Thursday, October 29, 2009

NBC Considering a New Crime Drama Featuring an Agoraphobic Magician


Last month we reported that ABC had ordered a pilot featuring illusionists Penn and Teller. Now Variety is reporting that NBC is considering a drama featuring a crime solving magician.

The untitled project centers on a magician whose career is in ruins after he develops stage fright and agoraphobia -- a Monk variant? A law enforcement agency recruits him to help them solve some of their toughest cases. "It won't be as much of a whodunit as a 'how the hell do we catch him.'" said one of the writers.

We were recently discussing with screenwriter in the industry the 1973 series The Magician starring Bill Bixby and wondering why some studio hasn't updated this terrific series. The ABC and NBC projects don't quit fit the mold exactly, but they're a start.

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