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Sniper Drama From 'Blacklist' Producers Gets NBC Pilot Pickup
NBC is expanding its relationship with The Blacklist producers.
The network has handed out a pilot order to Endgame, a drama thriller from Blacklist's Davis Entertainment and Leverage co-creator John Roger, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
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Endgame, from Sony Pictures Television where Davis Entertainment is under an overall deal, centers on a former sniper — how timely. While working as a security expert for the wealthy, he is wrongly accused of the slaying of his wife. A syndicate of powerful people offer him freedom in exchange for stopping high-stakes crimes as he looks to avenge his wife's death and uncover the conspiracy among his mysterious employers.
Rogers will pen the script and executive produce alongside Davis Entertainment's John Davis and John Fox. The drama landed at NBC with a hefty pilot-production commitment.
The news comes as The Blacklist, starring James Spader, is poised to get its biggest push to date with the prime post-Super Bowl time slot next month before it moves to anchor NBC's new Thursday night lineup at 10 p.m. The drama, now in its second season, was among the network's keys to rebuilding its fortunes last season after launching hot out of the gate following The Voice on Mondays.
With the pickup, Endgame brings NBC's drama pilot haul to five. It joins Ugly Betty creator Silvio Horta's The Curse of the Fuentes Women; Diana Son's Love Is a Four Letter Word; and magical martial arts entry Warrior.