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NBC Developing Police Drama With ‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia Producing (EXCLUSIVE)

NBC is developing a new police drama series called “Greenlit” that boasts “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia among its executive producers, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Greenlit” is described as a procedural focused on a highly-skilled task force comprised of five federal agents with backgrounds in the FBI, Secret Service, IRS, and SWAT responsible for protecting members of law enforcement who have been targeted for murder, or “greenlit,” by different criminal organizations.

20th Century Fox Television is producing. Kevin O’Hare wrote the script and will serve as co-executive producer. Ventimiglia will executive produce along with Russ Cundiff under their DiVide Pictures banner. Phillip Noyce is attached to direct and will receive an executive producer credit should NBC order the project to pilot. Andrew Lenchewski will also executive produce.

This is not the first time Ventimiglia, Cundiff, O’Hare, and Lenchewski have partnered on a police-themed broadcast drama project. In October, the team sold a script for a series called “Kin” to Fox. That series would follow a tight-knit Florida law-enforcement family who become the primary suspects in the disappearance of a notorious drug cartel leader following a DEA plane crash.

O’Hare is repped by Verve, Underground Management and Stone Genow. Ventimiglia and Cundiff are repped by WME and Management 360. Lenchewski is repped by CAA. Noyce is repped by WME.

Ventimiglia currently stars on “This Is Us,” the undisputed breakout hit of the 2016-2017 season. NBC has already renewed the show through Season 3, with Season 2 set to launch on Sept. 26. The series is not the first time Ventimiglia has top-lined a major NBC property, with the actor previously playing a leading role in the 2006 series “Heroes.” He and Cundiff founded DiVide in 2004. The company specializes in film and television development and creates original digital content, as well as comic book publishing. DiVide is currently producing Seasons 2 and 3 of the digital series “Relationship Status” for go90.

Most recently, NBC gave out a put pilot order for a new series from Robert Zemeckis and Jeff Rake that centers around a plane that mysteriously disappeared. The network previously gave out a put pilot commitment to a new one-hour political drama “Republic” from “Blindspot” executive producers Greg Berlanti and Martin Gero, as well as the drama series “The Unrequited” from Kevin Falls. NBC also gave a pilot production commitment to “Guess Who Died” from Peter Tolan and Norman Lear, based on Lear’s own life experiences.

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