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Ryan Murphy & His ‘Glee’ Co-Creators Get Fox Series Order For Comedy-Horror Anthology ‘Scream Queens’

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American Horror Story meets Glee. In their first big programming move at Fox, Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman have given a 15-episode straight-to-series order to one of their most trusted creators at 20th Century Fox TV, Ryan Murphy. With Glee wrapping its run on Fox, the network has ordered comedy-horror anthology Scream Queens, from Glee creators Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. This marks the second straight-to-series order for an anthology… Read

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‘The Erotic Silence Of The American Wife’ Drama From Sally Robinson & Tony Krantz Set At ABC

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Here is a project that will likely qualify for the most provocative title this development season. In a competitive situation, ABC has landed The Erotic Silence Of The American Wife, a drama from writer Sally Robinson, who penned Lifetime's hugely successful Steel Magnolias remake, producer Tony Krantz (Dracula) of Flame Ventures and ABC Studios. Based on Dalma Heyn's 1992 book of the same name, The Erotic Silence Of The American Wife is described as an emotional, erotic… Read

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ABC Buys Bookclub Comedy From Patti Carr, Lara Olsen & Eva Longoria

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In a competitive situation, Bookclub, a half-hour comedy from former 90210 showrunners Patti Carr and Lara Olsen, Eva Longoria's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV, where the company has a first-look deal, has landed at ABC with script commitment plus penalty. Said to be in the vein of ensemble comedies Bridesmaids and The Hangover, Bookclub revolves around four female friends who escape the pressures and responsibilities of adult life by pretending to be in a… Read

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‘Mulaney’ Order Trimmed To 13 Episodes

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Fox has trimmed the order for new comedy series Mulaney by three episodes, from 16 to 13. The network made the call after two airings, as the series just wrapped filming Episode 13 and was about to go into production on Episode 14. The multi-camera Mulaney had an unusual 16-episode order as Fox originally picked up 6 episodes last October and then ordered additional 10 in May when the net opted not not to pick up any of its comedy pilots to series. While no 2014 Fox… Read

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AMC Network Narrows Field Of Drama Pilot Contenders With Producer Meetings

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With a renewed focus on original dramas as AMC  just exited the unscripted space, the network is ramping up development. It had been an AMC tradition to hold annual script showcases, called by the network producer meetings, where the writers/producers of scripts that had been identified by network brass as top pilot contenders, lay out their vision for the shows beyond the pilot. Those producer meetings, which continue to be referred to as “bakeoff” in agency jargon, have… Read

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Space Race Drama From Eli Attie & Film 44 Lands At Fox With Penalty

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Fox is going for a new take on space race with a drama from writer Eli Attie (The West Wing), Pete Berg and Sarah Aubrey's Film 44 and 20th Century Fox TV. The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox TV where Attie is under an overall deal, has received a script commitment with penalty. It falls under a deal Film 44 inked with the Fox network at the beginning of the summer. Written by Attie, the present-day drama us about a space race — but between people instead of… Read

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‘Kingdom’ Picked Up For 20 More Episodes By DirecTV

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Two episodes into Kingdom's 10-episode freshman run, DirecTV's MMA drama has received a pickup for 20 more episodes. The series, from creator/showrunner Byron Balasco and Endemol Studios, is scheduled to begin production on the new order in the spring, with the first 10 episodes airing on DirecTV's Audience Network in fall 2015, and the following 10 slated for 2016. Kingdom, a gritty family drama set against the backdrop of the renegade subculture of Mixed Martial Arts in… Read

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‘Marley & Me’ Series From Jenny Bicks & David Frankel Lands At NBC As Put Pilot

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Decades after Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, another canine is eyeing a primetime series named after her. In a competitive situation, NBC has landed Marley & Me, a single-camera comedy sequel to the hit 2008 comedy-drama feature starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. Emmy-winning Sex And The City alumna Jenny Bicks will write the script for the project, which has received a put pilot commitment, with the film's director, David Frankel, on board to direct the potential pilot… Read

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‘Courtship Of Eddie’s Father’ Remake Co-Starring Willie Garson Set At Fox From Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett & Conaco

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EXCLUSIVE: The classic father-son tale of The Courtship Of Eddie's Father is making a return to television as a single-camera comedy co-starring and produced by White Collar's Willie Garson and written/executive produced by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. The project, which has landed at Fox with penalty, hails from Warner Bros. TV, which has the rights to the title, and Conan O'Brien's studio-based Conaco. The Courtship Of Eddie's Father is one of two TV comedy sales… Read

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‘The Simpsons’ Mike & Julie Scully Sell Autobiographical Family Comedy To ABC

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The Simpsons veteran Mike Scully and his wife, former Simpsons writer/producer Julie Scully, have sold multi-camera comedy project Raising Adults to ABC. It hails from 20th Century Fox TV where Mike Scully is under an overall deal. Raising Adults, based on a spec script that the duo wrote, is loosely based on the Scullys' own experiences guiding their five adult kids toward independence, which they call “a job with no current end in sight.” The comedy centers on a married… Read

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NBC Nabs Family/Workplace Comedy From Le Train Train & UK’s Dawson Bros.

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In their first foray into American television, prolific British comedy writer-creators the Dawson Bros have teamed with Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's Le Train Train for The Spencer Tapes, a single-camera comedy project which has sold to NBC. It hails from Warner Bros TV where Le Train Train is based. The Dawson Bros. — a moniker used by brothers Steve Dawson, Andrew Dawson and their childhood friends Tim Inman — will write The Spencer Tapes, which centers on a… Read

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David S. Goyer Adapting ‘Shadowland’ Horror Novel As NBC Event Series

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Ahead of the October 24 debut of NBC's Constantine, the comic book adaptation's co-developer/executive producer David S. Goyer has set up another genre project at the network, an event series based on the 1980 dark fantasy novel Shadowland by Peter Straub. The book, a World Fantasy Award nominee, centers on two young boys, Tom Flanagan and Del Nightingale. They spend a summer with Del's uncle Coleman, one of the foremost magicians in the world, who may actually be a… Read

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