NBC continues to embrace the potential boon that is religious-themed scripted series, having last month greenlit a sequel to the hugely successful miniseries ‘The Bible,’ now ordering another Christian-focused drama for their coming season.
The network has ordered a new drama pilot ‘Salvation’ from David Janollari, the former executive producer of ‘Six Feet Under.’ Janollari is also the former head of MTV Programming, whose seen success on the network with such shows as ‘Jersey Shore’ and ‘Teen Mom.’
It is described as provocative, as the series will follow the people and events surrounding a Texas Mega Church where good fights evil, faith battles heresy, and corruption abounds.
The pilot opens with a mysterious woman, Jennifer Strickland, who following the strange death of her husband, must protect her beliefs, her children, and her church.
‘Salavation’ is written by Liz Heldens, who is hoping that the third time is the charm with NBC. She recently had two shows on the network, the mystery ‘Deception’ and the dramedy ‘Camp,’ but both were axed after one season. Heldens will executive produce alongside Janollari.
This religious-themed pilot joins other NBC drama orders, up to seven now, that include the dark thriller ‘Constantine,’ and ‘The Mysteries of Laura’ that follows a quirky homicide detective. In addition to the dramas, NBC has also order seven comedies, including one from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.