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Funeral-Themed Musical Drama From FNL's Jason Katims Eyed at NBC

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t… resist a good dance number?

NBC is developing an hour-long musical drama exec-produced by Friday Night Lights/Parenthood boss Jason Katims, our sister site Deadline reports.

Created by Julia Brownell — who wrote for Parenthood and Katims’ short-lived comedy About a Boy — the potential series focuses on a mother and daughter who run a funeral home and approach their memorial services as positive celebrations of life, complete with song and dance.

The project is inspired by the real-life Boyd Funeral Home in South Los Angeles, where music plays from the hearses and pallbearers dance during the services.

Brownell will write the script and executive-produce alongside Katims, Michelle Lee, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Diane Nabatoff.

In the meantime, next up for Katims are the faith-based Hulu drama The Way and the HBO drama pilot Us..

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  1. Kate says:

    “Funeral-themed musical drama” = someone slipped acid in my coffee

  2. steven says:

    Six Feet Under- the musical.

  3. John says:

    I’ll take another season of Smash instead. Thank you

  4. justsomeguy says:

    Can we just get another season or 10 of Friday Night Lights instead?

  5. Drewer says:

    This sounds terrible. But since it’s not based off a movie (as AaB, FNL, and P-Hood are) I’m not worried that it will get picked up.

  6. Et al. says:

    One of the featured funerals should be for NBC.

  7. Eran says:

    Is that Knots Landing’s Michelle Lee???

  8. Shunatta Trenise says:


  9. Tom says:

    Just the title of this article had thinking “‘Six Feet Under’ already did this…”

  10. John says:

    With the ever changing views towards death and personalization, I think it will be an interesting show to watch. The Boyd family of mom and daughter is certainly able to pull this off. I wish them all the success in the world.

  11. Sarah says:

    I’m thinking of Gilmore Girls meets Six Feet Under and Glee. I’m a big Jason Katims fan and would give this a try.

  12. Kevin says:

    Wow !!! I am excited sounds very interesting,especially the mother daughter team. I have seen them together they are too cute.Much sucess can’t wait.

  13. tsevca says:

    The musical is kind of too much, isn´t it?