NBC Lands Mom Detective Drama From Jeff Rake, Greg Berlanti & Aaron Kaplan With Production Commitment

EXCLUSIVE: After a bidding war, NBC has nabbed The Mysteries Of Laura, a drama project from writer Jeff Rake (Cashmere Mafia), Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. I’ve learned that the project, based on the popular Spanish series Los Misterios De Laura, has received a production commitment. It follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals — but not her evil twins. Warner Bros. TV, where Berlanti Prods. is based, is producing. Rake is writing the adaptation and will executive produce with Berlanti and Kaplan in the first pairing of the prolific producers who have done over 20 pilots between the two of them in the past couple of years, while Berlanti Prods.’ Melissa Kellner Berman co-execute produces.

The original series, created by Carlos Vila and Javier Holgado and produced by Boomerang TV, is heading into a third season on TVE1 Spain. (Watch English-language trailer below) Todd Lituchy, CEO of format distribution company New Media Vision, brought the property to the U.S., partnering with Paradigm whose Steve Wohl sold the rights to Kaplan. Kaplan developed the format and took it to Rake and Berlanti. Kaplan has a successful track record with Spanish-language formats — he is behind the adaptation of the Mexican drama Terminales, which was recently picked up to series by ABC Family. Laura is Kaplan’s second major sale this season — he also exec produces comedy The Henchman, written by Dan Kopelman and directed by John Hamburg, which has a put pilot commitment at Fox.

For Berlanti, this marks the third project and third major commitment this year. He is behind CW’s hot prospect The Flash, which will be spun off from the network’s breakout Arrow, also co-created and executive produced by Berlanti. As a producer, he also recently scored a put pilot commitment at NBC for a futuristic prison drama written by Seth Grahame-Smith. Berlanti and Rake are with WME.

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Comments (23)

  • Oh man, that’s crazy that she’s so good with criminals but not with her evil twins. Obviously sounds like it will translate for an American audience. Wish it was called Evil Twins, though. I mean, that’s a show, right? Irony. Twins. Evil. A procedural element. A soap element too. Berlanti and Kaplan are really tearing up it in TV. If they continue to produce horrible show after horrible show, they’re going to continue to get bidding wars like this. Congrats to them both!

    Comment by Writer — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 8:01pm PDT  
  • If executed right, I could see myself watching this.

    Comment by Zachary — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 8:24pm PDT  
  • Dear Writer,

    Jealous much?

    Comment by Writer — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 9:19pm PDT  
    • Yes. But it doesn’t make me wrong.

      Comment by Writer — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 11:10pm PDT  
      • But it doesn’t make me wrong.
        Well seeing as they’re making money and you’re NOT, it kinda does.

        Comment by puredieselbc — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 7:05am PDT  
        • Who said I’m not making money? But congrats on being a Republican…

          Comment by Writer — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 2:51pm PDT  
  • There was a bidding war for this?

    Comment by ABC exec — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 9:40pm PDT  
  • I see Maura Tierney for the lead.

    Comment by Wannabe Casting Director — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 9:52pm PDT  
    • Already taken. I would put my money on Jenna Fischer.

      Comment by Zachary — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 10:49pm PDT  
  • Yes, ABC executive…..

    That explains your being in 4th place

    Comment by CBS executive — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 10:06pm PDT  
    • And supportive posts about crappy programs show why ratings are down across network television.

      Comment by tv fan — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 3:56am PDT  
    • I thought NBC was in fourth place…

      Comment by Ed — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 9:34am PDT  
  • Who actually checks whether an obscure Series from Spain is actually popular? These announcements are absurd and American networks eat this stuff up because they don’t have the courage to trust original ideas. These announcements make me laugh.

    Comment by AC — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 11:13pm PDT  
    • It is very easy for any network or studio research department to check if a show is a hit.

      Comment by InTheKnow — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 6:09pm PDT  
  • Greenblatt let the Tina Fey show go to Fox, and made a commitment for the “cop w/twins” show? He better be right. People will remember this week.

    And yes, Berlanti and Kaplan have made some terrible TV lately.

    Comment by Really? — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 11:16pm PDT  
  • Good for them. Not so good for the audience. Dear Lord, help the TV business. Please!

    Comment by No executive — Friday August 16, 2013 @ 11:28pm PDT  
  • The Spanish series is ok, the lead actress, María Pujalte, is great but as a series I think it has already done in the States with a superb actress… it was called Medium then.

    I know, she was not a police, just a medium that helped the police, but the point was the same, both ladies are investigators that have problems to balance family and work.

    I miss Patricia Arquette.

    Comment by Borjatdl — Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 3:38am PDT  
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