Two new projects in works at NBC

Teri Weinberg drama, African-American comedy join slate

NBC has added two projects to its development slate, the drama "Nola Rising" from producer Teri Weinberg and comedy "Ordinary People" from producer Scott Stuber.

Both are set up at Universal Media Studios.

"Nola," from writer Diane Ademu-John ("Medium"), revolves around a down-on-his-luck private investigator and a charismatic ex-con capable of being inhabited by ghosts who become unlikely partners to help solve the problems of New Orleans citizens, living or dead.

Weinberg is executive producing through her Yellow Brick Road banner.

Ademu-John and Alex Hertzberg are co-executive producers.

The project marks Weinberg's second sale this season following another NBC/UMS drama, "Welcome to Hitchcock."

"Ordinary," described as "Mad About You" meets "The Cosby Show," is part of NBC's effort to develop an African-American comedy series. It's a hybrid comedy from "America's Next Top Model" co-developer Kenya Barris.

Inspired by Barris' real-life experiences, "Ordinary" revolves around Kevin and Kelsey Whitmore, a married couple in their late 20s who are fast-tracked professionals with four kids.

After spending most of his time on the road as a Rolling Stone music reporter, Kevin is promoted to columnist and works from home, a change that requires adjustment for everyone in the family.

Barris, repped by WME and Principato Young, is executive producing with Stuber.