11:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Hamilton' Producer, Jason Katims Team for NBC High School Drama Pilot
How's this for a creative team: NBC is pairing former Friday Night Lights and Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims with the producer of the Tony-winning musical Hamilton for a drama.
The network on Tuesday handed out a pilot order to Drama High, written by Katims and produced by Hamilton duo Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on the book Drama High by Michael Sokolove and life rights of Lou Volpe, Drama High is inspired by a true story and centers on a working-class high school drama department and the students who come alive under a passionate teacher and family man whose dedication to the program galvanizes the entire town.
Katims will pen the script and executive produce alongside his Universal Television-based True Jack Productions topper Michelle Lee. Seller and Suarez also will exec produce via their Seller Suarez Productions.
The project hails from an overall deal that Seller and Suarez signed with Universal Television back in May. The pact reunited Seller and Suarez with NBC Entertainment topper Bob Greenblatt, who is an investor in Hamilton. Should Drama High move to series, it would be Seller's first scripted show.
Drama High also marks a homecoming for Katims at NBC, which was home to the prolific producer's Parenthood, Friday Night Lights and About a Boy.
Katims currently serves as showrunner on CBS' freshman medical drama Pure Genius, which is on the bubble, and also exec produces Hulu's The Path. On the pilot side, he has comedic anthology Mating, starring Taran Killam, in the works at Showtime.