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‘Get Shorty’: Chris O’Dowd & Ray Romano Poised To Star In Epix Series

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Chris O’Dowd is finalizing a deal and Ray Romano is in negotiations to topline Get Shorty, Epix’s 10-episode original series from MGM TV. The hourlong dark comedy is a reimagining of Elmore Leonard's 1990 bestselling thriller comedy novel previously adapted by MGM with Barry Sonnefeld's 1995 feature starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman and Rene Russo. Written by Davey Holmes, Get Shorty centers on Miles Daly (O’Dowd), who works as muscle for a murderous… Read

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‘The Departed’ TV Series Based On Oscar-Winning Movie In Works At Amazon

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The Departed, the Oscar-winning 2006 Martin Scorsese movie, is getting a TV series reboot. In a competitive situation, the project has landed at Amazon for development. The Departed crime drama series is being produced by Amazon Studios as well as Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group and Plan B Entertainment — all of whom also produced the 2006 movie — in association with Warner Bros TV whose sibling feature studio was behind the film starring Leonardo… Read

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‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’ Done: No Season 3 For TV Land Comedy Series

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Last night’s Season 2 finale of The Jim Gaffigan Show was in fact a series finale as the comedy won’t continue beyond its two seasons on TV Land. The show, created by Jim Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, made the difficult transition from a broadcast network — it originated as a pilot for CBS — to basic cable. It had to adjust its broadcast-size budget to make the show work on TV Land. But producing the single-camera comedy for the cable network remained a challenge, especially… Read

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‘Mating’: Craig Johnson To Helm Showtime Comedy Pilot Starring Taran Killam

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The Skeleton Twins helmer Craig Johnson has signed on to direct and executive produce Showtime’s half-hour comedy pilot Mating (working title), from Jason Katims and Stu Zicherman, which stars Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam. Written and executive produced by Zicherman, Mating will center on a recently divorced guy (Killam) who married young and now finds himself completely unprepared for the brave new, frank and fluid world of dating and hooking up. The project is… Read

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McG Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox Television

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Director-producer McG has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the multi-year pact, McG will develop, direct and produce projects for the studio through his Wonderland Sound & Vision production company. McG, who segues to the 20th TV deal from an overall deal he had at Freeform and ABC Studios/ABC Signature, directed the pilot of the Lethal Weapon reboot for 20th TV’s network sibling Fox and Warner Bros. TV. The pilot was well received and tested very… Read

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‘Snatch’: Rupert Grint To Star In Crackle Series Based On Guy Ritchie Movie

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Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint is set to star in and executive produce Snatch, the new series for Sony’s streaming network Crackle, which is based on the cult 2000 Sony movie of the same name that starred Jason Statham and Brad Pitt. Also cast in the straight-to-series drama are Dougray Scott (Fear the Walking Dead) as a regular and Ed Westwick (Wicked City) as a recurring guest star. Nick Renton (The Musketeers) will direct. Originally announced at Crackle’s upfront… Read

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Jonathan Nolan Inks New Deal With Warner Bros Television

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EXCLUSIVE: Person Of Interest creator and Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan has signed a new overall deal with Warner Bros Television, the studio behind the two series. I hear the new pact with Nolan and his Kilter Films is among the richest for a drama writer-producer. It solidifies Nolan’s spot among the top showrunners working in television. At WBTV, Kilter Films frequently collaborates with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, which has co-produced both POI and… Read

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WGN America Developing ‘Black Wall Street’ From ‘Underground’ EPs & Tika Sumpter

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EXCLUSIVE: With Season 2 of Underground about to go into production, WGN America and Get Lifted Film Co. are deepening their relationship on American hidden history with another series. The company run by John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorious has inked a deal for early development on Black Wall Street, I've learned. Added to the mix is Get Lifted alum and Obamas first-date pic Southside with You actress-producer Tika Sumpter as an exec producer. With additional… Read

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‘American Crime’: Benito Martinez To Return For Season 3 Of ABC Series

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Another member of the American Crime cadre of actors is set for the third installment of the ABC anthology series from John Ridley. Benito Martinez, who co-starred in the first season and guest starred in Season 2, will return to American Crime for season 3. He joins fellow retuning players Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Lili Taylor, Richard Cabral and Connor Jessup in the acclaimed series, executive produced by Ridley and Michael McDonald. His character… Read

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Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders & Fred Savage Lead Cast of Nick Stoller Netflix Series ‘Friends From College’

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Netflix has set the cast of Friends from College, a new 8-episode comedy series from Nick Stoller (Neighbors) and Francesca Delbanco. Key & Peele star Keegan-Michael Key is returning to primetime, toplining the series, which also has cast How I Met Your Mother alumna Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse (Vinyl), Nat Faxon (Married), Fred Savage (The Grinder) — reuniting with The Grinder executive producer Stoller — and Jae Suh Park (The Mindy Project). The show centers on a… Read

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Dramas Wanted: TV Networks & Studios Grapple With Slow Start To Pitch Season

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“Better late than never” has been the mantra of the broadcast buying season for the past few years, with pitches starting to come in later and later every summer. The trend is hitting new heights this season, raising the panic levels at studios and networks. While the lack of major sales is not that alarming given the recent timeline pattern of delayed pitching kickoff, more troubling is the fact that there is little on the horizon, with few projects coming together at… Read

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‘The Lost Boys’ TV Series Based On Movie In Works At The CW With Rob Thomas

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EXCLUSIVE: As the CW is preparing to bid farewell to The Vampire Diaries, the network is eyeing a successor — another vampire drama based on a well-known property from a top TV creator. The CW has landed The Lost Boys, a series adaptation of the iconic 1987 Warner Bros horror comedy movie, from Veronica Mars and iZombie creator Rob Thomas, Gulfstream TV and Warner Bros Television. Written by Thomas, The Lost Boys series re-imagines the cult Joel Schumacher film, which… Read