NBC Reverie Shahi Haysbert

VR Drama Reverie, Starring Sarah Shahi and Dennis Haysbert, Ordered at NBC

One could say that NBC is getting into “virtual reality-TV” programming, by granting a series order to Reverie, a new drama starring Sarah Shahi (Person of Interest) and Dennis Haysbert (24).

From Extant creator Mickey Fisher, the thriller follows Mara Kint (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 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.”

Haysbert plays Mara’s former boss, now the security chief for the virtual reality company, Reverie, while the cast also includes Sendhil Ramamurthy (Covert Affairs), Jessica Lu (Awkward) and Kathryn Morris (Cold Case).

Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) directed the pilot and will serve as an executive producer alongside Fisher, Brooklyn Weaver, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.