‘Battlestar Galactica’ Producer Gets Pilot Order From NBC

Ron Moore heads to the '17th Precinct'

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

'Battlestar Galactica' Producer Gets Pilot Order From NBC

Back in September, Ron Moore signed a $2 million dollar deal to develop a new potential series for NBC. And now the previously unnamed project is going forward.

Deadline is reporting that NBC has ordered a pilot episode for Moore’s "17th Precinct." Described by insiders as "an adult Harry Potter," "17th Precinct" is an ensemble cop show that takes place in a town called Excelsior, which is dominated by magic and supernatural powers as opposed to science.

"17th Precinct" is being produced by Sony Pictures TV under Moore’s two year development deal. It also the second drama pilot to be given the greenlight this year by NBC, following the recent order of "Playboy."

Moore is also attached as the executive producer of a "Wild Wild West" reboot at CBS with "CSI" veteran Naren Shankar.

Although the early part of Moore’s career was dominated by stints on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager," he is best known as one of the driving creative forces behind the critically acclaimed "Battlestar Galactica" reboot and its spinoff, "Caprica."

In addition to his time on "Good vs. Evil" and "Roswell," Moore was also the showrunner for the first season of HBO’s "Carnivàle;" which also heavily dealt with magical elements and a unique mythology.

Moore’s most recently produced network project was the TV movie "Virtuality," which premiered on Fox but failed to get a series commitment. However, because of the deal Moore made with NBC will financially penalize the network if his current project doesn’t get picked up, "17 Precinct" is largely expected to get a full season order as well as a pilot.