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‘Hand Of God’ To Go To Series, Two Others Likely As Amazon Studios Starts Making Series Pickup Decisions

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It appears to be a decision day at Amazon Studios as options on the casts of the company's third batch of pilots expire today. I've learned that the actors on drama Hand of God have been picked up, with the project fully expected to go to series. Two other pilots — David Gordon Green and Steven Soderbergh's country club comedy Red Oaks, and Whit Stillman's expat comedy The Cosmopolitans — are in serious contention. Both have a real shot at a pickup, with an order for Red O… Read

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ABC Nabs 1970s Female Cop Drama From Fake Empire & Kapital Entertainment As Put Pilot

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In their first collaboration, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire has teamed with Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment for Broad Squad, a period female cop procedural, which has received a put pilot commitment from ABC. ABC Studios, where Fake Empire is under a deal, is producing. Set in 1978, the series is described as a fictionalized account of the graduating class of Boston's first female patrol officers. Dubbed “The Broad Squad” by the local press, they… Read

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‘Rush Hour’ To Be Remade As Action Series From Bill Lawrence & Brett Ratner

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A big series project is about to hit the markeplace — an hourlong action comedy based on the blockbuster movie franchise Rush Hour. I've learned that Warner Bros TV has closed deals for the project, which will be co-written/executive produced by one of studio's top showrunners, Bill Lawrence. The movie franchise's director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian will serve as executive producers. Written by Cougar Town co-creator Lawrence and the series' executive… Read

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NBC Nabs ‘Raven Rock’ Drama From Robert Zemeckis, Bob Cooper, eOne & Paramount TV

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EXCLUSIVE: Raven Rock, a drama series project based on Garrett Graff's upcoming nonfiction book, has landed at NBC in a script deal with significant penalty. The project hails from eOne Television and Paramount Television, who will serve as the studios, along with Bob Cooper's Landscape Entertainment and Robert Zemeckis' Compari Entertainment. Writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia will adapt Graff's book, Raven Rock: The Inside Story Of The U.S. Government's Secret Pl… Read

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‘Big’ Series In Works At Fox With ‘Enlisted’s Kevin Biegel & Mike Royce

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Big, the hugely popular 1988 comedy feature starring Tom Hanks, is getting a series remake at Fox. The network has put in development Big, a half-hour comedy from 20th Century Fox Television, whose movie division produced the Penny Marshall film written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg. Written and executive produced by Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, the series would be loosely based on the movie and would explore what it means to be an adult, what it means to be a kid, and… Read

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‘Mistresses’ Renewed For Third Season

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ABC has renewed its summer drama series Mistresses for a third season with a 13-episode order. The series, from ABC Studios, returned for a second season this past summer on par with its series premiere. Its season average was just below Season 1. Developed by KJ Steinberg based on the British series, Mistresses stars Alyssa Milano, Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes and Yunjin Kim. Steinberg is executive producing with Rina Mimoun (Red Band Society), who runs the show with… Read

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MTV Picks Up Zach Braff-Directed Mystery Comedy Pilot

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MTV has given the green light to Self Promotion, a dark comedy pilot that will be directed by Zach Braff. Written by Mark Bianculli, Self Promotion centers on overworked assistant Katie Preston who discovers that her dragon lady boss is missing (or worse). Things get messy fast, with Katie, believing she'll be the prime suspect, covering up the crime scene. She starts calling the shots in her boss's "absence," and goes full CSI to find out what actually happened… Read

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Cindy Chupack Sells Girlfriends Comedy To ABC

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Sex And The City alumna Cindy Chupack is working on another single-camera comedy about female friends. Inspired by Chupack's real-life experiences, Dish revolves around three female friends in Venice, CA - one single, one married, one a single mother - who meet once a week at a restaurant called Dish to dish about life, love, career, and the myth of “having it all.” They do “have it all” among the three of them, just not individually. (Does that count?) Dish comes from ABC… Read

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Fred Goss Family Comedy Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment

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Actor Fred Goss got his break as a writer with family comedy Sons & Daughters, which went to series at ABC. Now he is back at ABC with a new family comedy project, Funhouse, which has received a put pilot commitment from the network. The show is produced by ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville. Based on a true story, Funhouse centers on Jack Babbit, who kidnaps his estranged father from a nursing home along with his 24-hour male nurse and brings them to his home. This… Read

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ABC Family Picks Up ‘Stitchers’ And ‘Young & Hungry’, Cancels ‘Mystery Girls’, Passes On ‘Unstrung’

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ABC Family has made a string of pickup decisions. It has ordered to series one of its three drama pilots, the supernatural Stitchers, which marks the network's first procedural drama series. Of the other two drama pilots, ABC Family has passed on the tennis-themed Unstrung, while there is no decision yet on rehab-themed Recovery Road. On the comedy side, ABC Family has ordered a second season of Young & Hungry, produced by Ashley Tisdale, and officially has decided… Read

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Jenna Elfman Inks Development Deal With 20th TV To Topline New Series

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Jenna Elfman has signed a development and talent holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, the studio will pair the actress with a writer to develop a comedy or drama project for her to star. Elfman has already begun meeting with potential writers. This marks Elfman's return to 2oth TV where she got her break as star of the popular ABC comedy Dharma and Greg. Elfman also co-starred on the studio's NBC comedy 1600 Penn. "Jenna is both a brilliant… Read

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‘Couple Time’ Creators Sell ‘Crescent Heights’ Comedy To Fox

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Melrose Place was immortalized on TV by Darren Star, Billy Wilder and David Lynch did the same on the big screen with Sunset Boulevard and Mulholland Dr., respectively. Now a young writing duo is looking to make famous a less glamorous LA street, Crescent Heights. Fox has put in development a half-hour comedy from UCB Theatre LA regulars Allyn Rachel and Patrick Carlyle, Kapital Entertainment and 20th TV. Written/exec produced by real-life couple Rachel and Carlyle, Cresce… Read

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