NBC Enterprises is closing a deal with Erin Brockovich to star in a talkshow pilot intended for a syndie rollout.
Hourlong would be produced in Los Angeles. Stuart Krasnow, who has a deal at NBC Studios, will exec produce the pilot through NBC Studios and Dick Clark Prods. Dick Clark also is attached as an exec producer.
The exact format of the show has not yet been determined, but the tone likely will take a cue from Brockovich’s personality and interests.
Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her portrayal of Brockovich in last year’s “Erin Brockovich.”
NBC Enterprises also continues to be high on the development of a project with “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh. NBC piloted a talker with Walsh earlier this year and continues to develop the project.
Walsh’s profile has been raised of late as Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” is dedicating a special episode Friday to the manhunt for terrorists at the request of President Bush (Daily Variety, Oct. 11). Meanwhile, Twentieth Television and TotalMedia Communications have entered an exclusive development agreement to bring the show to national radio stations.
Under the agreement, TotalMedia Communications will have exclusive rights to develop and distribute “America’s Most Wanted” programming to local radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.
The “Most Wanted” radio programming will be produced on a daily basis, focusing on topical and breaking news stories. A Web element may also be included, linking radio station sites to the “America’s Most Wanted” national site. The “AMW” Web sites will also include photos of suspects, details on cases and links to local law enforcement sites.
“America’s Most Wanted” radio will be produced in cooperation with RLR Associates. It is expected to be in distribution in early 2002.