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‘Black-ish’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Castle’, ‘The Goldbergs’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Once Upon A Time’ & Others Get Extra Episodes At ABC

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UPDATED: ABC has supersized the orders of some of its top ratings performers: Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Black-ish, The Middle, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon A Time and Castle. For the first time in years, ABC has a Wednesday comedy block that is clicking, with tentpoles Modern Family and The Middle getting support from transplant The Goldbergs, which is regularly building on its Middle lead-in, and newbie Black-ish, which has showed solid retention behind Modern Family… Read

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Mark Gordon Co. To Adapt Novel ‘Plus One’, Revisit ‘True Blue’ For ABC

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The Mark Gordon Company has sold half-hour family comedy Plus One to ABC. Additionally, ABC has put back in development the Mark Gordon Co.-produced cop drama True Blue. Both projects hail from ABC Studios, where the company is under an overall deal. Plus One is loosely based on author and journalist Christopher Noxon's debut comedic novel, slated for release in January. Noxon will write the adaptation, a comedy about female breadwinners, male householders and the… Read

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Elizabeth Banks To Produce & Direct ABC Comedy From Caroline Williams

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On the heels of Elizabeth Banks making her feature directorial debut with the upcoming sequel Pitch Perfect 2, the actress is setting her sights on television. ABC has put in development The Greater Good, a single-camera comedy, which Banks is executive producing and attached to direct in what would be her TV directing gig. Written by Miss Guided creator Caroline Williams, The Greater Good is described as comedic X-Files, a relationship/workplace comedy set in the world… Read

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Ex-NBA Star Baron Davis Gets Comedy About His Life Produced By Jake Johnson

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The story of former NBA all-star Baron Davis is heading to television as a single-camera comedy at Fox from 20th Century Fox TV and the Walcott Co., the studio-based shingle of New Girl's co-star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler. The untitled project, written by Courtney Lilly (The Cleveland Show), is loosely based on Davis' life. It is about a kid from South Central who receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious suburban school and has to find a balance between… Read

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‘Phantom Of The Opera’ Drama Set At ABC With Marc Cherry Producing

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Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is returning to ABC with Phantom Of The Opera, a contemporary reimagining of Gaston Leroux's gothic novel that was the basis for the famous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Phantom Of The Opera drama, from Cherry and Sabrina Wind's Cherry/Wind Prods. and ABC Studios, will be penned by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner, writers of the musical First Date, which ran on Broadway last season and starred Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez… Read

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Archie Comics Drama Series ‘Riverdale’ Set At Fox With Greg Berlanti Producing

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EXCLUSIVE: After Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl, Greg Berlanti is helping bring another set of iconic comic book characters to television: Archie, Betty and Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats. Riverdale, a live-action drama based on the characters from the Archie comics, has landed at Fox with a script deal plus penalty. Warner Bros TV is producing with with studio-based Berlanti Productions. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, Riverd… Read

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‘CSI’ Order Trimmed: Is This The End?

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The current 15th season of CSI will consist of 18 episodes, the first time the long-running crime drama has produced fewer than a full-season 22 episodes outside of the writers strike-impacted 2007-08 season. The order trim, first reported by TVLine, was part of a flex plan put in place in May, with the network now triggering the option to go down to 18 episodes. The rationale is understandable — none of CBS' new fall dramas failed, and the network has three 13-episode… Read

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‘Frankenstein’ Drama From Rand Ravich & Howard Gordon Set At Fox As Put Pilot

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Howard Gordon, Rand Ravich, Frankenstein. Fox has nabbed a drama project that links the three recognizable names with a put pilot commitment. Titled Frankenstein, the drama will be written and executive produced by Crisis and Life creator Ravich and executive produced by Homeland and Tyrant executive producer Gordon. Described as a grounded sci-fi drama, Frankenstein brings Gordon back to his genre roots of The X-Files, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel. Taking… Read

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‘Hitch’ Comedy Series In Works At Fox

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Fox has put in development Hitch, a half-hour series inspired by Will Smith's hit 2005 feature romantic comedy. The single-camera project hails from Will Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment, which produced the movie with Sony's Columbia Pictures, and Sony Pictures TV. Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made Of Honor) will write the series adaptation, a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics. They will executive produce with Overbrook's… Read

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Lifetime Orders ‘Lizzie Borden’ Limited Series Starring Christina Ricci

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Following the success of its original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax, Lifetime had picked up a follow-up six-episode limited series, Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, with Christina Ricci set to reprise her role as the notorious murderer. Also returning for the series is the movie's Clea DuVall, who will also reprise her role as Lizzie Borden's sister, Emma. The series, from Sony Pictures TV, which produced the movie, will debut in 2015. Lifetime has turned… Read

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‘Bewitched’ Follow-Up Series Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment

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In a very competitive situation, Bewitched, a new take on the classic supernatural sitcom, has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Sony Pictures TV took out the comedy, penned by The Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, last week, garnering interest from multiple networks that created a bidding situation between NBC and ABC, the network that aired the original series from 1964-1972. Coming on the 50th anniversary of Bewitched's debut, the new version… Read

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‘Red Band Society’ Gets Order For Four More Scripts

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Fox is keeping its freshman drama Red Band Society in contention for a back episodic order with a pickup of four additional scripts. The  hospital drama launched to solid reviews but has been soft in the ratings. Still, a couple of weeks in, its numbers stabilized, and last Wednesday the series (1.0 among adults 18-49 in Live+SD) actually logged a one-tenth week-to-week uptick. Additionally, the drama starring Octavia Spencer has been a major DVR gainer, getting 70-80%… Read

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