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Amazon Scraps ‘Highston’ Comedy Series From Bob Nelson & Sacha Baron Cohen

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Amazon has opted not to proceed with the new comedy series Highston. The streaming service picked up to series the pilot — written by Oscar-nominee Bob Nelson (Nebraska), directed by Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and executive produced by Sacha Baron Cohen — in December 2015. But it was never scheduled, and tonight, after co-star Curtis Armstrong tweeted that the show was dead, the development was confirmed by Amazon. "We love Bob, Jon… Read

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ABC Orders Drama Pilots ‘The Good Doctor’ & ‘Doomsday’ From David Shore, Daniel Dae Kim & Carol Mendesohn

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I’ve learned that ABC has given pilot orders to two drama projects with big auspices and big commitments from Sony Pictures TV — medical drama The Good Doctor, from House creator David Shore and Hawaii Five-0 co-star Daniel Dae Kim, which had a put pilot commitment, and Doomsday, a thriller drama from producer Carol Mendelsohn (CSI), writers Mark Bianculli & VJ Boyd (Justified), which had a production commitment with a series penalty behind it. Written by Shore based on… Read

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CBS Orders Crime Drama Pilot Starring Alan Cumming, Craig Turk Legal Drama

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CBS has given pilot orders to two projects featuring key auspices from the network’s praised legal drama The Good Wife: crime drama Killer Instinct, starring and executive produced by The Good Wife cast member Alan Cumming, and Perfect Citizen, a legal drama written and executive produced by former Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk. Both projects hail from CBS TV Studios. Killer Instinct (fka Dr. Death) was written by Michael Rauch based on the upcoming book by James… Read

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NBC Orders Comedy Pilot From Seth Meyers, Mike O’Brien & Lorne Michaels

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NBC has given the green light to a single-camera comedy from Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live's Mike O'Brien and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. Written by O’Brien, the untitled comedy (fka AP Bio) centers on a hilariously cynical Ivy League professor who loses out on his dream job and goes to work as a high school biology teacher where he imposes his unorthodox teaching style and uses the kids to plot out revenge on those who wronged him. Meyers, O’Brien, Mike… Read

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NBC Orders Virtual Reality Thriller Drama Pilot From ‘Extant’ Creator & Amblin TV

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NBC has given a pilot order to Reverie, a drama from the Extant team of creator Mickey Fisher and Amblin TV. Like Extant, Reverie originated as a spec. Penned by Fisher, it is described as a grounded and dramatic thriller about a former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences. Fisher executive produces with fellow Extant executive producers, his manager… Read

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Pilot Season 2017: How Many Pilots Is Each Network Ordering?

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It’s another late pilot season as scripts once again are coming in very late, pushing greenlight decisions into late January and February. Some of it is old-fashioned gamesmanship on part of writers as there is the notion that if your script is among the first ones delivered, it would go to the bottom of the pile, overshadowed by the ones that come in later. But there are also other circumstances. Development has been slow in general this cycle. The buying season has been… Read

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‘Raised By Wolves’ Comedy From Diablo Cody & Berlanti TV Gets ABC Pilot Order

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ABC has given a pilot order to Raised by Wolves, a single-camera comedy from Juno writer Diablo Cody and Berlanti Productions. Written by Cody, Raised by Wolves is an adaptation of the 2015 UK comedy series. It centers on Sheila Gable, one tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town. This marks the second half-hour comedy pilot for Greg Berlanti's Berlanti Prods., which has six drama series on the… Read

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CBS Orders Dan Kopelman Man’s Life Comedy Pilot From Kapital Entertainment

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CBS has ordered its second comedy pilot this season, Dan Kopelman’s single-camera Me, Myself and I, from Warner Bros. TV. It joins Dana Klein and Mark Feuerstein’s multi-camera 9J, 9K and 9L, from CBS TV Studios. Both comedies come from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, which also is behind CBS/20th TV’s sophomore single-camera comedy Life in Pieces. Me, Myself and I’s pickup is not a surprise as the project carries a hefty pilot production commitment after CBS landed… Read

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Kourtney Kang Coming-Of-Age Comedy Gets NBC Pilot Order, Casts Young Lead

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NBC has given a pilot green light to a single-camera comedy from Fresh Off The Boat co-executive producer Kourtney Kang and creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan, actor-director Fred Savage, and 20th TV. I’ve learned exclusively that Isabella Russo has been cast as the young lead in the show written by Kang based on her life, which explores what it's like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with real-world… Read

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‘Girl Meets World’ Finale: Creator On Topanga’s Choice, New Network Search & Season 4

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SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s Girl Meets World finale. Girl Meets World — a sequel to ABC’s popular sitcom Boy Meets World — ended its run on Disney Channel tonight with an episode that felt like a series finale and was titled like one too, “Girl Meets Goodbye”. The “goodbye” part was given a different connotation when the show’s penultimate Season 3 episode last week dropped the bombshell that Topanga Matthews (Danielle Fishel) had received a… Read

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Sundance: Brett Morgen Hulu Pilot ‘When The Street Lights Go On’ Seeks New Home

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The Sundance Film Festival increasingly has been opening its doors to television, with new TV series making their premiere there and independently produced pilots getting screenings alongside independent movies in search of a buyer. But there is a first at this year’s indie festival with When the Street Lights Go On, a pilot commissioned by Hulu that was passed on by the streaming service and has been looking for a new home. The project, produced by Paramount TV and… Read

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‘The Good Place’ Ratings Steady In Finale As NBC Ponders Renewal, Chris Pratt Lifts ‘Mom’

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Mike Schur’s comedy The Good Place wrapped its 13-episode first season with an hourlong finale last night, which drew a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers in Live+same day. That was on pa with last weekr in the demo despite facing stiffer competition from an original The Big Bang Theory last night vs. a repeat last Thursday, and up 6% in total viewers for the show’s largest Live+same day audience since October 27. A modest Live+SD performer, The Good Place… Read