NBC Orders ‘La Brea’ Pilot About ‘Massive Sinkhole’ in Los Angeles

“The Mentalist” writer David Appelbaum to write and executive produce

Massive sinkhole opens up in Los Angeles, California, on February 27, 2017 (Getty)

NBC has given a pilot commitment to “La Brea,” a drama about a “massive sinkhole” that opens up in Los Angeles.

The project hails from Universal Television and Keshet Studios. David Appelbaum, who has written for “The Mentalist,” “The Enemy Within” and “NCIS: New Orleans,” will write and executive produce the pilot.

“Homeland” producer Avi Nir will also executive produce, along with Alon Shtruzman  (“The Brave,” “Hal-Alufa”), Peter Traugott (“The Brave,” “Ringer”), Rachel Kaplan (“The Brave,” “Ringer”) and Ken Woodruff (“The Mentalist”).

Here is the official description from NBC:

“When a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter. When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home.”

Earlier this week, NBC gave a series order to comedy “Young Rock” from Dwayne Johnson and “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan.

Written by Khan and Jeff Chiang, the single-camera comedy will chronicle Johnson’s younger years. The actor and former pro wrestler is set to appear in all 11 episodes.