NBC Developing TV Version of Parenthood

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Imagine is developing a TV version of its 1980s theatrical Parenthood for NBC, reports Variety.

NBC has greenlighted a pilot for “Parenthood,” which is being adapted for TV by “Friday Night Lights” writer-executive producer Jason Katims.

The new “Parenthood” has been created as an hourlong comedy-drama, and will retain the tone of the movie — but with new characters, and with storylines that center on the modern challenges that come with raising kids in this post-Facebook, post-iPod world.

Katims will executive produce “Parenthood” along with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.

Imagine TV is stepping outside its deal with 20th Century Fox TV to produce “Parenthood” with Universal Media Studios. That’s because Universal Pictures distributed the original theatrical; under its pact with 20th, Imagine is free to produce series based on its feature titles with any studio.