Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


NBC Buys ‘A Year To Remember’ Drama From Telefe USA & Kapital Entertainment


NBC has given a script plus penalty commitment to A Year to Remember, a drama based on the Telefe telenovela Un Año Para Recordar, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Telefe USA. This marks the first network sale for Telefe USA since the LA-based outpost of Argentina’s largest broadcaster, Telefe, was launched in March. The adaptation, written by Michael Folley (How to Get Away with Murder), is a crime procedural that centers on a Boston homicide detective who's… Read


‘Dynasty’ Reboot Set At the CW With Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage


The CW is returning to the primetime soap arena in a big way, taking a shot at rebooting one of the iconic series in the genre, the Aaron Spelling-produced Dynasty. The network has put in development the high-profile project, which hails from the duo behind one of the CW’s biggest soaps, Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, in their return to the network. They have teamed with Revenge writer-producer Sallie Patrick and the original series’ creators… Read


Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters Sell Series Projects To ABC, Freeform & Amazon

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Veteran showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (Agent Carter) have ramped up development through their pod deal at ABC Studios. The duo’s Fazekas & Butters production company has sold two hourlong projects to ABC — one written by them with a Disney theme parks tie-in and one penned by filmmaker Nisha Ganatra. The company also has set up projects at Freeform and Amazon with writers Nick Towne and Heath Corson and is developing a series based on Wesley Chu’s Tao… Read


‘Snowfall’ Cocaine Drama Picked Up To Series By FX

SNOWFALL -- Pictured: Damson Idris as Franklin Saint. CR: Michael Yarish/FX

FX is moving ahead with Snowfall, giving a 10-episode series order to John Singleton’s drama inspired by the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. The series pickup comes after the cable network saw the second pilot for the project, originally piloted last year. The first pilot was written/executive producer by Boyz N The Hood director Singleton and Eric Amadio, and directed by Singleton. Dave Andron was then brought in as executive… Read


‘Let The Right One In’: Kristine Froseth Set To Star In TNT Vampire Drama Pilot

Kristine Froseth

Kristine Froseth has been cast as the female lead in Jeff Davis’ TNT drama pilot Let the Right One In, based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. Let the Right One In is an eerie drama about Henry, a young boy, long tormented by his classmates, who finds solace in a friendship with a charismatic vampire, Eli (Froseth), who appears to be near his age. Thin and pale, Eli’s actual age is unknown. Lonely and friendless (for obvious reasons), Eli… Read


ABC Buys Vacation Comedy From Hilary Winston Based on Norwegian Format


It’s only September, but ABC already is thinking about Next Summer, buying a single-camera comedy from Bad Teacher creator Hilary Winston, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. Sony Pictures TV, where Winston is under an overall deal, is the studio. Next Summer, in development for next season, is based on the Norwegian comedy series of the same name, local title Neste Sommer, which has aired on TVN for four seasons. It is set in a summer vacation community and is about… Read


ABC Buys Fashion Soap From Condé Nast & ‘Empire’ Exec Producer Sanaa Hamri

The Empire EP and director, Sanaa Hamri, said she was "no longer scared telling the real truth" about diversity in the arts.

ABC has given a script commitment with significant penalty to Icon, a soapy fashion drama from Condé Nast Entertainment, whose parent company publishes the fashion-focused magazines Vogue and Glamour. Empire helmer/executive producer Sanaa Hamri is on board to direct. 20th TV, where Condé Nast has had a first-look deal, is the studio. British scribe Anne Marie O'Connor (Trollied) writes the Icon script, which is described as a splashy, edgy soap set in the upscale world… Read


‘Legend Of Master Legend’: Shea Whigham & Dawnn Lewis To Co-Star In Amazon Pilot

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Boardwalk Empire alum Shea Whigham and Dawnn Lewis (Major Crimes) have been tapped for co-starring roles opposite John Hawkes in the Amazon comedy pilot The Legend of Master Legend, directed by James Ponsoldt. Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster based on Joshuah Bearman's Rolling Stone article about real-life superheroes, the project centers on Master Legend (Hawkes), a man who tries to defend justice and defeat wrongdoers on the Las Vegas Strip. Whigham will… Read


‘Drunk Girl, High Guy’ Gets Pilot Order By Comedy Central, Sets Jordan Rock As Star


From Comedy Central, the network behind Drunk History and Time Traveling Bong, comes Drunk Girl, High Guy. The network has given a pilot order to the project and has cast Jordan Rock as the male lead. Drunk Girl, High Guy, originally announced by Comedy Central in March as a script from its 2016-2017 development slate, was written by Sarah Walker. It follows the adventures of two best friends and work wife/work husband in New York City — a girl who is almost always drunk… Read


‘Designated Survivor’ & ‘Speechless’ Get Full-Season Orders By ABC


The overall solid start to the broadcast TV season has been punctuated by two more early full-season orders. ABC has picked up nine episodes each of new Wednesday drama Designated Survivor and comedy Speechless. This marks a second full-season order for Speechless lead studio 20th Century Fox TV just a week-and-a-half into the season. The studio’s dramedy This Is Us was picked up at NBC. Designated Survivor hails from indie Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios, which also… Read


The CW Buys Hispanic Family Drama ‘Casa’ Produced By Greg Berlanti

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The CW and top producer Greg Berlanti will touch on the hot-button issue of immigration with Casa, a drama project in development at the network from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Prods. Written by Ed Gonzalez & Jeremy Haft, Casa revolves around six siblings in a Hispanic family who have to band together to survive when their parents get unjustly deported. Gonzalez and Haft executive produce with Berlanti Prods,’ Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Writing… Read


Male Comedy From Dan Sterling, Phil Lord & Chris Miller Set At ABC As Put Pilot


ABC has nabbed The Escape, a single-camera family comedy about three generations of men executive produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, with a put pilot commitment. Written by Dan Sterling, The Escape centers on a stressed-out urban professional who uproots himself and his troubled 19-year-old son to move to rural Idaho to live with his father, a retired surgeon with the ruggedness of Indiana Jones. Sterling executive produces with Lord Miller’s Lord and Miller and Seth… Read