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CBS Dramas Rule Friday, ‘Taken’ Steady At 0.5 Live+Same Day Demo Rating In Week 2

CBS' trio of drama procedurals took the top three spots for the night in preliminary Live+same day ratings. MacGyver (1.0 rating in adults 18-49, 7.7 million total viewers) and Hawaii Five-0 (1.0, 9.1 million) — both steady with last week — were tied for No.1 in 18-49 while Blue Bloods (0.9, down a tenth, 9.4 million) delivered Friday's largest audience. CBS easily won the night in both measures. CBS’ dominance in Live+same audience for scripted programming was so… Read

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Fox Orders Three Pilots: Comedies ‘Our People’ & ‘Rel’, Musical Drama ‘Mixtape’

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Fox has ordered its first pilots of the season — Our People, a single-camera comedy from Lee Daniels and Modern Family executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran; multi-camera comedy Rel starring Lil Rey Howery and executive produced by Jerrod Carmichael; and Mixtape, a musical drama from former Smash showrunner Josh Safran. All three projects come from Fox’s current sister studio 20th Century Fox TV, which is poised to move to Disney once the proposed Disney-21st Century Fox… Read

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Tim Doyle 1970s Family Comedy Gets ABC Pilot Order

ABC has kicked off the traditional pilot season with an order to an untitled single-camera comedy from former Last Man Standing showrunner Tim Doyle and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Doyle, the untitled comedy is set in the 1970s and revolves around an Irish-Catholic family with a working-class dad, traditional mom and eight boisterous sons who navigate changes big and small during one of America's most turbulent decades. ABC recently had a single-camera… Read

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Lisa Edelstein To Topline ‘Confessions of a Sociopath’ Dramedy In Works At UCP, Recur On Netflix’s ‘The Kominsky Method’

With her Bravo series Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce coming to an end, Lisa Edelstein is developing a new starring vehicle for herself with Girlfriends’ Guide former executive producer Carol Barbee and studio Universal Cable Prods. Additionally, the House alumna has been tapped for a recurring role opposite Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin on the new Netflix comedy series The Kominsky Method Edelstein is attached to star in an hourlong dramedy based on the book Confessions… Read

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‘Party Of Five’ Reboot With Immigration Twist Set At Freeform As Put Pilot

Freeform has given a put pilot commitment to Party of Five, an immigration-themed reboot of the popular 1990s family drama revolving around Mexican-American siblings. It hails from the original series’ creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman and studio Sony Pictures TV. The original revolved around on the five Salinger siblings who become orphans after their parents are killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. The reboot will follow the five Buendias children as… Read

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‘Bad Boys’ TV Offshoot Starring Gabrielle Union Gets NBC Pilot Order

NBC communes to  plow ahead with drama pilots orders while the other nets are still mulling their choices. The peacock network has given a formal pilot green light to an untitled Bad Boys spinoff TV series starring Gabrielle Union. The project, from Sony Pictures TV, Bad Boys movies' producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad, Primary Wave Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV, had a pilot production commitment. The untitled project centers on the Special Agent Syd Burnett… Read

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Hector Elizondo & Holland Taylor To Star In Norman Lear & Peter Tolan’s ‘Guess Who Died’ NBC Comedy Pilot

Comedy veterans Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing) and Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) have been cast as the leads in Guess Who Died, NBC’s single-camera comedy from Norman Lear and Peter Tolan, which has a pilot production commitment. Guess Who Died, from Sony Pictures TV, is based on Lear's personal experiences and described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges we all experience at any stage of life. The comedy is set in the Las… Read

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‘The Boys’: Antony Starr, Chace Crawford, Dominique McElligott & Jessie Usher Cast In Amazon’s Superhero Drama Series

Antony Starr (American Gothic), Dominique McElligott (The Last Tycoon), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Jessie T. Usher (Survivor’s Remorse) and Nathan Mitchell (iZombie) have joined Erin Moriarty as leads in Amazon's straight-to-series drama The Boys, Deadline has learned. Amazon Studios Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson and created by Supernatural creator and Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke, The Boys is set in a world where… Read

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‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Shopped To Other Networks For Season 3

The Shannara Chronicles is actively looking for a new network home after a two-season run at Viacom — one season on MTV and one on Spike. Even before word got out today that Spike — soon to become Paramount Network — has cancelled the fantasy series, The Shannara Chronicles studio, Sonar, and producers had already started conversations with prospective buyers. The Shannara Chronicles, which is based on the best-selling fantasy books by Terry Brooks, streams on Netflix in… Read

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Facebook Orders Drama Series ‘Sacred Lies’ From Blumhouse & ‘True Blood’ Duo

Former True Blood executive producer Raelle Tucker and director Scott Winant have teamed with Blumhouse Television for Sacred Lies (working title) a half-hour drama, which has been given a 10-episode series order by Facebook Watch. Ricky Van Veen, Facebook’s Director of Development, just announced the project at NATPE. Based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale The Handless Maiden, and Stephanie Oakes’ novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, and adapted and updated by Tucker, S… Read

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Hulu Nabs ‘Catch-22’ Limited Series Starring George Clooney From Anonymous Content & Paramount TV

Catch-22, the high-profile limited series starring and directed by George Clooney, has landed at Hulu, which is finalizing a deal for a six-episode straight-to-series order. The project, written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, is being directed by Clooney and Grant Heslov and hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television. UPDATE: Hulu at TCA on Sunday confirmed the deal as closed. In his first TV role since the end of ER… Read

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‘Lady Dynamite’ Not Returning For Season 3 On Netflix

Netflix has opted not to renew Maria Bamford's comedy series Lady Dynamite for a third season. The cancellation decision comes two months after Season 2 of the series inspired by the actor/comedian's life debuted on November 10. Created by Pam Brady and Mitch Hurwitz, Lady Dynamite starred Bamford as well as Ana Gasteyer, Fred Melamed, Mary Kay Place, Ed Begley, Jr., Mo Collins and Olafur Darri Olafsson. In Season 2, Maria embarked on her greatest adventure ever — love… Read