Diesel will produce hourlong series by way of his One Race Television shingle, which is under a first look deal with Universal Television, the studio behind “First Responders.” The project is currently in development.
“First Responders” is described as a dynamic, high-action procedural about young veterans struggling to reintegrate into society, while heroically saving civilian lives along the way. The elite team is the best Search and Rescue operation in the country, and is run by husband-and-wife duo, Doc and Lil Pierce, whose Southern California coastal base provides a sense of community and surrogate family for their ex-military staff. While Doc and Lil can save anyone else’s life in the darkest times, they have been unable to find their own son and will stop at nothing to solve the mystery of his disappearance and bring him back home.
Video game vet Jesse Stern, a writer on the “Call of Duty” and “Titanfall” franchises, will pen the project. Aside from his familiarity with the high-action world of video games, Stern has procedural experience as a longtime writer/producer on “NCIS.”
Diesel will serve as executive producer, alongside One Race Television’s Samantha Vincent, plus ASAP Entertainment’s Jeff Fierson (“Rampage”) and Brad Peyton (“San Andreas,” “Rampage”), who is on board to direct. Shana Waterman is co-executive producer, and will develop and oversee the project for One Race Television.
One Race Films was founded by Diesel in 1995. The company has produced the four highest-grossing filming in the “Fast” franchise, plus “Pitch Black,” “Chronicles of Riddick,” “Riddick” and “xXx.” Up next, the company is behind the hotly-anticipated sequels “Fast 8” and “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” both of which star Diesel, and will hit theaters next year.
For Fierson and Peyton’s ASAP Entertainment, which is behind Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming film “Rampage,” NBC’s “First Responders” adds to their growing list of TV projects, following Netflix’s Jason Momoa series “Frontier,” which debuts in January 2017.
One Race Television, ASAP Entertainment and Stern are repped by CAA. Additionally, One Race TV is handled by manager Stacey O’Neill; ASAP Entertainment by attorneys Jodi Peikoff and Michael Mahan of Peikoff Mahan; and Stern by attorney Bruce Gellman.