Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


Police Shooting Event Series Casts Sanaa Lathan As Lead, Eyes Greenlight At Fox


Fox Broadcasting Co. is prepping an event series from Love & Basketball filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood and Empire executive producer Brian Grazer. Love & Basketball star Sanaa Lathan has been cast as the lead in the project, which examines the dangerous aftermath of a police shooting when an African-American cop kills a white teen in Tennessee. The untitled drama (aka Indictment) had been in development at Fox for a while. A pilot script has been completed, which the… Read


Young Miss Marple Series From ‘Mi-5’ Creator In Works At CBS


CBS has put in development Marple, a drama series featuring a version of Agatha Christie’s iconic character. Inspired by Christie's Miss Marple 12 novels and 20 short stories, the project will be written by David Wolstencroft, creator of the long-running British spy series Spooks aka MI-5. In CBS’ Marple, the hat-loving old lady with propensity for solving crimes is being significantly aged down. (Can anyone imagine a commercial network launching a series with an… Read


Elizabeth Báthory Period Vampire Drama From David Eick & Joel Silver Set At CBS


One of the darkest female figures in European history, 16th century Hungarian countess Elizabeth Báthory, is the subject of a CBS drama series project from Battlestar Galactica alum David Eick and producer Joel Silver. Bathory, produced by Lionsgate TV and Silver Pictures, tells the story of woman nicknamed the Blood Countess and Countess Dracula. Considered the world’s most prolific serial killer, Báthory is believed to have tortured and murdered more than 600 girls. She… Read


ABC Buys Dramas ‘Deja Vu’ & ‘The Invaders’ Produced By Mandeville


ABC has bought two drama projects from ABC Studios-based Mandeville, which is behind two new ABC drama series for this season, Wicked City and The Family. Deja Vu, described as a metaphysical love story, comes from Ringer creators Eric Charmelo and Nicole SnyderThe Invaders is a dark, humorous soap based on the book by Karolina Waclawiak. ABC Studios is the studio. Deja Vu centers on a successful businesswoman who, after losing her husband and soulmate 22 years ago… Read


‘Imaginary Friend’ Live Action-CGI Comedy From ‘The Goldbergs’ Duo & Top Disney Animator Gets ABC Pilot Order

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EXCLUSIVE: In a very competitive situation, ABC has landed Imaginary Friend, a comedy blending live-action and CGI animation from Oscar-winning Disney feature animator Patrick Osborne and The Goldbergs team of creator/executive producer Adam F. Goldberg, executive producer David Guarascio, Happy Madison and Sony Pictures TV. The project has received a pilot production order, which has a series penalty attached. Written by Goldberg and Guarascio and co-created by Osborne, I… Read


ABC Buys Legal Drama ‘Conviction’ From Mark Gordon Company As Put Pilot

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On the heels of the strong premiere of the Mark Gordon Co.-produced new ABC drama Quantico, Gordon has set up a new drama project at ABC. The network has given a put pilot commitment to Conviction, a legal drama from the now-independent Mark Gordon Co., which is backed by Entertainment One. Conviction is co-created by Liz Friedman (Elementary, Marvel’s Jessica Jones), who will write the project, and Liz Friedlander (The Following), who will direct the potential… Read


Nancy Drew Drama Series In Works At CBS

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CBS has put in development a drama series based on the Nancy Drew character from the iconic mystery book series. Longtime Grey’s Anatomy exec producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan will co-write the adaptation and will executive produce with Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks (American Beauty). Nick Nantell, SVP of The Dan Jinks Company, who brought in the project, will be a producer.  CBS Television Studios, where Rater &  Phelan as well as Jinks are under an overall deal… Read


Greg Garcia Producing Schoolteacher & Millennial Comedies For NBC & Fox

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Greg Garcia has teamed with two more writers who worked on his most recent series, CBS' The Millers — Austen Earl and Chadd Gindin — for new half-hour projects, Letters To Beyonce and The Pack, that have landed at NBC and Fox. They join two comedy projects with The Millers writers Stephnie Weir and Bobby Bowman, which Garcia recently set up at CBS. All four shows hail from CBS TV Studios, where Garcia's company Amigos de Garcia Productions is based, with Garcia executive… Read


Fox Buys Surfing Drama ‘The 808’ Written By Sheldon Turner


Fox is heading to Hawaii with The 808, an hourlong drama from Sony Pictures TV and Sheldon Turner & Jennifer Klein’s studio-based Vendetta. Written by Oscar nominee Turner, The 808 — named after the Hawaii area code — is described as a provocative look beyond the idyllic Hawaii postcard into a world of sex, sand and sin; a sexy soap set against the backdrop of Maui surf culture, which centers on two feuding families. Turner and Klein executive produce. Under Vendetta’s… Read


Nicholas Sparks To Produce Semi-Autobiographical Comedy For ABC


Best-selling romance novelist Nicholas Sparks has sold his first half-hour comedy project. The Next Chapter, written by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl, The Sound Of Music Live!), hails from Warner Bros TV and Sparks’ studio-based Nicholas Sparks Prods. Loosely based on Sparks’ new life as a single man, The Next Chapter centers on top-selling romance novelist Ben Diamond who goes through a divorce and not only begins to question his belief in love, but he also must learn to… Read


CW’s ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ & ‘iZombie’ Get Backup Script Orders Ahead Of Premieres


As the CW starts rolling out its fall schedule, the network is giving a confidence boost to the two new series that will be seeking back orders: freshman Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and sophomore iZombie. Both have been given orders for five additional scripts a day ahead of iZombie‘s second-season opener Tuesday night and ahead of comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s series premiere October 12. They join new NBC drama Blindspot, which has received an order for 9 additional scripts. The… Read


‘The Day I Turned Uncool’ Comedy From David Katzenberg & Seth Grahame-Smith Set At NBC

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The Hard Times Of RJ Berger creators David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith have re-teamed for a new comedy series project, The Day I Turned Uncool, which has been set up at NBC through Sony Pictures Television. Written by Lauren Miller Rogen and Alanna Thompson, the comedy is based on the book The Day I Turned Uncool: Confessions Of A Reluctant Grown-Up by Dan Zevin. It follows a group of five best friends who've crossed the line from Pabst to Pinot and realize they're… Read