NBC is adding another scripted player to its Summer line up. The network has closed a deal wither Sierra/Engine Television to acquire the exclusive US broadcast rights to Siberia, a new 13 episode drama series which follows contestants on a reality show set in Tunguska. The series will premiere on NBC on Monday July 1st at 10/9c.
Created by Matthew Arnold, Siberia is set in the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska, which was struck by a meteor in 1908. Now, more than 100 years later, 16 contestants descend on Tunguska unknowing of the land’s mysterious past. When a contestant is badly injured and no help arrives, the contestants are met with the chilling realization that the strange occurrences are not part of the show. With their safety threatened, competing contestants must band together in an effort to survive. The drama series is produced by Infinity Films in association with Sierra/Engine Television and Welldone Productions, with Chris Philip, Michael Ohoven and Slava Jakovleff serving as executive producers. Sierra/Engine is floating the series to international buyers this week at the LA Screenings.
“The concept of survival, when mysterious elements are at play, makes for a compelling show,” said Jeff Bader, President of Program Planning, Strategy and Research for NBC Entertainment. “We believe a scripted series that offers an insightful behind-the-scenes view of how a reality concept comes together — especially when things don’t go according to plan — will connect with our audience in a very satisfying way.”