NBC Developing Legal Drama Co-Starring Willie Garson
Sex And The City and White Collar alum Willie Garson is set to co-star in and co-executive produce an hourlong drama that has been set up at NBC.
The untitled project (aka The Advocate), from Warner Bros TV, will be written by Alyson Feltes (Netflix’s upcoming Ozark) based on a story by Garson. It centers on an idealistic young former foster child who now works as a paralegal while advocating for those in need from all walks of life. Garson’s character is still being… Read
‘Disjointed’: Elizabeth Ho Joins Netflix Pot Comedy Series In Recasting
Elizabeth Ho (Rake, Melissa & Joey) has been cast as a series regular opposite Kathy Bates in Disjointed, Netflix's pot-themed multi-camera workplace comedy from Chuck Lorre, former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum and Warner Bros TV. Ho is a late addition to the series. She replaces Jessica Lu, who was originally cast in the role.
Written and executive produced by Lorre and Javerbaum, Disjointed, which has a 20-episode straight-to-series order, stars Bates as Ruth… Read
TBS Orders ‘Final Space’ Animated Series From Olan Rogers & Conan O’Brien
EXCLUSIVE: TBS’ continues its push in animation with a series greenlight for Final Space, an interstellar animated comedy from indie filmmaker/actor/comedian Olan Rogers, Conan O’Brien’s Conaco, and New Form in association with Turner’s Studio T, for premiere in 2018. (You can watch a preview above)
Co-written by Rogers and David Sacks (Pig Goat Banana Cricket), Final Space is a serialized intergalactic space saga about an astronaut named Gary and his adorable… Read
Kathleen Robertson Sells ‘Swimming With Sharks’ Series Adaptation To E!, Dramedy Starring Christina Applegate To Lifetime
E! is developing Swimming With Sharks, a series based on the 1994 Hollywood satire, which starred Kevin Spacey and Frank Whaley. Spacey is executive producing the TV adaptation of the cult feature, which is being written by actress-writer Kathleen Robertson. It is one of two high-profile cable projects Robertson has in the works as a writer, along with dramedy Your Time Is Up, which has been set up at Lifetime with Christina Applegate set to star. Both projects hail from… Read
‘Celebrity Name Game’ Hosted By Craig Ferguson Canceled After 3 Seasons
Syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game will not continue beyond its current third season. The program, hosted by Craig Ferguson, is co-produced by Debmar-Mercury, which distributes it domestically, and FremantleMedia North America, which distributes internationally. Tribune Broadcasting and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are the core station groups for the show, executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette of Coquette Prods.
"We've had a wonderful time producing… Read
‘Good Girls Revolt’: No Season 2 At Amazon, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere
Amazon has opted not to pick up a second season of its period drama Good Girls Revolt. I hear Sony TV, whose TriStar Television division produces the series, is shopping it to other outlets.
The cancellation of Good Girls Revolt is somewhat surprising as it launched to solid reviews and ranked as one of Amazon’s biggest series ever among female viewers. For streaming services, which depend on attracting subscribers, over-indexing in key demographics, like women, is… Read
‘Holy Sh*t’ Comedy Starring Nick Thune & Produced By Mila Kunis In Works At ABC
Actor-comedian-musician Nick Thune is set to co-write, executive produce and topline Holy Sh*t, a workplace comedy for ABC, executive produced by Mila Kunis through her Orchard Farm Productions.
Written by Thune and frequent collaborator Kevin Parker Flynn, Holy Sh*t follows the staff of a struggling church and their edgy new pastor (Nick Thune) as they fight to survive in the modern world.
Thune and Flynn executive produce with Orchard Farm Productions’ Kunis, Lisa… Read
Showtime’s Chicago Drama Eyes Series Order With Rick Famuyiwa As Director
Dope writer-director Rick Famuyiwa has joined Showtime’s Chicago-set drama project from Lena Waithe, Common, Aaron Kaplan and Fox 21 TV Studios. With Famuyiwa on board to direct, I hear the project, which has been redeveloped and will be recast, is on track for a series order.
The untitled drama — a distinctive coming-of-age story of a young African-American male in which just growing up can be a matter of life and death — originated as a spec script by… Read
Networks Fall Scorecard: ‘This Is Us’ & World Series Shine Amid Rating Declines
With the nation transfixed by one of the most captivating presidential elections ever, the broadcast networks have struggled to draw eyeballs for their entertainment and NFL programming this fall. It’s been a pretty rough couple of months for them, with a few bright spots among new series, most notably NBC’s This Is Us; a couple of returning series, including CBS’ Hawaii Five-O; and a World Series for the ages.
With a huge boost from the blockbuster seven-game World… Read
CBS Midseason Schedule: ‘Ransom’ To Air Saturdays, ‘Training Day’ & ‘Doubt’ Slotted
Original entertainment programming is returning to Saturday night. In unveiling the bulk of its midseason schedule today, CBS announced that Frank Spotnitz’s suspense drama Ransom will air Saturdays at 8 PM. The network also slotted new dramas Training Day, which will succeed Pure Genius in the Thursday 10 PM hour, and Doubt, which will replace Code Black Wednesdays at 10 PM.
Ransom will move into its Saturday 8 PM slot on Jan. 7 after getting a Sunday premiere after a… Read
‘Budding Prospects’: Adam Rose To Star In Amazon’s Pot Comedy Pilot
Veronica Mars alum Adam Rose is set as a lead opposite Joel David Moore and Will Sasso on Amazon's pot-themed 1980s comedy pilot Budding Prospects, from Bad Santa director Terry Zwigoff.
Written by Melissa Axelrod based on the TC Boyle novel and to be directed by Zwigoff, Budding Prospects is set in 1983 San Francisco. Three hapless city boys — Felix (Rose), Phil (Moore) and Gesh (Sasso) — move to the country to grow marijuana. Their expectations of the experience being a… Read
NBCU International Studios, RTL & TF1 Greenlight ‘Gone’ Procedural Drama Series Starring Chris Noth
EXCLUSIVE: NBCUniversal International Studios, Germany’s RTL and France’s TF1 have given the green light to Gone, a 12-episode procedural drama series starring The Good Wife and Sex and the City alum Chris Noth. The series, which eyes a launch in winter 2017-2018, was created by Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) based on Chelsea Cain's novel One Kick.
Gone is the first series to come out of the innovative partnership the three companies launched last year to produce… Read