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‘Rise’, ‘For God And Country’ Get Closer To NBC Series Pickups With Staffing Offers

We have the first formal step toward series pickups made by a broadcast network this season. As I reported in my second Pilot Buzz roundup, NBC has given two drama pilots — Rise, from former Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller; and For God and Country, from writer Dean Georgaris — permission to start making firm offers to writers. While not an outright pickup, such gesture by a network is almost always followed by a series… Read

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PILOTS 2017: More Very Early Buzz

In just three weeks, the networks will be done with the bulk of their new series pickups and will be in the thick of finalizing fall schedules — unless there is a writers strike, in which case that will be top of mind for everyone with upfronts taking a back seat. Like with the first Pilot Buzz, my information is still very sketchy because pilots are just starting to come in at the networks as the majority are in post-production or studio testings. So don’t take… Read

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‘Shadowhunters’ Renewed For Season 3 By Freeform

Freeform has renewed sophomore fantasy drama series Shadowhuners for a third season to air in 2018. The news, which is being delivered by the cast on Facebook Live, comes as Shadowhunters is headed to the June 5 return for the second half of season two. Shadowhunters, based on the popular Mortal Instruments novels, was Freeform’s strongest new scripted entry in 2016, earning a second-season renewal with Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer as new showrunners. They are staying… Read

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Black Female Mayor Drama In Works At Bravo From ‘Insecure’ & ‘Underground’ Scribe

Bravo has put into development Candy, a one-hour drama from Ben Cory Jones, currently a writer on HBO’s Insecure and WGN America’s Underground. Ross Fineman (Amazon’s Goliath) is aboard as executive producer of the project, which hails from Universal Cable Productions. The plot centers on the youngest and first African American female mayor as she navigates the treacherous political terrains of one of America's most violent and poorest cities while balancing her marriage… Read

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‘Younger’ & ‘Teachers’ Renewed For New Seasons By TV Land

TV Land has secured its top comedy series Younger and Teachers for next year. Flagship Younger, which returns June 28 for its fourth season, has been picked up for a 12-episode fifth season, while Teachers, which returns with the back half of Season 2 this fall, has been renewed for a 20-episode third season. The sizes of the orders are in line with the two shows’ current orders, with a possibility for Younger to produce more episodes. The early renewals for Younger and Te… Read

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‘Locke & Key’ Drama From Carlton Cuse, Joe Hill & IDW Gets Hulu Pilot Order, Scott Derrickson To Direct

Hulu has given a pilot order to Locke & Key, a one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the IDW comic by Joe Hill (The Fireman) and artist Gabriel Rodriguez (Little Nemo). The project comes from Hill, Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) and IDW Entertainment, with Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson set to direct. Cuse developed Locke & Key with Hill who wrote the script on spec. The finished script was sent to one director, Derrickson, who came on board… Read

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Greg Berlanti & Sera Gamble Drama ‘You’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At Lifetime

EXCLUSIVE: Lifetime has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to psychological thriller drama You from Greg Berlanti, boss of the CW's DC universe, and Sera Gamble, co-creator/executive producer of Syfy's breakout hit The Magicians. The project, produced by Berlanti Productions and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television and A+E Studios, was put on fast-track development at the cable network at the beginning of the year. The pickup… Read

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‘Mars’: Dee Johnson Named Showrunner For Season 2 Of Nat Geo Event Series

Dee Johnson, coming off a four-year stint as executive producer on Nashville while the country drama series was on ABC, is changing gears, joining National Geographic’s sci-fi event series Mars as executive producer and showrunner for the upcoming six-episode second season of the show, which blends cinema-quality scripted drama with documentary sequences. Mars comes from Imagine Entertainment and Radical Media. Season 1 followed the first human mission to Mars, set in… Read

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Freeform Picks Up Mermaid Drama ‘Siren’ & ‘Hollywood Movie Night’ To Series, Orders Animated Pilot ‘Sticks’ – Upfront

UPDATE with more details from presentation: Freeform has picked up its mermaid drama pilot The Deep to series, which will be titled Siren. It was one of several programming announcements at the network’s upfront presentation in New York, along with a pilot presentation order to Freeform’s first animated comedy Sticks, from Will Gluck and the Broad City duo of Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson; and a series order to Hollywood Movie Night With Karlie Kloss, from Hollywood Game… Read

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Niels Arden Oplev To Direct TNT Drama Pilot ‘The Deep Mad Dark’

Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the pilot for USA’s Mr. Robot, has been tapped to direct and executive produce the TNT hourlong pilot The Deep Mad Dark, an atmospheric mystery-thriller about the complexities of friendship. The Danish filmmaker, who helmed the original 2009 adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, will direct from a script by Megan Martin (Animal Kingdom). The Deep Mad Dark opens as Detroit neurosurgeon Polly Lewis embarks on an unorthodox study in… Read

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TNT Orders ‘Deadlier Than The Male’ Thriller Drama Pilot Produced By Bruna Papandrea

TNT has given a pilot order to Deadlier Than The Male (working title), a drama pilot produced by Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Turner’s Studio T. Written by Harriet Warner (Call The Midwife, Mistresses), Deadlier Than The Male centers on a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, a former serial predator desperate to find redemption, and a grieving mother obsessed with finding… Read

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Comedy Central Picks Up ‘Corporate’, ‘The New Negroes’ & ‘Taskmaster’ To Series, Orders 9 Pilots

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Comedy Central has unveiled its 2017-2018 development slate, which includes three series pick-ups and nine pilot orders. The newly picked up series include scripted comedy Corporate; stand-up and music hybrid variety series The New Negroes, based on the comedy show; and Reggie Watts-hosted game show Taskmaster, based on the U.K. format. The nine pilots come from such auspices as Awkwfina, Neal Brennan, Arturo Castro, Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, Jak Knight, Franchesca… Read