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‘The Deep’ Mermaid Thriller Drama Picked Up To Pilot By Freeform

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Freeform has given a pilot order to another project from its first development slate following the network’s rebranding from ABC Family — greenlighting drama pilot The Deep. Written 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… Read

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New ‘Star Trek’ Series: David Semel Set To Direct

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David Semel is set to direct and executive produce the opening episode of the upcoming Star Trek reboot series. The episode will air on CBS for a broadcast debut of the series in January 2017, before it moves to its permanent home, CBS All Access. Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, the new Star Trek hails from CBS TV Studios where Semel is under an overall deal. Semel has a strong track record at CBS, helming three consecutive pilots that have gone to series which… Read

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‘Snowfall’: Emily Rios & Michael Hyatt Join John Singleton FX Pilot

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Breaking Bad alumna Emily Rios and Michael Hyatt (Ray Donovan) are the latest to sign on as series regulars in FX's Snowfall, John Singleton's 1980s cocaine-epidemic drama pilot. Co-created and executive produced by the Boyz N The Hood director Singleton and Erick Amadio, and directed by El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the pilot has been undergoing a revamp. Rios will play Lucia, the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime family that imports and sells marijuana throughout… Read

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‘The Tick’, ‘I Love Dick’ & ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Amazon Pilots Get Premiere Date

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Amazon has set the lineup for its 2016 comedy pilot season. I Love Dick, starring Kathryn Hahn, Kevin Bacon and Griffin Dunne; The Tick, a superhero tale based on the acclaimed comic, and Jean-Claude Van Johnson starring martial arts film star Jean-Claude Van Damme, will debut August 19 in the U.S., UK, Germany, Austria and Japan. Amazon customers can stream and review the pilots to help choose the next Amazon Original Series that will be available for Prime members. The… Read

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‘Snowfall’: Alon Aboutboul & Amin Joseph Join John Singleton FX Pilot

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Alon Aboutboul (London Has Fallen) and Amin Joseph (Baywatch) have booked series regular roles on FX's Snowfall, John Singleton's 1980s cocaine-epidemic drama pilot. Co-created and executive produced by the Boyz N The Hood director Singleton and Erick Amadio, and directed by El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the pilot has been undergoing a revamp. Aboutboul will play Avi Drexler, an unpredictable cocaine dealer operating in the San Fernando Valley. Joseph will portray Franklin's… Read

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Peter Farrelly-Bobby Mort Comedy ‘Loudermilk’ Gets Straight-To-Series Order At Audience Network

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AT&T Audience Network has given a straight-to-series order to Loudermilk, a new half-hour scripted comedy created by writer-director Peter Farrelly (Dumb And Dumber, There’s Something About Mary) and Bobby Mort, the Emmy-winning scribe from The Colbert Report. Ten episodes have been ordered, with production scheduled to kick off in October in Vancouver. The series is from Primary Wave Entertainment, which will co-finance and co-produce in its first foray into scripted… Read

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MTV Developing ‘The Escort’ Pilot Based On Feature Film With Michael Doneger

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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Doneger has been set to write, executive produce and star in The Escort, an MTV drama pilot based on the 2015 feature Doneger co-wrote and starred in alongside Lyndsey Fonseca. Blake Goza and Mark DiCristofaro, who produced the film, will also serve as executive producers on the TV project. The film, directed by Will Slocombe, centered on a sex-obsessed writer (Doneger) in need of a big story to land an editorial gig. After retaining the help of a… Read

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Susanne Bier In Talks To Direct Amazon’s Cuba Project Pilot

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UPDATED: Emmy-nominated Susanne Bier (The Night Manager) is in talks to direct Amazon Studios’ pilot about pre-revolutionary Cuba. The untitled Cuba project (formerly Tropicana) is set in pre-revolutionary Cuba in and around the world of the Tropicana nightclub. With the club as a focal point, the series explores the intersection of entertainers, the mob, Batista loyalists, Castro revolutionaries and the American CIA. The pilot is written/executive produced by Josh Goldin… Read

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‘Roadside Picnic’: W. Earl Brown & Michael Lindall Join WGN America Pilot

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Deadwood alum W. Earl Brown and Michael Lindall have been cast opposite Matthew Goode in WGN America's alien-saga pilot Roadside Picnic, based on the famous novel by top Soviet/Russian science fiction writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Written by Transcendence scribe Jack Paglen, with Terminator: Genisys and Game of Thrones helmer Alan Taylor attached to direct and Neal Moritz producing, Roadside Picnic explores a near-future world where aliens have come and gone… Read

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Zachary Quinto To Star In ‘Biopunk’ Drama Series From Gotham Group & Legendary

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Actor Zachary Quinto is photographed for August Man on June 9, 2011 in New York City. ON EMBARGO IN ASIA UNTIL OCTOBER 1, 2011. (Photo by Chiun-Kai Shih/Contour by Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Heroes and Star Trek‘s Zachary Quinto is set to star and executive produce Biopunk, an hourlong drama based on the book Biopunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life by Wired magazine’s senior business/technology writer Marcus Wohlsen. Chase Palmer, co-writer of the upcoming remake of Stephen King's It, created the series and will write the script. He is executive producer along with The Gotham Group. Quinto and his longtime producing partner Neal Dodson of Before The… Read

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Freeform Greenlights ‘Alone Together’ Comedy Pilot From Lonely Island

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Freeform has ordered half-hour comedy pilot Alone Together from the Lonely Island team of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. Esther Povitsky, (Lady Dynamite Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Benji Afalo (Not Safe with Nikki Glaser) will star in, write and executive-produce the pilot. Eben Russell will also write and executive-produce. Alone Together follows two overlooked millennial misfits from different backgrounds as they try to make their way into the vain and… Read

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‘Cruel Intentions’ Sequel Remains In Contention At NBC As Cast Options Are Extended

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There is encouraging news for Cruel Intentions fans — the options on the entire cast of NBC’s drama pilot have been extended. While the pilot — a sequel to the cult movie toplined by original star Sarah Michelle Gellar — was not picked up to series by NBC in May, it remained in consideration, possibly for a summer run. I hear NBC remains very interested in picking up the project to series, asking for the cast option extensions, triggered by the leading studio on the… Read