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‘Constantine’ To Stop Production After 13 Episodes, Remains In Contention At NBC

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EXCLUSIVE:  The freshman season of NBC drama Constantine will consist of 13 episodes. The cast and crew of the series were informed on Friday that the series will halt production after completing production on the initial 13-episode order. Constantine will remain in its 10 PM Friday time slot for the remainder of its run. While NBC recently made a similar decision on freshmen comedy series Bad Judge and A to Z, I hear the circumstances are different. While Bad Judge and A… Read

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‘Jump Start’ Comic Strip To Be Adapted As Family Comedy For Fox

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Black-ish's The Johnsons may be joined by another Black family in primetime next season. Fox is developing Jump Start, a single-camera comedy based on Robb Armstrong's long-running comic strip. Co-written by Armstrong and Andrew Orenstein (Malcolm In The Middle), the project, from 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, follows a Philadelphia cop who finds it harder to “serve and protect” at home than on the streets. Armstrong, Orenstein and Kaplan… Read

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Iliza Shlesinger To Topline ABC Comedy Produced By Mark Gordon, Cindy Chupack

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ABC and producer Mark Gordon are betting on comedian Iliza Shlesinger as the next strong female comedy voice in primetime. The network has put in development Forever 31, a comedy written by and starring Shlesinger, which will be produced by ABC Studios and studio-based Mark Gordon Co. Shlesinger has teamed on the project with one of the top female comedy writers of the past 15 years, Sex And The City alumna Cindy Chupack. Based on Shlesinger's comedy, Forever 31 follows… Read

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‘Sullivan & Son’ Cancelled By TBS After Three Seasons

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The slate overhaul at TNT and TBS continues. TBS has cancelled comedy series Sullivan & Son after three seasons. Sullivan & Son and Men At Work were TBS' first original comedy series to take hold, both going to three seasons after making it to the air in 2012. Men At Work was cancelled in May, with transplant Cougar Town also wrapping its run on the network. This leaves Ground Floor, which debuted in November 2013 and was renewed for a second season, as the only returning… Read

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‘Grandma Dearest’ Comedy Spec Lands At ABC, Wrapping Strong Spec Script Season

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Another comedy spec by an up-and-coming writer has found a buyer. ABC has bought for development Grandma Dearest by Todd Linden (TV Land's Jennifer Falls), which has comedy veteran Moses Port attached as executive producer for Sony TV and Jamie Tarses' studio-based FanFare Prods. The show is about the world's worst grandmother, who loses her considerable wealth and moves in with her daughter. Grandma Dearest comes on the heels of CBS' pickup of All In, a comedy spec by… Read

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‘Global Frequency’ Drama Produced By Jerry Bruckheimer Set At Fox With Big Commitment

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Another top Warner Bros. TV producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, is taking on a DC Entertainment property for a high-profile drama project that has landed a pilot production commitment at Fox. Global Frequency is based on the graphic novel created by Warren Ellis, from DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint. The adaptation will be penned by respected sci-fi writer, Farscape and Defiance creator Rockne S. O'Bannon. The show will chronicle the workings of The Global Frequency, a… Read

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Adam Shankman & Amy Harris Sell Ballet Drama To ABC

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Adam Shankman is tapping into his dancing roots for Vamp, a drama project at ABC that has received a script commitment with penalty. Written/executive produced by The Carrie Diaries developer/executive producer Amy B. Harris, Vamp centers on a ballerina who comes to New York with her mother —  a woman who gave up her dreams for her family — only to find her mother's past in Manhattan may affect her future. Looking for release from the rigors of ballet and the society… Read

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‘Difficult People’ Comedy From ‘Billy On The Street’ Duo & Amy Poehler Gets Hulu Series Order

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Hulu continues to expand its original series slate with a straight-to-series pickup of comedy Difficult People, executive produced by Amy Poehler. Production is slated to begin early next year. The project, which hails from Billy On The Street head writer Julie Klausner who stars alongside Billy On The Street host Billy Eichner, was originally set up at USA Network through Universal Cable Prods. and was given a pilot presentation order in May. In light of USA's recent… Read

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‘Luther’ Gets Fox Remake With Neil Cross Writing & Idris Elba Producing

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One of the most acclaimed British series of the last decade, BBC crime drama Luther, is getting a U.S. remake. Fox has given a rich put pilot commitment with a seven-figure penalty to the adaptation, which will be written/executive produced by the original series' creator Neil Cross. The British series' star, Idris Elba, is on board as executive producer. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, studio-based Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Prods. Also executive… Read

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Nickelodeon Orders Beach Club, Futuristic Family Comedy Pilots

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Nickelodeon has ordered two comedy pilots, The Dunes Club and Future Shock (working titles). Both will begin production in January 2015. Set at a high-end beach club, The Dunes Club centers on the unlikely friendship that forms between a sheltered, privileged boy and a street-smart local girl who takes a job for the summer to earn extra cash. The project was created by Heather Flanders (Undateable, Lab Rats). Future Shock centers on two brothers who get the shock of… Read

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Rob Riggle-Starring Adaptation Of Austrian Series ‘Braunschlag’ Gets Fox Put Pilot Commitment

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In what is likely one of the last competitive bidding situations and big commitments this pitch season, Fox has nabbed a single-camera comedy starring Rob Riggle as a put pilot. Based on the Austrian comedy series Braunschlag, the untitled comedy hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Principato-Young Entertainment (Black-ish, Married). The American version will be developed by The Office, 30 Rock and American Dad alum Steve Hely. It follows the quirky inhabitants of a small… Read

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‘Westworld’ Officially Picked Up To Series By HBO

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HBO's star-studded drama pilot Westworldshowcased in a major way during Time Warner's Investors Day as an upcoming series — has been given an official series order by the pay cable network. Westworld, from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, Person Of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan, writer Lisa Joy, producer Jerry Weintraub and Warner Bros TV, was inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi movie and stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie… Read

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