Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


Nick Frost To Topline ABC Comedy From Ben Karlin


In a competitive situation, ABC has bought The Finger, a single-camera comedy written by Ben Karlin (Modern Family) and starring British writer-actor Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun Of The Dead). The project, from ABC Studios and 3 Arts, will have Frost star as Nick Ferguson aka The Finger, the world's most famous jewel thief who wants to quit his life of crime, open up a humble sandwich shop and do right by his 9-year-old son — and all of that is really hard to do. Karlin… Read


Netflix Orders Bill Burr Animated Comedy Series From Vince Vaughn & Gaumont TV


Netflix has greenlighted F Is For Family, a six-episode animated series based on the comedy of Bill Burr, which will be voiced by Burr, Laura Dern and Justin Long. The period family comedy, which will debut in 2015, is produced by Vince Vaughn's Wild West Television and Gaumont International Television, the U.S.-based production arm of the French studio. This marks the first foray into animation for GIT, tapping the expertise of Gaumont Animation in France, and GIT's… Read


Fox Nabs Legal Drama From Alexandra Cunningham & Film 44 As Put Pilot

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Frequent collaborators Alexandra Cunningham and Film 44's Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey are reuniting for another drama project, which has been set up at Fox with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. Titled Expert Witness, the crime drama stems from the development deal Cunningham inked with 20th TV in June and falls under Film 44's pact with the Fox network. Cunningham and Film 44 first worked together on the well regarded NBC remake of Prime Suspect,… Read


Greg Garcia To Produce NBC Comedy With Sebastian Maniscalco Eyed To Star

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My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia is back at NBC with a new comedy project he is executive producing through his CBS TV Studios-based Amigos De Garcia Productions. It is inspired by the life of comedian Sebastian Maniscalco who is expected to star. Written by Austen Earl, writer-producer on Garcia's CBS series The Millers, and produced by CBS Studios, the untitled comedy follows newlywed Sebastian as he attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a… Read


‘Faking It’ Gets Order For 10 More Episodes From MTV


Four episodes into Faking It's 10-episode second season, MTV has ordered 10 more episodes of the scripted comedy series, bringing its second season to 20 episodes. Faking it opened its second season with 1.043 million viewers, down slightly from the series premiere of 1.165 million in Live+same day. Created by Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov and executive produced by Carter Covington, Faking It is a romantic comedy about two best friends, Karma (Katie Stevens) and Amy… Read


Ryan Murphy & His ‘Glee’ Co-Creators Get Fox Series Order For Comedy-Horror Anthology ‘Scream Queens’

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American Horror Story meets Glee. In their first big programming move at Fox, Fox TV Group chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman have given a 15-episode straight-to-series order to one of their most trusted creators at 20th Century Fox TV, Ryan Murphy. With Glee wrapping its run on Fox, the network has ordered comedy-horror anthology Scream Queens, from Glee creators Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. This marks the second straight-to-series order for an anthology… Read


‘The Erotic Silence Of The American Wife’ Drama From Sally Robinson & Tony Krantz Set At ABC

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Here is a project that will likely qualify for the most provocative title this development season. In a competitive situation, ABC has landed The Erotic Silence Of The American Wife, a drama from writer Sally Robinson, who penned Lifetime's hugely successful Steel Magnolias remake, producer Tony Krantz (Dracula) of Flame Ventures and ABC Studios. Based on Dalma Heyn's 1992 book of the same name, The Erotic Silence Of The American Wife is described as an emotional, erotic… Read


ABC Buys Book Club Comedy From Patti Carr, Lara Olsen & Eva Longoria

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In a competitive situation, Bookclub, a half-hour comedy from former 90210 showrunners Patti Carr and Lara Olsen, Eva Longoria's UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV, where the company has a first-look deal, has landed at ABC with script commitment plus penalty. Said to be in the vein of ensemble comedies Bridesmaids and The Hangover, Bookclub revolves around four female friends who escape the pressures and responsibilities of adult life by pretending to be in a… Read


‘Mulaney’ Order Trimmed To 13 Episodes


Fox has trimmed the order for new comedy series Mulaney by three episodes, from 16 to 13. The network made the call after two airings, as the series just wrapped filming Episode 13 and was about to go into production on Episode 14. The multi-camera Mulaney had an unusual 16-episode order as Fox originally picked up 6 episodes last October and then ordered additional 10 in May when the net opted not not to pick up any of its comedy pilots to series. While no 2014 Fox… Read


AMC Network Narrows Field Of Drama Pilot Contenders With Producer Meetings

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With a renewed focus on original dramas as AMC  just exited the unscripted space, the network is ramping up development. It had been an AMC tradition to hold annual script showcases, called by the network producer meetings, where the writers/producers of scripts that had been identified by network brass as top pilot contenders, lay out their vision for the shows beyond the pilot. Those producer meetings, which continue to be referred to as “bakeoff” in agency jargon, have… Read


Space Race Drama From Eli Attie & Film 44 Lands At Fox With Penalty


Fox is going for a new take on space race with a drama from writer Eli Attie (The West Wing), Pete Berg and Sarah Aubrey's Film 44 and 20th Century Fox TV. The untitled project, from 20th Century Fox TV where Attie is under an overall deal, has received a script commitment with penalty. It falls under a deal Film 44 inked with the Fox network at the beginning of the summer. Written by Attie, the present-day drama us about a space race — but between people instead of… Read


‘Kingdom’ Picked Up For 20 More Episodes By DirecTV

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Two episodes into Kingdom's 10-episode freshman run, DirecTV's MMA drama has received a pickup for 20 more episodes. The series, from creator/showrunner Byron Balasco and Endemol Studios, is scheduled to begin production on the new order in the spring, with the first 10 episodes airing on DirecTV's Audience Network in fall 2015, and the following 10 slated for 2016. Kingdom, a gritty family drama set against the backdrop of the renegade subculture of Mixed Martial Arts in… Read


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