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‘The Path’ Renewed For Season 2 By Hulu

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Six weeks into its freshman run, Hulu’s The Path has been renewed for a second season. The streaming service is expected to announce the pickup at its upfront presentation in New York this morning. The Path, starring Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy, is Hulu’s first ongoing original series. It has been renewed after launching to strong reviews from critics. Created by Jessica Goldberg, The Path comes from Hulu sibling Universal Television and Jason Katims… Read

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Tom Harper To Direct ‘The Son’ On AMC

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British director Tom Harper (War & Peace) is set to direct the opening episode of AMC's straight-to-series drama The Son, from Sonar Entertainment and AMC Studios. The series stars Sam Neill whom Harper directed in the BBC series Peaky Blinders.  Based on the book by Philipp Meyer, The Son is a multi-generational epic tale of the story of America's birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas family. Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy wrote the… Read

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Matt Fogel Comedy Pilot Not Going Forward At TBS, To Be Shopped Elsewhere

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TBS has passed on the untitled comedy pilot from writer Matt Fogel (Bob: The Musical) and writer-director Todd Strauss-Schulson (The Final Girls). The project’s studio, Legendary TV, is currently shopping it to other outlets. As a new generation of women becomes more independent and assertive, their male counterparts are becoming more self-aware and sensitive. The untitled half-hour show is about two of those men – Todd (played by Adam Shapiro) and Fogel (Jack Carpenter)… Read

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‘These Broken Stars’ Sci-Fi Series From Eric Balfour & Warren Littlefield Eyed By Freeform & Sky

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Actor Eric Balfour (24, Haven) has teamed with Fargo producer Warren Littlefield for These Broken Stars, a TV series based on Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s best-selling novel that launched the Starbound science-fiction trilogy. The space romance, which I hear is being eyed for development by Freeform in the US and Sky TV in the UK, hails from MGM TV, which also produces Fargo and Handmaid’s Tale with Littlefield. Continuum creator/showrunner Simon Barry will write the… Read

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‘Future Man’: Derek Wilson Cast In Hulu Comedy Pilot

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Derek Wilson (Preacher) is set to co-star opposite Josh Hutcherson and Eliza Coupe in Future Man, Hulu's half-hour comedy pilot from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg & Sony TV, who also are behind Preacher. Wilson, who is a regular in the pilot, also is a regular on the first season of the upcoming AMC series, so the filming schedules for both projects had to be synched up. Written by Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir, Future Man is a high-concept comedy that centers on Josh… Read

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TV Upfronts 2016 Schedule: NBC, ESPN & Fox Consolidate Events; CBS At The Plaza

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The upfronts are no longer a weeklong dog-and-pony show — over the past decade they have expanded into a three-month dog-and-pony show featuring almost 100 presentations by traditional and new-media networks. The broadcast upfront, traditionally the marquee culmination event, had seen few changes in an evolving media landscape, but there are several coming this year. There is a consolidation trend — NBC’s presentation, which kicks off the week on Monday morning, will now f… Read

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USA To Redevelop ‘Brooklyn Animal Control’ Pilot, Passes On ‘Poor Richard’s Almanack’

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USA Network has made decisions on its two outstanding drama pilots, Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the IDW Publishing comic created by JT Petty, and Poor Richard’s Almanack. According to sources, none of the two is going forward. I hear Brooklyn Animal Control, from Universal Cable Prods., will be redeveloped with Petty, who also wrote the original pilot and executive produced it with David S. Goyer, Circle of Confusion's Rick Jacobs & David Alpert, and IDW… Read

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Ashton Kutcher Sitcom ‘The Ranch’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

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UPDATED: Ashton Kutcher, joined by co-stars Danny Masterson and Sam Elliott, just made the announcement for Season 2, which will consist of 20 episodes, in a video on Twitter: It's official: Season 2 of @TheRanchNetflix, coming 2017!https://t.co/a582aydDgy — ashton kutcher (@aplusk) April 29, 2016 The Ranch, toplined by former That ’70s Show co-stars Kutcher and Masterson, from 2.5 Men co-showrunners Don Reo and Jim Patterson, introduced a new model at Netflix with… Read

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‘Son Of Zorn’ Co-Creator/Co-Showrunner Eli Jorne Exits Fox Comedy Series

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There is a second behind-the-scenes change at Fox’s hybrid live-action/animated comedy series Son Of Zorn, from Last Man On Earth executive producers Phil Lord & Chris Miller and former Wilfred showrunners Reed Agnew and Eli Jorne. Jorne, who co-created the project with Agnew and had served as co-showrunner, is departing the series over creative differences, leaving Sally McKenna as the sole showrunner at the moment. Production on the series won’t be affected by the… Read

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PILOTS 2016: Pre-Screenings Buzz Edition

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We are heading into the pilot screening stage of pilot season, an annual binge-viewing ritual that started long before binge viewing existed. Over the next week or so, the broadcast networks will hold marathon screenings of their pilots for some extra feedback before the final pickup and scheduling decisions are made. Here is where things stand according to industry chatter. ABC's legal drama Conviction checks many boxes for ABC — it’s a procedural, a genre the new… Read

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Netflix Orders ‘The Punisher’ Marvel Series

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Netflix just announced that The Punisher, an offshoot of Marvil’s Daredevil starring The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal, is getting a series order. The Punisher is back. Locked and loaded.https://t.co/nGKCa2taEV — Netflix US (@netflix) April 29, 2016 The antihero character of The Punisher, a subject of several failed attempts at launching a film franchise around him, was introduced in the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil, which premiered on March 18. The streaming… Read

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Stephen Root Cast In Bill Hader’s HBO Comedy Pilot ‘Barry’

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Stephen Root has been cast as a regular opposite Bill Hader and Henry Winkler in Hader's HBO comedy pilot Barry. The project, co-written and directed by Hader, centers on an ex-Marine (Hader) who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene. Root will play Fuches, a lawyer who arranges Barry’s… Read