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NBC to Develop New Series From Paul Haggis, Gideon Raff

Raff’s “Walking Lions” is in development while Haggis’ “Salvation” has a pilot production commitment

NBC will develop two new medical thriller series from Gideon Raff and Paul Haggis, the network announced Tuesday.

“Walking Lions” is written and executive produced by Gideon Raff, based on the best-selling novel by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan also executive produce.

The story is described as an edge-of-your-seat thriller with shocking twists and turns wrapped around a medical franchise. When a Beverly Hills doctor, driving home from work late one night inadvertently hits and kills a pedestrian and decides to flee the scene, his life changes forever. The victim’s wife finds the doctor’s wallet at the scene, but instead of turning him into the police, she decides to blackmail him. The stakes are raised further when the doctor’s wife becomes the lead police investigator for the hit and run case.

“Salvation” is written and executive produced by Warren Leight and Paul Haggis, with a teleplay by Leight.

The story is set as a summer storm unexpectedly intensifies and changes track to New York Harbor. Power goes out. Flood waters rise. Most Brooklyn hospitals are forced to evacuate. With few doctors on call, and without any warning, the recently downsized Our Lady of Salvation now becomes the borough’s last viable trauma center.

“Salvation,” the first real-time hospital “extreme event” drama, will capture the life-and-death choices nurses, PA’s and other front line caregivers make as they struggle to provide care and triage.