1:14pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC Developing Exorcism Drama (Exclusive)
NBC is poised to explore demonic possession.
The network has handed out a script commitment to drama The Possession of Maggie Gill, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Maggie centers on the Gills, a loving a middle-class family in Eugene, Ore., who find themselves in the midst of crisis when paranormal occurrences begin to affect the everyday fabric of their home. At the same time, a series of brutal murders is being investigated by two local detectives. The storylines converge as those involved slowly realize that the murders and hauntings may have a common link: Maggie Gill, 15-year-old daughter of the Gill family, who might be possessed by demonic attachments.
The drama hails from Amblin Television (Under the Dome, Extant, Red Band Society, Falling Skies, The Americans) and will be written by John Glenn (Eagle Eye). Glenn will exec produce alongside Matt Luber, Adam Kane as well as Amblin's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey and Harris Fishman.
Exorcism dramas are a hot subject matter this development season. The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is adapting his exorcism comic, Outcast, as a pilot at Cinemax; and former Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara's Damien, a follow-up to The Omen, received a straight-to-series six-episode order at Lifetime.