MSNBC duo planning drama series for NBC
Morning Joe” anchors have signed on to serve as consulting producers on “Young Turks,” an hourlong ensemble drama in development at sister broadcast net NBC. Prospect Park, the shingle run by Jeff Kwatinetz, Paul Frank and Rich Frank, is behind the show. “Young Turks” revolves around the personal and professional lives of a group of New Yorkers in their 20s. The characters findthemselves in the high-powered worlds of finance, politics and media — which is where the expertise of Scarborough and Brzezinski comes in. Newcomers Jonny Umansky and Zach Hyatt penned the pilot script, while John Romano (“In Plain Sight”) is onboard as exec producer and showrunner. The three Prospect Park principals also serve as exec producers. Universal Media Studios is behind “Young Turks.” Prospect Park’s other credits include FX’s adaptation of the quirky Australian comedy “Wilfred.” Besides “In Plain Sight,” Romano’s other series include “The Beast,” “American Dreams,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Monk” and “Third Watch.” As for Scarborough and Brzezinski, the newsies’ involvement in the series is unique but not unprecedented. Fellow MSNBC star Lawrence O’Donnell had a lengthy career as a writer on “The West Wing,” among other shows. And last year, Arianna Huffington was an exec producer on the ABC pilot “Freshman,” which didn’t go to series.