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NBC gives new ‘Life’ to drama adaptation

Peacock expected to order eight episodes of British drama

The U.S. adaptation of hit British drama “This Life” may soon get a new lease on, well, life.

NBC is close to ordering eight episodes of the Studios USA/NBC Studios series, which failed to make the final primetime cut last spring.

The Peacock is expected to put “This Life” on the fast track for midseason. Sources said the net’s younger development execs championed the project, convincing top NBC programmers to pick it up after all.

“This Life” follows the lives of five young lawyers who work at the same San Francisco law firm and live in the same Victorian house in Haight-Ashbury. Executive producer Jill Gordon (“My So-Called Life,” “The Wonder Years”), who wrote the original pilot presentation last year, has penned a new script for this go around.

Focus to fall on legal aspects

The new “This Life” will focus more heavily on the show’s law franchise aspect, featuring legal issues and cases interwoven with the characters’ personal lives. Sources say the show will be targeted for an 8 p.m. timeslot but maintain its sexy undertone and frank dialogue.

The cast of last year’s “This Life” presentation remains intact: James Roday as “Egg,” Ken Marino as “Miles,” Mackenzie Astin as “Warren,” Samantha Mathis as “Anna” and Sydney Tamila Poitier as “Sydney.” Eric Shaffer also stars.

Should the project get picked up, NBC hasn’t decided whether “This Life’s” original pilot presentation will be completely thrown out, or if pieces may show up in other episodes.

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