10:15am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jennifer Carpenter's 'Death Class' Lands at NBC With 'Dexter' Producer
NBC is staging a Dexter reunion.
Former Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter is teaming with Sara Colleton to adapt former Los Angeles Times writer Erika Hayasaki's book Death Class: A True Story About Life for NBC, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Carpenter, who starred as Debra Morgan for eight seasons of the Showtime drama, optioned the book, with producer George Stelzner, in April. NBC and Universal Television have boarded the drama, with Colleton also signing on to the project. A search is underway for a writer.
Death Class centers on nurse Norma Bowe, who, when she decides to teach a class on death at a college in New Jersey, never expected it to be popular. But year after year students crowd into her classroom and the reason is clear: Norma's "death class" is really about how to make the most of what poet Mary Oliver famously called our "one wild and precious life."
Carpenter is not attached to star but will exec produce alongside Colleton, who served in the same capacity on the Michael C. Hall serial killer drama. Carpenter most recently signed on to star in USA Network's drama pilot Stanistan.
Former Hallmark Entertainment exec Stelzner oversees West Egg Studios, a banner that focuses on literary adaptations.