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NBC Buys ‘The Watcher’ Thriller Drama From Alex Cary & Aaron Kaplan

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In June, a local news story about a New Jersey family forced to abandon their new home over chilling letters from a stalker who calls himself “The Watcher” made national headlines. It has now become an inspiration for a thriller TV drama project from former Homeland executive producer Alex Cary, producer Aaron Kaplan (Secrets & Lies, The Mysteries Of Laura) and Universal TV. Titled The Watcher, the project was bought preemptively by NBC. It marks the first sale under the o… Read

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‘Lab Rats’ & ‘Mighty Med’ Spinoff Series To Succeed The 2 Comedies On Disney XD

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Disney XD is ending two of its live-action comedy series, Lab Rats and Mighty Med while extending both franchises with a new spinoff series that brings together some of the most popular characters from both shows. The network has given a straight-to-series order for Lab Rats: Elite Force, which will feature Lab Rats‘ Billy Unger and Kelli Berglund reprising their roles as Chase and Bree, and Mighty Med‘s Bradley Steven Perry (Kaz), Jake Short (Oliver) and Paris Berelc… Read

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Keith David To Star In OWN Drama Series ‘Greenleaf’

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Keith David (Community, Enlisted) will topline GreenleafOWN's megachurch drama series from Craig Wright and Lionsgate TV. The straight-to-series drama focuses on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Emmy winner David will play Bishop James Greenleaf, the charming and charismatic but brilliantly manipulative leader of Greenleaf World Ministries. He joins… Read

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Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Casts Simone Missick In Key Role

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Netflix's Marvel series Luke Cage has rounded out its core cast. I’ve learned that Simone Missick has landed the younger female lead opposite Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard and Theo Rossi in the third series in Marvel's four-series package for Netflix. She will play what is listed on the breakdown as Missy, a woman with a strong sense of justice. I hear the actual character is Marvel’s Misty Knight, a former NYPD officer who gets a new bionic arm by Tony Stark after losing… Read

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‘Sneaky Pete’ Gets Amazon Series Order; More Scripts For ‘Casanova’

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It may have taken four months longer, but Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s hourlong pilot Sneaky Pete got where it was looking to get last spring — with a series order. I hear Amazon has picked up to series the Giovanni Ribisi-starring pilot, from Sony Pictures TV. It was one of two pilots Amazon put on its Instant Video platform for viewing on August 7, along with Casanova, starring Diego Luna as the famous playboy. I hear Casanova remains in contention with an order… Read

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Dan Fogelman Dramedy Gets Pilot Order At NBC With ‘Focus’ Duo Directing

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We have the first piece of new development from the 2015-16 broadcast cycle to get a pilot order. In a competitive situation, a dramedy spec by The Neighbors and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman has landed at NBC with a pilot green light. Fogelman has brought in John Requa & Glenn Ficarra (Focus) as directors of the pilot — the three previously worked together on the feature Crazy, Stupid, Love, which Fogelman wrote and Requa and Ficarra directed. 20th Century Fox TV is the… Read

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Gloria Allred Producing CBS Legal Drama Inspired By Her Life

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Firebrand defense attorney Gloria Allred is the inspiration for a drama series project set up at CBS through CBS TV Studios. Written by Deborah Schoeneman (Girls, The Newsroom), the untitled project, which has a script commitment, is a fictional drama loosely based on the life of the famed feminist lawyer. It centers on a fearless, outspoken attorney who takes on the toughest civil rights cases and is masterful at using the media to get justice. Schoeneman and Allred… Read

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Brides of Dracula Drama From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Greg Berlanti Lands At NBC With Pilot Production Commitment

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EXCLUSIVE: What if Van Helsing did NOT kill the three brides of Dracula? What if they survived for centuries and are now living in New York City? That is the basic premise of Brides, a hot gothic soap drama from playwright, screenwriter and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and top TV producer Greg Berlanti, which has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment. Written by Aguirre-Sacasa, Brides is described as a sexy reimagining of Dracula as a family drama… Read

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‘Coach’ Reboot Not Going Forward At NBC, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere

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A new Coach sitcom won’t be coming to NBC after all. The network, which in April ordered a follow-up to 1990s comedy with a 13-episode straight-to-series order, today scrapped the project, I have learned. The show’s cast and producers have started getting the news this evening. The decision comes after weeks of rumblings about creative issues on the project, which has filmed only a pilot episode. Original star Craig T. Nelson toplined the new show, written by the original… Read

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‘Talk Nerdy To Me’ Blog-Inspired Comedy From Jerry Bruckheimer TV Gets CBS Production Commitment

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In a competitive situation, Talk Nerdy To Me, a multi-camera comedy from 2 Broke Girls writer-producer Morgan Murphy and former Modern Family executive producer Bill Wrubel, has landed at CBS with a pilot production commitment. Jerry Bruckheimer TV, which has been looking to expand into half-hour comedy series, is producing with Warner Bros TV, where the company is based. Written by writer-comedian Murphy, the project is inspired by the blog Talk Nerdy to Me, Lover… Read

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‘Valentina’ Telenovela Adaptation At ABC Family Sets Daniel Barnz To Write, Direct

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Filmmaker Daniel Barnz (Cake) has been tapped to write and direct Valentina, ABC Family’s adaptation of the RCTV telenovela Mi Gorda Bella Valentina, executive produced by Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment (Chasing Life) and Jorge Granier of RCTV International (Jane The Virgin). Valentina, which ABCF put in development in February, is a comedic hour described as "Revenge meets Ugly Betty.” It’s about a young girl whose incredibly wealthy mother is killed in an… Read

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‘Under The Dome’ To End After 3 Seasons

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Under The Dome, the series that ushered in a new business model for original summer scripted series on CBS and helped blur the lines between in and off-season with big premiere ratings, is ending its run. The upcoming Season 3 finale on September 10 will serve as a series finale as CBS has opted not to order a fourth season. The cancellation of Under The Dome bodes well for CBS’ other bubble summer drama, Extant, whose renewal chances have now significantly improved. (CBS… Read