Simon Cowell has weighed in on the One Direction-inspired TV show that Zayn Malik is developing with TV producer Dick Wolf for NBC.
At a live taping of “America's Got Talent” on Tuesday, Sept. 6, Cowell — who has claimed to have created the British-Irish boy band — revealed what his reaction was when he first heard of the news.
“That would be interesting,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “[But] nothing surprises me anymore.”
When asked if the show has his blessing, the “AGT” judge said, “I wouldn’t say blessing, but I just think he should have come to me with it, if I'm being honest.”
Written by “Beauty and the Beast” executive producers Sherri Cooper Landsman and Jennifer Levin, Malik and Wolf’s boy band drama series, titled “Boys,” centers on the formation of a hugely successful all-male singing group and captures all the fun and pressure that comes with the success.
According to Deadline, the project — which hails from Universal TV, Wolf Entertainment and Len Blavatnik’s Unigram and First Access Entertainment — was brought to NBC by Wolf’s wife, Noelle, with Unigram’s Amanda Ghost and Gregor Cameron, and First Access’ Sarah Stennett, attached.
Stennett will serve as executive music producer and will manage all music rights created in the series in partnership with NBCUniversal.
Malik, the Wolfs, Landsman, Levin, Ghost and Peter Jankowski will executive produce the series, while Cameron will co-executive produce.
“It’s exciting to be diving into this project with such passionate and prolific producers,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said on Tuesday in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Zayn certainly brings an authentic point of view to this world where kids are catapulted into fame at a dizzying speed. On top of our excitement around the creative ideas being discussed, we have a lot of respect for the musical and digital ambitions behind the project.”
“We were intrigued by the synergistic potential that Zayn brings to the project,” added Noelle Wolf. “‘Boys’ will be a show that’s totally integrated on broadcast and digital platforms. Casting and original music will be major components, giving the show promotional potential on multiple levels.”
Malik, who rose to fame as a member of One Direction, is equally excited for “Boys,” which marks his first TV foray.
“Dick Wolf is a legend, and the opportunity to work with him and NBC to create a compelling drama series is awesome,” said the 23-year-old English crooner, who is currently making a name for himself as a solo artist after leaving 1D in March 2015.