Peacock, NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming platform, is developing hourlong musical drama Olympic Boulevard, I have learned. The project hails from writer Paula Yoo The Perfectionists, Supergirl, producer Neil Meron and choreographer Kyle Hanagami.
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Penned by Yoo, Olympic Boulevard is about a disgraced Korean American former K-Pop star who finds his chance at redemption and a possible comeback when he agrees to teach at one of the first K-Pop training schools in America.
Yoo executive produces with Meron and his producing partner Mark Nicholson. Hanagami serves as a producer. Universal TV, where Meron is under an overall deal, is the studio.
Hanagami has worked with superstars such as BlackPink, BTS, Britney Spears, Nick Jonas, NSync etc. He has over 4 Million YouTube subscribers and holds the title for YouTube's most viewed choreography video of all time.
K-Pop, which has been hugely popular in Asia for decades, has started to go truly global and break into the US market in a big way with the blockbuster success of such acts as BTS.
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Olympic Boulevard joins two recent drama sales for Maron, Other People's Houses starring Sarah Michelle Gellar at Fox and The Brain Trust at NBC. Meron, who has extensive musical background in features, TV and Broadway, recently executive produced the Lifetime movie Patsy & Loretta, about the friendship between country music stars Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn.
Yoo is coming off stints as a co-executive producer on the CW's Supergirl and Freeform's Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists.
Meron is repped by ICM Partners. Yoo is with The Shuman Co. Hanagami is repped by CAA.
EXCLUSIVE: Grace Gummer Mr. Robot and Molly Griggs Prodigal Son have joined the cast of Dr. Death, a limited series for NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming platform starring Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. The UCP-produced drama is based on Wondery's hit podcast of the same name.
Dr. Death explores the twisted mind of a sociopath and the failures of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us. It tells the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch Dornan, a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson Baldwin and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby Slater, set out to stop him.
Gummer will play Kim Morgan, a highly capable, hard-charging registered nurse who is drawn into Duntsch's Dornan web - both professionally and personally - by his apparent talent and ambition. Griggs is set as Wendy Young, Duntsch’s girlfriend, the mother of his children and the last remaining moral beacon for the man who would become “Dr. Death.”
Production begins in the spring on Dr. Death, which is written and executive produced by Patrick Macmanus under his overall deal with UCP. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch also executive produce via Escape Artists, as well as Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy of Wondery.
Gummer co-starred as Dominique DiPeierro on the last three seasons of USA Network’s Mr. Robot, and her TV credits also include The Hot Zone, Good Girls Revolt and Extant. She currently is onscreen in Standing Up, Falling Down, opposite Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz. She is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content
Griggs’ series credits include Prodigal Son, Servant and Succession, and she next appears in the indie feature God the Worm opposite Annabella Sciorra. She is repped by Paradigm and Perennial Entertainment.