Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


Comedy From Tina Fey, Jack Burditt & Robert Carlock Gets Big CBS Commitment


In a very competitive situation, CBS has landed a multi-camera project from the 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt trio of Tina Fey, Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock. Written by Burditt, the untitled comedy centers on an oddball athlete who drives family, friends and strangers bonkers after he unexpectedly finds himself retired. Burditt, Fey and Carlock executive produce with 3 Arts’ David Miner. Universal TV, where Fey, Carlock and Burditt are under overall deals, is… Read


‘MacGyver’ Series Remake Set At CBS, James Wan & Henry Winkler Producing


Another classic action-adventure TV series is getting a reboot. CBS is developing MacGyver, a reimagining of the 1985 series about a resourceful and ingenious agent who improvises his way out of sticky situations using everyday items like rubber bands, chewing gum and a Swiss Army knife. The new series, which comes from Saw and Furious 7 director James Wan, the original’s executive producer Henry Winkler and NCIS: LA executive producer R. Scott Gemmill, will feature a… Read


‘Lethal Weapon’ TV Series From ‘Forever’ Creator Set At Fox As Put Pilot


After rebooting Rush Hour as a series last year, Warner Bros TV is doing the same with another blockbuster buddy action movie franchise about mismatched cops. A Lethal Weapon hourlong series based on the films that starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. It will be written by former Chuck executive producer Matt Miller, who most recently created and executive produced the ABC drama Read


‘Nightrise’ Pandemic Drama From Applebox & Legendary Set at Spike TV

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On the heels of ordering Harvest as its first drama series in nine years, Spike TV continues to build up its drama development slate. Its latest buy is Nightrise, from Legendary TV and Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig‘s Applebox Entertainment.Written by Oscar-nominated David Arata (Children Of Men), Nightrise marks the first project developed and sold by Applebox since it was launched in February with a two-year overall deal at Legendary TV. Details about the plot are being… Read


‘Zoo’ Renewed By CBS For Second Season

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CBS has picked up its latest original summer drama series Zoo for a second season to air in summer 2016. Zoo was considered a lock for renewal as it was the strongest ratings performer of the three CBS summer dramas and ranked as the most watched scripted summer series of 2015. The oldest of the three, Under The Dome, ended its run in August. The fate of the third series, Extant, has not been determined, though the cancellation of Under The Dome was believed to have… Read


HBO Confirms “Preliminary Discussions” For ‘Watchmen’ TV Series

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HBO has spoken with Zack Snyder, director of the 2009 movie Watchmen, about a potential Watchmen TV series. “Preliminary discussions regarding Watchmen have occurred, but we have no additional information and no deals are in place,” the network said in a statement following a report by Collider about the meeting with Snyder. I hear that the discussion of a possible Watchmen series took place months ago, and there are no active talks going on with Snyder, who is busy… Read


Margarita Levieva To Star In HBO Drama Pilot ‘The Deuce’; Two Others Cast


Margarita Levieva (Revenge) has landed a co-lead opposite James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in David Simon's HBO drama pilot The Deuce. Also cast in the project, a narrative set in the Times Square demimonde of the 1970s and '80s, are Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (The Walking Dead) and Dominique Fishback (HBO’s Show Me a Hero). The Deuce follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed… Read


‘Graceland’ Cancelled By USA After 3 Seasons


A month after USA Network cancelled freshman Complications, the network has done the same with Graceland, opting not to order a fourth season of the gritty drama. Both series hail from Fox 21 TV Studios and both were conceived by the creators of two of USA’s signature series, White Collar‘s Jeff Eastin (Graceland) and Burn Notice‘s Matt Nix (Complications). Eastin tweeted when he received the news. Just got the word, there will be no more #GracelandTV. Thank you to the… Read


CBS Buys Sibling Comedy From Max Mutchnick & Jeff Astrof

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Comedy veterans Max Mutchnick and Jeff Astrof have partnered to write and executive produce The Happy Peppers, a multi-camera comedy that has been set up at CBS. Warner Bros TV, where both Mutchnick and Astrof are under overall deals, is the studio. The Happy Peppers is about Henry and Emily, an adult brother and sister who move in together after one of their spouses dies. They are each other's shoulder to cry on, best friend, wingman and button-pusher. Mutchnick is… Read


Fox Buys Comedic Crime Drama Procedural From Hart Hanson & Gene Hong

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Bones creator Hart Hanson has mastered the comedic crime drama procedural genre with the long-running Fox series. He has now teamed with Bones writer Gene Hong for a new project in the arena, which has been set up at Fox. The untitled one-hour, penned by Hong, centers on a socially inept billionaire who helps the LAPD solve crimes. Hong and Hanson executive produce for 20th Century Fox TV where Hanson is under an overall deal. Hanson most recently created and executive… Read


‘The Wilding’ Supernatural Drama From Tim Kring Gets 2-Hour Pilot Order By USA As Part Of New UCP Content Initiative


USA Network and Universal Cable Prods. have teamed to greenlight two-hour backdoor pilot The Wilding, a supernatural drama from executive producers Tim Kring (Heroes) and writer-creator Silka Luisa (To The Bone). Ciarán Foy (Citadel) is set to direct. The project, whose pickup had been in the works for a while with casting already underway, is part of a broader initiative at UCP and the NBCUniversal cable networks it supplies, including USA and Syfy, to jump-start a… Read


‘Genes’ Medical Soap Based On Michael Crichton Script Set At CBS As Put Pilot


Two decades after an unproduced emergency room-set screenplay by Michael Crichton became the biggest show on television, NBC’s ER, another unproduced medical drama screenplay by the bestselling author and Harvard-educated MD is headed to television. CBS has given a put pilot commitment to Genes, from ER producer Warner Bros. TV. Written by Rick Eid based on a screenplay by the late Crichton, Genes, from WBTV and CrichtonSun LLC, is described as a high-concept medical soap… Read