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‘Still Star-Crossed’ ABC Series Moving To Saturday After 3 Monday Airings

Shondaland’s Still Star-Crossed‘s Monday run is over after three low-rated outings. Starting this coming week, the Romeo & Juliet sequel no longer will air in its assigned Monday time slot. After a break, the ABC series will continue its freshman run on July 8, airing on Saturdays. The scheduling downgrade is a clear sign that the medieval drama won’t go beyond its first season. Still Star-Crossed is expected to get a de facto cancellation next week when the options on… Read

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‘Instinct’: Sharon Leal To Co-Star On New CBS Drama Series

EXCLUSIVE: Sharon Leal, who toplined the untitled Jenny Lumet drama pilot this season, is staying in the CBS/CBS Studios fold with a major series-regular role opposite Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic in the new drama series Instinct, which is set for a midseason premiere. Leal will play a reconceived character which, in its original form, was played in the pilot by Khandi Alexander who is leaving the project. Written by Michael Rauch based on the upcoming book by James… Read

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‘The Interventionist’ TV Comedy Based On Tom Arnold’s Life In Works At Paramount Network From Kapital Entertainment

The upcoming Paramount Network (currently Spike TV) is developing half-hour single camera comedy The Interventionist, executive produced by Tom Arnold and Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan. Written by Steve Pink (High Fidelity), The Interventionist is based on Tom’s life as a recovering addict and interventionist for substance abusers in LA. Arnold, Pink and Kaplan executive produce with Alex Hardcastle, Glenn Porter and Kapital’s Dana Honor. Hardcastle (Grace and Frank… Read

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‘Quantico’: Priyanka Chopra Among 4 Cast Members Returning For Season 3, Michael Seitzman Set As New Showrunner

Season 3 of Quantico is starting to come into focus. ABC’s terrorism drama, which clinched an eleventh-hour renewal last month, has tapped Code Black creator Michael Seitzman as new executive producer/showrunner, replacing creator Josh Safran who stepped down at the end of the second season. Seitzman already has been working on next season, outlining the storyline and firming up the returning cast. Four series regulars — star Priyanka Chopra, fellow original cast members J… Read

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‘Wonder Woman’ Writer Allan Heinberg Inks ABC Studios Overall Deal, Sells Dramedy To ABC With Shondaland

Allan Heinberg is probably the hottest writer at the moment on the heels of the blockbuster success of Wonder Woman, and, amid a slew of possible opportunities, ABC Studios is making sure he’s staying in the fold. Heinberg, who had been at ABC Studios and Shonda Rhimes’ studio-based Shondaland for more than a decade, has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios and its cable unit ABC Signature Studios to develop new projects. Additionally, Heinberg, co-creator/showrunner… Read

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‘Sea Oak’: Amazon Comedy Pilot Taps Hiro Murai To Direct; Evan Dunsky As EP/Co-Showrunner; Adds Cast

Atlanta producer-director Hiro Murai is set to direct and executive produce Amazon comedy pilot Sea Oak, starring Glenn Close. In addition, Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie, Hemlock Grove) has signed on as executive producer and showrunner alongside George Saunders, and Rae Gray (Fear The Walking Dead) and Jack Quaid (Vinyl) have joined the cast as series regulars. Written by Saunders based on his short story, the genre-bending Sea Oak focuses on Aunt Bernie (Close) a meek… Read

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Eric Newman & Ben Silverman Team With Chris Blackwell On Jamaican Music TV Series

Iconic Jamaican music and its local and global impact will be the subject of a new TV series from Narcos showrunner/executive producer Eric Newman; producer Ben Silverman, Chairman and Co-CEO of Propagate Content (Apple’s Planet of the Apps); and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. Written by Sascha Penn (Power), the untitled drama will take a multiple-perspective look at the political discord that followed in the wake of Jamaican independence from Britain in 1962 and… Read

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Jamie Foxx To Produce Child Refugee Drama Series ‘The Displaced’ For Killer Impact

Jamie Foxx has come on board to executive produce The Displaced, a drama series project in development at Killer Content’s division Killer Impact. Foxx had been interested in the project since Killer Content (Amazon’s Z: The Beginning Of Everything) last year optioned TV rights to the New York Times' 2015 multimedia documentary The Displaced, which tells the stories of three children whose lives have been devastated by war in South Sudan, Syria and the Ukraine. Karen… Read

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‘Snowpiercer’: Roberto Urbina & Katie McGuinness Cast In TNT Drama Pilot

Narcos alum Roberto Urbina and Katie McGuinness (Roots) are set as series regulars opposite Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs in TNT's pilot Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller drama based on the acclaimed 2013 feature by Bong Joon-ho. The hourlong drama pilot, directed by Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson, is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe… Read

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Fox Nabs Police Drama Starring T.I. From Jerry Bruckheimer Television

In one of the first major buys for the next broadcast development cycle, Fox has given a script commitment with significant penalty to Atlanta’s Most Wanted, a drama starring and executive produced by actor-rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris. The project, from now-indie Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Fox sibling 20th Century Fox Television, is described as a character-driven police procedural. Written by Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks), Atlanta’s Most Wanted centers… Read

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‘Criminal Minds’: Daniel Henney Of ‘Beyond Borders’ Joins Mothership Series

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Henney, who co-starred on the recently canceled CBS drama Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders for two seasons, is staying in the franchise fold, joining the cast of flagship Criminal Minds as a series regular. Henney will continue in his role as Special Agent Matt Simmons. Formerly with the International Response Team, Special Agent Simmons joins his colleagues in the Behavioral Analysis Unit, whom he has consulted with in the past, including helping with the… Read

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‘Supernatural’ Spinoff ‘Wayward Sisters’ Starring Kim Rhodes Set As Backdoor Pilot For Season 13 Of CW Series

EXCLUSIVE: It’s the ladies’ turn in the Supernatural franchise. I have learned that the CW’s long-running drama series, about the adventures of the Winchester brothers, is prepping a new spinoff, Wayward Sisters, starring the original series’ standout Kim Rhodes. The project — which is being developed as a planted spinoff and will have a backdoor pilot airing as an episode of Supernatural‘s upcoming 13th season — tells the story of Sheriff Jody Mills (Rhodes) and a group… Read