NBC targets cults with brainwashing drama

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NBC has given a script commitment to a one-hour drama centering on an expert in "deprogramming" people.

The tentatively titled The Bogeyman will center on a character who helps people who have been brainwashed.

Rick Ross, who works as a deprogrammer, is on board as a consultant. Ross, who has been in this line of work since 1982, said he has assisted thousands of families in his efforts to help the victims of brainwashing, which he points out includes such people as victims of cults posing as religious organizations, members of terrorist organizations, and women abused by their husbands.

"For the first time, the world of cults and deprogramming and the plight of families victimized by cults and brainwashing along with the vulnerability of the human will be on view in a way it's never been before," Ross said. "The audience will have the opportunity to come into that world and experience it firsthand."

The script is from Erik Jendresen (HBO's Band of Brothers), who said the show will "have guts."

"We're staring this stuff right in the face and going to deal with very real organizations and groups," he said. "We're not shying away from any of this."

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