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ABC Developing ‘Cagney & Lacey’-Esque Female Police Drama

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ABC has put in development a drama procedural from British writer-actress Lizzie Mickery (The Bill) and Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf production company. Written by Mickery, the untitled drama is about a team of female detectives. Here is the official description: Law and Justice. You can’t always have both. Billie Law and Martha Lee will fight to make sure you get what you deserve. Mickery executive produces with Tranter and Gardner. ABC Studios is the… Read


‘Superstore’ Gets Full Season 2 Order With Back 9 Pickup By NBC


On the heels of a promising opening on Thursday, NBC's Superstore has received a Back 9 order, bringing its Season 2 to a full-season 22 episodes. As a midseason entry last season, Superstore got a 13-episode second-season order last spring but recently received a pickup for nine additional scripts in anticipation of a Back 9 episodic order. "We're very proud of Superstore and we were so happy to see fantastic viewing levels with the preview during the Olympics as well as… Read


‘Meltdown With Jonah And Kumail’ To End On Comedy Central After 3 Seasons


Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani's stand-up series is coming to an end on Comedy Central with the current third season. The announcement was made Thursday on The Meltdown With Jonah And Kumail ‘s website. The final show will be October 19. “We never imagined how much we'd get out of this experience — we've gotten ridiculous memories, we've gotten three seasons of a TV show on Comedy Central, and we've gotten the best damn audience on the planet,” the series’ team said. The Me… Read


The CW Buys Female Dramedy From Bill Lawrence & ‘Significant Mother’ Creators

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Since the CW entered the female-centered hourlong comedy/dramedy arena with Jane The Virgin, all of its shows in the genre have come from CBS TV Studios: Jane, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and the upcoming No Tomorrow. Now the CW’s other studio partner, Warner Bros TV, which is behind the network’s highly rated DC dramas, is entering the space in a big way with a project from one of the top comedy producers on its talent roster, Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence. The CW has put in… Read


Hulu Developing ‘Postal’ Series Based On Comics From Matt Tolmach & Legendary


In a competitive situation, Hulu has landed Postal, a TV series adaptation of the Top Cow comics, from Matt Tolmach Productions and Legendary TV. The project, now in development, is being written by The Walking Dead co-executive producer Seth Hoffman. Based on the Postal comic series by Matt Hawkins (Think Tank) and Bryan Hill (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box), it centers on Eden, a unique town populated and run by fugitive criminals. In Eden, everyone has a secret past… Read


Fox Buys Medical Comedy ‘This Might Hurt’ From Jason Winer & ‘New Girl’ Duo


Life in Pieces director/executive producer Jason Winer has teamed with two old college buddies — New Girl co-executive producers Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner — for This Might Hurt, a single-camera medical workplace comedy. The project from 20th TV, where Winer is under an overall deal and Sandler & Wenner work on New Girl, has been set up at Fox with a script commitment plus penalty. Written/executive produced by Sandler and Wenner and executive produced by Winer… Read


‘Dice’ Renewed For Season 2 By Showtime

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Pictured:  Kevin Corrigan as Milkshake, Andrew Dice Clay as himself and Natasha Leggero as Carmen

Showtime has given a 7-episode Season 2 order to half-hour comedy series Dice to air in 2017. The sophomore cycle of the scripted, semi-autobiographical series, from Fox 21 TV Studios, will dig deeper into the many facets of Andrew Dice Clay – beyond the character who once sold out Madison Square Garden – as the unemployed comic struggles in the Vegas suburbs to be a loving father, a devoted boyfriend and a professional gambler who is stuck dealing with the effects of his… Read


‘Magnum P.I.’ Sequel About His Daughter In Works At ABC From John Rogers & Eva Longoria

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EXCLUSIVE: A famous 1980s title is eyeing a comeback. ABC has nabbed Magnum, a sequel to the classic series Magnum P.I. that starred Tom Selleck, with a script commitment plus substantial penalty. The project, from Leverage creator John Rogers and Eva Longoria’s UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, will keep the fun, action-packed style of the original as it follows Magnum’s daughter, Lily “Tommy” Magnum, who returns to Hawaii to take up the mantle of her father’s PI firm. She and… Read


LeBron James & Bill Lawrence Team For Cleveland-Set Family Comedy At NBC


NBC has given a script commitment with penalty to There Goes the Neighborhood, a single-camera comedy from NBA star LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment, Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence’s Doozer and Warner Bros TV, where both companies have deals. Written by former Community executive producers Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and actor-comedian-writer Ron Funches, co-star of the upcoming NBC/WBTV comedy series Powerless, There Goes the Neighborhood is about the first white… Read


CBS Buys Legal Drama ‘Perfect Citizen’ From ‘The Good Wife’ EP Craig Turk


The Good Wife executive producer Craig Turk is back at CBS with a new legal drama project, Perfect Citizen. Written by Turk, Perfect Citizen centers on the former general counsel for the NSA who, after his involvement as a whistleblower in an international scandal, embarks on a new career at a storied law firm in Boston. Once there, he must face the reality that half the country thinks he’s our greatest patriot, the other half thinks he’s a traitor. CBS Television… Read


Stephen Tobolowsky Cast In Showtime Comedy Pilot ‘White Famous’; Will He Reprise ‘Californication’ Role?

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Californication creator Tom Kapinos has recruited series alum Stephen Tobolowsky for a role in his next Showtime half-hour comedy project, pilot White Famous, executive produced by Jamie Foxx who will play a version of himself on a recurring basis. And there may be a deeper connection to the long-running Showtime comedy toplined by David Duchovny. White Famous centers on Floyd, a talented, young African-American comedian (Jay Pharoah) whose star is rising, forcing him to… Read


Walton Goggins To Star In ‘Keeping It Real’ Showtime Comedy From Charles Randolph, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

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Walton Goggins is set as the star of a high-profile comedy project, which has landed at Showtime for development with a significant commitment. Titled Keeping It Real, the dark comedy is created/written by Charles Randolph, an Oscar winner for co-writing The Big Short, and has two other writing Oscar winners, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants), attached to direct. The project hails from Showtime as well as CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly, reuniting… Read