NBC Picks-Up New Series ‘Siberia’

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The NBC network has picked up the pilot series Siberia. The one hour drama comes from Infinity Films producer Michael Ohoven and Sierra/Engine Television. The reality show, set to premiere in July, chronicles 16 contestants in the mysterious and eery Siberian territory, Tunguska. The area, hit by a meteor in 1908, will be the driving force behind the individuals’ decision to band together for survival.

“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.”

“NBC immediately saw the potential in ‘Siberia’ and this acquisition truly exemplifies the quality of this groundbreaking series. We are excited to bring it to their viewers,” said executive producer Chris Philip said of the freshman series. With Ohoven adding, “We created the series as a dramatic human experiment shot under difficult conditions and we are thrilled to see it on NBC.”

‘Siberia’ will debut on NBC on July 1 in the network’s 10 pm est timeslot.