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Eva Longoria Teams With David Schulner & Nisha Ganatra For ‘Lucky Boy’ Immigrant Drama Series Based On Book

Eva Longoria's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment is developing family immigrant drama Lucky Boy, based on Shanthi Sekaran's book, as a TV series, with Do No Harm creator David Schulner penning the adaptation. Nisha Ganatra (Transparent, Dear White People) is on board to direct. The project, from Universal TV, will be shopped to streaming and premium cable outlets. Lucky Boy, which was published in January by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, follows the conflict between two immigrant mothers… Read

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NBC Buys Comedy From Joe Port, Joe Wiseman & Kapital Entertainment

NBC has put in development 20/40, a relationship comedy from the Me, Myself & I team of co-executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV. Written by comedy veterans Port and Wiseman, the comedy centers on a 20-something woman and a 40-something guy who get into a go-nowhere relationship that unexpectedly goes somewhere, bringing their generationally divided friends and family along for the ride. Port and Wiseman… Read

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ABC Buys Small-Town Family Comedy From ‘Life In Pieces’ Duo

ABC has given a script commitment to an untitled single-camera comedy from Life in Pieces duo Lesley Wake Webster and Jason Winer and his Small Dog Picture Company. 20th Century Fox TV, where Small Dog is based, is the studio. Written by Wake Webster, the comedy is set in small-town Kentucky and centers on an overly idealistic young woman who experiences a delayed coming-of-age, guided by her freewheeling, larger-than-life father. It’s told in flashback as she testifies… Read

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Amazon Developing ‘Mercury 13’ Mini Produced By Brad Whitford & Amy Pascal

Amazon has put into development Mercury 13, based on Martha Ackmann's book The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight, as an event miniseries, I have learned. The project hails from Bradley Whitford, Adena Chawke, Amy Pascal's Pascal Pictures, and Tim and Trevor White's Star Thrower Entertainment. Written by Liz Hannah (The Post), who also will serve as showrunner and executive producer, Mercury 13 is set in 1961. Just as… Read

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CBS Developing ‘Stripes’ Series Adaptation Based On Movie

CBS has put in development Stripesa single-camera comedy based on the 1981 Bill Murray-Harold Ramis film, Deadline has learned. The project hails from the Whitest Kids U’Know trio of Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger, Sony Pictures TV and CBS Television Studios. Ivan Reitman, who helmed the movie, is attached to direct and executive produce via his the Montecito Picture Company. Like the film, the series adaptation penned by Moore, Brown and Cregger focuses on a… Read

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Julianne Hough To Topline ‘One Hit Wendy’ Comedy Set At Fox As Put Pilot With Diane Warren & KatzSmith Producing

Fox has given a put pilot commitment to One Hit Wendy, a single-camera comedy starring Dancing with the StarsJulianne Hough in the title role, from It producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith, Life In Pieces co-executive producer Lesley Wake Webster, songwriter Diane Warren and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Wake Webster, One Hit Wendy centers on Wendy (Hough) a one-hit wonder who peaked at 18, who tries to guide her talented niece, Jordan, through… Read

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NBC Buys Medical Drama From ‘Body Of Proof’ Creator Chris Murphey & Timberman/Beverly

Body of Proof creator Chris Murphey has re-teamed with his medical consultant on the cult ABC series, pathologist Dr. Kristen Vandewalker, for a character-driven medical drama, which has been set up at NBC for development. It hails from Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman’s Timberman/Beverly Productions and CBS Television Studios, where the company is based. Written by Murphey, the drama centers on the Medical Investigation Crime Unit, led by dynamic pathologist Dr. Kim… Read

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ABC Developing Missing Plane Drama ‘Flight 410’ From ‘The Last Ship’ Writer

ABC has put in development drama Flight 410 from The Last Ship writer-producer Jill Blankenship, American Crime executive producer Michael McDonald and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Blankenship, Flight 410 is described as a character-driven conspiracy thriller. After a commercial flight vanishes over the Atlantic Ocean, a disgraced journalist whose wife was on the plane is driven to solve the mystery as he leads an unconventional group with other family… Read

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Stone Village Television Acquires ‘Hotel Scarface’ Book For Limited Series

Say hello to my little acquisition. Stone Village Television has picked up TV and film rights to Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami and plans to create a limited series from it. Author Roben Farzad will executive produce with Stone Village’s Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell. The nonfiction book is set at Coconut Grove's Mutiny at Sailboat Bay, a hot Miami hotel and club in late-1970s and early ’80s, and tells the story of the… Read

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NBC Developing Legal Comedy ‘Danni Lowinski’ From ‘Glee’ Co-Creator Ian Brennan & Tariq Jalil Based On German Series

NBC is developing Danni Lowinski, a half-hour comedy based on the 2010 German TV series. It’s from Glee and Scream Queens co-creator Ian Brennan, Tariq Jalil’s Intrigue Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV, where Brennan is under an overall deal. Written by Brennan, Danni Lowinski follows a working-class woman who is whip-smart, mouthy and undeniably herself. But when she's rejected by every straight-laced traditional law firm in Milwaukee, she decides to change the… Read

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Fox Family Sets Hybrid Musical ‘Music To My Ears’

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EXCLUSIVEDeVon Franklin and Holly Carter have partnered to develop and produce Music to My Ears, an original live-action and animated hybrid musical for 20th Century Fox's newly created Fox Family division. Michael Elliot (Like Mike) will write the script. The project is based on an idea by Carter and story by Elliot, and it will mix live-action, animation and gospel music to tell the story of a young girl who needs a miracle. Little does she know her guardian angel is… Read

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NBC Developing Family Drama From Albert Kim & Lin Pictures

NBC is developing a family drama from former Sleepy Hollow writer- executive producer Albert Kim, Dan Lin’s Lin Pictures and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Kim, the untitled drama is about a family-owned Korean electronics corporation that is rocked when the CEO dies on the eve of launching their American subsidiary and his will reveals the existence of a previously unknown heir. Kim executive produces with Lin Pictures’ Dan Lin. Lin Pictures’ new head of TV Lindsey… Read