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Mark Burnett & Roma Downey’s Angel Drama ‘Unveiled’, Medical Drama ‘Heart Matters’ Get NBC Pilot Orders

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are rapidly expanding their spirituality-based scripted TV brand. NBC has given a pilot order to their drama Unveiled. Also getting a pilot order at the network is medical drama Heart Matters. Both hail from the network’s sister studio, Universal TV. NBC’s drama pilot tally now stands at eight, which was what the network brass eyed going into the pickup season, so the network appears done or nearly done with its orders on the hourlong… Read

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‘Runner’, ‘Quantico’, ‘Mix’, ‘LA Crime’ & ‘Of Kings & Prophets’ Get ABC Pilot Orders

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ABC joined the pilot pickup action tonight with five hourlong orders: gun-trade drama Runner, biblical drama Of Kings And Prophets, family dramedy Mix, true-crime drama LA Crime and terrorist drama Quantico. Three come from the network’s sibling ABC Studios and one each from 20th TV and Warner Bros TV. Runner, from 20th Century Television, is to guns what Traffic was to drugs and delves into the traditionally masculine world of arms dealing through the lens of a woman… Read

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‘Blindspot’ Conspiracy Drama From Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero Gets NBC Pilot Order

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NBC is getting close to the finish line in its drama pilot orders with a second pickup today to Blindspot, from Greg Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros TV, which had a script commitment with hefty penalty. Written by L.A. Complex creator Martin Gero, Blindspot kicks off with a beautiful woman, with no memories of her past, who is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately… Read

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Thriller ‘Endgame’ From John Rogers, ‘Blacklist’ Producers Gets NBC Pilot Order

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As NBC is pinning its hopes for a Thursday ratings turnaround on The Blacklist, which is getting ready to move to the competitive night, the network is betting on another conspiracy thriller from the producers of its flagship drama, Sony Pictures and Davis Entertainment. But did NBC make a last-minute change on the project’s lead character? The network has given a pilot order to drama Endgame, written by Leverage co-creator John Rogers, creator of TNT’s breakout new drama… Read

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Kyle Dean Massey Joins ‘Nashville'; Joaquim de Almeida In ‘Queen Of The South’

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Kyle Dean Massey has joined the cast of ABC’s country music drama Nashville in a recurring role. He plays Kevin Bicks, one of the most successful singer-songwriters in Nashville who also happens to be openly gay. Massey, repped by Abrams Artists and Regarding Entertainment, just finished a run on Broadway in the title role of Pippin. His TV credits include The Good Wife, Inside Amy Schumer and Hart Of Dixie. Joaquim de Almeida has landed a recurring role on USA Network's… Read

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Shaquille O’Neal To Star In Workplace Comedy Pilot For TruTV

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TruTV continues its push into original scripted programming with a pilot order to Shaq Inq. (working title), a workplace comedy loosely based on the business empire of Shaquille O'Neal. The former NBA star-turned-business mogul and occasional actor will topline and executive produce the project from Mandalay Sports Media, the company launched in 2012 by Peter Guber and Mike Tollin. Tollin also executive produces the pilot, which was written by feature… Read

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Richard Shepard To Direct Fox Drama Pilot ‘Rosewood’

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Fox continues to be swift in getting its pilots ready for production, setting a director on another drama that was greenlighted less than a week ago. Richard Shepard will direct Rosewood, a close-ended procedural written/executive produced by Todd Harthan (Psych). It centers on the brilliant Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., the top private pathologist in Miami. As owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, he finds the secrets in… Read

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NBC Orders ‘Game Of Silence’ Drama Pilot

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NBC continues to forge ahead with pilot orders, greenlighting drama Game Of Silence, from CSI maven Carol Mendelsohn, Parenthood executive producer David Hudgins and Sony TV. This marks the first pilot order by a U.S. network for a scripted Turkish format. Game Of Silence, based on the Turkish drama Suskunlar, was among the biggest sales of pitch season, landing a pilot production commitment that had a series penalty attached to it. In anticipation of a pilot order, I… Read

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CBS Orders Family Comedy Pilot Starring Tommy Johnagin, Legal Drama Pilot

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CBS sprung into action today with its first traditional pilot orders, which went to two projects with big commitments: a multi-camera comedy starring stand-up Tommy Johnagin and executive produced by Bill Lawrence and a drama from longtime Grey's Anatomy executive producers Tony Phelan & Joan Rater and Elementary executive producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. (CBS also has in the works a Criminal Minds planted spinoff.) The comedy, which hails from Warner Bros. TV… Read

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J. Michael Straczynski To Write Spike TV’s ‘Red Mars’ Drama Series Project

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Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski has been tapped to write Red MarsSpike TV’s scripted drama series project in development based on Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling "hard" science-fiction trilogy about the colonization and terraforming transformation of Mars into a place where humans can live sustainably. The TV series adaptation, named after the first book in the trilogy, has been on fast-track development at Spike since the network took in the project in… Read

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‘Frankenstein’, ‘Luther’, Pathologist Drama, Dad Comedy Get Fox Pilot Orders

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As expected, after spending most of the holiday weekend reading pilot scripts, Fox executives are jumping into the pilot-pickup fray in a big way. The network has ordered four pilots: dramas FrankensteinLuther — a remake of the acclaimed British series — and Rosewood, and comedy 48 Hours ‘Til Monday. The dramas hail from Fox sister studio 20th Century Fox TV, while 48 Hours is from Universal TV, which has become a leading comedy supplier of Fox with series Brooklyn Nine… Read

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NBC Orders 2 Couples Comedy Pilots From DJ Nash & Greg Malins

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NBC continues to forge ahead this pilot season with two more pilot pickups: to multi-camera comedy People Are Talking, from Growing Up Fisher creator DJ Nash and The Wedding Ringer producer Will Packer, and hybrid comedy Take It From Us, from Friends alum Greg Malins. Each revolves around two different couples. People Are Talking, produced by Universal TV and Packer’s Will Packer Prods., is about a white and a black couple and examines sex, race and everything else your… Read