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‘Hanna’ TV Adaptation Gets Straight-To-Series Order At Amazon From NBCU Int’l Studios

Amazon Studios has given a straight-to-series order to Hanna, a drama based on Focus Features’ offbeat 2011 assassin pic, from David Farr, who co-wrote the feature, and NBCUniversal International Studios. Emmy-nominated Farr, who most recently adapted John Le Carre’s The Night Manager for BBC/AMC, will pen the adaptation. Farr had been developing the project with NBCUniversal's International Studios' L.A. scripted team, headed up by JoAnn Alfano, and Tomorrow Studios'… Read

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Fox Update: Network Passes On All Remaining Pilots

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Fox postponed formal decision on five pilots until after the upfronts. There was very little chance of any of them going at the network, and it’s now official, with Fox passing on its remaining pilots, comedies Linda From HR, starring Lauren Graham, Type A, toplined by Eva Longoria who already had indicated she would not continue, and Thin Ice as well as dramas University Project and Behind Enemy Lines — all from 20th TV. I hear there is talk about possibly redeveloping… Read

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‘Chicago Justice’ Canceled By NBC After One Season

I hear NBC has made its decision on the remaining Chicago drama, opting not to renew freshman Chicago Justice for a second season. Flagship Chicago Fire as well as Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med were renewed earlier this month, while the decision on the newest and lowest-rated entry in the franchise, Chicago Justice, was tabled until after the upfronts. Over the past month of so, there had been some chatter that one of the newer Chicago-set shows, likely Chicago Justice… Read

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‘Trial & Error’ Renewed For Season 2 By NBC

It took awhile, but NBC has closed a deal for a 10-episode second-season renewal of comedy Trial & Error, from Warner Bros TV. Trial & Error, which will return in midseason, has been well received by critics, and with its anthology concept is able to attract big-name actors for a season-long arc, like John Lithgow in Season 1. NBC brass had been excited about a storyline planned for Season 2 of a show whose ratings were modest but on par and sometimes slightly higher that… Read

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FremantleMedia North America: Jennifer Mullin Becomes Sole CEO, Craig Cegielski Exits

FremantleMedia is changing the leadership of its US division. Jennifer Mullin, who, along with Craig Cegielski were named Co-CEOs two years ago, replacing Thom Beers, will now take the reins of the company as sole CEO. Cegielski will step away from his role as co-CEO and will relaunch his Open Circle Entertainment Mullin will oversee development, production and business operations of network, cable and syndicated scripted and unscripted programming for FMNA… Read

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‘Modern Family’ Brings In Jack Burditt & Bill Wrubel As EPs; Chuck Tatham Departs

Modern Family, just renewed for Seasons 9 and 10, is reshuffling its senior writing staff. Sitcom veterans Jack Burditt and Bill Wrubel are joining as executive producers. Meanwhile, executive producer Chuck Tatham will be leaving, along with co-executive producer Andy Gordon and consulting producer Christy Stratton. The tweaks are part of maintaining a long-running series, especially one as creatively demanding as Modern Family. Modern Family’s writing staff underwent… Read

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Upfronts 2017: The Overachievers List

As we close the book on another broadcast development season, here is Deadline's annual honor roll of those who excelled at the 2017 upfronts. Also included is a list of pods and independent production companies with multiple series on broadcast and cable. Greg Berlanti is in expansion mode. With two new broadcast series, Deception on ABC and Black Lightning on the CW, his Berlanti Prods. will have 10 series on the air, tying the record set by Aaron Spelling and Jerry… Read

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The CW Boss On Plans For New 4-Series DC Crossover & Peak Superhero TV

The now-traditional DC superhero crossover on the CW will be back next season with another big four-series event in the fourth quarter, more specifically November. Like the very successful four-night crossover last December, which delivered the CW’s most watched week in six years, the stunt will include the DC series on the fall schedule, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. On an upfront call Thursday, CW president Mark Pedowitz said that new DC… Read

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Bobby Moynihan Leaving ‘Saturday Night Live’ After 9 Seasons

Saturday Night Live veteran Bobby Moynihan is departing the long-running NBC sketch-comedy series, where he is one of the most senior and popular cast members. The SNL season finale this Saturday will be his last episode on the show. Moynihan’s exit from SNL comes as his CBS comedy pilot, Me, Myself & I, was picked up to series and landed on the network’s fall schedule. Moynihan was at the CBS’ upfront presentation today, introducing the show and his co-stars onstage… Read

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Gets Order Increase & Companion Aftershow On CBS All Access

Star Trek: Discovery‘s first season on CBS All Access will consist of 15 episodes, up from the 13 originally commissioned. In addition to the order increase, Star Trek: Discovery will be getting a companion aftershow, Talking Trek, in the vein of Talking Dead and Talking Bad. After some delays, Star Trek: Discovery, currently filming its sixth episode, is on track for a fall launch with a premiere on CBS. The announcement was made during CBS’s upfront presentation, where… Read

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CBS Boss Hopes ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Will Run For More Than 12 Seasons, Has ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Regrets

CBS recently renewed its biggest comedy series, The Big Bang Theory, for Seasons 11 and 12. And CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves hopes that will not be the last renewal for the multi-camera sitcom. “I hope it goes beyond that,” he said during CBS’ traditional upfront breakfast on Wednesday morning. “In my book, Everybody Loves Raymond left three years too early. “You want to leave on top, but you also don’t want to leave money on the table. Raymond, then-CBS’ biggest comedy… Read

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‘2 Broke Girls’ Cancellation: CBS Scheduling Chief Says “It Was Time”

The highest-profile casualty at CBS this season was veteran comedy 2 Broke Girls, canceled after six seasons. Why did the network ax its utility player, which was still doing OK in the ratings? “2 Broke Girls was a really good show for us for a very long time,” CBS head of scheduling Kelly Kahl told Deadline. “Our comedy development this year was very good and whenever your comedy development is really good, it puts a lot of pressure on some of your older shows. We felt… Read