NBC Orders Near Future Drama Pilot Beautiful People

Sounds suspiciously like a similar drama HBO is prepping

This year on US telefantasy we’ve had the fairy tale versus fairytale pairing of Grimm and Once Upon A Time . But could androids be the new fairytales next year on the small screen?

A few weeks back we reported on China Doll , a new show in development at HBO about “a successful California construction subcontractor, his Asian American wife who is a university professor, and a robot as they straddle both sides of the Pacific with extended families on two continents.”

Now comes the news that NBC has ordered a pilot for Beautiful People , a near future show written by Cougar Town co-executive producer/director/actor Michael McDonald, who’s had the idea kicking round his brain for 10 years. According to Deadline , it “is set in the near future in a society where humans co-exist with mechanical androids that look like people but are treated like second-class citizens.”

It will be directed by Stephen Hopkins ( Lost In Space , Predator 2 ) who has also helmed the pilots for 24 and Californication .

Dave Golder
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Dave is a TV and film journalist who specializes in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He's written books about film posters and post-apocalypses, alongside writing for SFX Magazine for many years.