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‘Foodies’ Comedy In the Works At AMC

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AMC has yet to launch an original comedy series and only has done one half-hour pilot, We Hate Paul Revere, but the network brass had insisted that they would remain opportunistic in the genre when a project gets their attention. I’ve learned that the cable network has put in development Foodies, a half-hour comedy written by Duncan Birmingham and executive produced by Michael London of Groundswell Prods. Set in Los Angeles’s fast-paced culinary world, Foodies follows a… Read

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Kevin Alejandro Joins Fox Series ‘Lucifer’ As Regular In Recasting

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EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Alejandro (True Blood, Arrow) has been cast as a series regular on Fox's comic book midseason drama Lucifer. He replaces Nicholas Gonzalez who played the role in the pilot, written by Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman. Based on the characters from the DC Entertainment's Vertigo, the series, from Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, centers on Lucifer (Tom Ellis) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his… Read

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ABC Family Pilot ‘Gorgeous Morons’ Casts Female Lead

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ABC Family has cast Lilah Richcreek as the female lead in its multi-camera comedy pilot Gorgeous Morons, from ABC Signature. The project, co-created by Lee EisenbergGene Stupnitsky and Danny Chun and written by Chun, focuses on Madison and AJ, two stunningly handsome but ridiculously simple brothers – one is a model, the other a personal trainer – who find their lives rocked by their brainy new roommate, American literature Ph.D. student Jane (Richcreek) whose looks… Read

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‘American Odyssey’ Cancelled By NBC After One Season

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NBC is not commenting, but I’ve learned it’s now a done deal — low-rated freshman drama American Odyssey is over. I hear the series co-creator/director/executive producer Peter Horton, for whom the globe-spanning thriller had been a passion project, personally called the cast to give them the news. The decision comes two days after the midseason series aired its season – and now series – finale as the options on the cast expire tonight. The serialized drama starring Anna… Read

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Kevin Costner Walks Away From Amazon Drama ‘Trial’

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It wasn’t meant to be. After weeks of courtship and a week of negotiations, Kevin Costner has opted not to proceed with Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences creator David E. Kelley. For a few days, it looked like Costner was well on his way to toplining his first TV series (Amazon has been eyeing a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Trial). But negotiations ultimately unraveled. Word is that Amazon is now moving on… Read

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‘The Whispers': No Decision On Season 2 As Cast Options Expire

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ABC is taking a wait and see approach with new drama series The Whispers. Not ready to make a renewal or cancellation call on the series five episodes into its run, ABC and producing studio ABC Studios are allowing the options on the cast of the midseason-turned-summer series to expire today. Before making a decision, the network is expected to take a few more weeks to sift through ratings data for the heavily DVR-ed series, particularly the important C3 ratings, which… Read

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Parkes+MacDonald Names Owen Shiflett As Head Of TV, To Adapt ‘RASL’ Comic

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Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have brought in former AMC executive Owen Shiflett as new head of television. He will shepherd TV development and production under Parkes + MacDonald’s first-look deal with Universal TV. One of the first projects Parkes, MacDonald and Shiflett are exploring is a TV drama adaptation of RASL, the black-and-white science fiction noir comic book by award-winning Bone creator Jeff Smith. Parkes+MacDonald are closing a deal for the… Read

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Nick Zano To Co-Star In ‘Minority Report’ As Series Tweaks Twin Precog Characters

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Nick Zano has been tapped for the role of precog Arthur in Minority Report, Fox’s upcoming drama series based on Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi movie. The series is set in 2065 Washington, D.C., 10 years after the demise of Precrime where a law enforcement agency had used three precogs – twin brothers Dash and Arthur and their foster sister Agatha — to identify and eliminate criminals before crimes were committed. Now, crime-solving strategies are different. Precog Dash… Read

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Billy Magnussen To Star In John Singleton ‘Snowfall’ FX Pilot

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Billy Magnussen, who plays Kato Kaelin in FX’s upcoming 10-hour limited series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, is expanding his relationship with the network with another project about events from Los Angeles’ recent history. Magnussen has been tapped as one of the leads of Snowfall, FX’s drama pilot from John Singleton about the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Co-created and co-written by the Boyz n the Hood… Read

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HBO’s Issa Rae Comedy Pilot: Music Video Helmer Melina Matsoukas To Direct

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HBO is breaking new talent with comedy pilot Insecure, which will bring two new voices to television. Co-created, written and toplined by first-time TV creator and star Issa Rae, the pilot will be directed by top music video director Melina Matsoukas in her TV directing debut. Insecure focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman, themes Rae has tackled in her successful webseries, The Misadventures Of Awkward Black… Read

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Liza Lapira Joins ‘The Guide To Surviving Life’ As New Regular In Recasting

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Liza Lapira has been cast as a regular on Fox’s midseason comedy series The Guide To Surviving Life. Created by Jay Lacopo and executive produced by Gail Berman, the young ensemble comedy revolves around a group of friends living together for the first time and celebrates the mistakes and misadventures of post-college life. Lapira will play Leslie Barrett, the wife of Josh Barrett (Justin Bartha). Lapira replaces Maureen Sebastian who played the role in the pilot. While… Read

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USA Pilot ‘Falling Water’ Casts Lizzie Brocheré As Lead

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French actress Lizzie Brocheré (American Horror Story: Asylum) has been cast as the female lead opposite David Ajala in USA drama pilot Falling Water, a supernatural thriller from the late Henry Bromell (Homeland), Brotherhood creator Blake Masters and The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. Written and co-created by Masters and Bromell and directed by Carlos Fresnadillo, Falling Water, from Universal Cable Prods., is described as a mind-bending thriller… Read