March 4, 2014

NBC Universal Brings Two TV Pilots to Dallas

Ashley Judd will star in the NBC drama pilot, Salvation, a big family saga set against the backdrop of a Texas mega church, from Universal Television and David Janollari Entertainment.  When the pastor of a congregation dies, the matriarch of the Strickland family (Judd) rallies to keep the family together in this show about faith, family and all the complications that come with both.

Stark Sands, a Dallas native, will play the eldest son Paul Strickland. Sands is the son of Ramona Stark Sands and the late John Bunker Sands and grandson of oilwoman, hotelier, and philanthropist Caroline Rose Hunt.  Sands was most recently nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for “Kinky Boots.”

Meg Steedle plays the eldest daughter, Lilly. Emma Dumont and Jake Picking play the Strickland’s other teenage children. Another Texan, Warren Kole, plays an ex-convict and radical preacher.  Executive producers are Elizabeth Heldens and David Janollari.

The other pilot, Two to Go — from executive producers Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente, David Janollari and co-executive producers Bryan Shukoff and Kevin Chesley — is  a half-hour comedy that follows Laura (Christine Woods) and Kurt (Michael Stahl-David) as the last two single people in their group of friends. They barhop Friday nights, and moon bounce with their friends’ children on Saturday mornings.  They grapple with the challenges of modern-day dating while their group of friends try and prove that they are destined to be together.  Echo Kellum stars as their married friend Nick.

The series is from Universal Television, Aggregate Films and David Janollari Entertainment.

Both pilots are currently in pre-production in Dallas with Salvation tentatively scheduled to shoot March 10th through 26th followed by Two to Go March 27th through April 4th.



Janis Burklund – Director, Dallas Film Commission
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Perry Seaman – Press Manager, Publicity – Universal Television- NBC
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