Peacock picks McKenna pilot

Scribe to exec produce show

HOLLYWOOD — NBC has greenlit a pilot presentation for an hourlong drama from feature scribe David McKenna (“American History X”).

The project, from Imagine Television in association with Touchstone Television, is being described as a male-oriented take on HBO’s much-buzzed-about laffer “Sex and the City.” Elements of comedy and drama will be mixed into the hour, which will take place in Los Angeles rather than Gotham, where “Sex” is set.

McKenna will write the script for the pilot presentation and serve as exec producer of the skein, which will feature an ensemble cast.

Pilot presentations like the one being developed by McKenna are typically one-half to two-thirds the length of standard pilots and are becoming more common as webs and studios seek to contain costs. Imagine successfully used a pilot presentation to sell the WB on “Felicity.”

In addition to writing helmer Tony Kaye’s critically lauded “American History X,” which explored one man’s battle to escape his neo-Nazi past, McKenna penned the script for New Line’s current relationship drama “Body Shots.” He also wrote the upcoming Sylvester Stallone starrer “Get Carter.”

The NBC pilot presentation reps McKenna’s first foray into television.

While many projects now in development will never make it past the pilot stage, a number of “Sex and the City”-style comedies and dramas could end up on network skeds next fall.

Several series now in development at different webs feature “Sex”-like plots, including a Fox Broadcasting pilot about young men on Wall Street. The latter project is being hatched by none other than “Sex” creator Darren Star.

McKenna’s deal was brokered by CAA and attorney Mark Stankevich.