Futuristic drama comes from Michael McDonald

NBC has picked up drama pilot “Beautiful People” from Universal Television and ABC Studios.

Michael McDonald will exec produce the project, an ensemble “what if” hour set in the not-so-distant future in which families of mechanical humans exist to serve the flesh-and-blood people of the world, until the androids start to have goals of their own. The show’s emphasis is said to be on drama rather than technology.

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