NBC Picks Up 'Siberia' Drama Series

Tim Kenneally
The Wrap
NBC Picks Up 'Siberia' Drama Series

Think there's too much reality TV on the air these days? Cheer up, NBC has picked up a new scripted series -- about a reality TV show.

The network has picked up the one-hour drama "Siberia," about reality-show contestants uncovering dark secrets, the network said Monday.

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The series, which comes via Sierra/Engine Television and Michael Ohoven's Infinity Films, will premiere July 1 at 10 p.m.

The series will revolve around 16 reality TV contestants who descend on the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska, where a meteor hit 100 years ago, to film a series. 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.

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"The concept of survival, when mysterious elements are at play, makes for a compelling show," said Jeff Bader, President, 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."

Infinity Films is producing in association with Sierra/Engine Television and Welldone Productions. Ohoven is executive producing, along with Slava Jakovleff and Sierra/Engine's Chris Philip.

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