Newswire: Fox and NBC both announce bourbon-based dramas, might just be thirsty

The modern TV executive is a fascinating bundle of learned impulses, instincts, and complex sensory organs. Like a migratory swallow or a hibernation-seeking bear, their bodies are perfectly tuned to the cultural environment, heads swiveling at all times toward magnetic north (or the latest Shonda Rhimes show, as the case may be). So it’s not surprising that every now and then two zeitgeist-tuned networks will announce they’re developing shows about the same thing, even if the topic at hand isn’t usually as esoteric as, say, Kentucky bourbon production.

So yes, Fox and NBC have both announced that they’re developing one-hour dramas about the excitement-filled world of Kentucky colonels and the sweet syrup that gives them succor. Fox’s show, produced by Hell On WheelsBruce Romans, is just going by The Untitled Kentucky Bourbon Project for now, but NBC’s entry—spearheaded by Empires David …

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