Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


College Sex Scandal Drama From Jessica Mecklenburg & Rod Lurie Lands At NBC

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NBC has put into development a university-set hourlong drama penned by former Resurrection writer Jessica Mecklenburg that has Rod Lurie attached to direct the pilot and executive produce. The project, titled Fated, is from Michael Eisner’s Tornante TV and Universal Television. The plot revolves around two brothers at the top of their game — one the president of a Texas university and the other the revered football coach — and the sex scandal that threatens to unravel… Read


Comedy Central Greenlights Workplace Comedy Pilot ‘Corporate’

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EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central has given a pilot green light to Corporate. Written by Matt Ingebretson, Women sketch group members Jake Weisman and Pat Bishop, who also will direct, Corporate is described as a dark, satirical workplace comedy that follows Matt (Ingebretson) and Jake (Weisman) two junior executives-in-training who are forced to do the dirty work of the higher-ups at one of the world's largest corporations, Hampton DeVille. Weisman and Bishop are repped by… Read


Matt Bomer To Star In ‘The Last Tycoon’ Amazon Pilot, Lifting Contingency


Matt Bomer, coming off a starring role in American Horror Story: Hotel, has been tapped as the lead in The Last Tycoon, Amazon Studios’ drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's final unfinished novel. The project, from Sony’s TriStar Television, was quietly ordered earlier this month as cast-contingent. The casting of Bomer lifts the contingency, clearing the pilot for production. The Last Tycoon, which Sony TV set up at Amazon a year ago, was written by Captain Phillips… Read


HBO Developing Adaptation Of Israeli Drama ‘Nevelot’ From Happy Madison


HBO has put in development Bastards, a drama based on the Israeli series Nevelot. The project, from Sony TV, studio-based Happy Madison and Alan Poul’s Boku Films, is being written by playwright Branden Jacobs Jenkins (Appropriate), with Poul attached to direct under his overall deal at HBO. Described as a thriller with dark comedic overtones, Bastards follows two elderly Vietnam vets in contemporary Miami, whose resentment of today’s entitled youth causes a small act of… Read


The CW Developing ‘Cry’ Cryogenic Drama From Paulist Productions


This is an interesting pairing between subject matter and a producer at the CW — the network is working on Cry, a drama about the prospect of eternal life via cryogenic preservation that comes from Paulist Productions, a Catholic media company. Written and executive produced by Kerry Lenhart and John J. Sakmar (The Glades), Cry tells the story of a doctor who makes the astonishing medical breakthrough to bring cryogenically preserved people back to life, starting with the… Read


Amy Pascal & Elizabeth Cantillon Option Eve Babitz Memoirs For TriStar TV Series


Sony feature executives-turned-producers and Los Angeles natives Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon have teamed to produce a TV series project about 1960s and 1970s L.A. based on the books by Eve Babitz. The four books — Eve's Hollywood, Slow Days, Fast Company, Sex And Rage, and LA Woman — have been optioned through Sony Pictures TV’s TriStar Television. L.A.-born and raised in an artistic family with famed composer Igor Stravinsky as godfather, Babitz went on to become… Read


‘The Beautiful Bureaucrat’ Thriller Drama Produced By Neal Baer Set At The CW

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The CW has put in development a drama from Under The Dome showrunner Neal Baer and the series' co-executive producer Alexandra McNally. Written by McNally, the project is based on the recently published novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips. When a young woman gets a data entry job at a mysterious corporation, she discovers that the information she is logging is building a database that has the power to affect fate – including her own. McNally and Baer… Read


Lucas Neff Cast In ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Downward Dog’

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Former Raising Hope star Lucas Neff is set as the male lead opposite Allison Tolman in the ABC comedy pilot Downward Dog. The pilot, a co-production between Legendary TV and ABC Studios, is based on the web series produced by Animal Media Group and creators/writers Samm Hodges and Michael Killen. It centers on a disorganized, unapologetic woman, Nan (Tolman), and her dog, Martin, voiced by Hodges. Neff will play Jason, Nan’s ex-boyfriend, who is something of a… Read


‘Haunted’ Horror Drama Produced By Chris Morgan In Works At Fox

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Fox has put in development Haunted, a horror drama series written, executive produced and directed by The Devil Inside co-writer/director William Brent Bell and executive produced by Chris Morgan. Loosely based on the Bob Cranmer book The Demon of Brownsville Road, Haunted is described as a chilling horror series about a military agent who is partnered with her ex-boyfriend, now a rogue demonologist, to help a family overcome a deadly demonic infestation of their home… Read


TBS Developing Miami Comedy ‘Hype’ From ‘Trainspotting’ Author

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TBS has put in development Hype, a gritty half-hour comedy from Irvine Welsh, author of the novel Trainspotting, which was adapted into Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult movie. Welsh will write and executive produce the project, set in the world of the Miami art scene. Also executive producing are Trevor Engelson of Underground and Doug Banker of Five All In The Fifth Entertainment, who came up with the basic idea and pitched it to Welsh. A number of novels by Welsh have been… Read


Charlie Sheen Was Plotting Sitcom Return As His HIV Secret Unraveled

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Will we have the first American sitcom with openly HIV-positive star? Charlie Sheen, who yesterday publicly acknowledged his condition following a National Enquirer report, had been looking to topline another primetime comedy series. In the weeks leading to the admission, Sheen had been actively meeting with producers about developing a new half-hour starring vehicle for him. I hear among those Sheen reached out to and had meetings with were CBS TV Studios-based Eric… Read


‘Cat’s Cradle’ Limited Series Adaptation In Works At FX With Noah Hawley & IM Global


I’ve learned that FX has put in development Cat’s Cradle, a limited series based on the acclaimed Kurt Vonnegut novel, from IM Global and FX Prods. It will be written/executive produced by Fargo‘s Noah Hawley. published in 1963, Cat's Cradle takes a satirical view of war, religion and scientific advances. It was among the projects on the maiden development slate of IM Global Television, the TV arm of feature-film financing, production and sales company IM Global — a… Read