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Pilot episode of Peacock’s The Lost Symbol to air on NBC in anticipation of streaming season finale

The mystery-thriller based on the books by Dan Brown is getting a boost on linear TV next week.

By James Comtois
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Fans wishing to unlock the mysteries of Peacock’s The Lost Symbol, but haven't pulled the trigger to subscribe to Peacock yet, are in luck — as the new mystery thriller based on Dan Brown's best-selling book series is headed to NBC for a special airing. A report from Deadline reveals the network will air the show’s pilot episode on Monday, November 8, replacing a previously-scheduled repeat of Ordinary Joe

This is the first time an episode of a Peacock original series has aired on NBC. The series is reportedly doing well on Peacock and could be in good positioning for a second season, and the linear airing of the debut episode is aimed to build even more buzz in advance of the upcoming Season 1 finale. Originally developed for NBC under the working title Langdon (named after the show’s — and novels’ — protagonist), the series ultimately shifted to the network’s streaming service as a flagship drama.

Set in Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol centers on a young Harvard symbologist named Robert Langdon (Ashley Zuckerman) as he solves a series of deadly puzzles to save his mentor Peter Solomon (Eddie Izzard) and defeat a global conspiracy connected to America's founding. Through the course of this race against time, Langdon teams up with Peter's daughter Katherine Solomon (Valorie Curry) to find a mythical portal on behalf of a tattooed madman known as Mal'akh (Beau Knapp). The show also stars Sumalee Montano (10 Cloverfield Lane) and Rick Gonzalez (Arrow) as two individuals on opposite ends of security forces charged with keeping the Capitol safe.

Zuckerman is the second actor to play the role of Robert Langdon after Tom Hanks portrayed him in the Ron Howard films The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Inferno. When he spoke with SYFY WIRE in September, Zuckerman explained that he made the conscious choice not to play Langdon like a younger version of Hanks (even though Howard and Brian Grazer are executive producing the series through their Imagine Entertainment banner). "I think I just knew early on that because it’s an origin story, I couldn’t replicate that," Zuckerman said before adding: "Aside from it being Tom Hanks, it’s just a different story and ultimately, it’s the person I’m gonna become."

The series is available to stream on Peacock now. The pilot episode will air on NBC Monday, Nov. 8 at 10 p.m.