Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


ABC Buys Legal Drama ‘Conviction’ From Mark Gordon Company As Put Pilot

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On the heels of the strong premiere of the Mark Gordon Co.-produced new ABC drama Quantico, Gordon has set up a new drama project at ABC. The network has given a put pilot commitment to Conviction, a legal drama from the now-independent Mark Gordon Co., which is backed by Entertainment One. Conviction is co-created by Liz Friedman (Elementary, Marvel’s Jessica Jones), who will write the project, and Liz Friedlander (The Following), who will direct the potential… Read


Nancy Drew Drama Series In Works At CBS

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CBS has put in development a drama series based on the Nancy Drew character from the iconic mystery book series. Longtime Grey’s Anatomy exec producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan will co-write the adaptation and will executive produce with Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks (American Beauty). Nick Nantell, SVP of The Dan Jinks Company, who brought in the project, will be a producer.  CBS Television Studios, where Rater &  Phelan as well as Jinks are under an overall deal… Read


Greg Garcia Producing Schoolteacher & Millennial Comedies For NBC & Fox

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Greg Garcia has teamed with two more writers who worked on his most recent series, CBS' The Millers — Austen Earl and Chadd Gindin — for new half-hour projects, Letters To Beyonce and The Pack, that have landed at NBC and Fox. They join two comedy projects with The Millers writers Stephnie Weir and Bobby Bowman, which Garcia recently set up at CBS. All four shows hail from CBS TV Studios, where Garcia's company Amigos de Garcia Productions is based, with Garcia executive… Read


Fox Buys Surfing Drama ‘The 808’ Written By Sheldon Turner


Fox is heading to Hawaii with The 808, an hourlong drama from Sony Pictures TV and Sheldon Turner & Jennifer Klein’s studio-based Vendetta. Written by Oscar nominee Turner, The 808 — named after the Hawaii area code — is described as a provocative look beyond the idyllic Hawaii postcard into a world of sex, sand and sin; a sexy soap set against the backdrop of Maui surf culture, which centers on two feuding families. Turner and Klein executive produce. Under Vendetta’s… Read


Nicholas Sparks To Produce Semi-Autobiographical Comedy For ABC


Best-selling romance novelist Nicholas Sparks has sold his first half-hour comedy project. The Next Chapter, written by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl, The Sound Of Music Live!), hails from Warner Bros TV and Sparks’ studio-based Nicholas Sparks Prods. Loosely based on Sparks’ new life as a single man, The Next Chapter centers on top-selling romance novelist Ben Diamond who goes through a divorce and not only begins to question his belief in love, but he also must learn to… Read


CW’s ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ & ‘iZombie’ Get Backup Script Orders Ahead Of Premieres


As the CW starts rolling out its fall schedule, the network is giving a confidence boost to the two new series that will be seeking back orders: freshman Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and sophomore iZombie. Both have been given orders for five additional scripts a day ahead of iZombie‘s second-season opener Tuesday night and ahead of comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s series premiere October 12. They join new NBC drama Blindspot, which has received an order for 9 additional scripts. The… Read


‘The Day I Turned Uncool’ Comedy From David Katzenberg & Seth Grahame-Smith Set At NBC

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The Hard Times Of RJ Berger creators David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have re-teamed for a new comedy series project, The Day I Turned Uncool, which has been set up at NBC through Sony Pictures Television. Written by Lauren Miller Rogen and Alanna Thompson, the comedy is based on the book The Day I Turned Uncool: Confessions Of A Reluctant Grown-Up by Dan Zevin. It follows a group of five best friends who've crossed the line from Pabst to Pinot and realize they're… Read


Jordana Spiro To Star In USA Backdoor Pilot ‘The Wilding’


Jordana Spiro (The Good Wife) has been tapped for the lead in The Wilding, USA Network’s two-hour backdoor pilot from Universal Cable Prods. and executive producers Tim Kring and writer-creator Silka Luisa. The supernatural drama is part of a broader initiative at UCP and the NBCUniversal cable networks it supplies to jump-start a greater volume of quality series at a lower license fee through a model that involves UCP supplementing the high-end budget for the shows… Read


‘These Final Hours’ TV Series Adaptation From EuropaCorp Set At Fox With Penalty


Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to These Final Hours, an apocalyptic drama project from EuropaCorp TV Studios USA. The series is inspired by the Australian feature that premiered at the Cannes Director Fortnight last year. These Final Hours was one of the first projects put in development at EuropaCorp TV Studios USA, the U.S. outpost of French studio EuropaCorp (Taxi Brooklyn) launched last year with Matthew Gross as President. The film's writer/director… Read


Comedy From Tina Fey, Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock Gets Big CBS Commitment


In a very competitive situation, CBS has landed a multi-camera project from the 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt trio of Tina Fey, Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock. Written by Burditt, the untitled comedy centers on an oddball athlete who drives family, friends and strangers bonkers after he unexpectedly finds himself retired. Burditt, Fey and Carlock executive produce with 3 Arts’ David Miner. Universal TV, where Fey, Carlock and Burditt are under overall deals, is… Read


‘MacGyver’ Series Remake Set At CBS, James Wan & Henry Winkler Producing


Another classic action-adventure TV series is getting a reboot. CBS is developing MacGyver, a reimagining of the 1985 series about a resourceful and ingenious agent who improvises his way out of sticky situations using everyday items like rubber bands, chewing gum and a Swiss Army knife. The new series, which comes from Saw and Furious 7 director James Wan, the original’s executive producer Henry Winkler and NCIS: LA executive producer R. Scott Gemmill, will feature a… Read


‘Lethal Weapon’ TV Series From ‘Forever’ Creator Set At Fox As Put Pilot


After rebooting Rush Hour as a series last year, Warner Bros TV is doing the same with another blockbuster buddy action movie franchise about mismatched cops. A Lethal Weapon hourlong series based on the films that starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. It will be written by former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller, who most recently created and executive produced the ABC drama Read