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NBC Nabs Bryan Cranston-Produced ‘The Dangerous Book For Boys’ Comedy

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On the heels of his double Emmy win for Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston has made his first major TV sale as a producer — single-camera comedy The Dangerous Book For Boys. In a very competitive situation, the project based on Conn and Hal Iggulden's guidebook has landed at NBC with a significant penalty. Superbad director Greg Mottola is writing and directing the adaptation for Sony Pictures TV and Cranston's Moon Shot Entertainment production banner, which has a first-look… Read

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John Stamos To Star In ABC Drama Series ‘Members Only’ And Topline & Produce Dan Fogelman Comedy For ABC Studios

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John Stamos has lined up two high-profile series gigs. He has been tapped as the male lead of ABC's midseason drama series Members Only. Additionally, Stamos has teamed with ABC Studios-based comedy producer Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors) for a comedy series, which the ER and Full House alum will topline and executive produce. It is shaping up to be a very busy fall for Stamos who also is involved in a Full House reboot in development at Warner Bros. TV. I hear the project… Read

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Adam Levine To Produce Autobiographical 1990s Family Comedy For NBC

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Adam Levine is guiding aspiring young musicians as they pursue their dreams of stardom on NBC's The Voice. Now the Maroon 5 frontman is taking a look back at his years as an up-and-coming rocker in Kids In America, a comedy series for NBC. The single-camera project, which has received a script commitment, hails from Levine's 222 Prods. and Universal TV where the company has a first-look deal. It is inspired by Levine's real-life experiences and centers on an… Read

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ABC Buys Medical Thriller From Janine Sherman Barrois & Aaron Kaplan

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Medical drama's hot streak this pitch season continues with another sale at ABC. Cold Blood, from Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, is taking a different spin on the the medical genre, mixing it with a conspiracy thriller. Set at New York Memorial, the world's most prestigious hospital, Cold Blood has the feel of The Firm in a medical setting. It follows Dr. Cara West, an African-American attending who joins… Read

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Fox Buys Detective Drama Based On Australian Miniseries ‘Jack Irish’

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Fox is taking a spin on the crime drama genre with Jack Irish, an adaptation of the 2012 Australian mini-series starring Guy Pearce, which in turn was based on the detective novels by Peter Temple. (watch a trailer for the mini below.) Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey (The Following) and produced by 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment, the adaptation centers on Jack Irish, a part-time lawyer, debt collector, and apprentice cabinet maker, who is getting… Read

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‘The Greatest American Hero’ Gets Fox Remake With Phil Lord & Chris Miller

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EXCLUSIVE: A Steven J. Cannell cult classic is getting a reboot at Fox. The network has given a put pilot commitment to The Greatest American Hero, a new take on the 1981 sci-fi dramedy, which is being shepherded by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of the successful feature franchise based on another '80s TV series by Cannell, 21 Jump Street. Lord and Miller will executive produce the hourlong action comedy alongside Cannell's daughter, television director Tawnia… Read

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Jennifer Johnson Exiting ‘The Following’ As Showrunner, Trio Takes Over

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EXCLUSIVE: There is a change at the helm of Fox drama The Following. Lost alumna Jennifer Johnson, who joined the Warner Bros. TV-produced series  in June as executive producer/day-to-day showrunner, is leaving. She remains at WBTV, where she is under an overall deal and very well liked, and will focus on development. Instead of bringing in a new person two seasons in, which proved not to be the right creative fit for the dense, serialized drama, WBTV has opted to promote… Read

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ABC Nabs Medical Drama From David Marshall Grant & Vendetta As Put Pilot

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In a very competitive situation, ABC has landed a medical advocate drama project from David Marshall Grant (Nashville, Smash). The project, produced by Sheldon Turner and Jennifer Klein's Vendetta Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, has received what I hear is a high-end put pilot commitment. The project is inspired by the real story of Turner's former agent, Byrdie Lifson-Pompan. Lifson-Pompan was a top CAA literary agent whose roster included such heavyweights as Brett Ratner… Read

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NBC Buys Conspiracy Drama From Greg Berlanti & Martin Gero

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NBC, which has the Greg Berlanti-produced dramedy The Mysteries of Laura launching this fall, has bought a new hourlong project from the prolific producer. Drama Blindspot, from Berlanti Prods and Warner Bros TV, where the company is based, has received a script commitment with a hefty penalty. Written by L.A. Complex creator Martin Gero, Blindspot centers on an FBI agent who is drawn into a complex conspiracy when a naked amnesiac is found in Times Square covered in… Read

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Johnny Knoxville Inks First Look Deal With ABC Studios, Sells Family Comedy To ABC

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On the heels of signing a two-year first-look deal at Paramount Pictures in May, Johnny Knoxville has inked a similar pact on the TV side. Under a two-year first-look deal at ABC Studios, Knoxville will develop projects through his Hello Junior! banner. The company has already sold its first show under the deal, a comedy to ABC, which has a penalty attached to it. The untitled project, which is looking for a writer, is described as a Southern family comedy inspired by John… Read

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‘Longmire’ Cancelled By A&E, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere

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Longmire, A&E Network's most-watched original drama series of all time, will be ending its run on the cable network after three seasons. In a surprising move, the network has opted not to renew the series for a fourth season. I hear Warner Horizon, the studio behind Longmire, will be shopping it immediately. "We would like to thank the phenomenal cast, crew and producers of Longmire, along with our partners at Warner Horizon, for their tireless work on three seasons of… Read

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‘Ray Donovan’ Creator Ann Biderman Steps Down As Showrunner

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UPDATED: Ray Donovan creator Ann Biderman will not at be the helm of Showtime's drama series for its upcoming third season. Her contract to serve as executive producer/showrunner was up after two seasons, and I hear Showtime opted not to renew it. Biderman has been offered to stay on the show as a creative consultant, and according to Showtime president David Nevins, she has accepted the offer. "Ann Biderman is a uniquely gifted writer and creator,” Nevins said. “She has… Read

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