‘Z: The Beginning of Everything’: Karl Gajdusek Joins As Showrunner For Season 2 Of Amazon Series
Karl Gajdusek (Stranger Things) has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner for the upcoming second season of the Amazon half-hour dramedy Z: The Beginning Of Everything starring Christina Ricci.
The bio-series is based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (Ricci), the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild Jazz Age in the 20s.
Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin, who wrote the pilot and ran the… Read
Jason Bateman Drama ‘Ozark’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix
Less than a month after its release, new Netflix crime drama series Ozark, starring, directed and executive produced by Jason Bateman, has been renewed for a 10-episode second season.
Created/executive produced by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams and written/executive produced by Chris Mundy, Ozark revolves around financial planner Marty (Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) and their family’s sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community… Read
‘The X-Files’: Barbara Hershey Joins Season 11 Of Fox Series
EXCLUSIVE: Barbara Hershey has been tapped for a recurring role on the 10-episode 11th season of the Fox sci-fi drama The X-Files. It’s the show’s second run as an event series, following last season’s six-season revival.
Hershey, an Oscar nominee for The Portrait of a Lady, will play Erika Price, a powerful figure who represents a mysterious organization. She joins returning stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and co-star Mitch Pileggi.
Hershey recently co-starred… Read
White House Political Drama From Berlanti Prods. Gets NBC Put Pilot Commitment
In a competitive situation, NBC, the network that aired the Emmy-winning The West Wing, has landed Republic, a White House drama from the Blindspot team of co-executive producer Alex Berger, creator/exec producer Martin Gero and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, which produce the NBC series. Republic has received a put pilot commitment from the network.
Like with The West Wing, which was developed when Bill Clinton was in office and featured a… Read
Nia Vardalos To Co-Write & Topline ‘Suburbs Famous’ Dramedy In Works At Bravo With Tony Krantz Producing
Nia Vardalos is set to star in Suburbs Famous (working title), a dramedy series in development at Bravo, which is produced by Tony Kranrtz and his Flame Ventures, I have learned.
Co-written by Vardalos and former Raising Hope showrunner Mike Mariano, Suburbs Famous explores what happens after a suburban housewife (Vardalos) accidentally becomes famous in a viral video. Thrust into the cutthroat world of celebrity chefs, the newly divorced mom must navigate between the… Read
Netflix Picks Up Supernatural Teen Series
Netflix continues its expansion into original young adult series with a pickup of an eight-episode British drama.
Created and written by Hania Elkington and Simon Duric, the untitled series is described as a teenage love story with supernatural twists. It is produced by the UK-based New Pictures, led by Charlie Pattinson, Elaine Pyke and Willow Grylls, which also is behind another supernatural British drama series recently picked up by Netflix, Requiem.
Farren Blackburn… Read
CBS Developing Nuclear Submarine Drama From Alex Kurtzman & David Wilcox
This is a very timely project in light of the nuclear standoff between the U.S. and North Korea. In one of its first major buys for next season, CBS has put in development Trident, a submarine drama from writer David Wilcox (CBS’ Bull) and Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout (Star Trek: Discovery).
Written by Wilcox, Trident centers on a mysterious death aboard an American nuclear submarine that tests the mettle of the crew, the White House, the Pentagon and the CIA and causes… Read
‘Mayans MC’ Looks Good For Pickup, FX Boss “Confident” About ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Spinoff’s Future – TCA
The promo for the upcoming service FX+ shown during FX’s TCA executive session included footage from Kurt Sutter’s Mayans MC pilot along with FX’s current and library series.
Is this a good sign that the pilot, which is undergoing a reshoot and a recasting of some key roles, is heading to a series pickup? “It's a good sign,” FX CEO John Landgraf said. “I’m really excited where we are in the process on Mayans. “I’m very confident about the future of the spinoff.”
Hulu Nabs Bad Robot’s Period Dramedy Based On RuPaul’s Life For Development
RuPaul’s half-hour dramedy series project with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot has landed at Hulu for development.
The project, tentatively titled Queen, is a fictionalized version of RuPaul's rise from club kid to drag queen, gay icon, and global star. Written by Power executive producer Gary Lennon, the dramedy, which had been in the works at Bad Robot for the past few months, is set in New York City during the Reagan era 1980s.
Queen hails from reality production company World… Read
‘Snowfall’ Renewed For Season 2 By FX – TCA
Five episodes into its freshman run, drama Snowfall has received an early Season 2 renewal by FX. The announcement comes ahead of the network’s TCA presentation today and the show’s sixth episode airing tonight. The second season of the series, about the start of the crack epidemic in Los Angeles, is slated for 2018.
Snowfall, which launched to mixed-to-positive reviews, got off to a modest linear ratings start and solid DVR gains. Its July 5 premiere drew 2.24 million… Read
‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff To Get Another Shot With New Writers, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘Empire’ Spinoffs Also Possible
Last season, 20th Century Fox TV took a second stab at developing a spinoff from its long-running CBS comedy series How I Met Your Mother. The project, titled How I Met Your Dad, was spec-ed by the studio with This Is Us co-executive producers Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. But as This Is Us took off, the duo were busy working on it and were subsequently elevated to co-showrunners with creator Dan Fogelman for Season 2.
With Aptaker and Berger no longer available… Read
‘The Passage’: Fox Pilot To Likely Undergo Reshoots, In Contention For Fall 2018
EXCLUSIVE: The Passage, Fox’s high-profile vampire drama pilot from Liz Heldens, Matt Reeves, Scott Free and 20th Century Fox TV, is eyeing possible reshoots, though the network brass continues to be high on the adaptation of Justin Cronin's fantasy book trilogy.
The pilot, directed by Marcos Siega and starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, was shot off-cycle and has been delivered to the network for midseason consideration.
“There is a lot that we loved about it. There were some… Read