NBC is kicking off the 2012-13 pilot season early with an off-cycle pilot order to The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives, an hourlong project from Jerry Bruckheimer Television, writer Sascha Penn and Warner Bros TV.
Inspired by Josie Brown’s 2010 novel that takes on life love, marriage, infidelity and friendship in suburban California, the project is described as thriller/dramatic soap that centers on a murder and the secrets and lies within a tightly woven group of three couples and their families exposed in its aftermath.
Penn, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman will executive produce, with KristieAnne Reed co-executive producing. Casting on the pilot is starting now, with filming slated to begin in the fall as part of new NBC topper Bob Greenblatt’s strategy to transition to year-round pilot production. Last year, NBC ordered four off-cycle pilots, one of which, Save Me, was picked up to series for next season.
Secret Lives, which marks the first pilot order for Penn, was originally set up at ABC last season. It was a passion project for Bruckheimer and Littman, so when ABC passed on it, the two sent the script to NBC. NBC brass expressed interest if WBTV was able to secure a release from ABC, and when that happened, NBC gave it a pilot green light.
Secret Lives reunites Bruckheimer TV with NBC, where the company had a 1980s pro wresting drama executive produced by Dwayne Johnson in development last season with a put pilot commitment. On the feature side, Penn, repped by CAA and Madhouse Entertainment, has spec sci-fi actioner The Ditch set up at Warner Bros and another spec, action/thriller Gone, is being financed with Simon West attached to direct and Pierce Brosnan to produce.
The project is based on Josie Brown's book "Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives," with Sascha Penn on board to pen the project.
Based on Josie Brown's book Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, Bruckheimer will executive produce the project under his deal with Warner Bros. Television. Sascha Penn will adapt the material and exec produce alongside Bruckheimer Television's Jonathan Littman; KristieAnne Reed will co-exec produce. The project originally was in development at ABC.
Secret Lives is described as equal parts thriller and dramatic soap about a murder and the secrets exposed in its aftermath. The project comes after Bruckheimer's drama pilot Trooper, starring Mira Sorvino, was passed over this pilot season at CBS.
Penn is repped by CAA and Madhouse Entertainment.
Jerry Bruckheimer Television is set to take Josie Brown’s 2010 novel The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives and turn it into a brand new series for the peacock network. The show is being described as a soap opera thriller that follows the lives of some couples in California who, in the aftermath of a homicide, must deal with a lot of personal bullshit. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. TV and writer Sascha Penn are already on board for the project, with Penn, Bruckheimer, and Jonathan Littman set to executive produce the endeavor.
From the initial description, there is some Desperate Housewives and maybe even some older-audience skewing Pretty Little Liars ideas in there. However, despite ABC initially passing on the project, if it all comes together successfully, The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives could be NBC’s version of Revenge, a soapy thriller that thrives on melodrama, but with a more rhyme-y title. If that turns out to be the case, I doubt Greenblatt will be complaining—the network could certainly use a couple of solid shows averaging 10 million viewers an episode to spice things up.
Casting is expected to start up really soon on the project, and, as always, TV Blend will keep you posted on any new news.
Entourage's Perrey Reeves has been cast foro Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives
EXCLUSIVE: In her first major series gig since the end of HBO’s Entourage, Perrey Reeves has been cast as one of the leads in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced NBC’s drama pilot The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives. The project written by Sascha Penn, was inspired by Josie Brown’s 2010 novel.
The project, from Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, is described as thriller-dramatic soap that centers on a murder and the secrets and lies within a tightly woven group of three suburban couples and their families exposed in its aftermath. Reeves will play half of one of the three couples, Danielle Deaver, described as flirty and funny woman with a tightly wound personality and a dark secret that not even she knows about. Reeves, repped by Paradigm and Mosaic, is best known for playing Ari Gold’s (Jeremy Piven) outspoken wife Mrs. Ari on all eight seasons of the Hollywood comedy.
Pellington to direct NBC's 'Husbands'
Helmer also worked on ABC's 'Widow'
The pilot, ordered in June from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros. TV, revolves around three couples living in a seemingly idyllic California community that becomes a hotbed of secrets and intrigue.
Written by Sascha Penn, "Husbands" is inspired by the book of the same name by Josie Brown. Penn, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are executive producers while KristieAnne Reed and Pellington are co-executive producers.
While best known as a feature helmer, Pellington recently directed midseason ABC drama "Red Widow." He's also directed and served as consulting propducer on CBS' "Cold Case."
"Husbands" is part of NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt's effort to broaden NBC's development activity beyond the traditional January-April pilot season marathon.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicole Ari Parker has been cast as one of the leads in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced NBC drama pilot The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives. It is described as thriller-dramatic soap that centers on a murder and the secrets and lies within a tightly woven group of three suburban couples and their families exposed in its aftermath.
Parker will play half of one of the three couples, Paula, a tough and strikingly beautiful trophy wife who, after 12 years of a troubled marriage, questions whether to stay with her husband because of love or respect… all while having no idea that he is financially ruined. She joins Perret Reeves,recently cast as another wife. Parker, repped by Gersh and KLWGN, is coming off a full Broadway run of A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Blair Underwood.
Law & Order alum Jesse L. Martin is set to star opposite Martin Henderson in the Jerry Bruckheimer-producedNBC drama pilot The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives. It is described as thriller-dramatic soap that centers on a murder and the secrets and lies within a tightly woven group of three suburban couples and their families exposed in its aftermath. Martin will play half of one of the couples, Greg Cooke, a perpetual frat boy and former hedge fund manager whose faltering finances force him into partnering with an unsavory business associate. Also starring in the pilot are Perrey Reeves and Nicole Ari Parker. Martin, repped by ICM Partners and manager Bob McGowan, is recurring on NBC’s Smash this season, and he signed on do the pilot after the schedules for the two NBC projects could be worked out. Helping the matter is the fact that both Smash and Secret Lives are shooting in New York.
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The "Grey's Anatomy" alum will play Richard Deaver, a family man with a secret troubled and dangerous personality.
James Tupper is heading to NBC.
The Revenge and Grey's Anatomy alum has joined the network's Jerry Bruckheimer drama pilot The Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Based on the Josie Brown book of the same name, the pilot is described as thriller and dramatic soap about the lingering aftermath of a murder. Off the Map's Martin Hendersonwill star as Kyle Dunn, a former flight surgeon and astronaut who returns from a long absence to find something is different about the life he left behind.
Tupper will play Richard Deaver, a likable and fun guy who moves to town with his wife and daughter to open a real estate business, but underneath his nice exterior is a troubled and dangerous personality.
From Warner Bros. Television, Bruckheimer will executive produce alongside Sascha Penn, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed. Penn will write the pilot.
Entourage's Perry Reeves and Rent's Jesse L. Martin will co-star in the drama.
Repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman, Tupper's credits also include Mercy and Men in Trees.
ABC Buys Soap/Thriller Produced By Jerry Bruckheimer
BY NELLIE ANDREEVA, DEADLINE | HOLLYWOOD, Friday October 7, 2011 @ 4:35pm PDT
EXCLUSIVE: ABC has bought Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives, an hourlong project from Jerry Bruckheimer Television and writer Sascha Penn. Inspired by Josie Brown’s 2010 novel that takes on life love, marriage, infidelity and friendship in suburban California, the project is described as thriller/dramatic soap that centers on a murder and the secrets exposed in its aftermath.
Penn, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman will executive produce, with KristieAnne Reed co-executive producing. This is the second consecutive development season in which Penn is adapting a book to the small screen. Last year, he wrote Confessions Of A Back-Up Dancer for the CW. On the feature side, Penn, repped by CAA and Madhouse Entertainment, has sold his spec sci-fi actioner The Ditch to Warner Bros and another spec, action/thriller Gone, to the Chinese company Hollywood Movie Works, with Pierce Brosnan producing.
This is the fourth sale for Bruckheimer TV this season. The company previously landed put pilot commitments for a 1980s pro wresting drama executive produced by Dwayne Johnson at NBC, a Navy SEALs drama at ABC and a procedural about a mom-turned-New York State Trooper at CBS.
UPDATE: As of 6/12/12, NBC-TV has greenlighted the pilot for series development. More news to come...