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Emily Kinney Joins ABC’s ‘Conviction’

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The Walking Dead alum Emily Kinney has been cast opposite Hayley Atwell and Shawn Ashmore in ABC's legal drama pilot Conviction, from The Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. Co-created by Liz Friedman, who wrote the script, and Liz Friedlander, who will direct the pilot, Conviction stars Atwell as the brilliant but ne'er-do-well daughter of a former President who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles' newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along… Read

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‘Good Place’ NBC Comedy Series Casts William Jackson Harper

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William Jackson Harper is set to co-star opposite Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in Good Place, NBC's 13-episode straight-to-series comedy series from Parks & Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Mike Schur. Good Place, which NBC ordered to series last summer based on a pitch, centers on Eleanor (Bell), a woman from New Jersey who comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be… Read

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar To Star In Fox Pilot ‘Pitch’

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Former Franklin & Bash star Mark-Paul Gosselaar is set as the male lead opposite Kylie Bunbury in PitchFox‘s baseball drama pilot, written by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer and directed by Paris Barclay. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, follows Ginny (Bunbury), a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. Gosselaar will play Mike Lawson, a handsome, charming, self-assured future Hall of Fame MLB catcher. A… Read

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CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Superior Donuts’ Casts Maz Jobrani

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Actor-comedian Maz Jobrani is set to co-star opposite Jermaine Fowler in  Superior Donuts, CBS' multi-camera comedy pilot written by Bob Daily and Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan and directed by James Burrows. Based on the play by Tracy Letts, Superior Donuts follows the relationship between the owner of a donut shop, Arthur, his new young employee, Franco (Fowler), and their patrons in a gentrifying neighborhood of Chicago. Jobrani plays Maz — a character written for him… Read

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Laura Dern To Star In HBO Death Row Drama In Development From Alex Gibney

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HBO is developing a drama series project written and directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney that has Laura Dern attached to star and executive produce. The untitled drama centers on a court-appointed psychiatrist (Dern) who must determine from her twisted yet humanizing diagnostic exchanges with death row inmates if they are sane enough to be killed by the state. Gibney is executive producing with Dern, while Jayme Lemons (Enlightened) serves… Read

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CBS Order For Matt Nix Drama Scrapped When Co-Production Deal Falls Through As Ownership Rules Pilot Season 2016

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Following game-changing upfronts dominated by pickups and renewals favoring owned and co-owned series, the shift carried over to pilot season, with networks picking up projects from their sister studios and co-productions dominating orders from outside studios. The new paradigm led to a dramatic showdown between CBS and 20th Century Fox TV that resulted in the demise of a project that had been quietly picked up to pilot: a crime drama from Burn Notice creator Matt… Read

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Nicholas Braun To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘My Time/Your Time’

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Nicholas Braun (Friend Me) has been cast as the male lead opposite Jane Levy in My Time/Your Time, CBS's hybrid comedy pilot from Hilary Winston and How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Based on the web series 7P/10E by Avital Ash, My Time/Your Time chronicles the relationship of a young couple — Marla (Levy) and Wade (Braun) — as they begin dating long distance. Levy’s Marla is an inherent optimist living in New York City who wants to be a… Read

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Daniel Sunjata To Star In ABC’s ‘Notorious’ Drama Pilot Based On Mark Geragos

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Graceland and Rescue Me alum Daniel Sunjata is set as the lead in ABC’s drama pilot Notorious. The project, from Sony Pictures TV and Jeff Kwatinetz's The Firm, was inspired by the relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and long-time Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker. Written by Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman and blogger Allie Hagan (Suri's Burn Book), Notorious is described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal… Read

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‘Days Of Our Lives’ Renewed By NBC

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I have learned that Days Of Our Lives, which marked its 50th anniversary this season, has been renewed for next season, which will be the long-running daytime drama’s 51st. The pickup, which I hear may include an option for an additional year, keeps NBC in the daytime soap game as Days is the last remaining afternoon drama on its schedule. The network brass had showed public support for the show, from Sony Pictures Television, with both chairman Bob Greenblatt and… Read

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Shawn Ashmore Joins ABC’s ‘Conviction’

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Shawn Ashmore, who has played Iceman in the X-Men movie franchise, is set to co-star opposite Hayley Atwell, also a member of the Marvel universe with her role as Peggy Carter, in ABC’s legal drama pilot Conviction, from The Mark Gordon Co. and ABC Studios. Co-created by Liz Friedman, who wrote the script, and Liz Friedlander, who will direct the pilot, Conviction stars Atwell as the brilliant but ne'er-do-well daughter of a former President who is blackmailed into taking… Read

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‘Six’: Kyle Schmid To Co-Star In History’s Military Drama Series

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Kyle Schmid (Copper, Being Human) has signed on for a lead role in History's new military drama Six, from A+E Studios and The Weinstein Company. Written by William Broyles (Jarhead) and David Broyles, a military Special Operations veteran, and inspired by current events, Six follows a brotherhood of modern American warriors, Navy SEAL Team Six, whose 2014 mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with the… Read

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Fox Orders ‘Chad’ Comedy Pilot Starring Nasim Pedrad As Teen Middle Eastern Boy

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Fox has given a late pilot order to Chad: An American Boy, a single-camera Middle Eastern family comedy co-created by and starring Saturday Night Live alumna Nasim Pedrad and directed by Jason Winer. Written by Pedrad & Rob Rosell, Chad centers on a 14-year-old boy (Pedrad) in the throes of adolescence is tasked with being the man of the house, which leaves him with all the responsibilities of being an adult without any of the perks. Pedrad, Rosell and Winer executive… Read