenblatt has already given an order for the upcoming pilot season, and at least one big name is already attached to the new show.

Jerry Bruckheimer Television is set to take Josie Brown’s 2010 novel The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives and turn it into a brand new series for the peacock network. The show is being described as a soap opera thriller that follows the lives of some couples in California who, in the aftermath of a homicide, must deal with a lot of personal bullshit. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. TV and writer Sascha Penn are already on board for the project, with Penn, Bruckheimer, and Jonathan Littman set to executive produce the endeavor.

From the initial description, there is some Desperate Housewives and maybe even some older-audience skewing Pretty Little Liars ideas in there. However, despite ABC initially passing on the project, if it all comes together successfully, The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives could be NBC’s version of Revenge, a soapy thriller that thrives on melodrama, but with a more rhyme-y title. If that turns out to be the case, I doubt Greenblatt will be complaining—the network could certainly use a couple of solid shows averaging 10 million viewers an episode to spice things up.

Casting is expected to start up really soon on the project, and, as always, TV Blend will keep you posted on any new news.
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