NBC Discovers Extra Hour In The Day With Midnighters

The declining success of Heroes (and outright failure of Bionic Woman and Knight Rider) isn't enough to deter NBC from pursuing the crimefighting genre; the network is now developing Midnighters, based on the Scott Westerfeld series of novels.

The new show - which, according to the Hollywood Reporter, already has a series commitment from the network - will see former Tru Calling writer Chad Hodge adapt Westerfeld's trilogy of novels about characters able to access a superpowered 25th hour called the "Blue Time" each day as a result from being born on the stroke of midnight.

This is the second time the novels have been optioned for television; the first saw conflict between the producer (Charmed's Brad Kern) and Westerfeld, and was dropped when the WB and UPN merged to become the CW.

NBC closing in on 'Midnighters' [Hollywood Reporter]