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ABC Developing Small-Town Serial Killer Comedy Produced By Jack Black

ABC has put in development Boring, OR, a single-camera ensemble comedy from Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite and ABC Studios. Written by Upright Citizen Brigade’s Stephen Soroka, Borning, OR is about a small town with a serial killer on the loose. It follows Jonna, a police officer who is determined to stop the killings while the rest of the townspeople remain dead set on not letting it affect their day-to-day lives. At its heart, Boring, OR asks the question, "If I'm OK… Read

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The CW Buys ‘School For Psychics’ Drama From Paul Sciarrotta, Dan Jinks & Jason Egenberg

The CW has put in development School For Psychics, a drama based on K.C. Archer’s upcoming book series, from CBS TV Studios. Paul Sciarrotta, who most recently served as co-executive producer on the CW/CBS Studios dramedy Jane the Virgin, will write the adaptation and will executive produce alongside Dan Jinks and Jason Egenberg. In School For Psychics, when an aimless, jaded young woman learns she has powerful latent psychic abilities, she is recruited to join a secret… Read

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Comedy Central Orders 2 New Series From ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘Late Night’ Alums

Comedy Central has given series orders to The Other Two, from former Saturday Night Live co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider and the company behind the venerable NBC sketch program, Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video; and to South Side (working title), from former Late Night With Jimmy Fallon writers/performers Diallo Riddle & Bashir Salahuddin as well as Bashir’s brother, Sultan Salahuddin. The Other Two and South Side were two of the nine pilots Comedy Central or… Read

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The CW Buys ‘Dead Inside’ Supernatural Cop Drama Produced By Bill Lawrence

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The CW has put in development Dead Inside, an hourlong drama from writer Katie Lovejoy, Warner Bros. TV and Bill Lawrence’s studio-based Doozer Productions. In Dead Inside, penned by Lovejoy, after surviving an explosion that killed her hotshot detective big brother, an underachieving beat cop starts seeing his ghost, flipping their sibling dynamic on its head and allowing her to truly live her life for the first time, as they work together to help crime victims both… Read

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‘Nancy Drew’ TV Series In Works At NBC From Tony Phelan, Joan Rater & Dan Jinks

NBC has put in development Nancy Drew, a drama inspired by the famous children’s books, from Doubt creators Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, producer Dan Jinks and CBS TV Studios. This is the same creative team that was behind the 2016 CBS pilot of the same name. But beyond the title and the underlying source material, there is very little in common between the projects as NBC’s is based on a brand-new idea by Phelan and Rater. In NBC’s Nancy Drew, written by the duo, when the… Read

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‘The Night Shift’ Canceled By NBC After 4 Seasons

NBC has opted not to go forward with a fifth season of The Night Shift. The army vet medical drama, created and executive produced by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, flew under the radar for most of its run. The series, produced by Sony Pictures TV, exceeded expectations in its low-profile summer 2014 launch and, except for Season 2, which was used as a spring 2015 midseason replacement, aired in the off-season. "We want to thank our amazing creators and executive producers… Read

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CBS Developing Crime Drama Based On Meg Gardiner Novel ‘UNSUB’ With Liz Friedman Writing

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EXCLUSIVE: CBS has bought a drama based on Edgar-winning author Meg Gardiner's novel UNSUB. The project was picked up by CBS Television Studios earlier this year, ahead of auction. The book was published in June by Dutton. The network has ordered a pilot script to be written by Liz Friedman, who will be executive producer and showrunner, and who co-created ABC's Conviction and co-wrote the pilot to Orange Is The New Black. Latter got her an Emmy nomination. Friedman was… Read

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Fox Buys Sheldon Turner Auto Racing Family Soap ‘Victory Lane’ With Penalty

Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Victory Lane, a soapy car racing drama from Oscar-nominated writer Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air). The project hails from Turner and Jennifer Klein's Vendetta Productions and 20th Century Fox TV, where the company is based. Written by Turner, Victory Lane is a serialized family soap set in the world of auto racing. It follows the sport’s biggest family rivalry. The real drama is outside the arena as two star drivers fall… Read

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NBC Buys ‘Like Family’ Comedy From Suzanne Martin & Hazy Mills

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Comedy writer-producer Suzanne Martin and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner's Hazy Mills are reteaming for another half-hour series project, Like Family, which has been set up at NBC. Universal TV, where Hazy Mills is based, is the studio. Written by Martin, Like Family centers on two twentysomething friends who met as foster children and now try to figure out what they want from life and each other in New York City. Martin, Hayes and Milliner executive produce the project… Read

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‘Mayans MC’: Michael Irby Set for Lead Role In FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Spinoff Pilot

The Unit alum Michael Irby is set for a lead role opposite Edward James Olmos in Kurt Sutter's retooled Sons of Anarchy spinoff pilot Mayans MC for FX. Set in the aftermath of Jax Teller's death at the end of SoA's seven-season run in 2014, Mayans MC will focus on the struggles of EZ Reyes (JD Pardo), a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border. The pilot has been undergoing reshoots and recasting of some key roles. FX says Irby’s role is a new… Read

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‘DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow’: Series Regular To Exit CW Series

SPOILER ALERT: This story includes a detail about the current Season 3 of the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that a core member of the time-traveling team on DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow is departing. Victor Garber, who has played Martin Stein aka Firestorm from the start, will be exiting the series during the current third season. The network and producing studio Warner Bros. TV had no comment. I first heard rumblings about a potential Garber exit last… Read

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ABC Nabs ‘The Real Fairy Godmother’ Comedy Starring Kristin Chenoweth From Craig Zadan & Neil Meron As Put Pilot

In a competitive situation, ABC has landed The Real Fairy Godmother, a single-camera comedy starring Kristin Chenoweth and executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, which has received a put pilot commitment. Written by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner, with ‘Til Death creators Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith serving as showrunners, The Real Fairy Godmother centers on a self-absorbed "real housewife" (Chenoweth) who learns that she's descended from a secret order of… Read