ABC Gives Pilot Order To Legal Drama From Shondaland & ‘Scandal’ Writer
ABC continues to be ahead of the broadcast pack on pilot orders this season. The network has handed out its third 2017 pilot order to a legal drama from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Shondaland and ABC Studios. The project, written by a Shonaland writer-producer, Scandal's Paul William Davies, was a lock for a pickup. Like another early ABC pilot order, comedy Malcolm & Libby, produced by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, the untitled Paul Davies drama too had a big product… »
CBS Orders Mark Feuerstein Comedy Pilot, Plus Astronaut Drama
CBS ordered a pair of pilots on Tuesday evening — a comedy inspired by the life of actor Mark Feuerstein, and a drama with its sights set on outer space.
On the funny side, 9J, 9K and 9L is a multi-cam project starring and co-written by Royal Pains alum Feuerstein. Inspired by his adult life, it finds him living in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between the two apartments that his parents and his brother, sister-in-law and their baby live in.
Dana Klein will co-write with Feuerstein, »
‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Moves To Netflix As Part Of Big Jerry Seinfeld Deal That Includes Specials & Series
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is on the move. Jerry Seinfeld has made Netflix the new home of his Emmy-nominated series. The massive exclusive Netflix comedy deal, which starts this year, also includes two new Seinfeld standup specials as well as the development of scripted and non-scripted comedy programming for the Internet network. The first special will be released later this year. Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee launched on Sony’s Crackle in 2012 and just… »
Jessica Biel’s ‘The Sinner’ Anthology Series Picked Up By USA
“The Sinner,” for which Biel serves as both star and executive producer, is a crime thriller that follows Biel’s young mother after she commits a horrific act of violence she can’t explain. She and an investigator (Bill Pullman) take a long dark trip into her psyche to find that explanation, as the investigator grows more and more obsessed with uncovering the truth.
The series comes to USA from Universal Cable Productions through Biel and producing partner Michelle Purple’s Iron Ocean shingle. Biel, Purple, Simonds, Campos, and Charlie Gogolak serve as executive producers. This is the first project picked up to series under Iron Ocean’s pod deal with Ucp.
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Ratings: Gotham Returns Up, Timeless Hits Lows Minus Voice Lead-In
Fox’s Gotham returned on Monday night to 3.7 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating, up 9 and 20 percent from its fall finale to hit and match best-since-premiere numbers.
Leading out of that, Lucifer (4 mil/1.1) was steady with its own midseason opener.
Over on NBC, Celeb Apprentice (4.3 mil/1.2) ticked up 10 percent and a tenth. With a new lead-in that does about half of what The Voice did, Timeless (3.5 mil/0.9) returned down 27 percent and a tenth, hitting new lows.
‘The Arrangement’ Gets March Premiere Date On E!
E! has slotted the premiere of its anticipated new scripted series The Arrangement for Sunday, March 5 at 10 PM.
The 10-part drama, from Universal Cable Productions and Emmy winning writer/EP Jonathan Abrahams (Mad Men),is a multi-layered sexy Hollywood love story about the darker side of celebrity. Josh Henderson, Christine Evangelista, Lexa Doig and Michael Vartan star. It follows Megan Morrison (Evangelista) who, as she auditions for the role of a lifetime, also lands… »
ABC Sets ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Return Date
“Dancing With the Stars” Season 24 will premiere on Monday, March 20, ABC confirmed on Tuesday morning. Glamour previously reported the return date. The BBC Worldwide Productions series is preparing for “more glitz, glamour and sequins,” a media release this morning reads. “With an all-new cast of celebrities ready to take on the competition and hit the ballroom floor, it will be another season full of surprises and unforgettable dances.” Also Read: Priyanka Chopra Rushed to ER After Accident on the Set of 'Quantico' Former Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez won the Mirror Ball Trophy from Season 23, alongside pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. »
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Judd Apatow On Why He Won’t Do A Broadcast Show, ‘Freaks & Geeks’ Reboot
Judd Apatow did a couple of critically praised but short-lived broadcast series, including NBC’s Freaks & Geeks and Fox’s Undeclared, before he broke into features with hit comedies The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. As his film career has flourished, he also has kept his toe in TV as executive producer of HBO’s Girls and the upcoming Crashing and co-creator/executive producer of Netflix’s Love. Would he ever consider doing another broadcast series? “I’m not… »
Brian Grazer On Indie Imagine TV, ‘Legacy’ Timing & Why ’24’ Movie Didn’t Happen
Imagine TV, which is behind hit Fox series Empire, has three new dramas on the midseason schedule, 24: Legacy, a reboot of the company’s signature drama 24, and limited series Shots Fired on Fox as well as Genius on sibling National Geographic. They are the last series to come out of Imagine TV’s series of overall deals at 20th Century Fox TV. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard took their company Imagine Entertainment indie last year with a $100 million+ investment from The… »
Ovation TV Acquires ‘Versailles’ Season 2; ‘Taboo’ Sells To Multiple Territories – Natpe
Hoping to build on the success of Season 1, arts network Ovation TV has acquired U.S. premiere rights to the second season of hit series Versailles, from Banijay Rights, the international distribution arm of Banijay Group. The series follows the reign of King Louis Xiv, a monarch who will stop at nothing to achieve his vision of creating the most-beautiful palace in Europe and seizing absolute control of France and his enemies. Season one of Versailles debuted on October… »
Legion Review: An Exhilarating Delight, Even if You Don't Like Comic Books
I know what you’re thinking: Another comic-book show? From The CW’s crowded superhero stable to Netflix’s Daredevil/Jessica Jones/Luke Cage trio, it seems like every other TV drama these days springs from the panels of a comic book. And yet, thankfully, there’s still room for a fresh voice in there, because FX’s Legion is not just “another comic-book show.” Visually inventive and emotionally astute, it bursts out of the gate with the most exhilarating TV pilot I’ve seen since Mr. Robot.
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