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Christopher Russell & Dylan Playfair Cast As Male Leads In ‘Gorgeous Morons’

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ABC Family has found its Gorgeous Morons. Christopher Russell (Land Of The Dead) and Dylan Playfair (Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story) have been cast as the male leads in multi-camera comedy pilot Gorgeous Morons, from ABC Signature. The project, co-created by Lee Eisenberg, Gene Stupnitsky and Danny Chun and written by Chun, focuses on Madison and AJ, played by Russell and Playfair respectively, two stunningly handsome but ridiculously simple brothers who find their… Read


A&E Picks Up 1990s L.A. Crime Drama ‘The Infamous’ To Pilot

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A&E Network has picked up The Infamous, a hip-hop crime drama set in Los Angeles to be written and executive produced by Joshua Zetumer, the film scribe whose credits include the Robocop remake and the upcoming X-Men spinoff Gambit starring Channing Tatum and to be directed by Rupert Wyatt. A&E Studios is producing with Color Force, with the latter’s Nina Jacobson’s and Brad Simpson also executive producing. The Infamous is a centers on centers on two complicated men on a… Read


‘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


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


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


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


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


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


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


‘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


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


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


ABC Family Pilot ‘Gorgeous Morons’ Casts Female Lead


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


‘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


Kevin Costner Walks Away From Amazon Drama ‘Trial’


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