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Fortune Feimster Comedy From Tina Fey, ‘Uncle Buck’ Reboot Get ABC Pilot Orders

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ABC has added two more comedy pilots to its slate today — Family Fortune starring actor-comedian Fortune Feimster, from Matt Hubbard, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and a remake of Uncle Buck produced by Will Parker (the Ride Along and Think Like A Man franchises). Both projects hail from Universal TV, Uncle Buck will be a co-production with ABC Studios. Family Fortune, which had a penalty attached to it, reunites the Cabbot College team of creator/executive producer… Read

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Bryan Cranston & David Shore’s ‘Sneaky Pete’, Civil Rights Crime Drama From Rene Balcer Get CBS Pilot Orders

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CBS is rounding out the pilot pickup activity tonight with two drama orders, to Sneaky Pete, written and executive produced by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and House creator David Shore, and civil rights crime drama For Justice, from Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal's Tribeca Productions, Law & Order veteran Rene Balcer and best-selling author James Patterson. Sneaky Pete had a production commitment; For Justice, a put pilot commitment. Sneaky Pete hails from Sony… Read

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Johnny Knoxville, Jermaine Fowler Projects, NBA Buddy Show Among 7 ABC Comedy Pilot Orders

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ABC made the bulk of its comedy pilot orders tonight, giving the green light to seven half-hour projects. Two, the untitled NBA project and The King Of 7B, come from one of ABC Studios’ top writer-producers, Galavant creator Dan Fogelman. The pilots also include an autobiographical coming-of-age comedy from Johnny Knoxville and Victor Fresco and a half-hour starring comedian Jermaine Fowler and co-written by Danny Chun (The Office) in an odd couple story based on his… Read

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ABC Picks Up 4 Drama Pilots

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ABC added four more drama pilots: medical advocate drama The Advocate, from Sheldon Turner; Boom, the story of a modern energy boom in North Dakota, from producer Tony Krantz; The Adversaries, a legal soap from ER veteran David Zabel; and Kingmakers, a murder mystery from Revenge producer Sallie Patrick. ABC also picked up seven comedy pilots tonight, including the NBA project, Dr. Ken starring Ken Jeong, Delores & Jermaine, The King of 7B, The 46 Percenters, The Brainy Bu… Read

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Medical Drama ‘LFE’ Gets CBS Pilot Order

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Medical dramas' hot streak during pitch season is extending into pilot pickup time. CBS, which bought some half-dozen medical shows, has given a pilot order to LFE from The Dan Jinks Co. and CBS TV Studios. It follows the network’s pilot order to ER drama Code Black.  Written/co-executive produced by Paul Downs ColaizzoLFE is described as a high-octane medical procedural centering on second-year residents at New York City’s top hospital as they attempt to balance… Read

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Idina Menzel To Star In ‘Happy Time’ Comedy Produced By Ellen DeGeneres

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We’re still in the midst of pilot season 2015, but Warner Bros. TV and Ellen DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production are already looking ahead to the 2015-16 development cycle with a half-hour comedy project starring Idina Menzel. Written by Randi Barnes (Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return), Happy Time is described as a comedy about a woman (Menzel) in the public eye who’s ready to stop pretending she’s so damned happy all the time. Barnes is executive producing with… Read

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Anna Gunn Joins ‘Criminal Minds’ Spinoff

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Breaking Bad alumna Anna Gunn is set as the female lead opposite Gary Sinise in CBS' Criminal Minds planted spinoff. The proposed spinoff will air as an episode of the mothership series this season written by Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer. The spinoff follows FBI agents helping American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad, with Sinise playing their boss, Jack Garrett. Gunn will play Ally Lambert, an international law expert and… Read

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Michael Cuesta To Direct ‘Frankenstein’ Fox Pilot

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Michael Cuesta is set to direct Fox drama pilot Frankenstein, written and executive produced by Crisis and Life creator Rand Ravich and executive produced byHomeland and Tyrant executive producer Howard Gordon. This marks a reunion for Gordon and Cuesta, who also directed the pilot for Homeland and served as an executive producer on the Showtime drama’s first two seasons. Described as a grounded sci-fi drama that takes inspiration from the basic Mary Shelley mythology of… Read

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Office Comedy Starring Kevin Connolly, College Comedy From Weezer Frontman & ‘Psych’ Creator Get Fox Pilot Orders

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Two high-profile Fox comedy projects have received pilot orders: Fantasy Life, starring Entourage alum Kevin Connolly, and DeTour, from Psych creator Steve Franks and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Both come from Fox sibling 20th Century Fox TV and had put pilot commitments. The multi-camera/hybrid Fantasy Life was written by Tim McAuliffe (The Office) based on Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, And Heartbreaking World Of Fantasy Sports From The Guy Who's Lived It,… Read

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‘Problem Child’ Comedy Based On Movie Gets NBC Pilot Order

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NBC is going ahead with Problem Child, giving a pilot order to a single-camera comedy inspired by the 1990 Universal Pictures/Imagine feature that starred John Ritter and Amy Yasbeck as a couple conned into adopting a troubled 7-year-boy who wreaks havoc in their lives and leaves a path of destruction anywhere he goes. Scot Armstrong, writer on such R-rated feature hits as Old School and The Hangover Part II, wrote the adaptation of the PG comedy, described as a family… Read

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‘Cuckoo’ Comedy Based On UK Series Gets NBC Pilot Order

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Cuckoo, an adaptation of the breakout BBC Three comedy series starring Andy Samberg, has received a pilot order by NBC. The single-camera project, from Lionsgate TV and the original series' producer Roughcut Television, originally was set up at NBC during the 2013-14 development season with a put pilot commitment. Cuckoo is the story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo, much… Read

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‘Flesh & Blood’ Mystery Drama From Jenna Bans Gets ABC Pilot Order

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ABC has given the green light to Flesh and Blood, a drama from Grey's Anatomy and Scandal alumna Jenna Bans, Mandeville Prods. and ABC Studios. Written by Bans, the project follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier, sending shockwaves throughout their tight knit community. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the… Read