Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


‘Red Band Society’ Pulled From Schedule, Will Stop Production After 13 Episodes

Red Band Society

Fox has opted not to order more episodes of freshman Red Band Society beyond the original 13-episode order, which will wrap production in mid-December. The network has stopped short of cancelling the hospital teen drama starring Octavia Spencer, which will air two more episodes, tonight (Episode 9) and next Wednesday's fall finale (Episode 10), December 3, before getting off the schedule. It is unclear when the three remaining episodes will air. Red Band Society has… Read


Networks Scale Back, Bet On Remakes & Medical Dramas This Development Season


Broadcast networks often say at the beginning of a development season that they intend to buy less so they can focus only on projects they really believe in only to be caught up in the buying frenzy and end up again with a large volume. This year, they seem to have kept their word. There was a noticeable retreat among the nets, with fewer big bidding wars and mind-boggling commitments. “The tagline should be 'Less is more',” one agent noted. That has been a trend since… Read


‘Cristela’ Gets Full-Season Order By ABC


Cristela's Cinderella story continues with a Back 9 pickup by ABC, bringing the Latino family sitcom's freshman order to full-season 22. Cristela becomes only the second new comedy series this season to receive a full-season order so far, joining another ABC freshman ethnic family comedy, Black-ish. (NBC half-hour newcomer Marry Me received a partial back order.) Cristela was one of the surprises this past pilot season. Filmed on a shoestring budget, the multi-camera… Read


BOOM! Studios Sells Dramas ‘Deep State’ With Howard Gordon & ‘The Rinse’ To Fox


Comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios has sold two drama projects based on properties from its catalog under the company's first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV, one of them executive produced by Homeland and Tyrant's Howard Gordon. Serving as executive producers on both are BOOM! Founder and CEO Ross Richie and President of Development Stephen Christy. Deep State, based on the comic book series created and written by Justin Jordan and drawn by Ariela… Read


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

Constantine fire on hands

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


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


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


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


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


‘Sullivan & Son’ Cancelled By TBS After Three Seasons


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


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


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


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


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


Adam Shankman & Amy Harris Sell Ballet Drama To ABC


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


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


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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