Things have been rather quiet in the world of broadcast television for a time that usually features a nonstop wave of headlines concerning new pilot orders from the big five. However, that silence was broken today as NBC has unveiled its first pilot pick-up of the upcoming 2015/2016 season, Warrior.
The new series is set in a “grounded, contemporary multicultural and sometimes magical milieu where a damaged heroine works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance from a mysterious martial arts master to bring down an international crime lord.”
Created and executive produced by Traveler creator David DiGilio alongside executive producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, Warrior will mark 2015’s first pilot order of the year. However, what’s even more surprising than the lack of fanfare surroudning the new pick-up is the kind of show it is. Despite the latest development season being made up of mostly pre-existing IP buys that included the likes of Frequency, Minority Report and Big, the first new pilot pick-up of the season was an original concept not based on a previously established idea.
What does this mean for the coming season? Not much… yet. It’s possible Warrior’s script was just ready to go while other networks are waiting to get in drafts to read and decide on. So, as they wait to deliberate one some of the more high profile projects current floating around Los Angeles, NBC had some time to make a decision on this new series.
However, should the next slate of pick-ups also be original concepts over the overwhelming mass of existing properties, it could be a sign of Hollywood possibly looking to back out of some the deals it signed – especially considering the two biggest new shows of the current season are How to Get Away with Murder and Empire.
As for where this all leaves Warrior, considering it’s the only pilot with an official green light at the moment and can thus get casting underway, the new NBC series will have the pick of the litter in terms of actors, directors and all around creative staff.
Whether or not this will lead to a potentially better series is anyone’s guess as those people in question still have to be intrigued enough by the material to sign on (without there currently being a locked in series pick-up), but at least the potential is there for Warrior to have a leg up over the competition.
Stay tuned for more news about Warrior.