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CBS Developing ‘Under Suspicion’ Book Series Adaptation From John Glenn

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CBS has put in development Under Suspicion, a drama series based on the bestselling crime thriller book series by Mary Higgins Clark, from Allegiance executive producer John Glenn, Momentum TV and Universal TV. Written and executive produced by Canadian writer Greg Spottiswood (Remedy), Under Suspicion is about a justice-seeking investigative journalism team that produces an award-winning true-crime series that investigates unsolved major crimes through the eyes of those… Read


Wendi McLendon-Covey Teams With ‘The McCarthys’ Creator For ABC Hotel Comedy Based On Her Experiences

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Years ago, Wendi McLendon-Covey was a floundering twentysomething working at what she has described as “a crappy hotel near Disneyland” where an old nightstand served as her desk, complete with a typewriter. Now The Goldbergs star will tap into her experiences for a comedy series project, which has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus significant penalty. McLendon-Covey co-created and will co-write the single-camera comedy, tentatively titled Hospitality, with The M… Read


ABC Buys Friends Comedy From ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Co-EP Christina Lee


ABC has put in development a single-camera comedy from Wet Hot American Summer series writer-producer Christina Lee and ABC Studios. Written/executive produced by Lee, the untitled project centers on a thirtysomething woman who, after ending her long-term relationship and quitting her soul-sucking job, has to bridge the gap between the two sides of her friend group: those who are on the straight-and-narrow path of fulfilling age-appropriate expectations, and those who are… Read


ABC Nabs Family Comedy Starring Rev Run & Justine Simmons With Big Commitment


EXCLUSIVE: In a very competitive situation with multiple networks pursuing, ABC has landed a multi-camera family comedy toplined and produced by reality stars Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons & Justine Simmons. The project, which has received a put pilot commitment with a big penalty, hails from ABC Studios and Amblin TV. Written by Jeremy Bronson (The Mindy Project), with veteran comedy writer-producer Jhoni Marchinko (Will & Grace) supervising, the untitled comedy centers on a… Read


‘Weaveworld’: Josh Stolberg To Write New CW Adaptation Of Clive Barker’s Book


The CW has set a new writer for Weaveworld, its drama series project based on the 1987 dark fantasy novel by Clive Barker (Hellraiser). Josh Stolberg (Piranha 3D, Crawlspace, Good Luck Chuck) has come on board to write the adaptation, which he will also executive produce alongside Barker and Angela Mancuso for CBS TV Studios. Weaveworld has been a priority for the CW. The network first took a stab at a series based on Barker’s book last season with the genre filmmaker and… Read


Fox Nabs ‘Bad Sugar’ Comedy From Sharon Horgan, Patty Breen & Aaron Kaplan


Fox has given a script commitment plus significant penalty to Bad Sugar, a single-camera comedy from writer-producer Patty Breen (Suburgatory), Divorce and Catastrophe‘s Sharon Horgan and her Merman banner, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, UK’s Tiger Aspect and 20th TV. Written by Breen based on the British format, Bad Sugar follows the sexy and scheming heirs of a wealthy mining mogul as they battle each other to become the next head of his fracking empire. Breen… Read


‘A Midsummer’s Nightmare’: Daisy Head To Topline Lifetime’s Shakespearean Pilot, Casey Deidrick Set As A Male Lead

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After a lengthy search, Lifetime has found its Elena Holland. Daisy Head is set as the lead in Lifetime’s psychological thriller pilot A Midsummer's Nightmare. The deal came down quickly, with Lifetime snagging Head moments after she became available when the Freeform drama series Guilt, which she toplined, was canceled yesterday. Also cast as one of the male leads in Midsummer’s Nightmare, a modern-day take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is Casey Deidrick (Ey… Read


Netflix Emma Stone-Jonah Hill Series ‘Maniac’ From Cary Fukunaga Finds Writer


Leftovers writer-producer Patrick Somerville has been tapped to write Maniac, the high-profile upcoming Netflix half-hour series starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill and directed by Cary Fukunaga. The project, based on the the 2014 Norwegian series, hails from Paramount TV and Anonymous Content and has a 10-episode straight-to-series order. The premise of Maniac revolves around the fantasy worlds of Hill and Stone's characters, who in his real life are confined to a mental… Read


‘Bonus Family’ Comedy Based On Swedish Format Set At NBC From Mandeville TV


NBC, which aired Welcome To Sweden for two seasons, is developing an U.S. version of a Swedish comedy produced by the same company. Bonus Family, based on FLX’s upcoming Bonusfamiljen, comes from former House of Lies executive producer David Walpert, ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville TV. Written by Walpert, who will serve as showrunner, Bonus Family tells the story of Lisa and Patrick who experience the excitement and learning curve of a new relationship, as their… Read


ABC Buys Female Ensemble Comedy From ‘Faking It’ Creators


ABC has put in development an untitled single-camera comedy from Faking It creators Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. Written and executive produced by Goodman and Wolov, the project follows four close friends at different stages in their lives and explores what it means to be a woman in 2016. ABC Studios is the studio. Goodman and Wolov are best friends who have been writing and performing together for almost 20 years. Their break came in 2002, when Adam Sandler… Read


ABC Buys Couples Comedy From Amy Harris, Ben Silverman & Jordan Schur

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ABC is developing Let's Stay Together, a single-camera comedy from Sex and the City alumna Amy B. Harris and producers Ben Silverman (Jane the Virgin) and Jordan Schur (Warrior). Written by Harris, the project is inspired by the 2014 The New Divorce Is No Divorce column by Richard Kirshenbaum, part of of his monthly New York Observer column Isn’t That Rich!, which chronicles the lives of Upper East Side's superrich with a dose of humor. Whether it be for the sake of their… Read


James Patterson Teams With David Marshall Grant For ‘Stingray’ FBI Drama At CBS, Sells ‘NYPD Red’ Adaptation To ABC


CBS is developing Stingray, a thriller drama from James Patterson, David Marshall Grant (Code Black) and Timberman-Beverly Prods. (Elementary), based on Patterson’s upcoming book. Additionally, James Patterson Entertainment has sold a cop drama based on Patterson’s best-selling book series NYPD Red to ABC with writer Michael Horowitz (Burn Notice). Written by Grant based on the upcoming BookShot — thrillers 150 pages or less that sell for under $5 — which Patterson wrote… Read