Move over, Glee: NBC announced today that it has ordered a musical drama pilot that’s based on an idea from Steven Spielberg. Dubbed Smash, the project - if picked up to series - will follow a cross section of characters who come together for the “exhilarating ride of putting on a Broadway musical,” NBC says. The pilot script was written and executive produced by playwright Theresa Rebeck, and exec producers include Spielberg, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, and Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of Hairspray fame. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will provide original songs for the series.
Talks are in progress to bring aboard Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) to direct.
Additionally, NBC picked up a single-camera comedy pilot today from Jhoni Marchinko (Will & Grace). It’s called I Hate That I Love You and focuses on a straight couple that introduces two of its lesbian friends to one another - which results in instant attraction and a pregnancy. For more on 2011-12 development, click here!