Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


CBS Buys Comedy From ‘Modern Family’s Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh As Put Pilot

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Workplacea single-camera comedy from Modern Family executive producers Paul Corrigan and Brad Walsh, has landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment. 20th Century Fox TV is the studio. As the title suggests, the project is a workplace comedy. It is set in a three-story building with three seemingly separate businesses: a one-hit-wonder app developer; a real estate company grudgingly shared by a divorced couple; and a cafe run by two sisters, one of whom hasn't worked a… Read


Comedy Adaptation Of Austrian Series ‘Braunschlag’ Set At ABC With Penalty


A half-hour adaptation of the hourlong Austrian series Braunschlag has landed at ABC with a script commitment plus significant penalty. The untitled single-camera project, from Sony TV and Tariq Jalil’s Intrigue, is written/executive produced by The McCarthys creator Brian Gallivan and executive produced by Seth Gordon (The Goldbergs), who will direct the potential pilot if available. In the ABC version, a young small-town mayor named Emma Wolf has dysfunctional siblings… Read


Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele Set Fox Comedy With Vine Star King Bach


Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have set up a followup TV series project to their hit Comedy Central sketch show Key & Peele — a single-camera undercover cop comedy starring top Vine personality Andrew Bachelor aka King Bach. Key and Peele are executive producing the project which, in a competitive situation, has landed at Fox with significant penalty and has been laid off at sibling 20th Century Fox TV.  Written by Key & Peele writer-producer Alex Rubens, the… Read


‘Fantasy Island’ Remake In Works At ABC With Female Lead From Sheldon Turner


Following the Hart To Hart remake with a gay couple, which was set up at NBC, Sony TV is rebooting another classic 1970s drama series from the Spelling-Goldberg catalog, Fantasy Island, with a major twist (or two). The project has landed at ABC with penalty. Written by Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air), the new take goes further in shaking up the original concept — about a tropical island where people pay to go and live out their fantasies — than the 1998 revival, also on… Read


George R.R. Martin Producing ‘Skin Trade’ Drama At Cinemax Based On His Novella

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Cinemax has optioned the rights to The Skin Trade, the 1988 offbeat “werewolf noir” novella by George R.R. Martin, for a TV series project, which the Game Of Thrones author will executive produce. Written/executive produced by Kalinda Vazquez (Once Upon A Time), the drama, titled Skin Trade, will center on Willie Flambeaux, a collections agent who happens to be a werewolf, and his friend, Randi Wade, a private investigator, who discover a dark secret behind a series of… Read


‘Minority Report’ Order Cut By 3 Episodes


Following a slow start, Minority Report‘s original 13-episode order has been trimmed to 10 episodes. Fox is stopping short of canceling the futuristic thriller, though there will be no additional episodes ordered beyond the 10, with production slated to wrap after that. Fox had scheduled Minority Report for a 10-episode fall run, with the remaining 3 episodes of the original order (and presumably backup episodes) set for later in the season. Episode 10 had been designed… Read


‘Key & Peele’ Showrunners Developing ‘The Romeos’ Buddy Comedy At ABC

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With Key & Peele recently ending its five-season run, the hit sketch series’ executive producers/showrunners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel have sold another half-hour comedy with a male duo at the center — this one a little older. Titled The Romeos, the single-camera comedy has been set up at ABC and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Roberts and Martel, The Romeos (stands for Retired Older Men Eating Out) has a Grumpy Old Men vibe and revolves around two… Read


Greg Berlanti Dramas From Chris Fedak & Jennifer Johnson Set At CBS As Put Pilots

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On the heels of a strong launch for Greg Berlanti Prods.’ current drama series, the company has set up two more hight-profile hourlong projects for next season. CBS has given put pilot commitments to Out Of Body, written by Jennifer Johnson, and an untitled project from Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak. Both hail from Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, where the company and the two writers are based, with Berlanti and Sarah Schechter executive producing. Written/executive… Read


‘Blindspot’ Gets Full-Season Order By NBC


NBC’s Blindspot, already the fall season's top-rated new series in adults 18-49, has become the first freshman series to get a Back 9 pickup, bringing its first-season order to a full-season 22 episodes. The order follows the network’s recent pickup of nine backup scripts for the thriller about a woman with no memories whose tattooed body holds the key to her past and to a vast and complex mystery. Through three weeks, Blindspot has averaged a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49… Read


‘American Gothic’ Murder Mystery Drama Gets CBS Series Order For Summer 2016


CBS is keeping the number of its summer original drama series at three. As it recently opted to end Under The Dome after three seasons and Extant after two, the network has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to American Gothic, a twisty family drama from writer Corinne Brinkerhoff (Jane The Virgin) and Under The Dome and Extant producers, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and CBS TV Studios. American Gothic will air next summer, joining fellow newcomer, comedic… Read


‘Extant’ Cancelled After 2 Seasons; Halle Berry To Produce Legal Drama For CBS

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After two seasons and one creative revamp, CBS and star Halle Berry have pulled the plug on summer sci-fi drama series ExtantThe network is staying in business with the Oscar-winning actress, putting in development Legalease, a drama which Berry will executive produce. "CBS, Halle Berry and the producers have decided to conclude the Extant story after last season's exciting and fitting conclusion," said Glenn Geller, President of CBS Entertainment. "Extant played an… Read


‘The Arcana Chronicles’ Books To Get TV Series Adaptation By Warner Bros. With Adam Shankman Producing

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In a competitive situation, Warner Bros. TV has acquired the rights to Kresley Cole’s popular series of young adult novels The Arcana Chronicles for Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot’s studio-based Offspring Entertainment. Writer Seamus Kevin Fahey (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) has been brought in to pen an adaptation of the first book in the series, Poison Princess. In the vein of YA staples like The Hunger Games, The Selection and Divergent, Poison Princess is a… Read