NBC has changed the name of its upcoming drama “Odyssey,” less than a month before it premieres.
The network declined to comment on the reason for the change, but a source close to the show tells Variety the new title, “American Odyssey,” better reflects the journey undertaken by lead character Odelle (played by Anna Friel), a U.S. soldier who is being attacked at every turn as she tries to return to her family in New York.
NBC may be trying to tap into the right-leaning audience that made Bradley Cooper’s “American Sniper” a surprise box office hit. “American Odyssey” will be airing in the hour following “A.D. The Bible Continues,” a project from exec producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey that has been targeted at Christian conservatives.
Both “American Odyssey” and “A.D.,” an extension of the hit miniseries “The Bible” that aired on History channel in 2013, bow April 5 (Easter Sunday).
NBC recently also made a tweak to its drama pilot “Endgame,” a Las Vegas-set thriller from the team behind “The Blacklist.” The pilot pickup came with a new angle from when the project was in development — centering on a former sniper, rather than an intelligence officer — on the heels of “American Sniper’s” monster $105 million opening weekend tally.
Elizabeth Wagmeister and Geoff Berkshire contributed to this report.