The network announced Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that its follow-up to last December’s surprise smash The Sound of Music Live! will be an adaptation of James M. Barrie’s high-flying classic.
“Get ready for flying children,” said NBC prez Robert Greenblatt of the project, which will air on Dec. 4 and once again be exec-produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Maron. Casting is TBD, though Greenblatt at least ruled out Justin Bieber and indicated the title role would be played by a male.
NBC has also ordered Emerald City, a modern 10-episode re-imagining of the classic Frank L. Baum books that inspired everything from The Wizard Of Oz to Wicked. Official logline: “A head-strong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is unwittingly sent on an eye-opening journey that thrusts her into the center of an epic and bloody battle for the control of Oz.”
Other notable takeaways from NBC’s exec session:
* The network has handed a pilot order to State of Affairs, a potential drama series starring former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl as a CIA analyst.
* On the future of Celebrity Apprentice: “We’re going to shoot it in the spring and it will be available as an option to us in the fall,” confirmed the network’s reality guru, Paul Telegdy.
* Also in NBC’s pipeline: The eight-episode limited series The Slap. The project, based on the Australian series of the same name, is a “complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child.” Brothers & Sisters‘ Jon Robin Baitz is the writer.
* We’re “really unhappy” we can’t find an audience for Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show,” lamented Greenblatt. “It’s been an uphill battle.”
* Billy Crystal, who was Jay Leno’s first-ever Tonight Show guest, will pay him a visit on his final night on Feb. 6.