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Brad Copeland To Write ABC Comedy Starring Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo

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Brad Copeland (Arrested Development) has come on board to write ABC's family comedy toplined by Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. The network bought the project, which reunites the National Lampoon's Vacation stars, in January with a big penalty said to be the size of a production commitment. The comedy,  which hails from Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, has been laid off at ABC Studios. Based on an original idea by Kaplan, the untitled single-camera comedy would… Read

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Angela Kinsey To Topline & Co-Create ABC Buddy Comedy Produced By Darlene Hunt & Will Gluck

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Female buddy comedies have been hot on the big screen with such recent hits as The Heat and The Other Woman. ABC and Sony Pictures TV are looking to extend the streak to television with a single-camera comedy starring The Office alumna Angela Kinsey and executive produced by Will Gluck. Co-created by Kinsey, who will co-write the story, and Rachel Specter & Audrey Wauchope (Cougar Town), the untitled comedy (aka I Love Your Ex) centers on a woman and her ex-husband's new… Read

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CBS Buys Meatball Restaurant Comedy From Bill Lawrence, Jeff Astrof & All3Media With Production Commitment

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In a competitive situation, CBS has made a pilot production commitment to a multi-camera comedy executive produced by Bill Lawrence. Written and executive produced by Jeff Astrof, the project revolves around two lifelong best friends who are poised to become successful restaurateurs -- if they can keep from killing each other. In order to keep their business (and friendship) alive, the two decide to see a couples therapist, who will guide them through life, love and the… Read

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AMC To Board Channel 4 Series ‘Humans’ As Xbox Entertainment Studios Downsizes Slate & Mulls Possible Future

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I've learned that AMC is in final negotiations to join UK broadcaster Channel 4 as co-producer and U.S. distributor of upcoming eight-episode sci-fi drama series Humans. The project, an adaptation of Swedish series Real Humans, was announced in April as a co-production between Channel 4 and Xbox Entertainment Studios, in what was the first greenlighted scripted series for the entertainment arm of Microsoft's XBox. Three months later, Microsoft announced it was going to shu… Read

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NBC Buys Kevin Nealon & Susan Yeagley Comedy As Potential Starring Vehicle

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Married acting couple Kevin Nealon (Weeds) and Susan Yeagley (Parks & Recreation) have sold a comedy to NBC. Written by the duo, the untitled half-hour project centers on a recently divorced couple who find themselves still tied to their close-knit family (and each other) through their jointly owned business - a bar off the Las Vegas Strip. Nealon and Yeagley have no acting deals in place but the intention is for Nealon to star and for Yeagley to play a supporting regular… Read

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‘White Collar’s Final Season To Launch In November

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Fans of signature USA Network series White Collar won't have to wait long to say goodbye. The network has moved up the six-episode final season, originally slated for 2015, to later this fall. Season 6 of the series starring Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay will debut on November 6, paired on Thursday with Covert Affairs. I hear the six episodes, which are in post-production, have been very well received by USA brass. "From its inception, White Collar captured a massive and loyal… Read

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TNT’s ‘Murder In The First’ Renewed For Second Season

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EXCLUSIVE: TNT has given a 10-episode second season order to Murder In The First, its cop drama series executive produced by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal. Murder is the second new drama series that TNT launched this past summer to get a renewal, joining The Last Ship. It's still early to tell on the third, Legends, which premiered less than a month ago. The network, which had its strongest summer ratings performance in years, also recently renewed returning dramas Major Cr… Read

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ABC Nabs Adaptation Of Dan Brown’s ‘Digital Fortress’ From Imagine & 20th TV

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After producing blockbusters The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment is reteaming with best-selling author Dan Brown to adapt another one of his books, this time for the small screen. Thriller Digital Fortress, from Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox, where the company is based, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. Additionally, Imagine TV and 20th TV, the companies behind Arrested Development, have set up a… Read

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Ryan Murphy Pilot ‘Open’ Not Going Forward At HBO

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HBO has opted not to proceed with Open, Ryan Murphy's racy drama pilot. The news comes on the heels of Murphy's other project with HBO, AIDS film The Normal Heart, winning the Emmy for best TV movie. “After such a triumphant collaboration with The Normal Heart, everyone felt that Open was not the right next step for all involved,” said HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo. “However, we fully expect to work together again in the near future.” Speculation about Open… Read

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DC Comics ‘Titans’ Drama From Akiva Goldsman Nears TNT Pilot Order

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Warner Bros. TV is rapidly expanding its live-action DC Comics TV universe. This season, it is going from one to four primetime series, returning Arrow and freshmen The Flash, Gotham and Constantine, and already is prepping another major broadcast franchise with Supergirl. Now the studio is expanding the DC brand to cable drama with Titans, a project that is nearing a pilot order at TNT. Titans is one of three TNT drama pilots stuck on the runaway, awaiting a formal green… Read

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NBC Buys Blended Family Comedy About 2-Couple Household From Jason Katims

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A new trend of couples sharing a house is finding its way to the small screen. NBC has put in development The Walk-Up, a multi-camera comedy from Jason Katims' True Jack Prods. Written by Julia Brownell (Parenthood), the project is inspired by the growing real-world phenomenon as detailed in the recent TheAtlantic.com article “Two Couples, One Mortgage” (read it here). It is a first-person narrative about two 30-something couples — one with a baby on the way — who decide… Read

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TNT To Adapt Movie ‘Shooter’ As Drama With Mark Wahlberg, John Hlavin & Par TV

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EXCLUSIVE: Paramount TV continues to mine the company's feature library, partnering with talent from the movies to adapt them as TV series. The company has teamed with Shooter star Mark Wahlberg for a drama series based on the 2007 conspiracy thriller, which has been set up at TNT. John Hlavin (Underworld: AwakeningThe Shield) will write the action project, now in development, and will executive produce with Wahlberg and his frequent collaborator Stephen… Read

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