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Shawn Ashmore Joins ABC’s ‘Conviction’

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Shawn Ashmore, who has played Iceman in the X-Men movie franchise, is set to co-star opposite Hayley Atwell, also a member of the Marvel universe with her role as Peggy Carter, in ABC’s legal drama pilot Conviction, from The Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. Co-created by Liz Friedman, who wrote the script, and Liz Friedlander, who will direct the pilot, Conviction stars Atwell as the brilliant but ne'er-do-well daughter of a former President who is blackmailed into taking… Read

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‘Six’: Kyle Schmid To Co-Star In History’s Military Drama Series

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Kyle Schmid (Copper, Being Human) has signed on for a lead role in History's new military drama Six, from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company. Written by William Broyles (Jarhead) and David Broyles, a military Special Operations veteran, and inspired by current events, Six follows a brotherhood of modern American warriors, Navy SEAL Team Six, whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the… Read

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Fox Orders ‘Chad’ Comedy Pilot Starring Nasim Pedrad As Teen Middle Eastern Boy

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Fox has given a late pilot order to Chad: An American Boy, a single-camera Middle Eastern family comedy co-created by and starring Saturday Night Live alumna Nasim Pedrad and directed by Jason Winer. Written by Pedrad & Rob Rosell, Chad centers on a 14-year-old boy (Pedrad) in the throes of adolescence is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks. Pedrad, Rosell and Winer executive… Read

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‘Bones’ Gets Return Date As Fox Sets Post-‘Idol’ Thursday Lineup

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After a four-month hiatus, Fox veteran Bones will return to the schedule on April 14, airing in its most recent Thursday 8 PM time slot. It will be paired with new military-inspired competition series American Grit, which will follow Bones at 9 PM. American Grit also will debut April 14, a week following the two-hour series finale of American Idol on the night. Starring and executive produced by WWE star John Cena, American Grit follows 16 tough men and women as they are… Read

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‘Shooter’ Drama Based On Movie Gets Series Order At USA, Ryan Phillippe Stars

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USA Network has picked up to series drama pilot Shooter, from Paramount TV and Universal Cable Prods. The project, based on Stephen Hunter’s novel Point of Impact and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg, is written by John Hlavin and executive produced by Wahlberg. Shooter stars Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger — the role played by Wahlberg in the movie — an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the… Read

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Candice Bergen To Topline ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Pearl’

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Almost two decades after Murphy Brown ended its 10-season run, its star Candice Bergen is returning to broadcast comedy as the title character in ABC’s pilot Pearl. Written/executive produced by Andrew Reich and directed by Jim Field Smith (Episodes), the single-camera comedy pilot centers on Pearl (Bergen), a larger-than-life family matriarch who, after she finds out she has cancer, becomes intent on controlling and orchestrating every aspect of her family's life before… Read

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‘Agent Carter’ Star Hayley Atwell To Topline ABC Drama Pilot ‘Conviction’

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Hayley Atwell, star of ABC’s Marvel drama series Agent Carter, has been tapped as the lead of another ABC drama project, legal drama Conviction, where Atwell’s character coincidentally is also named Carter. (That will likely change.) The Mark Gordon Co. is producing with ABC Studios.  Agent Carter, now in its second cycle, is drawing pretty modest ratings and does not look likely for a Season 3 pickup. In case of a series order for Conviction and an improbable renewal of… Read

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Art & John Linson Developing ‘Lawrence In Arabia’ Middle East Drama For HBO

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Former Sons Of Anarchy executive producers Art Linson and John Linson are developing Lawrence In Arabia, an HBO period drama series set in the Middle East. The project is based on Scott Anderson’s bestselling book Lawrence In Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly And The Making Of The Modern Middle East, published in 2014. Written by Oscar-nominated Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything), the drama is described as chronicling the adventure of T.E. Lawrence, David… Read

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Elizabeth Mitchell & Elizabeth Lail Cast In Freeform Horror Series ‘Dead Of Summer’

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Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have recruited two actresses from the ABC fairy tale drama for their new series, Dead of Summer at FreeformElizabeth Mitchell and Elizabeth Lail, who recurred as Ingrid and Anna in the Frozen arc of Once, respectively, will star on Dead of Summer, which has a straight-to-series order. Mitchell’s relationship with Horowitz and Kitsis goes futher back to their work together on Lost. Set in the late 1980s, the show… Read

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‘The Trail’ NBC Pilot Casts Steven Boyer

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Steven Boyer, star of the 2015 Broadway comedy Hand To God, has been cast in The Trail, NBC’s documentary-style procedural comedy from comedy veteran Jeff Astrof, Forever creator Matt Miller and Warner Bros. TV. The project, whose title is a scrambled version of Trial, is a spoof of crime documentaries like The Jinx and Making A Murderer. It follows Josh Simon, a young big-city lawyer and his oddball defense team during a high-profile murder trial in a small southern… Read

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‘Twin Peaks’: Who Else Is Returning & Other Tidbits About Showtime Reboot

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David Lynch's upcoming new installment of his groundbreaking 1990 supernatural mystery series Twin Peaks for Showtime will feature a lot of familiar faces. As usual, no one is commenting, but I've compiled a list of original cast members believed to be stopping by, appearing with leading man Kyle MacLachlan and returning co-stars Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, Mädchen Amick, Michael Horse, Dana Ashbrook and Miguel Ferrer, among others. I hear the Palmer clan will remain… Read

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Courteney Cox Comedy ‘Charity Case’ Gets Fox Pilot Order

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A day after CBS handed a pilot order to a comedy starring Matt LeBlanc, Fox has given the pilot green light to a comedy toplined by another former Friends star, Courteney Cox. The single-camera Charity Case (working title), was written by former The Office writer-producer Robert Padnick. As has been the case with virtually all Fox comedy pilot orders this season, Charity Case already has a director on board, James Griffiths, who had been attached since the project was set… Read