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Malin Akerman is set as the lead of NBC’s legal drama pilot Prism, from Daniel and Ben Barnz’s We’re Not Brothers Productions, Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz.
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Mykelti Williamson has been tapped to co-star opposite Malin Akerman in NBC’s legal drama pilot Prism, from Daniel and Ben Barnz’s We’re Not Brothers Productions, Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz.

Written by Daniel Barnz, who also directs, Prism is inspired by Rashomon, the 1950 Japanese period psychological thriller directed by Akira Kurosawa. Prism is described as a provocative exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different key person involved. Each new version of the facts ratchets up the mystery and the suspense, calling into question everything we have seen so far and asking, Is the right person on trial? Driven by an ensemble of complicated characters, the show lets the audience ask if truth matters less than who can tell the most compelling story.

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Not picked up by NBC, but it's being shopped around.

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And while most of the studio’s drama pilots got picked up to series, Uni TV brass are disappointed over the two that didn’t, ABC’s New York Undercover reboot from Dick Wolf and murder trial exploration Prism, which had been set at NBC.

Both were taken out right away and are getting some traction. I hear New York Undercover is targeting both broadcast/cable networks and streaming platforms, while Prism‘s content is said to be more premium, so it is pursuing SVOD services.

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