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‘Olive Forever’: Newcomer Emily Rudd Lands Lead In USA Comedic Pilot

Newcomer Emily Rudd has landed the title role in USA Network’s Olive Forever, a comedic crime drama pilot from Insurgent and The Babysitter writer Brian Duffield, AwesomenessTV and its former CEO Brian Robbins. Written by Duffield and to be directed by Matt Shakman, Olive Forever follows the exploits of Olive, a high school student, con artist, cat burglar and chameleon who's mature beyond her years. She is a savvy survivor who knows she can “get away with anything.” A… Read

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‘Little Women’: Angela Lansbury In Talks For Miniseries Adaptation At BBC & PBS

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Angela Lansbury is in talks to join the cast of Little Women, a three-part drama series adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's coming-of-age classic for BBC One and Masterpiece on PBS. The project, from Colin Callender's Playground, is written by Heidi Thomas (Call The Midwife) and directed by Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen). Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, the story follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March on their journey from childhood to adulthood. With the help… Read

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George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ Gets Syfy Pilot Order, Hypnotic & UCP Produce

Syfy has greenlighted a pilot for Nightflyers, a supernatural thriller based on the novella by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and the 1987 film. Additionally, I hear that the project, from Universal Cable Prods. and studio-based Hypnotic (USA’s Suits), is in the process of setting up a writers room to generate backup scripts in preparation for a potential series pickup. Jeff Buhler (Jacob's Ladder) wrote the adaptation of Nightflyers, which is set in the future on… Read

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‘Still Star-Crossed’ ABC Series Moving To Saturday After 3 Monday Airings

Shondaland’s Still Star-Crossed‘s Monday run is over after three low-rated outings. Starting this coming week, the Romeo & Juliet sequel no longer will air in its assigned Monday time slot. After a break, the ABC series will continue its freshman run on July 8, airing on Saturdays. The scheduling downgrade is a clear sign that the medieval drama won’t go beyond its first season. Still Star-Crossed is expected to get a de facto cancellation next week when the options on… Read

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‘Instinct’: Sharon Leal To Co-Star On New CBS Drama Series

EXCLUSIVE: Sharon Leal, who toplined the untitled Jenny Lumet drama pilot this season, is staying in the CBS/CBS Studios fold with a major series-regular role opposite Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic in the new drama series Instinct, which is set for a midseason premiere. Leal will play a reconceived character which, in its original form, was played in the pilot by Khandi Alexander who is leaving the project. Written by Michael Rauch based on the upcoming book by James… Read

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‘The Interventionist’ TV Comedy Based On Tom Arnold’s Life In Works At Paramount Network From Kapital Entertainment

The upcoming Paramount Network (currently Spike TV) is developing half-hour single camera comedy The Interventionist, executive produced by Tom Arnold and Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan. Written by Steve Pink (High Fidelity), The Interventionist is based on Tom’s life as a recovering addict and interventionist for substance abusers in LA. Arnold, Pink and Kaplan executive produce with Alex Hardcastle, Glenn Porter and Kapital’s Dana Honor. Hardcastle (Grace and Frank… Read

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‘Quantico’: Priyanka Chopra Among 4 Cast Members Returning For Season 3, Michael Seitzman Set As New Showrunner

Season 3 of Quantico is starting to come into focus. ABC’s terrorism drama, which clinched an eleventh-hour renewal last month, has tapped Code Black creator Michael Seitzman as new executive producer/showrunner, replacing creator Josh Safran who stepped down at the end of the second season. Seitzman already has been working on next season, outlining the storyline and firming up the returning cast. Four series regulars — star Priyanka Chopra, fellow original cast members J… Read

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‘Wonder Woman’ Writer Allan Heinberg Inks ABC Studios Overall Deal, Sells Dramedy To ABC With Shondaland

Allan Heinberg is probably the hottest writer at the moment on the heels of the blockbuster success of Wonder Woman, and, amid a slew of possible opportunities, ABC Studios is making sure he’s staying in the fold. Heinberg, who had been at ABC Studios and Shonda Rhimes’ studio-based Shondaland for more than a decade, has signed an overall deal with ABC Studios and its cable unit ABC Signature Studios to develop new projects. Additionally, Heinberg, co-creator/showrunner… Read

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‘Sea Oak’: Amazon Comedy Pilot Taps Hiro Murai To Direct; Evan Dunsky As EP/Co-Showrunner; Adds Cast

Atlanta producer-director Hiro Murai is set to direct and executive produce Amazon comedy pilot Sea Oak, starring Glenn Close. In addition, Evan Dunsky (Nurse Jackie, Hemlock Grove) has signed on as executive producer and showrunner alongside George Saunders, and Rae Gray (Fear The Walking Dead) and Jack Quaid (Vinyl) have joined the cast as series regulars. Written by Saunders based on his short story, the genre-bending Sea Oak focuses on Aunt Bernie (Close) a meek… Read

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Eric Newman & Ben Silverman Team With Chris Blackwell On Jamaican Music TV Series

Iconic Jamaican music and its local and global impact will be the subject of a new TV series from Narcos showrunner/executive producer Eric Newman; producer Ben Silverman, Chairman and Co-CEO of Propagate Content (Apple’s Planet of the Apps); and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. Written by Sascha Penn (Power), the untitled drama will take a multiple-perspective look at the political discord that followed in the wake of Jamaican independence from Britain in 1962 and… Read

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Jamie Foxx To Produce Child Refugee Drama Series ‘The Displaced’ For Killer Impact

Jamie Foxx has come on board to executive produce The Displaced, a drama series project in development at Killer Content’s division Killer Impact. Foxx had been interested in the project since Killer Content (Amazon’s Z: The Beginning Of Everything) last year optioned TV rights to the New York Times' 2015 multimedia documentary The Displaced, which tells the stories of three children whose lives have been devastated by war in South Sudan, Syria and the Ukraine. Karen… Read

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‘Snowpiercer’: Roberto Urbina & Katie McGuinness Cast In TNT Drama Pilot

Narcos alum Roberto Urbina and Katie McGuinness (Roots) are set as series regulars opposite Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs in TNT's pilot Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller drama based on the acclaimed 2013 feature by Bong Joon-ho. The hourlong drama pilot, directed by Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson, is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe… Read