Neil Meron & Craig Zadan to Team on Celebrity Adventure Series for NBC
The dynamic team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have taken on yet another exciting project heading to TV. (Do these guys ever rest?) According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo behind 'Smash' will be adapting a celebrity adventure show for the NBC network.
The site reports that the network has given the greenlight to a cast-contingent series order for 'Better Late Than Never', a celebrity adventure reality hybrid series. The show is based on the Korean series, 'Grandpas Over Flowers' from Small World IFT.
Now in its sophomore season in Korea, the reality hybrid series centers on "four beloved entertainment LEGENDS on their next great adventure. Deciding that it's "better late than never," they devise a plan to backpack across Southeast Asia."
Zadan and Meron will serve as executive producers for the U.S. version of the show. As of now, no details have been revealed as to which A-List celebs will be participating and what the "adventure" in question may be. If proven a ratings success, the project may go straight to series, joining a host of unscripted offerings on the peacock network including Running Wild With Bear Grylls, The Biggest Loser, Hollywood Game Night, American Ninja Warrior, LAST COMIC STANDING and America's Got Talent.
Check out the trailer for the Korean version of the series below:
Zadan and Meron will return as producers of the Oscars in 2015; this will be their third time running the event. The duo's upcoming projects include executive producing the television musical PETER PAN LIVE! -- NBC's follow-up to THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE!. Their new MTV comedy series, "Happyland," premieres this summer. For the big screen, Zadan and Meron are producing PIPPIN for the Weinstein Company, a musical based on the extensive Beach Boys song catalog for FOX 2000 Pictures, and MONSTER HIGH, based on the Mattel franchise forUniversal Pictures.
Zadan and Meron's feature film, television and theater productions have earned a total of six Oscars, 11 Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, five Golden Globes, two Peabody Awards, five GLAAD Awards and two NAACP Image Awards. For film, they executive produced the 2002 Best Picture winner CHICAGO, which won Oscars in six of the 13 categories in which it was nominated. Their credits also include the feature films FOOTLOOSE (2011), HAIRSPRAY (2007) and THE BUCKET LIST (2007). Zadan also produced the original FOOTLOOSE (1984).
Their other critically acclaimed credits include last year's miniseries "Bonnie and Clyde," the TV series "Smash" and "Drop Dead Diva." The duo has also produced such Emmy-nominated television movies as STEEL MAGNOLIAS, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, as well as ANNIE, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA and GYPSY.
On Broadway, Zadan and Meron recently produced the revivals of the Tony-winning 'HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS', starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette, and the Tony-winning PROMISES, PROMISES, featuring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth.
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