Network makes series commitment to drama

It’s apparently the show so nice, they announced it twice.

NBC sent out a release Monday touting the pickup of new drama “Kings.” But the Peacock had not only already announced back in April that “Kings” had made the network’s winter schedule, it even gave the show a timeslot: Sundays at 10 p.m.

Turns out NBC hadn’t actually officially ordered “Kings” as a series but as a two-hour movie. Now that net execs have seen footage from the production that is under way, they decided to make official what had already been announced.

Christopher Egan and Ian McShane star in “Kings,” a modern-day David vs. Goliath tale set in a war-torn metropolis. Michael Green (“Heroes”) and “I Am Legend” helmer Francis Lawrence are behind the show, as is Erwin Stoff. Universal Media Studios produces.

“We’ve always loved the concept,” said NBC Entertainment/Universal Media Studios co-chair Ben Silverman. “We want to continue telling the story with a series commitment.”

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