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‘Watchmen’ HBO Adaptation From Damon Lindelof Officially A Go With Pilot & Backup Script Order

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It is true — HBO has given a formal pilot green light to Watchmen and has ordered backup scripts for the project, Damon Lindelof’s followup to his praised HBO drama series The Leftovers.  Lindelof alluded to the pickup yesterday with an Instagram post captioned "Day One" and a picture of Watchmen‘s writers room, which opened Tuesday. Warner Bros. TV, which also was behind The Leftovers, is the studio as part of Lindelof’s overall deal there. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave… Read

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ABC Buys ‘Paradise Falls’ Drama From ‘Criminal Minds’ Showrunner Erica Messer

Longtime Criminal Minds executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer has set up a new drama project at ABC. Paradise Falls, which Messer will write and executive produce, comes from ABC Studios, where she is based. Paradise Falls is described as a grounded look at the challenging life of a multi-generational family. It centers on a working mom who figures out the best way to guide her kids (and even the adults) is through a series of homemade parenting videos. Paradise Falls… Read

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‘Deadlier Than The Male’: Bryant Tardy Cast In TNT Drama Pilot

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Bryant Tardy (Logan) is set for a series-regular role opposite Lily Rabe, Amy Brenneman and Enrique Murciano in Deadlier Than the Male (working title), TNT's drama pilot produced by Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories and Turner's Studio T. Written by Harriet Warner, Deadlier Than the Male follows a trio of characters, each with a mysterious and troubling past: a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer; a former serial predator desperate to find… Read

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‘For The People’: Production Temporarily Shut Down On ABC Shondaland Series

EXCLUSIVE: Filming has been paused on ABC’s midseason legal drama series For the People for some additional script work. I hear the stoppage stems from the recent recasting of the series’ leads, with Britt Robertson and Jasmin Savoy Brown tapped for the roles. After reshooting the pilot and filming the series’ second episode and seeing Robertson and Brown in the roles, I hear a decision was made to stop and rework the upcoming scripts, which had already been completed, to… Read

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‘Tremors’: Emily Tremaine, Megan Ketch & Shiloh Fernandez To Star In Syfy Reboot

Emily Tremaine, Megan Ketch and Shiloh Fernandez are set to star alongside Kevin Bacon in the Syfy pilot Tremors, a reboot of the 1990 cult classic film, with original star Bacon reprising his role. The project hails from Jason Blum's Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods. In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller and to be directed by Vincenzo Natali, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back, and the town's only hope… Read

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‘Who Fears Death’ Post-Apocalyptic Drama Set At HBO With George R.R. Martin & Michael Lombardo Producing

HBO has closed deals for Who Fears Death, a drama series in development, which will be executive produced by Game Of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin and former HBO President Michael Lombardo. Who Fears Death, which will be written by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, is based on the sci-fi fantasy novel by Nnedi Okorafo. It was Okorafor who in July tweeted that her book is being optioned by HBO for a series produced by Martin. Who Fears Death tells the coming of age tale of Onyesowu in… Read

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CBS Nabs Liz Astrof Multi-Cam Comedy From Kapital Entertainment As Put Pilot

In a competitive situation, CBS has landed The Big House, a multi-camera comedy from former 2 Broke Girls executive producer Liz Astrof, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment (Life In Pieces, American Housewife) and Warner Bros. TV. The project has received a put pilot commitment. Written by Astrof and inspired by real-life experiences, The Big House centers on a newly engaged woman and her son who are settling into life with her fiancé when her ex-con ex-husband gets out… Read

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ABC Nabs Family Comedy Produced By Phil Lord & Chris Miller With Penalty

In a competitive situation, ABC has landed We Can Do Better, a single-camera comedy from former The Last Man On Earth writer-producer Liz Cackowski and the Fox series’ executive producers Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Seth Cohen. The project has received a script commitment with significant penalty. 20th Century Fox TV, where Lord and Miller’s production company is based, is the studio. Written by Cackowski, We Can Do Better, which echoes All In the Family a bit, centers on… Read

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‘Vikings’: Russian Actor Danila Kozlovsky To Star In Season 6 Of History Series

Vikings has tapped popular Russian movie actor Danila Kozlovsky as a major new cast addition for the just-picked up 20-episode sixth season. On the hit History drama series, Kozlovsky will play the leading role of Oleg The Prophet. Oleg the Prophet, or Oleg Novgorod, was a 10th century Varangian prince who ruled the Rus’ people. Coincidentally (or not), Kozlovsky headlined the big-budget 2016 Russian feature Viking, playing one of Oleg’s successors, Vladimir the… Read

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‘Locke & Key’: Nate Corddry To Co-Star In Hulu Fantasy Pilot

Nate Corddry (Mom) is set to co-star opposite Frances O'Connor in Locke & Key, Hulu's one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the IDW comic by Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. The pilot comes from Hill, Carlton Cuse and IDW Entertainment. Written by Hill and directed by It’s Andy Muschietti, Locke & Key revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine with their mother Nina (O'Connor) only to… Read

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Spinoff: Main Series’ Jason George To Join Firefighter Offshoot

Grey’s Anatomy series regular Jason George has been tapped to co-star opposite Jaina Lee Ortiz in ABC's upcoming Grey's Anatomy spinoff series, the network has confirmed. The 10-episode drama, which follows a group of heroic firefighters, hails from Grey's Anatomycreator Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland. Set in a Seattle firehouse, the spinoff, slated for a midseason launch, is being written by Grey's executive producer/co-showrunner Stacy McKee. From the captain to the newest… Read

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‘Transparent’: Jill Gordon Named Showrunner Of Amazon Comedy Series

EXCLUSIVE: Jill Gordon has joined Amazon’s flagship comedy-drama series Transparent as executive producer/showrunner. She’ll succeed at the helm series creator Jill Soloway, who will continue to write, direct and executive produce Transparent. Gordon succeeds Bridget Bedard who previously held day-to-day showrunner responsibilities, Soloway will focus on the other projects she has in the works under her overall deal at Amazon Studios, which recently was extended for three… Read