12:40pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Orders 'What If' Drama From 'Cougar Town' Producer
NBC is taking a step into the future with Beautiful People.
The network has given a pilot order to the hourlong "what if" drama from Cougar Town consulting producer/director Michael McDonald set 10 minutes in the future.
From Universal Television and ABC Studios, Beautiful People is described as an imaginative and thematically rich ensemble "what if" drama set 10 minutes in the future where families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human population -- until some of the mechanicals begin to "awaken."
The "low tech, high drama" project would mark a return of sorts to the network for McDonald, who directed and appeared in a handful of episodes of Scrubs.
In addition to Cougar Town and Scrubs, McDonald's credits include MadTV and Web Therapy.
He's repped by 3 Arts Entertainment.