Now that the fall is ready to go, NBC is already looking toward the 2013-14 season with a script commitment for a potential new United Nations series.
In what appears to be an effort to capture the network's glory days with "The West Wing," the untitled United Nations project would focus on an interpreter at the U.N. building in New York City, dealing with ambassadors and other political leaders from around the world in various different issues.
It shouldn't be confused with "The Interpreter," the 2005 film from Sydney Pollack, that centers on an interpreter who accidentally overhears an assassination plot.
Instead, this new project is from Thomas Brady, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold, all part of a first-look deal that Parkes and MacDonald have with NBC Universal, according to Deadline.com.
This will be a huge chance for Brady to shine. He worked on AMC's hit series "Hell on Wheels" as a script coordinator, and was a writers assistant before that on ABC's "Body of Proof." This would be his first on-screen writing credit.
Parkes and MacDonald have a number of film and television credits between them, including "Twister," the Men in Black film series, "Deep Impact," "Gladiator," and most recently the series "Crossbones," based on the book by Colin Woolard.
Any decision on a series is still a long ways away. If NBC likes what it sees in an initial script, it will order a pilot, and go from there, with a final decision coming in early spring.
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