11:15am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Reverie,' Starring Sarah Shahi, Nabs NBC Series Order
NBC has picked up its fourth new drama for the 2017-18 broadcast season.
As expected, VR drama Reverie — produced in-house at Universal Television — has been ordered to series.
Reverie is described as a grounded new thriller that follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when she’s brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which you can literally live your dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself.
Extant's Mickey Fisher reteams with Amblin Television's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey on the Universal Television drama. Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu, Sendhil Ramamurthy and Kathryn Morris co-star.
Reverie had been considered likely to go to series, as Person of Interest alum Shahi had been one of the most sought-after stars this casting season. The series comes after CBS and Fox both tried their hands at futuristic police and medical procedurals this season with the since-canceled APB and Pure Genius, respectively.
Overall, Reverie is NBC's fourth new drama and sixth overall pickup for next season. In one of the biggest trends of the season, all of them are produced by studio counterpart Universal Television, as broadcast networks continue to focus on ownership amid dwindling viewers and ad dollars.
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