Western Genre Continues to Gain Momentum: NBC Orders One (With a Twist) From ‘Friday Night Lights’ Pair

Aug 26, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Two of the people behind “Friday Night Lights” have received a script order from NBC for a new Western series, as the genre continues to build momentum with the TV networks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Peter Berg, one of the creators of "Friday Night Lights," and Liz Heldens, a writer and co-executive producer on the show, sold the concept for a Western told from a female perspective. Heldens will write and executive produce, while Berg and Sarah Aubrey — who also worked on “Friday Night Lights” — will executive produce.

Universal Media Studios and Berg’s Film 44 are producing the project.

The sale continues a growing trend toward Westerns at the networks. AMC is filming "Hell On Wheels," about the Union Pacific Railroad; A&E has "Longmire," about a Wyoming sheriff; TNT has "Gateway"; while David Zabel’s "Gunslinger" and James Mangold’s "Ralph Lamb" are coming from ABC and CBS, respectively.

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