Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


LA Screenings: Which Were The Hot Titles


After months of developing and producing pilots in a vacuum beyond internal and test screenings to small groups, the broadcast pilots just picked up to series got their first wide exposure this week when they were shown to hundreds of international buyers in town for the annual LA Screenings. Like everything in the TV business, the LA Screenings also have evolved — once devoted entirely to sampling the new broadcast product unveiled at the upfronts the prior week, they… Read


Epix Orders First Original Series: ‘Graves’ Starring Nick Nolte & ‘Berlin Station’

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As we reported back in February, Epix, the premium TV network/VOD service, backed by Viacom, Lionsgate, and MGM, would be entering the original scripted series field with a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Graves, a half-hour comedy starring Nick Nolte as a former President of the United States. Epix has made that official, along with a second 10-episode series order, to espionage drama Berlin Station from Paramount TV and Michaël Roskam. The network said that it… Read


Fox Passes On Pilots ‘Studio City’ & ’48 Hours’, May Consider NBC’s ‘Warrior’

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There was hope for Fox drama pilot Studio City and comedy 48 Hours ‘Til Monday when the network 10 days ago opted not to pick either up to series but postponed a final decision until after the upfronts. I hear a decision has now been made, and it’s a pass on both projects. But while closing the book on those two pilots, I hear Fox is looking at another pilot that did not go forward at its original network: NBC drama Warrior. Like with any busted pilot, a pickup is… Read


New Series ‘The Catch’, ‘Heartbreaker’, ‘Quantico’ & ‘Wicked City’ Recast Roles – Update

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UPDATED, Tuesday AM: One more newly picked-up drama series will be making casting changes. Damon Dayoub and Bethany Joy Lenz are leaving ABC’s The Catch, which follows Alice Martin (Mireille Enos), a fraud investigator who discovers she is being conned by her fiancé Kieran, played in the pilot by Dayoub. Lenz played Kieran’s girl-next-door wife Zoe. Both roles now will be recast. “Thank you all for your support re:#TheCatch!,” Lenz wrote on Instagram. “Looks like they… Read


Upfronts 2015: The Overachievers

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As we close the book on another brutal pilot season, here is Deadline's annual honor roll of those who excelled at the upfronts and had a real reason to celebrate in New York, as opposed to the rest of us who were there for the free drinks and Jimmy Kimmel. Also included is a list of pods and independent production companies with multiple series on broadcast and cable: The Super Producer: Greg Berlanti accomplished something that is pretty hard to do — out of two pilots… Read


Hulu Picks Up ‘The Mindy Project’ With 26-Episode Order


The Mindy Project has done it again — cheating death a second time with a 26-episode order at Hulu. The streaming service had been in negotiations with Mindy producer Universal TV about picking up the quirky comedy following its cancellation by Fox after three seasons. Hulu officially calls this a fourth season order, though its size equals two normal seasons on cable or digital and matches the two-season, 26-episode pickup fellow Universal TV comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy… Read


The Vertically Integrated Upfronts: Nets’ Big Push For Program Ownership And Its Impact On Independent Studios, Viewers

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After a big push into content ownership among the broadcast networks in the early 2000s, they loosened the grip, resulting in several megahits from non-affiliated studios, including the biggest comedies on television, CBS' The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. The tide slowly started to turn the past couple of seasons, peaking this upfront in an unprecedented way with what sources describe as the largest increase of in-house production in more than five years. “We have… Read


David E. Kelley Legal Drama, Shane Black Western Among Amazon Pilot Orders

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Amazon is keeping with its tradition to make orders during upfront week. No official word from the streaming service yet but I’ve learned of four projects that are getting pilot orders. That includes Trial, a new legal drama from The Practice creator David E. Kelley, which he co-wrote with Jonathan Shapiro. Lethal Weapon and Iron Man 3 screenwriter Shane Black has Edge, a spaghetti Western based on the Edge books by George Gilman. Fred Dekker, who is working with Black on… Read


‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend': How Did Racy Showtime Comedy Land At CW, What Will Be Changed, Who Is Leaving The Cast?


It was probably the most surprising pickup at this year's upfronts – a racy, half-hour half-hour comedy pilot for pay cable network Showtime getting a series order as an hourlong series for the CW, a network with a much younger skew that also happens to be on broadcast. Here is how that happened and what changes the show will undergo, including a recasting of the role played in the original pilot by Michael McDonald. About two months ago, Kate Adler and Jim Donnelly… Read


Primetime Fall TV Schedule Grid: A Superhero Showdown, Tuesday’s Freshman Battle & Other Intriguing Matchups


Here we go again – all the optimism and promise of a new fall TV season with the full knowledge of those critical crashes and ratings burns still to come for the Big 4 and The CW. The fact is that even with all the chatter of CBS going younger and Fox going more genre, there’s a lot of the same old same old and a lot of NFL on the schedule this year. Yep, a ton of incumbents are back again, spinoffs (you just can’t get enough, can you CBS?) and reboots galore and nights… Read


The CW Boss On ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ & Future Of ‘Vampire Diaries’, ‘Supernatural’

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The newest DC superhero series for the CW, midseason entry Legends Of Tomorrow, will likely air alongside the other two such shows on the CW, Arrow and The Flash. That strategy is opposed to a run while one or both of the fall series are on hiatus before a spring return, as was the case with Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter on ABC.Legends Of Tomorrow is part of the Arrow-Flash universe,” the CW president Mark Pedowitz said during an upfront press call… Read


The CW Fall 2015 Schedule: Vampire Block On Thursday, Comedies On Monday, ‘Reign’ Moves To Friday

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What pilot season? The CW is introducing a fall season that doesn’t feature a show developed at the network over the last nine months. The lone new series on the CW schedule is hourlong comedy Crazy Ex-Girfriend, a last-minute pickup of a project originally developed and piloted as a racy half-hour comedy for Showtime. (Here is my story on how that happened.) It will be a quiet fall for the CW whose biggest new attraction, DC superhero team-up series Legends Of Tomorrow… Read