4:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Conspiracy Drama From 'True Blood' Author Lands NBC Pilot Pickup
NBC is going back to True Blood author Charlaine Harris for another drama.
With rookie Midnight, Texas — based on Harris' book trilogy — still on the bench and awaiting a premiere date at the network, NBC has handed out a pilot order to Redliners.
Redliners is based on the best-selling author's short stories and is described as a high-octane drama that mixes humor, romance and espionage. It centers on a pair of former operatives who get reactivated and drawn into a larger conspiracy while attempting to maintain their undercover lives.
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Shaun Cassidy (Emerald City) will pen the script and executive produce the Universal Television drama. David Janollari, an executive producer on Midnight, Texas, will extend his relationship with Harris and serve in the same capacity on Redliners via his overall deal with UTV.
This is NBC's 14th overall pilot order of the season and sixth drama (down from 22 and eight, respectively, year-over-year). Of the networks 14 overall pilots, nine of them are produced in-house at UTV. Redliners arrives as procedurals continue to be a high priority for the broadcast networks this pilot season.
Should this project go to series, it would mark Harris' third after HBO's Alan Ball vampire drama True Blood — based on her Sookie Stackhouse novel series — as well as fellow genre play Midnight, Texas.