Dan Jinks Sells Three Projects To CBS, Including Comedy Starring Lucas Hazlett
Lucas Hazlett, participant in CBS’ 2016 Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, is set to write and topline Outnumbered, a semi-autobiographical hybrid comedy for CBS. It is one of three projects sold to the network by Oscar-winning producer Dan Jinks, along with cop drama Crusader, written by NCIS: New Orleans executive producer Chris Silber, and Upstairs Downstairs-themed single-camera comedy Rich Folks penned by The Simpsons supervising producer Ryan Koh. The projects hail… Read
AMC Buys ‘Dietland’ Drama From Marti Noxon & Skydance For Series Consideration
In a competitive situation, AMC has landed Dietland, a drama series project from Skydance Television. Written and executive produced by Marti Noxon, the project is based on the 2015 novel by Sarai Walker. AMC is putting it on a straight-to-series track under its model that involves the opening of a writers room for a series production order consideration.
The network has been very bullish on the model, which has elbowed out the traditional pilot process. (AMC has not… Read
‘Making History’: Fox Cuts Order Of Midseason Comedy Series To 9 Episodes
Fox has reduced the size of the order to the upcoming Phil Lord & Chris Miller-produced time-travel comedy series Making History from 13 to nine.
The decision was made as Fox is firming up scheduling plans. The network is in the process of locking in midseason premiere dates, announcing launch plans for midseason comedy The Mick and final season of Bones during the past two days. The order trim is said to be due to scheduling needs as Fox has several new series to… Read
Kevin James Producing CBS Comedy Project Starring Comedian Gina Brillon
Kevin James was a stand-up comedian with few credits when CBS made him a sitcom star with The King of Queens, following his guest stint on the network’s Everybody Loves Raymond. Now he is giving an opportunity to another comedian, Gina Brillon, who recently made a guest appearance on his new CBS sitcom, Kevin Can Wait.
CBS is developing an untitled multi-camera comedy starring Brillon and executive produced by James. Sony Pictures TV, where James’ Hey Eddie Prods. has a fi… Read
Fox Nabs Comedy From Ian Brennan, Diablo Cody & Simon Cowell As Put Pilot
In one of the more intriguing team-ups this development season, Glee and Scream Queens co-creator Ian Brennan has partnered with Juno scribe Diablo Cody for a comedy series produced by America’s Got Talent star Simon Cowell. In American Idol alum Cowell’s return to Fox, the project has landed at the network with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Fox TV produces with Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.
Written by Brennan and Cody, the untitled single-camera comedy centers on… Read
‘Will & Grace’: Talks Underway For New Season Of Emmy-Winning Comedy
The Will & Grace election-themed reunion mini-episode made waves with its surprising reveal last month, triggering talk of a possible real reunion. While nothing is set, I hear conversations have been ongoing about a new season of the Emmy-winning comedy series, which aired from 1998-2006 on NBC.
Sources caution that there are no deals in place, the sides are currently far apart and there are a lot of hurdles that make mounting a Will & Grace return a daunting task, but… Read
ABC Developing ‘The Zipcoders’ 1960s Family Comedy Produced By Viola Davis
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions has sold a second project to ABC, single-camera comedy The Zipcoders.
Written by Marshall Todd (Barbershop), The Zipcoders is about a divorced mother of three who moves her family to the East Side of Austin, Texas, soon after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., in an effort to be closer to her estranged sister. Once there, her teenage son forms a rock ‘n' roll band, to the utter bewilderment of friends, family and… Read
‘Bones’ Final Season Gets Premiere Date, New Time Slot In January On Fox
Bones is on the move one last time. The sturdy utility player, which frequently has been relocated on the Fox schedule, will premiere its 12-episode final season on January 3, following the time slot debut of New Girl and premiere of new comedy The Mick, and will air in the Tuesday 9 PM slot.
The dramedy procedural’s 12th and final chapter originally was slated to air in the fall in the Thursday 9 PM hour. It subsequently was pushed, with new baseball drama Pitch taking… Read
‘SMILF’: Samara Weaving & Ismael Cruz Cordova Join Showtime Comedy Pilot
Samara Weaving and Ismael Cruz Cordova have joined the cast of Showtime’s comedy pilot SMILF. Frankie Shaw writes, directs and stars in the project, which is based on her film that won the Short Film Jury Award at Sundance last year.
Set in Boston, SMILF takes a raw look at a single twentysomething (Shaw) whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of being a young single mother. Weaving will play Nelson Rose, a recent college graduate… Read
‘That’s So Raven’ Sequel Set At Disney Channel; Raven-Symoné Stars & Produces
Raven-Symoné, who just announced she will be leaving The View, is staying in the Disney family with a That’s So Raven sequel for the Disney Channel. She is relocating from New York, where The View is taped, back to Los Angeles to work on the family sitcom, which is beginning preliminary casting.
Raven will reprise her title role of Raven Baxter in the offshoot, which she also will executive produce. On the new show, Raven is a divorced mother to two pre-teen kids (a son… Read
ABC Sets John Corey Cop Drama Based On Novels; Mace Neufeld & John Davis To EP
One of best-selling author Nelson DeMille’s most popular protagonists, John Corey, is headed to the small screen. ABC has given a script commitment plus penalty to John Corey, a drama series project based on DeMille’s book series about the brash, quick-witted, and cocky NYPD homicide detective set in today’s social environment.
Written by Detroit 1-8-7 creator Jason Richman, John Corey hails from Sony TV, John Davis’ studio-based Davis Entertainment and veteran producer Ma… Read
‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Bryan Fuller Steps Down As Showrunner
There is a major behind-the-scenes shakeup on Star Trek; Discovery, the upcoming new Star Trek series for CBS All Access, CBS’ live streaming and VOD service. Executive producer Bryan Fuller, who co-created the series with Alex Kurtzman, is exiting as showrunner. His No.2s, Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts, will succeed him in running day-to-day on the show.
Fuller gave the duo his endorsement via Twitter:
Riker spent 7 years of TNG unready for Captaincy, @GretchenJBer… Read