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Victoria Justice Inks Talent Deal With 20th Century Fox TV & Fox Network

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Young actresses with enough experience, name recognition and chops to carry a show are always a hot commodity, especially during the highly competitive pilot season and especially when it comes down to one of the hardest casting types: a beautiful and funny twentysomething actress with star quality. Fox and 20th Century Fox TV are making a preemptive strike, signing a talent deal with 22-year-old former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice. Under the pact, the studio and… Read

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‘The Frankenstein Code’ Fox Drama Series Gets New Title

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Fox’s midseason drama series The Frankenstein Code is dropping Frankenstein from its title. It will now be known as Lookinglass. The name will make sense when watching the show. Written by Crisis and Life creator Rand Ravich and executive produced by Howard Gordon, Lookinglass centers on Jimmy Pritchard, a disgraced, 75-year-old ex-sheriff, whose life ends at the hands of corrupt cops. He is brought back to life and given a second chance by a pair of young tech scientists… Read

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‘Urban Cowboy’ Fox Pilot Casts ‘The Voice’s Bryana Salaz As Series Regular

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Bryana Salaz, a contestant on last fall’s Season 7 of The Voice, has landed a series regular role opposite Alfonso Herrera and Jim Belushi in Fox's drama pilot Urban Cowboy, a modern, Latin music-fueled reimagining of the 1980 Paramount movie starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. The project follows star-crossed young lovers Kyle aka Juan Miguel (Herrera) and Gaby as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line dancing in honky tonks, the grime of… Read

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‘Caesar’ Drama From Matt Lopez & John Glenn Gets ABC Put Pilot Commitment

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In a highly competitive situation, Caesar, a sprawling contemporary drama from Matt Lopez and John Glenn, has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project, which reimagines Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar in modern-day Los Angeles, is described as a tale of power, sex and revenge — themes right in ABC’s drama wheelhouse. On the show, the murder of the powerful Hispanic mayor sends shockwaves through the city’s elite circles — and launches the search for a… Read

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‘Chicago Med’ Taps Andrew Schneider & Diane Frolov As New Showrunners

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The Sopranos alums Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov have been named executive producer and writing showrunners of NBC's upcoming drama series Chicago Med, the latest offshoot in Wolf Films/Universal TV's successful Chicago Fire franchise. They succeed Andrew Dettman who recently exited the new series after a brief stint. He will continue to develop projects for Universal TV. The appointment comes before Chicago Med is scheduled to go into production for a midseason bow… Read

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‘American Dad!’ Renewed For 2 More Seasons By TBS

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TBS is proving to be a very welcoming new home to American Dad!, which moved to cable last fall after nine seasons on Fox. Ahead of the Season 11 premiere, TBS has ordered two more seasons – 12 and 13 — of the animated comedy. This marks the second time in less than year that the Turner network has renewed the series, which it shares with sister net Adult Swim. American Dad!, which aires an encore of each new episode on Adult Swing after its TBS premiere, has been picked… Read

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‘Galaxy Quest’ Series Lands At Amazon For Development

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Paramount Television’s TV series take on cult sci-fi comedy feature Galaxy Quest has been set up at Amazon where it is in early stages of development. The project, originally put together in the spring, is based on the 1999 DreamWorks movie about the cast of a long cancelled space TV show who become reluctant real space heroes when they are accidentally transported to a spaceship and tasked with saving an alien nation. Like most  Paramount TV series projects based on… Read

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NBC Buys ‘Oh Mama’ Family Comedy From Claudia Lonow & Keshet

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NBC has put in development Oh Mama, a single-camera comedy from How To Live With Your Parents creator Claudia Lonow, Keshet Studios and Universal TV. The project, based on a Keshet short story written by Ronit Weiss-Berkowitz, centers on an engaged couple, Daniel and Marjorie, who struggle to save their relationships when their mothers start having an affair… with each other. Lonow, who is under an overall deal, will write the script and will executive produce with Keshet… Read

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Maria Bello Joins David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama Series ‘Trial’

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Maria Bello is set to co-star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice creator David E. Kelley, which is on track for a 10-episode straight-to-series order. The legal drama, which Kelley co-wrote with his Practice producer Jonathan Shapiro, centers on Billy McBride (Thornton). Once a big and powerful lawyer, Billy has become a shell of his former self after losing a case that saw an innocent kid murdered. His guilt-driven alcoholism… Read

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Crime Drama From Amy Holden Jones & Matt Nix Gets CBS Put Pilot Commitment

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Black Box creator Amy Holden Jones has teamed with Burn Notice and Complications creator Matt Nix for a crime drama, which has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment backed by a large penalty. The untitled project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, where Nix is under an overall deal and Jones had a premium blind deal. Written by Mystic Pizza and Beethoven scribe Jones, the drama centers on an explosive, rule-breaking, fearless female detective with no filter who enlists… Read

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Shawn Ryan & Eric Kripke Time-Travel Action Drama Lands Big NBC Commitment

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Time, an action adventure drama from Supernatural creator Eric Kripke and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan, has livened up a sleepy drama marketplace, sparking a bidding among the Big 4 networks. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and studio-based Davis Entertainment, ended up going to NBC with a pilot production commitment. Described as “Back To The Future meets Mission: Impossible”, Time is a high-octane hour about an unlikely trio traveling through time to battle unknown… Read

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Fox Buys 1970s Las Vegas Comedy From ‘The Blacklist’ Producers

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The Blacklist producers Davis Entertainment and Sony TV have Las Vegas-set new NBC drama series The Player. Now the companies are staying in Sin City with a new project, a period single-camera comedy from writer-comedian Elizabeth Beckwith, which has been bought by Fox with a script commitment. Based on Beckwith’s life growing up in Vegas in the 1970s, the untitled half-hour is a father-son workplace comedy set in 1970s Las Vegas. Beckwith executive produces with Davis… Read