Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


ABC Buys FBI Drama Produced By Jordan Kerner


ABC and ABC Studios have made a late drama buy, taking in a spec script written by Windfall creator Gwendolyn Parker and executive produced by The Smurfs producer Jordan Kerner. This marks feature producer Kerner's return to ABC where he was a drama development executive in the 1980s. Tentatively titled High Profile, the project tells the story of Shauna McDaniel, the survivor of a high-profile crime as a child, who is now a tough but tormented FBI agent heading up a… Read


The Lucas Brothers To Topline & Co-Write Autobiographical Comedy For Fox


Keith and Kenny Lucas, creators and voice stars of Fox/ADHD's animated series The Lucas Bros. Moving Co., are expanding their relationship with the network to live-action comedy. The sibling comedians are set to star in A Better Bushwick, a single camera comedy project for Fox. Written and co-executive produced by Christian Lander (Bordertown), Keith Lucas and Kenny Lucas, A Better Bushwick will mirror the real-life story of identical twin brothers Keith and Kenny… Read


Hacker Drama ‘Mr. Robot’ Picked Up To Series By USA

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This is a timely order by USA. In the wake of the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the cable network has given the first series pickup to a pilot from its current slate to Mr. Robot (working title), an intense hacker drama starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater. Written/executive produced by Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot centers on a young programmer, Elliot (Rami Malek), who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only… Read


David Fincher Shepherding HBO Comedy About 1980s Music Video Industry

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Gone Girl's David Fincher is revisiting his days as a music video director with a half-hour project at HBO. Tentatively titled Living On Video, the project — which had been in the works at HBO for months — was written by Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Bob Stevenson, a friend of Fincher's from his music video days, based on an idea by Fincher, who is expected to direct. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, Living On Video centers on Bobby, a wide-eyed guy who drops out of college and drives to… Read


David Fincher & James Ellroy Developing 1950s Los Angeles Drama For HBO

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Following months of speculation, I've learned that HBO has closed deals for a noir drama series project from Gone Girl director David Fincher and L.A. Confidential writer James Ellroy. Written by Ellroy, Shakedown, now in development, is set in the tabloid world and the underbelly of Los Angeles in the 1950s and centers on a real-life private detective.  It is inspired by the life of legendary 1950s Hollywood vice cop-turned-private eye Fred Otash. This is an… Read


Sarah Silverman To Star In HBO Pilot From ‘Secret Diary Of A Call Girl’ Creator


On the heels of Sarah Silverman's Emmy win for writing her HBO special We Are Miracles, the actress-comedian is headlining a half-hour comedy pilot for the premium cable network. Written by Secret Diary Of A Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble, the untitled project is described as a comic look at a pathologically honest woman having a modern mid-life crisis. Prebble and Silverman executive produce with Ash Atalla, Amy Zvi and Dan Hine. If the pilot goes to series, it… Read


‘Recovery Road’ Addiction Drama Picked Up To Series By ABC Family

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ABC Family has picked up to series Recovery Road, its drama pilot based on the popular young adult novel by Blake Nelson about a teenage girl dealing with addiction. This marks the first scripted series order for Karey Burke since she joined the network as EVP, Programming and Development in October. About a week earlier, ABC Family had made a decision on the two other drama pilots from its 2014 batch, the supernatural Stitchers, which went to series — the network's first… Read


TBS Orders Fatherhood Comedy Pilot From Broken Lizard Quartet


TBS has ordered Quality Time, a half-hour comedy pilot written, executive-produced by and starring Paul Soter, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Erik Stolhanske, members of the Broken Lizard comedy filmmaking group behind such movies as Super Troopers and Beerfest. This is the first pilot ordered since Kevin Reilly took the reins of TNT and TBS, though the pickup deal for Quality Time had been well underway when he joined the network. TBS has been overhauling its original… Read


‘Criminal Minds’ Planted Spinoff Set By CBS, Will Air As Episode This Season


CBS is looking to launch another spinoff from a veteran crime drama procedural next season. The network has given the go-ahead to a Criminal Minds planted spinoff, which will air as an episode of the mothership series later this season. The episode, written by Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer, will film in mid-February. Like Criminal Minds, which centers on the FBI's Analysis Unit, the spinoff will focus on a division of the FBI. It will follow… Read


Donald Glover Comedy Pilot ‘Atlanta’ Ordered By FX


FX Networks has given a pilot order to comedy Atlanta, created by and starring Community alum Donald Glover. The comedy, originally set up at FX more than a year ago, is set against the backdrop of the Atlanta rap scene. Glover grew up in Atlanta and has an active music career as a hip-hop artist, stage name Childish Gambino. Atlanta revolves around two cousins on their way up through the Atlanta rap scene whose opposing views on art versus commerce, success and race will… Read


NBC Sets All-Drama Thursday, Tuesday Multi-Camera Comedy Block In Midseason

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NBC's Must See TV Thursday comedy block is officially gone. NBC has set its midseason schedule, which will feature three drama series on Thursday going head-to-head with ABC's all-drama Shondaland lineup, which has been dominating the night this fall. The block will be anchored by The Blacklist, which, as previously announced, will move into the 9 PM Thursday slot on February 5, following an airing after the Super Bowl. The Blacklist will be used to launch new spy drama Al… Read


NBA Buddy Comedy From Dan Fogelman Set At ABC With Put Pilot Commitment


EXCLUSIVE: ABC, the broadcast home of NBA games, is expanding its relationship with the league to the scripted side with a single-camera comedy, which has received a put pilot commitment. The project, executive produced by The Neighbors and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman, Mandalay Sports Media's Peter GuberMike Tollin, and Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan, is being done with the cooperation of the NBA and its team Golden State Warriors, co-owned by… Read