NBC Picks Up Western From Friday Night Lights Producers

By David Wharton 2011-08-27 15:07:44 discussion comments
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Western shows are the new hotness these days. AMCís got Hell on Wheels coming up. Yesterday, Jessica told us about A&Eís greenlight for Longmire, based on Craig Johnsonís novels and with a cast including Lou Diamond Philips and Battlestar Galacticaís Katee Sackhoff. A few days before that, TNT picked up a western series called Gateway. Now another one is strapping on its spurs: The Hollywood Reporter says that NBC has ordered a western script from Friday Night Lights producers Peter Berg and Liz Heldens.

Unfortunately, thatís about where the details end. The THR story says that the series will be ďa western story told from a female point of view.Ē Berg and Heldens will both exec produce, with Heldens writing the script. Thatís not much to go on, but if they can bring the same level of writing quality to this show as they did to Friday Night Lights, this will definitely be one to watch.

Of course, the trick there is getting people to watch. Friday Night Lights was consistently praised by critics and die-hard fans alike, but it never became the kind of hit it deserved to be, only surviving as long as it did thanks to a partnership between NBC and DirecTV that allowed the episodes to air first on DTVís in-house The 101 network. Hopefully Berg and Heldens will get more eyeballs for their new show.

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