Kourtney Kang Coming-Of-Age Comedy Gets NBC Pilot Order, Casts Young Lead
NBC has given a pilot green light to a single-camera comedy from Fresh Off The Boat co-executive producer Kourtney Kang and creator/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan, actor-director Fred Savage, and 20th TV. I’ve learned exclusively that Isabella Russo has been cast as the young lead in the show written by Kang based on her life, which explores what it's like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia, dealing with real-world… Read
‘Girl Meets World’ Finale: Creator On Topanga’s Choice, New Network Search & Season 4
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s Girl Meets World finale.
Girl Meets World — a sequel to ABC’s popular sitcom Boy Meets World — ended its run on Disney Channel tonight with an episode that felt like a series finale and was titled like one too, “Girl Meets Goodbye”.
The “goodbye” part was given a different connotation when the show’s penultimate Season 3 episode last week dropped the bombshell that Topanga Matthews (Danielle Fishel) had received a… Read
Sundance: Brett Morgen Hulu Pilot ‘When The Street Lights Go On’ Seeks New Home
The Sundance Film Festival increasingly has been opening its doors to television, with new TV series making their premiere there and independently produced pilots getting screenings alongside independent movies in search of a buyer.
But there is a first at this year’s indie festival with When the Street Lights Go On, a pilot commissioned by Hulu that was passed on by the streaming service and has been looking for a new home. The project, produced by Paramount TV and… Read
‘The Good Place’ Ratings Steady In Finale As NBC Ponders Renewal, Chris Pratt Lifts ‘Mom’
Mike Schur’s comedy The Good Place wrapped its 13-episode first season with an hourlong finale last night, which drew a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers in Live+same day. That was on pa with last weekr in the demo despite facing stiffer competition from an original The Big Bang Theory last night vs. a repeat last Thursday, and up 6% in total viewers for the show’s largest Live+same day audience since October 27.
A modest Live+SD performer, The Good Place… Read
‘For God And Country’ Military Drama From Keshet Gets NBC Pilot Order
NBC has ordered its second drama pilot this season, giving a green light to For God And Country, a military drama from writer Dean Georgaris (Paycheck, ABC pilot Clementine), Keshet Studios and Universal TV.
Written by Dean Georgaris, For God And Country is described as a heart pounding look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.
The project fits… Read
‘Black-Ish’ Spinoff Starring Yara Shahidi In Works At ABC From Kenya Barris & Larry Wilmore
EXCLUSIVE UPDATED: ABC is looking to spin off its acclaimed family comedy Black-ish. I’ve learned that the network is working with series creator/executive producer Kenya Barris and ABC Studios on the project, which would be toplined by Black-ish co-star Yara Shahidi and focus on her character Zoey Johnson in college. I hear the idea is for the potential new comedy series, created by Barris and former Black-ish showrunner Larry Wilmore, to be introduced as a backdoor… Read
Berlanti TV FBI Drama ‘Deception’, Sci-Fi ‘The Crossing’ Picked Up To Pilot By ABC
ABC has has given pilot orders to two more drama projects, Deception, an FBI crime drama procedural from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak, magician David Kwong, Blindspot creator Martin Gero and Berlanti TV and a timely futuristic sci-fi project The Crossing, from Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie (Criminal Minds) and producer Jason Reed, which touches upon the issue of refugees.
Deception, from Warner Bros. TV and Greg Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti TV, had been an early… Read
‘Brown Girls’: Andrew Lees, Omar Maskati & Natalie Dreyfuss Join Freeform Comedy Pilot
The Originals alum Andrew Lees, Omar Maskati (Better Call Saul) and Natalie Dreyfuss (National Treasure: The Book of Secrets) have landed series regular roles opposite Hina Abdullah and Punam Patel in Brown Girls, Freeform’s multi-camera comedy pilot written by Shilpi Roy and Nastaran Dibai.
Brown Girls centers on the relationship between Rimmi (Abdullah), an Indian-American aspiring beauty vlogger, and Devi (Patel), a young woman who recently has emigrated from India… Read
‘Sneaky Pete’: Bryan Cranston Drama Series Renewed For Season 2 By Amazon
Less than a week after the January 13 launch of Amazon’s new drama series Sneaky Pete, it has been renewed for a second season. Why so fast? According the SVOD service, Sneaky Pete was its second-most-streamed original scripted series on an opening day, behind only The Man in the High Castle.
Sneaky Pete, which also was well received by critics, hails from Sony Pictures Television, and the quick renewal comes on the heels of Amazon’s decision not to pick up a second… Read
Michael Offer To Direct Marc Cherry ABC Pilot Starring Reba McEntire
Michael Offer, one of the go-to drama pilot directors for ABC and ABC Studios, has been tapped to helm another high-profile pilot for the network and studio, a crime drama from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry toplined by country star Reba McEntire.
Written by Cherry, the untitled project — the first ABC drama pilot ordered by ABC this season — centers on Ruby Adair (McEntire), the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, KY, who finds her red state outlook… Read
Dick Wolf FBI Drama On Pause, ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Eyes New Love Interest For Benson
At the summer 2016 TCA, NBC executive and Chicago franchise executive producer Dick Wolf revealed plans for a new New York crime drama set in the world of the FBI. "It's one of the greatest brands in the world," Wolf said at the time. "Everyone knows what the FBI is."
The project, which was to be introduced as a planted spinoff of Wolf’s current New York crime drama, Law & Order: SVU, has now been put on temporary hold. Part of the reason is the current situation, with… Read
Esquire To Shut Down As Linear Network & Become Digital-Only Brand Following Carriage Losses
Death by a skinny bundle. The men-focused Esquire Network, a partnership between NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines, will no longer be a linear TV network. The digital-only brand will still feature original programming, including new series Borderland USA (working title) and Edgehill, which will now launch in the spring on the direct-to-consumer product Esquire.com.
The move follows AT&T DirecTV and U-Verse’s decision in December to drop Esquire, which lost 15 million… Read