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Antonio Banderas To Star In ‘Havana Quartet’ Drama Series In Works At Starz

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The thawing relations between U.S. and Cuba have led to a boom in American TV productions with ties to the Communist country. The latest is Havana Quartet — a drama series in development at Starz, which has Antonio Banderas attached to star. Starz CEO Chris Albrecht made the announcement at TCA today. The idea is to film the potential series in Cuba, Albrecht said. Known Cuban playwright Eduardo Machado (Starz’s Magic City), who lives in the U.S., will write the project… Read

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‘Black Sails’ Renewed For Season 4 By Starz

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Pirate drama Black Sails is officially Starz’s flagship series after the pay cable network picked up a 10-episode fourth season of the show created by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine and executive produced by Michael Bay. The announcement comes as Black Sails wrapped production on Season 3 and was made by Starz CEO Chris Albrecht at the top of the network’s TCA presentation today. This marks another early renewal for the adventure drama, whose third season is not… Read

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‘Humans’ Renewed For Second Season By AMC & Channel 4

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AMC and Channel 4 have picked up an eight-episode second season of critically praised drama Humans. Production starts next year. Penned by British writing partners Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks) based on the Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans from Matador Films, the series ranks as a top five cable drama launch among adults 25-54 in the U.S. this season and has averaged 2.0 million viewers and 1.0 million adults 25-54 through its first four episodes in live+3… Read

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David Fincher HBO Pilot ‘Utopia’ In Jeopardy Over Budget Issues

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Prospects appear grim for Utopia, HBO’s drama pilot from David Fincher, an adaptation of the Channel 4 series created by Dennis Kelly. The issue I hear is budgetary, as the director and the pay cable network are yet to agree on a budget for the high-profile, big-scope project. The pilot already has cast a number of actors, including Fincher’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara, though all deals are contingent on a budget agreement, which has not been reached… Read

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Skeet Ulrich & Mia Vallet Join ABC Family Drama Pilot ‘Stay’

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Jericho alum Skeet Ulrich and Mia Vallet (Believe, Mysteries Of Laura) have been cast as series regulars in ABC Family drama pilot Stay. Described as an edge-of-your-seat thriller, Stay centers on a recently widowed police detective and his two daughters who are stranded at a foreboding hotel during a storm and must unravel the hotel's mysteries to escape. Ulrich, repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, will play Shane Brenner, a recent widower who’s… Read

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USA Eyes Women’s Murder Club Series From Tony Krantz & James Patterson

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One of the most popular book properties of the 21st century, James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series, is getting a new television adaptation. I have learned that USA Network is in early development on 1st To Die (working title), a TV series based on the books written/executive produced by Tony Krantz and executive produced by James Patterson. The books, about four women in San Francisco — a homicide detective, a reporter, the Chief Medical Examiner and a district… Read

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Melina Kanakaredes To Topline & Produce Drama Series For Dynamic Television

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CSI: NY alumna Melina Kanakaredes is attached to star in a new drama series project, which she also is co-writing and executive producing with Immortals scribes Vlas and Charlie Parlapanides. The series, Stolen For Good, is for indie production company Dynamic Television. The project, which has Saving Grace creator Nancy Miller on board as executive producer/showrunner, centers on the mysterious “Hermes Thief” (Kanakaredes), a renowned international thief whose true… Read

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‘Little Women’ Series Produced By Michael Weatherly In Development At CW

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EXCLUSIVE: The CW is taking on a literary classic in one of its first script buys of the 2015-16 development season. The network has put in development Little Women, a drama from rising writer Alexis Jolly, NCIS co-star Michael Weatherly and CBS TV Studios. Written by Jolly, Little Women is described as a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott, in which disparate half-sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy band together in order to survive the… Read

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Ellen Barkin & Scott Speedman To Star In John Wells’ TNT Pilot ‘Animal Kingdom’

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Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love) and Scott Speedman (The Strangers) have been cast as leads in TNT’s drama pilot Animal Kingdom, from John Wells Prods. in association with Warner Horizon Television. The pilot, which is set to begin shooting next month in Los Angeles, centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody who moves in with his wild, freewheeling relatives — grandmother (Barkin) and uncles — in their Southern California beach town when his mother ODs. He is pulled into their… Read

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Latest ‘Married … With Children’ Spinoff Talk Still Just A Whisper

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The Internet has taken its collective hand from out of its pants to react to former Married … With Children star David Faustino’s red-carpet quote that a pilot script for a spinoff series is in the hands of rightsholder Sony TV and “they’re excited about it.” Faustino made the comments Monday at the premiere of Warner Bros/New Line’s Vacation, which stars his former Married … With Children sister Christina Applegate. This is not the first time the possibility of a spinoff… Read

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‘Scream’ Renewed For Season 2 By MTV

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MTV has picked up a second season of Scream, its series based on the popular movie franchise. The network made the announcement at TCA, along with October 6 premiere date for Finding Carter. After years of development, the Scream TV adaptation finally got off the ground last year. It got off to a solid start, with the premiere drawing 1.563 million viewers in Live+3, up from the  1.03 million Live+same day audience. Among 12-34 year olds, the average audience grew from… Read

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Amazon Sets Release Date For ‘Sneaky Pete’ & ‘Casanova’ Pilots

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Drama pilots Casanova and Sneaky Pete will be made available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S., UK and Germany on August 7. The first, which stars Diego Luna as the famous playboy, was greenlighted by Amazon, while the second, from Bryan Cranston and David Shore, was originally ordered by CBS from Sony TV this past season. Amazon took it in after CBS passed on the Giovanni Ribisi-starring project in May and commissioned some reshoots. Casanova, shot… Read