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‘Of Kings & Prophets’ New Pilot Script To Be Reshot By Director Michael Offer

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As part of the revamp of new ABC drama series Of Kings And Prophets, ABC Studios has brought in a new director, Michael Offer, to shoot a retooled script. I hear he is expected to film an entirely new episode with all-new footage, not partial reshoots of the existing pilot helmed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff. ABC put Of Kings And Prophets on a series track during the pilot stage with the hire of Chris Brancato as executive producer/showrunner and the setup of a writing staff. I… Read

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HBO Comedy Pilot ‘Insecure’ Taps Prentice Penny As Showrunner

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Prentice Penny (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner of HBO’s comedy pilot Insecure starring Issa Rae. Co-written by Rae and Larry Wilmore and directed by top music video director Melina Matsoukas,  Insecure focuses on the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman, themes Rae has tackled in her webseries, The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl. Penny will executive produce the pilot, expected to… Read

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‘A.D. The Bible Continues’ Over: There Will Be No Season 2 On NBC

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A.D. The Bible Continues will not be continuing. NBC is not commenting, but it is understood that the network has opted not to go forward with a second installment of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s follow-up to their blockbuster miniseries The Bible. I hear the cast has been informed of the decision. Given the success of The Bible and Burnett’s track record, while A.D. was initially announced as an event series, it had been envisioned as a potentially continuing… Read

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Disney XD Greenlights Hidden-Camera Comedy Pilot ‘Epic Offenders’

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Disney XD has given a pilot green light to Epic Offenders, a single-camera comedy that combines unscripted hidden camera pranks with live-action scripted comedy. Adam Small (Mad TV, Jamie Kennedy Experiment) and Trevor Moore (Whitest Kids U Know) penned the pilot and Tom Gianas (Tenacious D) is directing. Newcomer Cody Veith stars as Chance, the charismatic leader of a team of four young pranksters, known as “The Epic Offenders,” who host a fictitious popular online… Read

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‘Hannibal’ Releases Cast As Show Continues To Look For New Home

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Ten days after NBC cancelled Hannibal, the series no longer has its cast under contract. I hear that starting today, stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen are free agents, and they are already fielding film and TV offers. Their options expired last night and were not extended by Hannibal producer Gaumont International Television. Still, the independent production company continues talks with potential distributors. If Hannibal finds a new home, new deals have to be hammered… Read

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‘Foodies’ Comedy In The Works At AMC

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AMC has yet to launch an original comedy series and only has done one half-hour pilot, We Hate Paul Revere, but the network brass had insisted that they would remain opportunistic in the genre when a project gets their attention. I’ve learned that the cable network has put in development Foodies, a half-hour comedy written by Duncan Birmingham and executive produced by Michael London of Groundswell Prods. Set in Los Angeles’s fast-paced culinary world, Foodies follows a… Read

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Kevin Alejandro Joins Fox Series ‘Lucifer’ As Regular In Recasting

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EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Alejandro (True Blood, Arrow) has been cast as a series regular on Fox's comic book midseason drama Lucifer. He replaces Nicholas Gonzalez who played the role in the pilot, written by Tom Kapinos and directed by Len Wiseman. Based on the characters from the DC Entertainment's Vertigo, the series, from Warner Bros. TV and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, centers on Lucifer (Tom Ellis) who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his… Read

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ABC Family Pilot ‘Gorgeous Morons’ Casts Female Lead

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ABC Family has cast Lilah Richcreek as the female lead in its multi-camera comedy pilot Gorgeous Morons, from ABC Signature. The project, co-created by Lee EisenbergGene Stupnitsky and Danny Chun and written by Chun, focuses on Madison and AJ, two stunningly handsome but ridiculously simple brothers – one is a model, the other a personal trainer – who find their lives rocked by their brainy new roommate, American literature Ph.D. student Jane (Richcreek) whose looks… Read

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‘American Odyssey’ Cancelled By NBC After One Season

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NBC is not commenting, but I’ve learned it’s now a done deal — low-rated freshman drama American Odyssey is over. I hear the series co-creator/director/executive producer Peter Horton, for whom the globe-spanning thriller had been a passion project, personally called the cast to give them the news. The decision comes two days after the midseason series aired its season – and now series – finale as the options on the cast expire tonight. The serialized drama starring Anna… Read

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Kevin Costner Walks Away From Amazon Drama ‘Trial’

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It wasn’t meant to be. After weeks of courtship and a week of negotiations, Kevin Costner has opted not to proceed with Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences creator David E. Kelley. For a few days, it looked like Costner was well on his way to toplining his first TV series (Amazon has been eyeing a 10-episode straight-to-series order for Trial). But negotiations ultimately unraveled. Word is that Amazon is now moving on… Read

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‘The Whispers': No Decision On Season 2 As Cast Options Expire

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ABC is taking a wait and see approach with new drama series The Whispers. Not ready to make a renewal or cancellation call on the series five episodes into its run, ABC and producing studio ABC Studios are allowing the options on the cast of the midseason-turned-summer series to expire today. Before making a decision, the network is expected to take a few more weeks to sift through ratings data for the heavily DVR-ed series, particularly the important C3 ratings, which… Read

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Parkes+MacDonald Names Owen Shiflett As Head Of TV, To Adapt ‘RASL’ Comic

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Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have brought in former AMC executive Owen Shiflett as new head of television. He will shepherd TV development and production under Parkes + MacDonald’s first-look deal with Universal TV. One of the first projects Parkes, MacDonald and Shiflett are exploring is a TV drama adaptation of RASL, the black-and-white science fiction noir comic book by award-winning Bone creator Jeff Smith. Parkes+MacDonald are closing a deal for the… Read