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‘Magnum P.I.’ Reboot In the Works At CBS

Magnum P.I. Sequel ABC

CBS has shelled out a big pilot production commitment to Magnum P.I., an update of the classic 1980s Tom Selleck series set in Hawaii. It hails from Peter Lenkov, CBS/CBS Studios’ go-to writer for rebooting iconic procedurals who has successfully revived Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver, and Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist). Co-written by Lenkov and fellow Hawaii Five-0 executive producer/showrunner Eric Guggenheim, Magnum P.I. will feature the same central quartet of… Read


ABC Developing Marriage Drama ‘Vows’ From Doug Robinson & David Hubbard

ABC has put in development drama Vows, from The Goldbergs‘ executive producer Doug Robinson and Sony Pictures TV. Written and executive produced by David Hubbard, Vows marks the first drama sale for DRP Doug Robinson Productions, which Robinson launched in July with an overall deal at Sony Pictures TV Studios. Told through the POV of four diverse and interconnected couples, Vows explores the whirlwind road to the altar and the profound journey that begins after we say, "I… Read


Jane Lynch Daytime Show In Works At Telepictures

EXCLUSIVE: Telepictures, which is behind the hugely successful Ellen DeGeneres talk show, is looking to bring another funny lady to daytime. I have learned that Warner Bros.’ syndication production arm is developing a new daytime format for Jane Lynch. Details about the project are still sketchy as it is in early stages but I hear it is a feel-good, variety show that would be tailored for Lynch, showcasing her comedic take/spin on everything from pop culture moments to… Read


Fox Buys Single Mom Comedy From Claudia Lonow Rapaport & Hazy Mills

Fox has put in development Emma’s At Her Dad’s, a single-camera comedy from How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) creator Claudia Lonow Rapaport, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner's Hazy Mills,  and Universal TV where Hazy Mills and Lonow Rapaport are based. Written and executive produced by Lonow Rapaport, Emma’s At Her Dad’s is a semi-autobiographical, half-hour comedy about Joey, a lost, 35-ish newly single mom using every single second of her weekends… Read


‘Mayans MC’: Raoul Trujillo Cast In FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Spinoff Pilot

Raoul Trujillo (Sicario) has booked a series regular role opposite Edward James Olmos and Michael Irby in Mayans MC, Kurt Sutter's retooled Sons of Anarchy spinoff pilot for FX. Set in the aftermath of Jax Teller's death at the end of SoA's seven-season run in 2014, Mayans MC will focus on the struggles of EZ Reyes (JD Pardo), a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border. Trujillo will play Che “Taza” Romero, Vicepresidente of Mayans MC, Santo Padre… Read


ABC Nabs Single Parents Comedy From Liz Meriwether & J.J. Philbin As Put Pilot

New Girl creator/executive producer Liz Meriwether has teamed with one of the departing comedy’s long-time writers, J.J. Philbin, for a new single-camera comedy, which has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The untitled project, written by Philbin based on a story by her and Meriwether, revolves around a group of single parents who lean on each other as they raise their kids and look for another chance at love (or at least sex). Meriwether and Philbin executive… Read


YouTube Greenlights Multi-Generational Relationship Comedy Series ‘Swipe Right’ Starring Carly Craig

EXCLUSIVE: YouTube Red is taking on Tinder dating with a new eight-episode female comedy series starring Carly Craig (American Housewife). The online video platform has greenlighted Swipe Right, created by Craig and Daniel Reisinger, for a 2018 premiere. Written by Craig based on a true story by her, with Reisinger set to direct and Robin Schiff (Romy & Michele's High School Reunion) Schiff serving as co-showrunner alongside Craig, Swipe Right revolves around three… Read


Fox Buys Native American Family Comedy From Lucas Brown Eyes & ‘It’s KatzSmith

Lucas Brown Eyes

This is a concept that stands out in the sea of comedy pitches bought by the broadcast networks every year. Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Reservations, a single-camera comedy from Young & Hungry scribe Lucas Brown Eyes, David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith (It), and 20th Century Fox Television. Created and written by Lucas Brown Eyes, Reservations is based on his real-life story. The comedy follows a Native American family that trades… Read


NBC Buys ‘Close To Heaven’ Church Comedy From Brad Copeland & Aaron Kaplan With Put Pilot Commitment

NBC has given a put pilot commitment to Close To Heaven, a single-camera comedy from frequent collaborators, writer Brad Copeland and producer Aaron Kaplan. Written by Copeland, the project, based on the Swedish television series Halvvägs till himlen, hails from Universal TV and Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. In Close To Heaven, an eager young minister arrives to be the head pastor of a small-town church after years of missionary work in Africa. He dreams of enlightening… Read


‘Michael Bennett’ Drama Based On James Patterson’s Book Series In Works At ABC

ABC has put in development Michael Bennett, a cop drama/family soap series based on the character in the bestselling books by author James Patterson. Written by The Man In the High Castle co-executive producer Rick Cleveland, the project centers on NYPD Detective Michael Bennett, who is something of a living legend. Brilliant, seasoned and highly dedicated, he is a master homicide investigator, able to crack the city’s toughest cases without breaking a sweat. At home… Read


NBC Buys NICU Drama ‘Delivery’ From Kristin Newman & Rob Wright, With Reese Witherspoon Producing

This is probably the most heartwarming story you will hear this broadcast selling season. NBC has put in development Delivery, a family drama set in a high-risk perinatology unit, from writers Kristin Newman (The Muppets) and Rob Wright (Lethal Weapon). The project hails from ABC Studios and Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner. Delivery is a deeply personal project for Newman and Wright, who are married and new parents. The two are not writing partners but teamed… Read


Showtime Nabs ‘Your Honor’ Legal Drama From Peter Moffat, Robert & Michelle King and CBS Studios With Series Commitment

CBS TV Studioshigh-profile legal thriller drama Your Honor has landed at sibling premium cable network Showtime with a series commitment. The Scripted World-produced project, based on the hot Israeli drama format Your Honor (Kvodo), has been shepherded by the creators of two acclaimed legal drama series: Peter Moffat, whose BAFTA-winning Criminal Justice was the basis for HBO's Emmy-winning limited series The Night Of, and The Good Wife's Robert and Michelle… Read