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NBC Orders Sarah Shahi Virtual Reality Drama Reverie

Person of Interest's Sarah Shahi will fight crime once again, this time on NBC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has ordered virtual reality drama Reverie, which also stars Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Kathryn Morris. The series comes from Extant's Mickey Fisher.

Reverie follows former hostage negotiator and human behavior expert Mara Kint (Shahi), who has now become a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. When she is brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual reality program in which you can literally live your dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself.

Shahi's last starring vehicle, USA's Fairly Legal, didn't make it past a second season. However, she found success starring on CBS' popular Person of Interest, which proved that she has the star power to lead a drama. The actress is also known for Life, Bullet to the Head, Alias, Chicago Fire, and The L Word.

NBC has canceled a number of series this season, including the DC Comics comedy Powerless, Wizard of Oz drama Emerald City, The Blacklist spin-off The Blacklist: Redemption, and the fan-favorite Timeless. Renewals have been been handed down to the majority of their Chicago-set series, with new seasons of Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago P.D. on the way. (Chicago Justice is still up in the air.) They also handed renewed The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Good Place, Shades of Blue, Superstore, and Taken, along with giving a two season renewal to breakout hit This Is Us.

Other new series for next season at NBC include the Will and Grace revival, the Jason Katims high school musical theater drama Rise (formerly titled Drama High), the Anne Heche-starring military drama For God and Country, and the Glenn Howerton-starring Lorne Michaels/Seth Meyers comedy A.P. Bio.

While we wait for Shahi's return to TV, see some banned episodes from popular shows.