Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


Chiller Unveils First Original Series ‘Slasher’, More New Movies


NBCUniversal’s horror channel Chiller is cutting to the chase with its first original series, created and written by DeGrassi: The Next Generation scribe Aaron Martin, to debut later this year. The network, which is available in 40 million homes, also announced a pair of new original movies coming off successes with Animal (Chiller’s most-watched original movie to date) and The Boy, which bowed at SXSW 2015. The original series, Slasher, centers on a young woman who… Read


Fox Drama & Comedy Pilots Start Staffing

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As we await more new series orders, I hear two of the hottest Fox pilots have started staffing. That includes drama front-runner Minority Report, based on Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie, and comedy Grandpa starring John StamosAdditionally, drama Rosewood has given indications that it will be hiring soon, while comedy standout The Grinder is actively searching for a showrunner in anticipation of a series pickup. Also, word is dramas Studios City and comedy Cooper Barrett’s… Read


‘The Simpsons’ Gets 2-Season Renewal

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Fox continues its renewals with a two-season pickup of veteran The Simpsons, which has been ordered for Seasons 27 and 28 to reach 625 episodes. Renewals of the groundbreaking animated series have never been in doubt; only renegotiations with the show’s voice cast have provided the only Simpsons drama. "I’ve outlasted Letterman, Jon Stewart and 'McDreamy,' because I have something they don't: a costly 200-donut-a-day addiction," Homer Simpson quipped. Animated series are… Read


‘The Magicians’ Picked Up To Series By Syfy


Lev Grossman's best-selling fantasy book trilogy The Magicians is headed to Syfy’s primetime as the network has given a 12-episode series order to its pilot. The project hails from Michael London’s Groundswell Productions, Universal Cable Productions and writers John McNamara (Aquarius) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural). Based upon Grossman's books— the first of which was published in 2009 —  The Magicians stars Jason Ralph (A Most Violent Year) as Quentin Coldwater, a… Read


David Fincher’s HBO Comedy ‘Living On Video’ Picked Up To Series


Everyone continues to be mum on David Fincher’s Living On Video, which is yet to be acknowledged by HBO, but I’ve learned that the period comedy quietly has been picked up to series by the network. I had heard that the project filmed two episodes in lieu of a pilot, and the network has ordered 8 more for a 10-episode first-season run. HBO declined comment. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video revolves around the players of the then-exploding music video industry &mdash… Read


PILOT SEASON 2015: The Latest Buzz

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We are officially in the series pickup stage of pilots season as NBC today kicked things off with orders to Chicago Med, Blindspot and Heartbreaker. Other frontrunners may soon follow suit, like Minority Report at Fox, the Jenna Bans drama at ABC and Cordon at the CW. Here is one final roundup of pilot buzz ahead of the onslaught of series orders (and passes) next week. Even with the three series orders, I hear the NBC drama field is still wide open, with multiple other… Read


NBC Picks Up Dramas ‘Blindspot’, ‘Chicago Med’ & ‘Heartbreaker’ To Series

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NBC, the first broadcast network to present its 2015-16 lineup on May 11, has been one step ahead this pilot season — making the first pilot order to drama Warrior and being the first network to give pilots permission to begin staffing with nods to dramas The Player (formerly Endgame), Blindspot and Heartbreaker (formerly Heart Matters). Now NBC has become the first network to pick up pilots to series for next season — Blindspot, Heartbreaker and Chicago Fire spinoff, Chic… Read


CBS Mulls ‘CSI’ Last Chapter: Will Veteran Drama Avoid ‘Law & Order’s Fate?

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It was May 2010. NBC’s Law & Order was eying a place in the history books with a 21st-season pickup, which would’ve broken a tie with Gunsmoke and make L&O the longest-running drama series ever. The mothership series also had just spawned a third spinoff series, L&O: Los Angeles, which had been ordered to series. Then, just days before NBC’s upfront presentation, the network abruptly canceled the long-running show. Fast-forward five years. It is May, and we have another… Read


TV Upfronts 2015 Schedule: Presentations, Parties & Karaoke

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Trips to the upfronts in New York may still be on hold for many producers and actors while the networks are deciding the fate of their pilots or shows, but here is what awaits those who make the cross-country schlep. There are a few changes from last year, like NBC’s upfront presentation returning to the Radio City Music Hall after giving Seth Meyers a lot of fodder with their Javits Center location last year “in the heart of New York's historical Stabbing District,” as… Read


Mike White’s ‘Mamma Dallas’ HBO Comedy Pilot Not Going Forward


HBO has opted not to go to series on Mamma Dallas, its comedy pilot by Enlightened creator Mike White, which followed a conservative Texan family who unwittingly hire a hard-living drag queen as their live-in nanny. With its concept, the project was considered a big swing and, while it is not going forward, HBO remains committed to its creator, as reiterated by the network’s programming chief Michael Lombardo. “Mike White is one of the most talented filmmakers working… Read


‘Brothers In Atlanta’ Comedy Gets HBO Series Order

Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin

HBO has picked up to series comedy pilot Brothers In Atlanta, created by and starring Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, directed by Tim Story and produced by Lorne Michaels. Written by former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers/performers Riddle and Salahuddin, Brothers In Atlanta is about struggling entertainers and best friends Langston (Riddle) and Moose (Salahuddin) trying to navigate relationships and life in the black Mecca of Atlanta. An Atlanta… Read


‘The Omen’ Sequel Series ‘Damien’ Moving From Lifetime To A&E


Damien, Lifetime’s straight-to-series drama followup to horror classic The Omen, originally set up at Lifetime, will air on sibling A&E. As part of the move, the order for the show, from Glen Mazzara and Fox 21 TV Studios, has been upped from 6 to 10 episodes. This marks the first major synergetic play since Lifetime programming chief Rob Sharenow also took over A&E two months ago as EVP and general manager A&E and Lifetime. Damien, which follows the adult life of Damien… Read