Heather Locklear may still be headed to NBC — but it might take a bit longer than first expected.
Despite early positive buzz about Locklear’s Peacock pilot “Once Around the Park” — and extraordinary efforts by the net to make a deal with the thesp — it now seems unlikely NBC brass will greenlight the NBC Studios/Touchstone project to series. No final decision will be made until later this week, when the net locks in its final fall schedule.
While “Park” may not be ready for fall, the project could still move forward for midseason, albeit with changes. NBC execs are also considering developing a whole new project for Locklear.
Not helping “Park’s” case is the fact that NBC execs have already fallen in love with several other laffer projects, including “Happy Family” (which could be headed to Tuesdays behind “Frasier”) and laffers from Tracy Morgan and Whoopi Goldberg (a possible Tuesday duo?).
On the drama front, there’s also buzz about “Las Vegas” landing on Friday or Sunday nights.
Over at Fox, meanwhile, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced hour “Skin” seems to be gaining fans among execs, while the 20th/Original hour “Still Life” is gaining traction.
A word of caution: Much could change between now and next week, when the Big Six announce their skeds. After all, “Park” was considered a sure bet for a series order last week.