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‘Purity’ Drama Starring Daniel Craig From Scott Rudin Eyes Series Order

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James Bond star Daniel Craig is headlining Purity, a hot drama series package that hit the cable and digital marketplace earlier this week. The project, produced by Scott Rudin, is based on the book of the same name by The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen, published last September. Todd Field is writing the adaptation with Franzen. I hear the package has been seeking a series order 20 episodes, with Field set to direct all 20 hours. Purity was taken out to cable… Read

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NBC’s Matt Hubbard Comedy Pilot Adds Three To Family

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Francois Chau, Susan Chuang and Concetta Tomei have landed series regular roles on NBC’s untitled Matt Hubbard single-camera comedy pilot starring Elizabeth Ho, Chris Smith and Jack McBrayer. Written/executive produced by 30 Rock alum Hubbard based loosely on his life, the story revolves around Andrew (Smith) and Josie (Ho), a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a turn when they move close to Josie's family in Missouri. Chau (Lost) and Chuang (Cold Case)… Read

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Natalie Martinez To Star In Fox Drama Pilot ‘A.P.B.’

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Natalie Martinez (ABC’s Secrets & Lies) has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s drama pilot A.P.B., from writer David Slack and Sleepy Hollow co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman. Inspired by the July New York Times Magazine article "Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans," A.P.B. explores what happens when an enigmatic tech billionaire purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one's… Read

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Maya Rudolph-Martin Short Variety Show Finally A Go At NBC

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NBC confirmed today it has greenlighted a Maya Rudolph-hosted variety show, an idea that had been in the works since a primetime special The Maya Rudolph Show aired back in May 2014. The new show will be co-hosted by Rudolph and Martin Short and be executive produced by their old SNL boss Lorne Michaels. Our sister pub Variety broke the news today, saying the network is targeting a late May premiere for the tentatively titled Maya And Marty In Manhattan. No word on the… Read

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Jennifer Getzinger To Helm ‘Miranda’s Rights’, Only Female Director Hire On Drama Pilot This Season

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Jennifer Getzinger (Mad Men, The Big C) is set to direct NBC/Universal TV’s legal drama pilot Miranda’s Rights, written by Katie Lovejoy. Surprisingly, given the current push in the industry to open up the field to female directors, Getzinger is the only woman hired to direct a broadcast drama pilot this season with just 1-2 open assignment left. Out of about 40 broadcast drama pilots ordered, she is one of only two female directors total, along with Liz Friedlander, who… Read

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Leslye Headland To Direct ABC’s Gay-Straight Buddy Comedy Pilot

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Leslye Headland, the writer-director whose latest feature film was this summer’s Jason Sudeikis-Alison Brie romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People, is set to make her pilot directing debut. She has closed to helm ABC’s untitled Weeks/Mackay pilot, a lesbian-straight duo comedy from writers Ed Weeks and Hannah Mackay and executive producer Andrew Reich. The ABC Studios-produced pilot centers on an unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, as… Read

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Kevin James CBS Comedy Casts Ryan Cartwright; Andy Fickman Set To Direct

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Kevin James is re-teaming with Andy Fickman, director of his 2015 feature Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Fickman is set to direct the opening episode of James’ multi-camera comedy series for CBS. Additionally, Ryan Cartwright (Alphas, Bones) has been set as a regular opposite James in the project, from Sony TV and CBS TV Studios. The untitled show centers on newly retired police officer Kevin (James) who looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids… Read

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‘Hart Of Dixie’s Wilson Bethel Joins A&E Pilot ‘The Infamous’

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Former Hart Of Dixie star Wilson Bethel has landed a co-starring role on A&E Network’s hip-hop crime drama pilot The Infamous. It revolves around two complicated men on a collision course: an ambitious reformed gangster (Bokeem Woodbine) poised to break out of South Central and the LAPD detective hell-bent on taking him down. It will be set against real events in turbulent 1990s Los Angeles leading up to the L.A. riots. Bethel, repped by WME, LINK, Zero Gravity and Morris… Read

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‘Twin Peaks’: Ashley Judd Joins Reboot

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I have learned of another big name that has quietly joined Twin PeaksDavid Lynch's upcoming new installment of his groundbreaking 1990 supernatural mystery series. I hear Ashley Judd will be in the new season, slated for premiere on Showtime in early 2017. Additionally, in addition to Lynch reprising his role from the original series as Gordon Cole and fellow co-creator/executive producer Mark Frost reportedly doing a cameo, I hear Frost’s dad, 90-year-old actor Warren F… Read

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Colin Woodell Joins John Ridley’s ABC Pilot ‘Presence’

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Colin Woodell has been tapped for a series regular role in Presence, John Ridley’s female PI drama pilot for ABC. It’s the latest high-profile gig for the actor, who has been heating up after graduating from USC a couple of years ago. Described as a stylish update of the classic detective genre, Presence centers on Presence Foster (Stephanie Sigman), an Army veteran who finds herself interacting with a divergent and colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she… Read

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Andrea Martin To Star In Tracey Wigfield NBC Pilot, Kimrie Lewis-Davis Also Cast

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Andrea Martin is set as one of the two leads in NBC’s untitled Tracey Wigfield comedy pilot from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Also cast in the single-camera project from Universal TV is Kimrie Lewis-Davis (Scandal, Peeples). They join previously cast Adam Campbell. Written by Wigfield, the comedy centers on an already inseparable mother-daughter relationship that becomes more complicated when mom Carol (Martin) accepts an internship at her daughter's workplace, a news… Read

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‘Lethal Weapon’ Pilot Ordered By Fox; Damon Wayans Starring, McG Directing

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After lengthy negotiations, Fox and Warner Bros. TV have closed a pilot-order deal for Lethal Weapon, an hourlong series based on the buddy cop action comedy movies that starred Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh. In Living Color alum Damon Wayans Sr. is set to play Murtaugh in the remake, with Charlie’s Angels helmer McG set to direct the pilot for Warner Bros. TV. The Riggs role has not been cast yet. Written by former Chuck executive producer… Read