NBC Buys Modern-Day Noah’s Ark Drama Produced By Robert Zemeckis
NBC has bought The Ark, a high-concept drama spec from 20th Century Fox TV and Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers. The project, a grounded, modern retelling of the Noah’s Ark story from the Bible, was written by Black List scribe Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds). It centers on an engineer who, after the death of his wife, has a vision to construct a ship capable of sustaining life in space. When the build happens to coincide with the coming end of the world, the engineer realizes there… Read
ABC Nabs Mara Brock Akil & Salim Akil Romantic Comedy ‘Documenting Love’ With Pilot Production Commitment
EXCLUSIVE: Girlfriends and The Game creator Mara Brock Akil is returning to her multi-camera comedy roots. In a very competitive situation, Documenting Love, a multi-camera comedy project from Brock Akil and her husband, writer-director Salim Akil, has landed at ABC with a pilot production commitment. This marks the prolific duo’s first broadcast sale under their three-year deal at Warner Bros. TV, which started in May.
Written by Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, Documentin… Read
‘Snatch’: Luke Pasqualino To Star, Lucien Laviscount To Co-Star In Crackle Series
Coming off playing d’Artagnan on BBC’s The Musketeers, Luke Pasqualino is set as the lead of another series reboot, Snatch. Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens) also has been cast in the series for Sony's streaming network Crackle, which is based on the cult 2000 Sony movie of the same name that starred Jason Statham and Brad Pitt.
Pasqualino will play the central character, Albert Hill, with Rupert Grint recently cast as the co-lead, Charlie Cavendish. The cast of the show… Read
Writer Diane Ademu-John Inks Overall Deal With 20th TV, Joins ‘Empire’ As Co-EP
Seasoned writer-producer Diane Ademu-John has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the multi-year pact, Ademu-John recently joined the studio’s hit Fox drama Empire at the start of production of the upcoming third season as co-executive producer. Additionally, she will develop her own projects.
"Diane is a fantastic upper-level writer with mountains of experience—she can write it all, from procedurals to character dramas to soaps to the supernatural,”… Read
Felicity Huffman Fashion Biz Dramedy Back In Development At ABC
UPDATED: House Of Moore is back in development at ABC. The network originally bought the darkly comedic one-hour project, executive produced by Felicity Huffman, last season with a put pilot commitment. The dramedy, set in the fashion world, was rolled and is now ramping up again with Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (The 100) joining as executive producers/showrunners. The gig stems from the duo’s overall deal at ABC Studios.
House Of Moore, from Daniel and Ben Barnz’s… Read
CBS Buys Michael Rauch Legal Drama Produced By Jennifer Lopez
Following a five-year stint as executive producer/showrunner on USA’s Royal Pains, Michael Rauch is returning to the drama about two brothers arena with his new project as creator.
CBS has bought an untitled drama written by Rauch, which centers on polar opposite identical twin brothers who duke it out in their personal lives but are at their best teaming up in the courtroom.
Rauch is executive producing with Jennifer Lopez through her Nuyorican Productions, frequent… Read
Spy Dramedy Starring Toni Collette From ‘Black-ish’ Duo Lindsey Shockley & Kenya Barris Sells To ABC
Toni Collette is set to star in and executive produce Unit Zero, an action dramedy from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and supervising producer Lindsey Shockley, which has landed at ABC. The hourlong project hails from ABC Studios where Barris is under an overall deal.
Unit Zero is based on an idea from Shockley who will write the script and will executive produce with Barris as well as Collette who has been closely involved in the project alongside the two… Read
‘Raised By Wolves’ Comedy From Diablo Cody & Berlanti Prods. Set At ABC
Juno writer Diablo Cody has teamed with Berlanti Productions for Raised By Wolves, an adaptation of the 2015 UK comedy series, which has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus penalty.
Written by Cody, Raised By Wolves centers on Sheila Gable, a single parent and one tough mother. Joining Sheila are her dad and five offbeat kids as they try to survive on a shoestring budget in a (not) beautiful Midwestern town.
The half-hour, single-camera project is part of a push… Read
‘Chicago Justice’ Casts Monica Barbaro As Series Regular
Coming off her breakout role as “hot Rachel” on Lifetime’s UnReal, Monica Barbaro has booked another series regular gig, joining the new NBC legal drama series Chicago Justice.
The fourth series in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise centers on Chicago State's Attorney's dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators as they navigate heated city politics and controversy head-on while fearlessly pursuing justice. Barbaro will play a well-educated, whip-smart, quick-tongued and… Read
Fox Nabs Buddy Drama Loosely Based On ‘I Spy’ From David Shore, McG & ‘Blacklist’ Producers With Put Pilot Commitment
EXCLUSIVE: A hot action drama from House creator David Shore, Charlie’s Angels director McG and John Davis’ Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist), has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment, I have learned. The project, loosely based on the 1965 adventure series I Spy, hails from Sony Pictures TV, where Davis Entertainment and Shore are based. The studio is finalizing a co-production agreement with 20th Century Fox TV, where McG recently signed an overall deal.
CW Developing Martial Law Drama ‘Rise’ From ‘Vampire Diaries’ Exec Producers
With The Vampire Diaries coming to an end after its upcoming eighth season, three of the departing vampire drama’s executive producers — co-creator/showrunner Julie Plec and Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux, are teaming for a new hourlong project at the CW and Warner Bros. TV.
Rise, from WBTV and Plec’s studio-based My So-Called Company, is set following a terrorist attack. When martial law is declared, a disparate group of everyday people start to uncover that the attack… Read
‘The Deep’ Pilot Casts Eline Powell & Rena Owen; ‘Claws’ Adds Jason Antoon
Eline Powell (Game of Thrones) and Rena Owen (The Last Witch Hunter) are set as series regulars on Freeform drama pilot The Deep. Based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White, The Deep is set in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean… Read