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‘Couple Time’ Creators Sell ‘Crescent Heights’ Comedy To Fox

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Melrose Place was immortalized on TV by Darren Star, Billy Wilder and David Lynch did the same on the big screen with Sunset Boulevard and Mulholland Dr., respectively. Now a young writing duo is looking to make famous a less glamorous LA street, Crescent Heights. Fox has put in development a half-hour comedy from UCB Theatre LA regulars Allyn Rachel and Patrick Carlyle, Kapital Entertainment and 20th TV. Written/exec produced by real-life couple Rachel and Carlyle, Cresce… Read


NBC Buys Supernatural Medical Drama From Ben Ripley, James Wan With Penalty

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Two years ago, veteran film producer John Davis recruited a feature writer (Jon Bokenkamp) and a feature director (Joe Carnahan) for a drama project at Sony TV, which sold to NBC and went on to become that network's flagship drama, The Blacklist. This development season, Davis' Sony TV-based Davis Entertainment again is bringing together a feature writer, Source Code's Ben Ripley, and director, Fast & Furious 7's James Wan, for a drama project, which has sold to NBC with… Read


Kourtney Kang Sells Autobiographical Nanny Comedy To ABC With Penalty


In her first development season following the end of  How I Met Your Mother, the comedy's executive producer Kourtney Kang has sold a comedy project to ABC with a significant penalty. Based on Kang's real life, Who's Steve explores what happens when your wife's gay ex-boyfriend from high school becomes your nanny. It is an ensemble show about the unlikely family of a married couple and their single friends that formed to help raise their daughter. And the married couple… Read


Josh Holloway To Topline Carlton Cuse’s USA Pilot ‘Colony’, Juan José Campanella To Direct


It's a big Lost reunion. Former Lost co-star Josh Holloway has signed on as the lead in Colony, the USA Network drama pilot from Lost executive producer/showrunner Carlton Cuse. Additionally, Argentinian director Juan José Campanella, foreign language Oscar winner for The Secret In Their Eyes, is set to helm the pilot. A co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Prods., Colony is written and executive produced by Cuse and Ryan Condal (Hercules). It… Read


ABC Buys Mystery Drama From Jenna Bans & Mandeville


Key auspices behind last season's ABC drama pilot Sea of Fire are reuniting for another small time mystery drama. The network has put in development an hourlong project written by Jenna Bans, who penned Sea of Fire, from two of the companies behind last year's pilot, Mandeville Prods. and ABC Studios. The untitled drama follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier, sending shockwaves throughout their tight… Read


Fake Empire Sells Comedic Mystery As Put Pilot, Vigilante Drama To ABC


Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's Fake Empire has teamed with showrunner Dave Hemingson for a comedic mystery drama, which has landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. It is one of two sales for ABC Studios-based Fake Empire, along with a drama from Jeff Wadlow (Bates Motel), also at ABC. Hemingson's Felony Twins is described as a comedic noir, part legal show and part relationship soap about an unlikely trio of investigators whose social lives are as wild as their… Read


‘Dominion’ & ‘Defiance’ Renewed By Syfy


UPDATED: The current creative revamp at Syfy kicked off at the end of last year with a series pickup to drama Dominion. Now that series has been renewed for a second season with a 13-episode order. Writer/executive producer Vaun Wilmott, who developed the drama based on characters from the 2010 feature Legion, will be back as showrunner. Also renewed by Syfy is Dominion's companion, Defiance, which has been picked up for a 13-episode third season, with Kevin Murphy back… Read


Tommy Johnagin-Starring Family Comedy From ‘Surviving Jack’ Duo & Bill Lawrence Gets CBS Production Commitment


In 1995, following a stand-up appearance on Late Show With David Letterman in which he talked about his life as a father of young kids, then-thirtysomething comedian Ray Romano headlined a multi-camera comedy project at CBS inspired by his life, which would go to pilot and become a very successful series, Everybody Loves Raymond. A fellow thirtysomething comedian and new father Tommy Johnagin is looking to follow in his footsteps. After a recent appearance on Letterman… Read


Barry Pepper To Topline Cinemax Frontier Drama Project From Endemol


Thirteen years after Barry Pepper's standout performance in HBO's baseball movie 61*, which earned him an Emmy nomination, the actor is back in the HBO family with a drama series project set up at sister network Cinemax. Pepper is attached to star in and executive produce the drama Trail Of Blood, from Endemol Studios and studio-based producer Christina Wayne. Written by Ross Parker, Trail Of Blood centers on a frontier preacher — a role Pepper would play — whose only… Read


Zachary Levi To Produce & Potentially Star In NBC Musical Comedy Produced By Eva Longoria

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EXCLUSIVE: Chuck star Zachary Levi is eyeing a return to NBC as the star of a new series project he is executive producing with Eva Longoria. The half-hour single-camera comedy, Tuned, would showcase Levi's musical skills, which he displayed in his voice work as the male lead in Disney's Tangled. (Watch the video for the movie's Oscar-nominated tune, “I See The Light,” featuring Levi and Mandy Moore.) Written by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Made Of Honor), Tuned is… Read


‘Real Genius’ Movie Reboot Set As NBC Comedy Series With Happy Madison & Sony TV


EXCLUSIVE: NBC is developing Real Genius, a single-camera comedy based on the 1985 movie starring Val Kilmer. The project, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, hails from Sony TV, whose sibling label TriStar Pictures produced the movie; Adam Sandler's Sony-based company Happy Madison; and 3 Arts Entertainment. Written by Workaholics co-executive producer Craig DiGregorio and David King (Parks And Recreation), Real Genius is a present-day reboot of the cult… Read


Spike TV Developing Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy As TV Series

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Spike TV is venturing into sci-fi with Red Mars, a scripted drama series project based on Kim Stanley Robinson's bestselling “hard” science-fiction trilogy about the colonization and terraforming transformation of Mars into a place where humans can sustainably live. The TV series adaptation, named after the first book in the trilogy, will be produced by HBO's Game Of Thrones co-executive producer Vince Gerardis. Robinson will serve as consultant. “The heart of this series… Read


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