Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


Vine Star Curtis Lepore Exits Rainn Wilson Comedy


When on Monday we broke the story of a new scripted comedy series project produced by Rainn Wilson and his SoulPancake banner featuring five of the most popular personalities on short-form video platform Vine, there was immediate online backlash against one of the stars, Curtis Lepore. The objections to his involvement in the project, titled Hollywood and Vine, stemmed from a rape charge against the viral star at the beginning of the year. Lepore was charged with raping… Read


‘Manhattan Love Story’ Cancelled By ABC


ABC's new comedy Manhattan Love Story this week hit the “point of no return” rating of 0.7 in adults 18-49 (Live+Same Day). Now it has become the first casualty of the fall season. The network has pulled the underperforming freshman romantic comedy, effective immediately; its lead-in, Selfie, will run back-to-back originals in the Tuesday 8 PM hour next week. Selfie and Manhattan Love Story had the odds stacked against them from the start — left to fend for themselves… Read


‘Two & Half Men’ Co-Creator Lee Aronsohn & Marcus Wiley Sell Comedy To ABC


After a break, Two And A Half Men co-creator Lee Aronsohn is returning to TV with a new multi-camera comedy project, Totally Illegal, which has been set up at ABC with Marcus Wiley producing through ABC Studios. Totally Illegal takes a different spin on the idea of assimilation and immigration experiences in the framework of a family show. It is based on the real-life exploits of producer Kelly Slattery (Breaking Wind), who arrived in the U.S. from rural Canada as an… Read


Starz Ballet Drama ‘Flesh And Bone’ To Become Limited Series


With filming on the upcoming eight-episode Starz drama series Flesh And Bone completed, the pay cable network has decided to air the project as a limited series. The format switch will require no script changes, reshoots or additional footage, with the eight episodes airing as originally written and the current finale standing as a suitable conclusion to the limited series. Created/executive produced by Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) and executive produced by Lawrence… Read


Paul Giamatti & Damian Lewis To Topline Showtime Pilot ‘Billions’

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Emmy-winning Homeland star Damian Lewis is returning to Showtime with a lead role in another drama project. Lewis and fellow Emmy winner Paul Giamatti have been tapped as the two leads in Showtime's Wall Street drama pilot Billions, which will be directed by Neil Burger (Divergent). Written and executive produced by Brian Koppelman and David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin, Billions is a fictional drama that takes a close look at the world of high finance by tracking the… Read


Tracy Katsky Lines Up Six Comedy Sales, Extends Deal With Kapital Entertainment

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Five months into her one-year pod deal with Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, Tracy Katsky has sold six comedies to broadcast and cable networks, including a half-hour starring comedian Pete Correale at CBS and projects from Ajay Sahgal and Claudia Lonow. On the heels of their successful first selling season together, Katsky and Kaplan have extended their deal for a second year. The pact with KatCo marked the first pod deal for Kapital Entertainment which has been… Read


TBS Orders ‘Wrecked’ Deserted Island Comedy Pilot That Echoes ‘Lost’


As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Lost premiere, TBS is heading back to the island, comedy-style. The cable network has given a pilot order to Wrecked, a single-camera comedy from up-and-coming writers Justin Shipley & Jordan Shipley and producer Jesse Hara. Wrecked is one of several comedy projects that had been heating up for pilot orders at TBS, along with a Jason Jones and Samantha Bee family vacation anthology series and Quality Time, which remain in serious… Read


‘Black-ish’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Castle’, ‘The Goldbergs’, ‘Modern Family’, ‘Once Upon A Time’ & Others Get Extra Episodes At ABC


UPDATED: ABC has supersized the orders of some of its top ratings performers: Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Black-ish, The Middle, Grey's Anatomy, Once Upon A Time and Castle. For the first time in years, ABC has a Wednesday comedy block that is clicking, with tentpoles Modern Family and The Middle getting support from transplant The Goldbergs, which is regularly building on its Middle lead-in, and newbie Black-ish, which has showed solid retention behind Modern Family… Read


Mark Gordon Co. To Adapt Novel ‘Plus One’, Revisit ‘True Blue’ For ABC

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The Mark Gordon Company has sold half-hour family comedy Plus One to ABC. Additionally, ABC has put back in development the Mark Gordon Co.-produced cop drama True Blue. Both projects hail from ABC Studios, where the company is under an overall deal. Plus One is loosely based on author and journalist Christopher Noxon's debut comedic novel, slated for release in January. Noxon will write the adaptation, a comedy about female breadwinners, male householders and the… Read


Elizabeth Banks To Produce & Direct ABC Comedy From Caroline Williams


On the heels of Elizabeth Banks making her feature directorial debut with the upcoming sequel Pitch Perfect 2, the actress is setting her sights on television. ABC has put in development The Greater Good, a single-camera comedy, which Banks is executive producing and attached to direct in what would be her TV directing gig. Written by Miss Guided creator Caroline Williams, The Greater Good is described as comedic X-Files, a relationship/workplace comedy set in the world… Read


Ex-NBA Star Baron Davis Gets Comedy About His Life Produced By Jake Johnson


The story of former NBA all-star Baron Davis is heading to television as a single-camera comedy at Fox from 20th Century Fox TV and the Walcott Co., the studio-based shingle of New Girl's co-star Jake Johnson and director Max Winkler. The untitled project, written by Courtney Lilly (The Cleveland Show), is loosely based on Davis' life. It is about a kid from South Central who receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious suburban school and has to find a balance between… Read


‘Phantom Of The Opera’ Drama Set At ABC With Marc Cherry Producing


Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is returning to ABC with Phantom Of The Opera, a contemporary reimagining of Gaston Leroux's gothic novel that was the basis for the famous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Phantom Of The Opera drama, from Cherry and Sabrina Wind's Cherry/Wind Prods. and ABC Studios, will be penned by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner, writers of the musical First Date, which ran on Broadway last season and starred Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez… Read


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