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Vin Diesel to Produce New Drama For NBC

Vin Diesel is expanding his role as a TV producer.

Variety reports NBC has bought a script for the procedural drama "First Responders," which will be produced by Diesel's One Race Television through a first-look deal with Universal Television.

The series is characterized as "a dynamic, high-action procedural about young veterans struggling to reintegrate into society, while heroically saving civilian lives along the way."

The story will focus on a husband-and-wife team Doc Pierce and Lil Pierce, who lead a search-and-rescue operation staffed by ex-military personnel. They will also attempt to get to the bottom of the mysterious disappearance of their son.

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Jesse Stern, longtime writer for "NCIS" and the action video game series "Call of Duty," and "Titanfall," will pen the script for "First Responders." Diesel will executive produce the series, along with his sister and producing partner Samantha Vincent, and ASAP Entertainment's Jeff Fierson. One Race's Shana Waterman will develop the project, while Brad Peyton will direct.

Diesel, who's produced four of the blockbuster "Fast and Furious" movies, inked the first-look deal with Universal late last year. One of the planned projects is a television spinoff of his "Riddick" franchise.

He'll next be seen in "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," followed next year by "xXx: The Return of Xander Cage" and "Fast 8." He'll also reprise his role as the voice of Groot in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."

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