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‘Reign’ To End After 4 Seasons On the CW

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The story of young Mary Queen of Scots is coming to an end. The upcoming fourth season of the CW’s costume drama Reign will be its last. The CW brass have made the decision and have informed the series’ producers. Reign, from CBS TV Studios, is in production. The cancellation news comes just as the series is starting filming the Season 4 finale. That is the same timing as the CW’s decision to end 90210 three years ago. However, in the case of Reign, I hear that the call… Read

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Working Title Television Sets Drama Projects At Fox, ABC & NBC

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In Working Title Television’s first development season since Andrew Stearn joined as president, the company — a joint venture with NBCU International Studios, which is overseen by Michael Edelstein, and Working Title Films' Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner — has set up three broadcast drama series projects: an adaptation of James Renner’s book The Man From Primrose Lane at Fox with feature director-producer Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes); the Bermuda triangle-themed Triangl… Read

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Cedric The Entertainer Brothers Comedy Set At CBS With Spike Feresten Writing

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In his followup to TV Land’s The Soul Man, Cedric the Entertainer is set to co-create, executive produce and star in Tony Take the Wheel, a multi-camera comedy, which has entered development at CBS through CBS TV Studios. Co-created by Cedric and Seinfeld alum Spike Feresten and written by Feresten, Tony Takes the Wheel centers on the relationship between two very different brothers whose family dynamic is challenged when one brother (Cedric) hires his teenage nephew to… Read

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YouTube & Blumhouse TV Team For ’12 Deadly Days’ Horror-Comedy Series

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12 Deadly Days, a new half hour horror-comedy series from Blumhouse Television, is headed to YouTube Red. The series, set for a December 12 premiere, marks the second collaboration between YouTube and Blumhouse, the company of horror master Jason Blum, following their horror-themed, virtual reality haunt experience in October. Created by Chris Cullari and Jennifer Raite, 12 Deadly Days is set in the cursed town of Saturn, CA, during the 12 days leading up to Christmas… Read

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‘Libby & Malcolm’ Comedy Starring Felicity Huffman & Courtney Vance Gets ABC Pilot Order

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ABC has made it official, giving a formal pilot greenlight to Libby & Malcolm, its high-profile comedy project from Black-ish creator/executive producer Kenya Barris and co-executive producer Vijal Patel, which has American Crime‘s Felicity Huffman and People v. O.J. Simpson's Courtney B. Vance set to star. This marks the first official order for the 2017 broadcast pilot season. The comedy, produced by ABC Studios, landed at ABC with Huffman on board in September, scoring… Read

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TNT Orders ‘The Deep Mad Dark’ Pilot From John Wells & Megan Martin

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TNT has ordered The Deep Mad Dark pilot from Animal Kingdom writers-executive producers John Wells and Megan Martin, Fabrik Entertainment, Warner Horizon Television and Turner’s Studio T. Written by Martin, The Deep Mad Dark is described as an atmospheric mystery-thriller about the complexities of female friendship. Martin exec produces along with Wells, Fabrik CEO Henrik Bastin (Bosch, The Comedians) and Kristen Campo (The Killing, The Good Guys). John Wells Productions… Read

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NBC Developing Legal Drama Co-Starring Willie Garson

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Sex And The City and White Collar alum Willie Garson is set to co-star in and co-executive produce an hourlong drama that has been set up at NBC. The untitled project (aka The Advocate), from Warner Bros TV, will be written by Alyson Feltes (Netflix’s upcoming Ozark) based on a story by Garson. It centers on an idealistic young former foster child who now works as a paralegal while advocating for those in need from all walks of life. Garson’s character is still being… Read

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‘Disjointed’: Elizabeth Ho Joins Netflix Pot Comedy Series In Recasting

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Elizabeth Ho (Rake, Melissa & Joey) has been cast as a series regular opposite Kathy Bates in Disjointed, Netflix's pot-themed multi-camera workplace comedy from Chuck Lorre, former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum and Warner Bros TV. Ho is a late addition to the series. She replaces Jessica Lu, who was originally cast in the role. Written and executive produced by Lorre and Javerbaum, Disjointed, which has a 20-episode straight-to-series order, stars Bates as Ruth… Read

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TBS Orders ‘Final Space’ Animated Series From Olan Rogers & Conan O’Brien

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EXCLUSIVE: TBS’ continues its push in animation with a series greenlight for Final Space, an interstellar animated comedy from indie filmmaker/actor/comedian Olan Rogers, Conan O’Brien’s Conaco, and New Form in association with Turner’s Studio T, for premiere in 2018. (You can watch a preview above) Co-written by Rogers and David Sacks (Pig Goat Banana Cricket), Final Space is a serialized intergalactic space saga about an astronaut named Gary and his adorable… Read

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Kathleen Robertson Sells ‘Swimming With Sharks’ Series Adaptation To E!, Dramedy Starring Christina Applegate To Lifetime

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E! is developing Swimming With Sharks, a series based on the 1994 Hollywood satire, which starred Kevin Spacey and Frank Whaley. Spacey is executive producing the TV adaptation of the cult feature, which is being written by actress-writer Kathleen Robertson. It is one of two high-profile cable projects Robertson has in the works as a writer, along with dramedy Your Time Is Up, which has been set up at Lifetime with Christina Applegate set to star. Both projects hail from… Read

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‘Celebrity Name Game’ Hosted By Craig Ferguson Canceled After 3 Seasons

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Syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game will not continue beyond its current third season. The program, hosted by Craig Ferguson, is co-produced by Debmar-Mercury, which distributes it domestically, and FremantleMedia North America, which distributes internationally. Tribune Broadcasting and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are the core station groups for the show, executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette of Coquette Prods. "We've had a wonderful time producing… Read

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‘Good Girls Revolt’: No Season 2 At Amazon, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere

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Amazon has opted not to pick up a second season of its period drama Good Girls Revolt. I hear Sony TV, whose TriStar Television division produces the series, is shopping it to other outlets. The cancellation of Good Girls Revolt is somewhat surprising as it launched to solid reviews and ranked as one of Amazon’s biggest series ever among female viewers. For streaming services, which depend on attracting subscribers, over-indexing in key demographics, like women, is… Read