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CBS All Access Lands Muhammad Ali Event Series ‘8 Fights’ For Development With Morgan Freeman Producing

In a competitive situation, CBS All Access, CBS’ SVOD and live streaming service, has landed for development 8 Fights – The Life of Muhammad Ali, a limited event series about the boxing great. The project hails from Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary's Revelations Entertainment and CBS TV Studios where it had been in development as part of the studio’s major ramp-up of premium cable/streaming content. Written by Dan Kay based on Jonathan Eig's recently published biography Al… Read


Amazon Developing ‘Transhuman’ & ‘East Of West’ Genre Series From Comic Book Creator Jonathan Hickman & Skybound

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has put in development two hourlong genre drama series, East of West and Transhuman, from comic book creator Jonathan Hickman based on his graphic novels. He is teaming on both projects with another comic book creator, The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman who will executive produce via his company’s Skybound Entertainment’s first-look deal at Amazon Studios. Both projects will be created and executive produced by Hickman and Nick Dragotta and J.M… Read


Drama Series Based On True Crime Story In Works At Paramount TV From Hannah Fidell & 2.0 Entertainment

Paramount Television has put in development a drama series based on the 2017 New Yorker article “Remembering the Murder You Didn't Commit.” The project hails from writer-director Hannah Fidell (The Long Dumb Road ) and Doug Belgrad’s 2.0 Entertainment. The magazine article by Rachel Aviv explores the true story of how six people from a small town in Nebraska were brainwashed by local law enforcement into falsely believing that they had committed a murder together. The TV… Read


BET’s 2018-19 Slate Features New Scripted Shows, Docuseries, Specials & More

BET Networks is out with its slate for 2018-19, featuring a number of new scripted and reality series along with competitions, specials and awards shows. The cabler said the upcoming year will feature 21% more original programming than 2017-18. Among the new scripted series is The Archer Connection (working title), a 10-episode half-hour dramedy from Chad Sanders about a young, black, iconoclastic mastermind who has developed an software that measures the sexual chemistry… Read


Comedy Central Greenlights Arturo Castro Sketch Show And Comedy Cellar Stand-Up Series, Boosts Development Slate

Comedy Central has unveiled its 2018-2019 development slate which includes series orders for Alternatino With Arturo Castro, a Latino-focused sketch series from the Broad City regular, and This Week at the Comedy Cellar, a stand-up series from the famed New York City venue. The network also has five new shows in development including the weekly series Verified With David Spade, which Deadline revealed last month, and the already announced animated Mall Town USA executive… Read


Pop TV Orders ‘Arranged’ Comedy Pilot From ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Duo

Aline Brosh McKenna Sono Patel

Pop TV has picked up a pilot for Arranged, a half-hour comedy from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna and writer-producer Sono Patel and CBS Television Studios. Co-created and written by Brosh McKenna and Patel, Arranged is about two best friends who end up in a marriage of convenience. Brosh McKenna and Patel executive produce and Brosh McKenna will direct the pilot. CBS Television Studios, where Brosh McKenna is under an overall deal, is the studio. This… Read


Paramount Network Developing ‘I Know Who You Are’ Drama Based On Spanish Format From Steven Kane & David Semel

Paramount Network has put in development thriller drama I Know Who You Are, based on the 2017 Spanish limited series Sé quién eres. The project hails from The Last Ship co-creator Steven Kane, director David Semel (Star Trek: Discovery) and CBS TV Studios. Written by Kane and directed by Semel, I Know Who You Are is a missing-person thriller that follows a morally ambiguous celebrity journalist who awakens from a car accident as a suspect in the disappearance of his own… Read


‘Wesley The Owl’ Book Getting Screen Adaptation By The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has acquired the rights to Stacey O’Brien’s bestselling memoir Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl, with Dolphin Tale co-writer Karen Janszen attached to pen the adaptation. Wesley recounts the true story of young Caltech biologist Stacey O'Brien. In 1985, Stacey is asked by her mentor to raise Wesley, a baby barn owl with a wing injury that will prevent it from surviving in the wild. What's intended to be an objective… Read


‘Mr. Robot’s Kyle Bradstreet To Write & Exec Produce ‘Alice Isn’t Dead’ TV Series Based On Podcast In Works At USA & UCP

Mr. Robot executive producer Kyle Bradstreet has been tapped to write and executive produce Alice Isn’t Dead, a TV series based on the podcast and upcoming novel by Joseph Fink, which is in development at USA Network and Universal Cable Productions. The gig falls under Bradstreet’s overall deal at UCP, which acquired the rights to the podcast last summer. Created by Fink and published by Night Vale Presents, Alice Isn’t Dead the podcast follows Keisha as she traverses the… Read


Docuseries Based On Michelle McNamara’s ‘I’ll Be Gone In The Dark’ True-Crime Book In Works At HBO

EXCLUSIVE: HBO Documentary Films has acquired the rights to journalist Michelle McNamara’s bestselling true-crime book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, to develop as a docuseries. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is a meticulous exploration of the case of an elusive, violent predator who terrorized California in the late 1970s and early ’80s. McNamara, the late wife of Patton Oswalt, was in the midst of writing the book when she… Read


‘Hidden Figures’ Series In Early Development At Nat Geo

Nat Geo has put in development a potential series inspired by the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, Deadline has confirmed. Details are few, as the project is in its early stages. Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, executive producers of the film, are on board to executive produce the TV project. Nat Geo will also produce. The Theodore Melfi-directed historical film tells the untold true story of three brilliant African American women working at… Read


Fox Developing Latin Musical Drama Based On Colombian Format From Ben Silverman, Roselyn Sanchez & Eric Winter

Fox has put in development Forte, a supernatural musical soap based on the Fox International series Cumbia Ninja, from writer Justin Lo (Parenthood, Mistresses), producer Ben Silverman (Jane the Virgin), former Devious Maids star Roselyn Sanchez and Eric Winter (Secrets and Lies). Written by Lo, Forte is set in mystical Miami where magical beings have lived secretly among humans for decades. Two rival nightclubs set the stage for this Latin soap that will explore our… Read