Ex-Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez Producing Political Drama at NBC (Exclusive)

'Accidental Candidate' will be written by former 'Nashville' showrunner Dee Johnson and exec produced by Josh Berman.
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NBC is looking to a former congresswoman for a new take on the political drama.

The network has handed out a script commitment to drama Accidental Candidate, which counts former Democratic congresswoman Loretta Sanchez as an exec producer.

The drama explores what happens when after a small-town mother's passionate town hall confrontation with a politician goes viral and she becomes thrust into the spotlight, opting to launch a career she never saw coming. Armed with smart ideas and sheer determination, she impulsively embarks on a successful campaign for Congress, running as the ultimate outsider against a powerful male incumbent.

The drama, sources say, is drawn from Sanchez's personal experiences when she was first elected in 1996 and defeated long-serving Republican Congressman Bob Dornan. Sanchez served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997-2017, when she was defeated by California Attorney General Kamala Harris in the race for the U.S. Senate last year.

Former Nashville showrunner Dee Johnson will pen the script and exec produce the Sony Pictures Television Studios drama. Josh Berman (Notorious, Daytime Divas) will exec produce via his SPTS-based Osprey Productions banner. Chris King and Sanchez will also exec produce.

Osprey Productions is repped by CAA and attorneys Ken Richman and Jason Hendler; Johnson is with CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.

Political dramas continue to be popular on broadcast, cable and streaming platforms with a renewed interest in the genre given the politically divisive state of the country.

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