When it comes to NBC's upcoming season, what's old is new again. The network announced some major new projects on Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that look, well, awfully familiar.
First up, Katherine Heigl is returning to the small screen. Yes, it's happening whether we like it or not. The network has given the green light for a pilot order to 'State of Affairs,' a drama series that would feature the former 'Grey's Anatomy' star as a CIA analyst. Sounds awfully close to 'Homeland,' but if you've seen Heigl in 'Killers,' you know that Claire Danes has nothing to worry about.
Speaking of worrisome stunt casting, the network announced its follow-up to last December’s surprise hit 'The Sound of Music Live!' will be a musical adaptation of 'Peter Pan,' aptly-called 'Peter Pan Live!' (just in case there was any confusion that what we will be watching will have a ten-second delay or something). “Get ready for flying children,” said NBC president Robert Greenblatt, which, if you ask me, is a horrifying image. Thankfully not as horrifying as imagining Justin Bieber starring as the child who never grows up. Greenblatt ruled out the troubled pop star, and confirmed the title role will be played by a male unlike the original Broadway production that starred Mary Martin as Peter.
Speaking of headstrong young people, NBC has also ordered a 10-episode series called 'Emerald City,' which will be a modern adaptation of the classic 'Wizard of Oz.' The official plot reads, “A head-strong 20-year-old Dorothy Gale is unwittingly sent on an eye-opening journey that thrusts her into the center of an epic and bloody battle for the control of Oz," which sounds very 'Games of Thrones'-ish to me.
And speaking of bloody battles, Greenblatt also let it be known that 'Celebrity Apprentice' will shoot in the summer, and will become an "option" to the network in the fall.