NBC seems to be very happy to stick with the song and dance business. The network has agreed to a new musical series in development from "Smash" producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, written by "Grey's Anatomy"'s Krista Vernoff.
Dramedy in tone, the new hour long series will center on a talented writer of timeless love songs who is unable to find love herself. Much of the music catalog of the series will come from songwriter Diane Warren, who the main character is reportedly loosely based on, with her career trajectory parallel to that of the character's as well.
Warren has written popular love songs including LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live," Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me," Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart," and Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing." The songs are said to integrated into each episode's narrative as opposed to current musical series "Smash" and "Glee"'s music segments. In addition to providing the song material, Warren will also fill the role of consulting producer.
Zadan and Meron have been looking for a project to collaborate with Warren on since she wrote a song for their 1999 musical "Double Platinum." A similar dramedy project was set up at ABC in 2005, but ultimately fell through. The producing team has a full-plate of late, producing "Smash," the forthcoming "Steel Magnolias" remake, and the Academy Awards.