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‘Luther’ Gets Fox Remake With Neil Cross Writing & Idris Elba Producing

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One of the most acclaimed British series of the last decade, BBC crime drama Luther, is getting a U.S. remake. Fox has given a rich put pilot commitment with a seven-figure penalty to the adaptation, which will be written/executive produced by the original series' creator Neil Cross. The British series' star, Idris Elba, is on board as executive producer. The project hails from 20th Century Fox TV, studio-based Chernin Entertainment and BBC Worldwide Prods. Also executive… Read

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Nickelodeon Orders Beach Club, Futuristic Family Comedy Pilots

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Nickelodeon has ordered two comedy pilots, The Dunes Club and Future Shock (working titles). Both will begin production in January 2015. Set at a high-end beach club, The Dunes Club centers on the unlikely friendship that forms between a sheltered, privileged boy and a street-smart local girl who takes a job for the summer to earn extra cash. The project was created by Heather Flanders (Undateable, Lab Rats). Future Shock centers on two brothers who get the shock of… Read

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Rob Riggle-Starring Adaptation Of Austrian Series ‘Braunschlag’ Gets Fox Put Pilot Commitment

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In what is likely one of the last competitive bidding situations and big commitments this pitch season, Fox has nabbed a single-camera comedy starring Rob Riggle as a put pilot. Based on the Austrian comedy series Braunschlag, the untitled comedy hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Principato-Young Entertainment (Black-ish, Married). The American version will be developed by The Office, 30 Rock and American Dad alum Steve Hely. It follows the quirky inhabitants of a small… Read

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‘Westworld’ Officially Picked Up To Series By HBO

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HBO's star-studded drama pilot Westworldshowcased in a major way during Time Warner's Investors Day as an upcoming series — has been given an official series order by the pay cable network. Westworld, from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, Person Of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan, writer Lisa Joy, producer Jerry Weintraub and Warner Bros TV, was inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi movie and stars Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie… Read

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‘From Hell’ Drama Based On Jack The Ripper Graphic Novel In Works At FX

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FX is developing From Hell, a drama series based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, which was adapted into the 2001 20th Century Fox feature starring Johnny Depp and Robbie Coltrane. Don Murphy, who produced the film, is executive producing. David Arata (Children Of Men) will write the adaptation. The Hughes brothers, who directed the movie, are not involved. From Hell tells the tale of Jack the Ripper with the killer himself as the main character… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip, Still Solid With Host Woody Harrelson

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The ratings slump that plagued Saturday Night Live last season - after the exit of a slew of cast favorites and carrying over to the beginning of this season - may be officially over. Last night's show hosted by Woody Harrelson with musical guest Kendrick Lamar drew a 4.1 household rating in the metered markets and a 2.3 among adults 18-49. That was down from the season high marks logged by the most recent SNL original hosted by Chris Rock with musical guest Prince (4.9… Read

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‘The Millers’ Cancelled By CBS

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CBS has pulled the plug on sophomore comedy The Millers. The sitcom will film one more episode, so the below-the-line crew gets paid, before shutting down production. The Millers is set to air this coming Monday. The fate of the remaining completed episodes beyond that is unclear but CBS will likely pull the show. While it logged decent numbers behind The Big Bang Theory last season, The Millers has been underwhelming in its new Monday berth, most recently pulling in a… Read

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AMC Comedy Pilot ‘We Hate Paul Revere’ Not Going Forward

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After recently pulling away from unscripted programming, AMC also is putting the breaks on a planned expansion into half-hour comedy, at least for now. The network has quietly passed on its first half-hour comedy pilot, We Hate Paul Revere. The rationale: AMC's maiden comedy series would set the bar for the genre on the network the way Mad Men did on the drama side. That bar is high, and I hear AMC brass didn't think We Hate Paul Revere quite hit it out of the park… Read

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ABC Buys Legal Procedural From ‘NCIS’ Producer & Emile Gladstone

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ABC has put in development Emma Cavendish, a legal procedural from ABC Studios written by NCIS co-executive producer Chris Silber. It centers on a young attorney who discovers a long-buried secret about her family. The revelation upends her career and personal life, making her question everything she believed about herself. Silber is executive producing with Emile Gladstone. This marks one of the first major sales for Gladstone through his Emile Gladstone Productions… Read

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‘The McCarthys’ Gets Order For 2 More Scripts From CBS

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It looks like CBS is not throwing in the towel on new comedy series The McCarthys just yet. The network has picked up two additional scripts from the multi-camera family comedy after two — by CBS standards — low-rated airings. While such an additional script order is absolutely no guarantee for an episodic pickup — for instance, freshman ABC comedy Manhattan Love Story received a pickup for three scripts earlier this fall but was ultimately cancelled — it is a reassuring… Read

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‘Longmire’ Lives? Netflix In Negotiations For Season 4 Pickup

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Longmire fans' prayers may have been answered. I've learned that Netflix is deep in negotiations for a fourth season of the drama series. The news comes two and a half months after Longmire's surprise cancellation by A&E after three seasons. The axing triggered one of the biggest outpourings of fan support, with reaction ranging from shock and disbelief to anger and a call to arms in a massive save-the-show campaign. Sources caution that negotiations between Netflix and Lo… Read

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Kathryn Hahn Back As Female Lead In Showtime Pilot ‘Happyish’

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Kathryn Hahn, who starred opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in the original half-hour pilot for Showtime's Happyish that was picked up to series shortly before Hoffman's shocking death, will return for the project's new incarnation starring Steve Coogan. Hahn is set to reprise her role as the female lead in the new pilot, directed by Ken Kwapis, which will be filmed in New York next month. Happyish, described as a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of… Read

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