The hourlong NBC-TV show, to be created and written by playwright/screenwriter Julie Brownell, will "approach funeral services as positive celebrations of life, not death — complete with song and dance."
The title of the 2015 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Fun Home is short for the show's setting, a funeral home.
The yet-untitled TV show will be co-produced by Jason Katims' True Jack Productions for Universal TV. Brownell's plays include the 2011 Off-Broadway production, All-American. In addition to "Smash," her TV projects have included "Parenthood," "About a Boy" and the upcoming "The Way."
"Located in one of the toughest areas of Los Angeles known for its high rates of gang violence," Deadline Hollywood reported, "the Boyd Funeral Home has made a name for itself with its unusual services that feature music blaring from the hearse and pallbearers dressed in top hats and tails dancing the casket down the church aisle."
The story listed no director, composer, choreographer or premiere date.