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NBC has ordered two drama pilots, both hailing from sister studio Universal Television, Variety has learned.

The network has picked up legal drama “Miranda’s Rights” from writer Katie Lovejoy, and “Midnight Texas,” based on the book trilogy from the author of the series that inspired “True Blood.”

“Miranda’s Rights” is a one-hour legal soap about an idealistic group of lawyers who not only work together but live together at their start-up firm. Lovejoy penned the script and will serve as a co-exec producer on the pilot, marking the newcomer’s first producer credit on a series. John Glenn will exec produce through his John Glenn Entertainment banner.

“Midnight Texas,” written by Monica Owusu-Breen (“Agents of SHIELD,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Alias”) is a supernatural project described as “Twins Peaks” meets “True Blood.” Based on the novels of the same name from author Charlaine Harris who wrote the books that inspired HBO’s vampire hit, the pilot is set in the remote town of Midnight, Texas, where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf or even an angel. Mystery, horror and romance combine to both enthrall and frighten any outsiders who decide to venture into this unusual place. David Janollari will exec produce through his David Janollari Entertainment shingle with Owusu-Breen.

With these two pilots ordered, NBC’s drama slate is catching up to the many comedy pilots ordered at the network. Both projects join a small group of drama pilots, including a time-travel action project from Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan, which was just ordered yesterday, plus spiritual vehicle “Unveiled” from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, which is being re-developed from last season. Already on the 2016-17 slate is a “Taken” prequel, which was ordered straight to series.

“Miranda’s Rights” is the second legal drama in the works at NBC, in addition to “Chicago Law,” the potential fourth installment from Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” franchise.

For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.

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