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NBC Developing Series Based on ‘The Curve’ Novel With ‘Mysteries of Laura’ Creator (EXCLUSIVE)

NBC is developing a series based on this summer’s book “The Curve: A Novel,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Based on “The Curve: A Novel” by Jeremy Blachman and Cameron Stracher, which was published this June, the project is a satire on legal education. The potential series follows an attorney who decides to leave his white shoe law firm and give back by teaching, but he finds his idealism challenged when he signs on to work at the worst academic institution in the country — Manhattan Law School, located in Gowanus, Brooklyn. While attempting to navigate the murky waters of for-profit academia, he strives to give the best education he can to a motley crew of students.

“The Mysteries of Laura” creator Jeff Rake is penning the TV adaptation, which nabbed a script development deal at NBC. The legal subject matter of “The Curve” is a familiar topic for Rake who was an attorney before becoming a TV writer.

Rake will serve as executive producer, in addition to writer. Co-author Blachman is also billed as writer and co-exec producer on the hourlong project. Warner Bros. Television (where Rake is under an overall deal) is producing, marking a reunion between Rake, NBC and the studio, as Warner Bros. was also behind “The Mysteries of Laura,” which ended after two seasons at the network.

“The Curve” marks Rake’s second project sold this development season, following another drama, “Firewall” at CBS.

Rake is repped by WME. Blachman is repped by Lenny Beckerman at Lotus Entertainment.

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