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O’Hara ‘First’ in line for Peacock

Book, b'cast to bow simultaneously

Michael O’Hara has been tapped to write and exec produce the NBC miniseries “First to Die,” which is set to air during May sweeps.

NBC had paid seven figures to make the four-hour project, based on an upcoming novel by James Patterson (Daily Variety, May 9). “First to Die” is the first installment in a new book franchise by Patterson, who also created the Alex Cross series of novels.

“First to Die” follows a group of female friends in San Francisco who investigate a serial killer targeting newlyweds. Book will be released next April just weeks before the mini airs–the first time since 1977’s “Roots” that a hardcover book release has been timed to the broadcast of a miniseries.

O’Hara was Emmy-nominated for his work on the 1991 NBC longform “Switched at Birth,” whose rating has not been surpassed by any subsequent Peacock mini. O’Hara’s other credits include the 1989 NBC movie “Those She Left Behind,” the NBC film “She Said No” and the ABC movies “She Woke Up Pregnant” and “One Hot Summer Night.”

Award-winning credits

He also created the “Moment of Truth” movie franchise for NBC and the “Crimes of Passion” series of films for ABC. O’Hara has picked up a Christopher Award, a Prism Award and others for his work.

Prior to his TV film career, O’Hara was vice president of media relations for NBC’s West Coast operations. He also spent time as a political reporter in Florida.

O’Hara is repped by CAA.

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