NBC has made a decision on its next live musical: It will stage a version of “Peter Pan” on Dec. 4, 2014.
The network scored big ratings with its live “Sound of Music” last December and quickly announced it would do more musicals. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as executive producers.
“Peter Pan” has a history on NBC — the network did a live broadcast of the musical in 1955 and drew a huge audience, and did subsequent live telecasts in 1956 and 1960.
No cast has been announced yet.
Other announcement from NBC’s day at the TCA winter press tour:
– “Parks and Recreation” star Amy Poehler has signed a three-year producing deal with Universal Television to develop new shows. The first project is a comedy with the working title “Old Soul” that she’s co-creating with “Happy Endings” veterans Josh Bycel and Jon Fener. It stars Natasha Lyonne (“Orange Is the New Black”) as a woman who works as an aide to a group of senior citizens while trying to figure out where she fits in with her own age group.
– The network has given a 10-episode order to “Emerald City,” a drama based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. It centers on a 20-year-old Dorothy Gale and a version of Oz not seen in the classic 1939 film. Writer Matt Arnold (“Siberia”) and Josh Friedman (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) are executive producing.
– It’s also picked up an eight-hour miniseries called “The Slap” from “Brothers & Sisters” creator Jon Robin Baitz. It’s based on an Australian drama of the same name about a family that falls apart after a man slaps another couple’s child at a barbecue. It leads to recriminations galore and a lawsuit.
– In addition to the pilot from Poehler, NBC has greenlit Katherine Heigl‘s drama pilot “State of Affairs.” Heigl, who’s also an executive producer, plays a CIA officer who delivers a daily briefing to the president. Joe Carnahan (“The Blacklist,” “The Grey”) is writing and directing the pilot.