Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


HBO Developing Paula Pell Comedy Series


Longtime Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell has teamed with frequent collaborator Michelle Lawler for a half-hour comedy, which has been set up at HBO. Written by Pell and Lawler and executive produced by Sue Naegle, the untitled comedy centers on a fallen Olympic figure skater who returns home to Massachusetts to confront her former bullish coach and narcissistic mother who have cashed in on her success. Pell also executive produces, while Lawler serves as… Read


‘Brooklyn Animal Control’ Comic Gets USA Drama Pilot Order, David Goyer Producing


USA Network continues to widen the development net it casts with the pickup of a comic book-based drama. The network has greenlighted Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the IDW Publishing comic created by JT Petty. Written and executive produced by Petty, the pilot also is executive produced by David S. Goyer (Batman v Superman) as well as Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs (Spare Parts) and David Alpert (The Walking Dead), and IDW Entertainment's David Ozer and Ted Adams. B… Read


Will Packer To Produce Atlanta-Set Drama ‘Buckhead’ For NBC

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After landing his first two TV series — comedies People Are Talking on NBC and Uncle Buck on ABC — Ride Along and Think Like A Man producer Will Packer is jumping back into development. Looking to expand his brand into drama, the first TV sale for his Will Packer Prods. this season is hourlong project Buckhead, which has been set up at NBC through Universal TV where Packer recently re-upped his overall deal through 2017. Written and executive produced by David McMillan, Bu… Read


‘Happyish’ Cancelled By Showtime After One Season

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Happyish is ending its run on Showtime after one season. The pay cable network has confirmed to Deadline that the offbeat comedy would not be coming back for a second season. Happyish had been a passion project for Showtime topper David Nevins who originally took in the comedy developed at Ken Kwapis’ company more than 3 years ago. It was ordered to pilot in summer 2013 with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathryn Hahn as the leads. In January 2014, the pilot was picked up to… Read


ABC Nabs ‘Black Heart’ Family Drama From Prospect Park With Penalty

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In a competitive situation, with two networks interested, ABC has bought Black Heart, a sprawling family drama from playwright/screenwriter Kelly Masterson (Killing Kennedy) and Prospect Park. Written by Masterson and to be produced by ABC Studios, Black Heart is very much in the ABC wheelhouse. It tells the story of the unlikely ascension of the second son to the throne of a multi-billion dollar, family-owned energy company. In centers on the first-born son, twisted and… Read


‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Renewed For Season 7 By TNT


Veteran TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles, now airing its sixth season, has been renewed for Season 7 with a 13-episode order to air next summer. Stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander tweeted the news this afternoon. Rizzoli & Isles, toplined by Harmon and Alexander, launched as part of TNT’s previous strategy that focused on crime procedurals to complement the network’s well performing off-network acquisitions like Law & Order. It was a breakout hit and remains a top performer… Read


David Franzoni To Pen, Dylan McDermott May Recur On Maggie Q Series ‘Red Flag’

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Oscar-winning Gladiator co-writer/producer David Franzoni has come on board to write and produce Red Flag, a Chinese history-themed adventure series starring Maggie Q, from Steven Jensen's Independent Television Group, Mike Medavoy & Benjamin Anderson of Phoenix Pictures, and Fred Fuchs. Maggie Q’s Stalker co-star and real-life fiancé Dylan McDermott may reunite with her onscreen, possibly taking on a recurring role in the series. Set in the early 1800s, Red Flag centers… Read


‘The Brink’ Renewed For Season 2 By HBO


HBO has given a second-season order to freshman comedy The Brink starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins. The renewal comes a day before the options on the cast were set to expire after the pay cable network had secured a weeklong extension last week. It follows a small ratings uptick for the Sunday episode, which drew 1.06 million viewers in Live+Same Day viewing. The pickup also comes two weeks after the death of the series’ executive producer Jerry Weintraub at age 77. The… Read


Sean Teale Toplines Syfy Pilot ‘Incorporated’ From Matt Damon & Ben Affleck

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EXCLUSIVE: Syfy has found the lead for Incorporated, its espionage thriller set in a dystopian future where companies have unlimited power. Sean Teale (Reign) will star as Ben Larson, a rising star in a mega-corporation called Chrysalis who is determined to climb the rickety, bloodstained ladder of success in order to find and rescue the woman he loves — and will tromp on anyone who gets in his way. The drama hails from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Pearl Street… Read


Genevieve Angelson Joins Amazon’s ‘Good Girls Revolt’ Pilot

Genevieve Angelson as Caitlin in House of Lies (Season 3, Episode 04). - Photo:  Michael Desmond/SHOWTIME - Photo ID:  HOUSEOFLIES_304_1039.R

EXCLUSIVE: Genevieve Angelson is set to co-star in Amazon’s ensemble drama pilot Good Girls Revolt, joining a cast that now includes Anna Camp. Written and executive produced by Dana Calvo, the project is set in 1969 at the beginning of the women's rights movement when a group of young women at the hottest magazine in the world ask to be treated fairly, setting off a convulsive chain of events. Angelson, who most recently played opposite Rainn Wilson on the one-season Fox… Read


TV Land Greenlights ‘I Shudder’ Pilot Starring Hamish Linklater

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TV Land has given a pilot order to I Shudder, a dark comedy pilot starring Hamish Linklater and written by Paul Rudnick, about a meticulous but generous man who sees the world in very black and white terms: what is acceptable, and what is unacceptable. Dan Jinks and Rudnick will executive produce. Linklater plays Elyot Vionnet, an advocate of manners, style and most importantly, common decency. Observing people committing heinous crimes of etiquette, he tries to counsel… Read


TNT Orders Drama Pilot ‘Good Behavior’ Starring Michelle Dockery

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TNT has ordered a pilot for Good Behavior, a drama series that will serve as the follow-up to Downton Abbey for its star Michelle Dockery. Based on the Letty Dobesh books by Wayward Pines author Blake Crouch, Good Behavior is written by Crouch and Chad Hodge and tells the story of Letty Dobesh (Dockery), a thief and a con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is exactly how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty is… Read