Reality vet Bruce Nash is preparing to make a splash in the scripted world.
Nash — who’s had a hot summer with NBC hits “For Love or Money” and “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?” — is developing an hourlong drama/reality hybrid at the Peacock, while also setting up scripted projects at MTV and FX. All three are in the early stages of development.
NBC project, tentatively dubbed “The List,” will feature a loose plotline in which a key character is killed off each week. Auds will help determine who gets bumped off.
Skein “borrows heavily on the things that make reality television work — namely, the final elimination,” said NBC exec VP for alternative/longform Jeff Gaspin. “The audience at home will be given the opportunity to ‘kill off’ their least favorite characters.”
Nash told Daily Variety that the goal of “The List” is to take “the tried and true elements of reality programming and bring them to a scripted show. You’ll never know what’s going to happen next.”
Despite the success of Nash Entertainment in nonfiction programming, Nash has long wanted to move into scripted fare.
“This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for, and I’m grateful to NBC for giving it to me,” he said. “It’s why I got into television. I want to make comedies and dramas and bring some new ideas to television.”
Nash is currently scouting for scribes to write a production bible for “The List”; NBC will then decide whether to move forward with the project.
Peacock has also greenlit two reunion specials featuring the casts of the first and second editions of “For Love or Money” and the participants from “Who Wants to Marry My Dad?” Cast members will dish dirt on what went on behind-the-scenes on the two skeins.
Both specs will air on Labor Day, Sept. 1. “Love or Money” reunion will actually be seen a week before the skein has its two-hour season finale; “Dad” wrapped last week.
Nash, along with 3 Ball Prods.’ J.D. Roth, Todd Neslon and John Foy, are the producers of the “Love” and “Dad” franchises.
As for scripted skeins, Nash said he’s also snagged script commitments for a pair of other half-hour comedies in addition to NBC’s “The List.”
MTV is developing “Rock Rangers,” a project Nash describes only as “an animated superhero musical.”
Over at FX, Nash has set up an untitled “Larry Sanders”-esque laffer set behind-the-scenes of a reality production company.
“It’s sort of the ‘Network’ of the future,” Nash said.
All three projects were packaged by Nash’s reps at CAA.