NBC Developing NASCAR Family Drama, HBO Knows Clyde Phillips’ NAKED TRUTH, and Fox Orders LOCKE & KEY Pilot

     October 26, 2010


If following the speeding cars on the round NASCAR track just doesn’t immerse you in the thrills and drama of stock car racing, then NBC may have a solution. Deadline reports the network is developing The Crew, a testosterone-heavy underdog family drama set in the world of NASCAR. The series would follow the family of distinctly different brothers on a NASCAR racing team who, as individuals have their own lives and dreams, opportunities and problems but as a team share a singular goal: to be the best. Writer/producer Joe Pokaski (Heroes) is behind the project along with the full cooperation of NASCAR, so I wouldn’t expect too many jokes at the sport’s expense (no matter how badly I want them).

Hit the jump for news on a new HBO series from Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips (above) and some great news for the TV adaptation of Locke & Key.

locke_and_key_comic_book_cover_01After spending four years as showrunner on Showtime’s bloody good drama Dexter, Clyde Phillips has now found himself at HBO as Deadline reports the cable network was the winner of quite the bidding war for a new drama based on the Israeli series The Naked Truth. Phillips will write and executive produce the new drama which is set in a major East Coast metropolitan precinct and follows the officers investigating the disappearance of a teenage girl from a prominent family in the pressure cooker atmosphere of an explosive high-profile case that has implications not just for the family of the victim, but for the cops themselves and the political infrastructure of the city.

Phillips says of the series, “It’s about the cops encountering people on the worst day of the citizens’ life. It’s a bit of an exploration of the middle class and the challenges we all face; it’s a heartbreaking story about a family in a time of crisis and how everyone deals with it.” Interestingly enough the original series was completely set in an interrogation room and an adjacent room. The new iteration will take the action outside of those walls, but still within the confines of the precinct itself. This isn’t the first time an Israeli series has inspired an HBO drama as In Treatment came to fruition under the same circumstances with just as intimate a setting. This series will likely be another hit for Lionsgate who is also behind the successful series Mad Men.

Finally, after the initial report that Steven Spielberg, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were bringing Joe Hill’s comic book series Locke & Key to television, Deadline reports Fox has officially ordered the pilot for the series along with the previous series commitment for the adaptation. The comic book tells the story of Nina Locke and her three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, who survive an unspeakable horror and attempt to rebuild their lives at Keyhouse, their family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. It is a mysterious New England mansion, with fantastic and transformative keys hidden inside its walls that are also being sought by a hate-filled and relentless creature with ties to the Locke family’s past who will stop at nothing to accomplish his sinister goals.

So are you excited about any of these new series?