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While Fox has already decided the fates of all of its pilots, NBC continues to make late-season pickups.
The network on Monday handed out a pilot order to Dangerous Moms, a drama from writer Janine Sherman Barrois (ER, Criminal Minds) that is based on the Spanish format Señoras del (h)Ampa.
Dangerous Moms is described as a dark dramedy about four diverse mothers who accidentally kill the queen bee of their school’s PTA during the demonstration of a new high-end food processor. The potential series becomes a female anthem about friendship and family as it tells the story of one completely unprepared group of women who must juggle their everyday lives while their worlds are turned upside down.
Barrios will pen the script and exec produce alongside Absecon Entertainment’s Rachel Kaplan; Intrigue Entertainment’s Tariq Jalil and Lucas Carter; Mediaset España Comunicación’s Arantxa Écija; and Santi Botello of Producciones Mandarina SL. Warner Bros. TV is the studio.
The order for Dangerous Moms arrives as the broadcast networks are poised to announce their schedules for the 2021-22 season next week as part of the virtual upfront presentations to Madison Avenue ad buyers. Most broadcast networks are busy this week reviewing cuts of pilots and making decisions on bubble shows ahead of their presentations. NBC, it’s worth noting, is part of a new content group overseen by Frances Berwick and Susan Rovner, who are making decisions regarding pilots greenlit by NBC’s previous exec regime that were carried over this season after the pandemic derailed pilot season 2020.
Sources note NBC is likely to make decisions on current scripted series this week but may not announce midseason scripted pickups until later this summer after new pilots, like Dangerous Moms, can be reviewed. The move is part of an effort to continue developing year-round while also attempting to get back to the traditional TV calendar that was thrown into disarray by the pandemic.
NBC has already picked up comedies American Auto and Grand Crew as well as dramas LaBrea and Ordinary Joe for the 2021-22 season. Those join returning scripted originals The Blacklist, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, L&O: SVU, New Amsterdam, This Is Us and rookies Kenan, Mr. Mayor and Young Rock.
Remaining on the bubble are Good Girls, Manifest, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and rookies Debris and Law & Order: Organized Crime.
NBC still has 2020 holdover pilots Crazy For You, Jefferies, Someone Out There, At That Age, Echo and an untitled Nick Wootton/Jake Coburn project. Those join recent orders for Hungry and Getaway at the network.
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