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‘Homeland’ and ‘Terminator’ Scribes Developing Robot Drama for NBC

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Somebody get Will Smith on the line, because this one sounds a little familiar.  ‘Homeland‘s executive producer Howard Gordon and ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ writer Josh Friedman are combining their love of drama and robots for NBC, developing a high-concept mystery series set in humanity’s future.  NBC has certainly attempted its share of complex, layered sci-fi in recent years, but will a robot uprising be the next big buzz?

According to Deadline, Homeland’ executive producer Howard Gordon and ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ writer Josh Friedman have begun development of a futuristic sci-fi drama wherein human-like robots have become commonplace in society.  Just when all seems well, the first robot-on-human murder rocks the world, and a detective must solve the case and investigate a growing robot rebellion while dealing with the impact on his own fractured family.

Because that doesn’t sound anything like Will Smith’s 2004 ‘I,Robot,’ itself tangibly connected to the original Isaac Asimov story of the same name.  Not at all!

The first project of Gordon’s own Teakwood Lane, Friedman will write the script for the as-yet-untitled series with Gordon supervising, and both executive producing with Teakwood TV head Hugh Fitzpatrick.  After ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ was cancelled, FOX next bought Friedman pilots ‘Locke & Key’ and ‘The Asset,’ though neither went to series.  The project is Friedman’s first turn at NBC, while Gordon executive produced ‘Awake‘ before its own cancellation.

What say you?  Do you think NBC can pull off a robot uprising on the small screen?  Would you watch the series, if it makes it past pilot?  Tell us what you think of the concept in the comments!

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