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NBC, Fox planning Kentucky bourbon TV shows

A small batch of Kentucky bourbon TV shows could be coming to prominent broadbacst networks.

Television networks NBC and Fox are both developing tv dramas based on the Kentucky bourbon business, entertainment website Deadline.com reports.

The website reports that NBC has purchased “The Bourbon Kings,” a drama project based on the best-selling novel of the same name by J.R. Ward. The book is centered around the Bradford family, which made their fortune in the bourbon industry. “Empire” co-executive producer David Rambo is reported to write the adaption.

Originally from New England, Ward, whose books have sold more than 15 million copies, now lives in Kentucky, Deadline.com reports. “’The Bourbon Kings” is my love letter to my adopted home state, and a cautionary tale of big money, traditional values, and hidden sins,” she said on the site.

The Fox show, at the moment called “The Untitled Kentucky Bourbon Project,” is being developed by “Hell on Wheels” producer Bruce Romans. The project is “about the self-made patriarch of a Kentucky bourbon empire and his family.”