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NBC Buys ‘Assisted Loving’ Comedy From Claudia Lonow

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Following pilot Old Soul last season, NBC again is exploring the comedy in the relationship between generations with Assisted Loving, from How To Live With Your Parents and Accidentally On Purpose creator Claudia Lonow and producers Aaron Kaplan and Tracy Katsky. The project represents Lonow's semi-autobiographical take on Rob Morris' book Assisted Loving, about dating alongside his 80-year-old father. The NBC comedy will center on two half-siblings taking care of their… Read

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Lucy Punch To Star In FX Comedy She Will Pen With Ant Hines & Casper Christensen

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FX has put in development a single-camera comedy project from actress Lucy Punch, frequent Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Ant Hines and popular Danish comedian Casper Christensen. The trio will write and executive produce the single-camera comedy, with England-born Punch set to star. The untitled project follows a desperate English expat (Punch) who marries a death row convict so she can get a green card and stay in the States to pursue her dreams. Thinking that her… Read

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Fox Buys Ensemble Comedy From Alec Sulkin & Julius Sharpe As Put Pilot

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After testing the multi-camera waters with Dads last season, Fox is back at it with a multi-camera project from a duo of Dads writer-producers. The network has given the comedy, from Dads co-creator/executive producer Alec Sulkin and co-executive producer Julius “Goldie” Sharpe, a big put pilot commitment. The 20th Century Fox TV-produced All Together Now revolves around 6 friends in their late 20's who vow to unplug their mobile devices and engage each other for as long… Read

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Eva Longoria Producing Medical Drama For NBC

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Medical drama continues to be the hottest genre this buying season. NBC has put in development Critical, produced by Devious Maids executive producer Eva Longoria and John Glenn (Identity). Written by Katie Lovejoy (Dracula), the drama is described as ER meets House and tells the story of a perfectionist Latina doctor who returns to her hometown to take a job at a prestigious hospital.  But when a secret from her past, a mistake she made early in her career, comes back to… Read

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ABC Buys Restaurant Family Dramedy From Le Train Train & Jennifer Cecil

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In its first development season, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack's Le Train Train production company set up several high-profile half-hour projects and landed a series order for NBC's romantic comedy A to Z. Now the Warner Bros. TV-based banner is signaling an expansion to hourlong projects with its first sale of the season, dramedy Mix at ABC. It will be written by Jennifer Cecil, marking her return to ABC where Cecil worked on Private Practice, serving as co-showrunner… Read

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Lifetime Orders ‘The Omen’ Sequel Series ‘Damien’

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Two years ago, A&E's gave a straight-to-series order to Bates Motel, which tracks the origin story of how Norman Bates got to become one of horror movies' best known villains. Now A&E sibling Lifetime is using the same strategy with a straight-to-series pickup of Damien, a sequel drama about what became of the evil child in another classic horror movie, the 1976 The Omen. (watch below a trailer for the movie written by David Seltzer, directed by Richard Donner and… Read

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IFC Buys Brothel Comedy From Jamie Denbo, Kerri Kenney & Chelsea Handler

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IFC is going down Rabbit Hole, putting in development a scripted comedy project co-created and co-written by writer-actresses Jamie Denbo (Ronna & Beverly) and Kerri Kenney-Silver (Reno 911). It hails from Borderline Amazing Prods., the company of comedian Chelsea Handler, on whose E! late-night show Chelsea Lately Kenney-Silver has been a regular. Rabbit Hole is set in Nevada's “second most famous” brothel, with Kenney-Silver set to play Dame Delilah. Borderline… Read

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Dan Shear Joins Universal TV As VP Comedy

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Dan Shear has recently joined Universal Television as VP Comedy Development, reporting to Tracey Pakosta, EVP, Comedy Development. He will work alongside VP comedy Andy Weil. Shear is segueing to an executive career after a stint an agent. He started in the New York mailroom of the William Morris Agency in 2002. He stayed at WME as a TV lit agent following WMA's merger with Endeavor and in 2011, he moved to the WME office in Los Angeles. He packaged scripted TV series and… Read

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CBS Buys Genius Comedy From Michelle Morgan & Aaron Kaplan

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Friends With Better Lives executive producer Aaron Kaplan is back at CBS with another multi-camera project, The Brain. The comedy, written and executive produced by Michelle Morgan, was bought by CBS with a script commitment and laid off at CBS TV Studios. It centers on an unintelligent guy who suffers head trauma and turns into a genius. That puts a strain on his family and friends, who liked him better when he was clueless. Kaplan will executive produce for his Kapital… Read

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‘Wizard Of Oz’-Themed Series ‘Emerald City’ Not Going Forward At NBC

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EXCLUSIVE: NBC won't be heading for Oz. The network has opted not to proceed with Emerald City, its 10-episode Oz-themed drama series, which had been ordered straight-to-series for next season. The project hails from executive producers Matthew Arnold, who originally conceived the idea and penned the original script, and Josh Friedman, who tweaked the pilot script and has been running the writers room. I hear after several backup scripts had been produced, there was a… Read

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‘Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore & Kerry Ehrin Sell Romantic Comedy To NBC

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Bates Motel star Freddie Highmore is making his writing debut, teaming with A&E drama's co-creator/executive producer Kerry Ehrin for a romantic comedy series project. The untitled half-hour, which the two conceived while attending the Critics Choice Awards together for Bates Motel (this is them attending the event in the photo), has been sold to NBC with a script commitment. Set in the world of venture capitalism, it tells the story of the intimate relationship between… Read

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Stephen Gaghan To Direct AMC Pilot ‘White City’

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Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan is set to direct and executive produce White City, AMC's geopolitical drama pilot focused on Western diplomats and journalists living in Afghanistan. The show focuses on Jon Liston, a war junkie who has spent the better part of the last decade in Kabul with a front-row seat to the carnage. The project comes from co-writers/co-executive producers Nick McDonell, a novelist and journalist who has covered Iraq and Afghanistan for Time, and John… Read

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