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NBC Picks Up Pilot for Time Travel Action Drama from ‘The Shield’ and ‘Supernatural’ Creators

NBC has ordered a pilot for “Time,” a time travel action crime drama hailing from writers Shawn Ryan and Eric KripkeVariety has learned.

First put into development this past August with a hefty pilot production commitment, “Time” had been at the center of a bidding war between the Big Four networks.  Following a slew of comedy pilot pickups at NBC, “Time” marks the network’s first original drama pilot order in contention for 2016-17.

Described as a high-octane drama, “Time” follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.

Kripke, who created “Supernatural,” and Ryan, who created “The Shield,” are co-writers on the project. They’ll also serve as exec producers, along with “The Blacklist’s” John Davis and John Fox, plus Marney Hochman.

Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment are producing, marking a potential series coming to NBC from an outside studio for the 2016-17 season. (This pilot cycle, networks across the board have been more inclined to greenlight projects from sibling studios, or at the very least, co-productions.)

NBC is knee-deep in the pilot game early on this year with seven comedies on the slate, including DC Comics workplace comedy “Powerless” and a series centered around Marlon Wayans. Already a sure thing is Mike Schur’s “Good Place,” which landed a 13-episode order and will star Kristen Bell and Ted Danson.

In the drama category, NBC ordered a “Taken” prequel, which landed a straight-to-series order. In development is Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s spiritual “Unveiled,” which is being re-tooled from last season, and “Chicago Law,” the fourth installment of Dick Wolf’s “Chicago” franchise.

For detailed information on all of this year’s pilots, see Variety’s Pilot Scorecard.

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