'Friday Night Lights' writers are off to see the wizard
NBC developing a modern take on 'The Wizard of Oz'
"Friday Night Lights" just got renewed for two more seasons, and he's also writing NBC's "Parenthood" pilot. Now, he's taking on another exec producing gig, this time on an NBC project that aims to put a modern-day spin on "The Wizard of Oz."
The project is called "Dorothy Gale" and comes from fellow "FNL" writer Bridget Carpenter, Variety reports. It will follow a young woman who moves from Kansas to New York (presumably not by means of a tornado picking up her house) and gets a job in the art world, working for a "wicked" boss.
Katims will be a non-writing executive producer on the show, which is still in its early stages. Carpenter, who's also worked on "Dead Like Me," and Meryl Poster ("Chicago," "Chocolat") will also be exec producers.
"Friday Night Lights" finishes its season on NBC on Friday (April 10). DirecTV and NBC announced a week ago that they'll bring back the show for two 13-episode seasons, keeping the arrangement whereby the series runs on the satellite service in the fall and on NBC later in the season.
Katims will continue work on "FNL" while also writing "Parenthood," an update of the 1989 movie that's in contention for next season. The pilot stars Peter Krause, Maura Tierney and Erika Christensen.