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Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin To Topline Netflix Comedy Series From ‘Friends’ Alumna Marta Kauffman, Paula Weinstein & Skydance
By Nellie Andreeva – Former Nine To Five co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are reuniting on screen in Grace And Frankie, Netflix‘s next original series.
ABC Family Pilot ‘Alice In Arabia’ Not Going Forward After Pressure From Muslim Advocacy Group
By Nellie Andreeva – Four days after giving a pilot greenlight to drama Alice In Arabia, ABC Family is pulling the plug on the project about an American teenage girl kidnapped by her extended royal Saudi Arabian family and forced to live with them.
PILOT SEASON 2014: Network Casting Chiefs On This Season’s Biggest Challenges, Casting Coups & Fresh Faces
By Nellie Andreeva – Spring arrived yesterday, bringing the end of the annual two-month mad dash known as pilot casting season. Heading into pilot season this year, there was a lot of concern that the proliferation of original scripted programming on cable and digital platforms would put an additional strain on broadcast pilot casting, further depleting the talent pool.
Alfre Woodard To Play US President In NBC Pilot ‘State Of Affairs’
By Nellie Andreeva – Alfre Woodard is taking on a presidential turn opposite Katherine Heigl in NBC‘s drama pilot State Of Affairs.
USA Picks Up Medical Drama Pilots ‘Rush’ & Complications’ To Series, Confirms ‘White Collar’ Renewal
By Nellie Andreeva – Dr. Lawson, meet Dr. Rush and Dr. Ellis. USA Network has given 10-episode series orders to two medical dramas whose protagonists share DNA with the lead in Royal Pains, ER physician-turned-concierge doctor Hank Lawson.
USA’s ‘White Collar’ To Get Six-Episode Final Season
By Nellie Andreeva – One of USA Network’s signature series, drama White Collar, is poised to wrap its run with a six-episode sixth and final season.
HBO Eyes Return Of Michael Patrick King/Lisa Kudrow Comedy ‘The Comeback’
By Nellie Andreeva – After Netflix resurrected Arrested Development, another cult 2000s comedy, HBO’s The Comeback, is eyeing a comeback.
TV Land Orders Pilot For Comedy Based On Web Series ‘Teachers’, Alison Brie Produces
By The Deadline Team – TV Land has given a pilot order to Teachers, a comedy based on the popular web series of the same name. Community co-star Alison Brie is attached to executive produce the project, which revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth, but they don’t really seem to have their own lives together at all.
Sony Pictures TV To Produce Comic Book Drama Series ‘Powers’ For PlayStation
By Nellie Andreeva – Sony’s PlayStation video game console is the latest digital platform to enter the original programming space. Its first show will be hourlong drama Powers, based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
NBC Renews ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Chicago PD’ & ‘Grimm’
By Nellie Andreeva – NBC has given early renewals for next season to three more dramas: Chicago Fire, its spinoff Chicago P.D., and Grimm. All hail from Universal TV.