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Fox Nabs Police Drama Starring T.I. From Jerry Bruckheimer Television

In one of the first major buys for the next broadcast development cycle, Fox has given a script commitment with significant penalty to Atlanta’s Most Wanted, a drama starring and executive produced by actor-rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris. The project, from now-indie Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Fox sibling 20th Century Fox Television, is described as a character-driven police procedural. Written by Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks), Atlanta’s Most Wanted centers… Read

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‘Criminal Minds’: Daniel Henney Of ‘Beyond Borders’ Joins Mothership Series

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Henney, who co-starred on the recently canceled CBS drama Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders for two seasons, is staying in the franchise fold, joining the cast of flagship Criminal Minds as a series regular. Henney will continue in his role as Special Agent Matt Simmons. Formerly with the International Response Team, Special Agent Simmons joins his colleagues in the Behavioral Analysis Unit, whom he has consulted with in the past, including helping with the… Read

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‘Supernatural’ Spinoff ‘Wayward Sisters’ Starring Kim Rhodes Set As Backdoor Pilot For Season 13 Of CW Series

EXCLUSIVE: It’s the ladies’ turn in the Supernatural franchise. I have learned that the CW’s long-running drama series, about the adventures of the Winchester brothers, is prepping a new spinoff, Wayward Sisters, starring the original series’ standout Kim Rhodes. The project — which is being developed as a planted spinoff and will have a backdoor pilot airing as an episode of Supernatural‘s upcoming 13th season — tells the story of Sheriff Jody Mills (Rhodes) and a group… Read

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‘The Tap’ Yale University Period Drama Pilot Not Going Forward At USA Network

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USA Network has made a decision on its last outstanding pilot, passing on period drama The Tap, from Rob Reiner and Andrew Lenchewski. The project, originally set up at USA in 2014 and ordered to pilot in 2016, was set at the most famous secret society in American college history, Yale's Skull and Bones. It took place around 1969, during the height of America's cultural and political revolution — a time when the campus is being upended by antiwar protests, race riots and… Read

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‘The Carmichael Show’ & ‘Downward Dog’ In Renewal Limbo As Cast Options Are Set To Expire

Year-round scheduling is a great idea unless it hits constraints associated with the traditional broadcast production cycle. That is the case this year with two comedies, NBC’s The Carmichael Show and ABC’s Downward Dog. Both premiered in late May and have done respectably by summer standards. Neither has heard yet on its future, but, regardless whether the networks make a renewal decision in the next ten days or not, the studios that produce the two comedies have to make… Read

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‘Last Man Standing’: No CMT Lifeline For Tim Allen Sitcom As Pickup Talks Fall Through

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It was considered too long of a shot for fans of Last Man Standing to get their hopes up, and I hear now it’s final — CMT won’t be picking up canceled ABC comedy series Last Man Standing a new season. CMT, which carries reruns of the Tim Allen-starring sitcom, had engaged in conversations with the studio behind Last Man Standing, 20th Century Fox TV, about possibly ordering original episodes. The talks were only preliminary, exploring the financial feasibility of… Read

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Jacki Weaver To Co-Star In TNT Drama Pilot ‘The Deep Mad Dark’

Two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) is set for a co-starring role in TNT’s hourlong mystery drama pilot The Deep Mad Dark, produced by John Wells. Written by Megan Martin and directed by Niels Arden Oplev, The Deep Mad Dark centers on Detroit neurosurgeon Polly Lewis who embarks on an unorthodox study in the field of memory and trauma. Her once-closest friend — the irreverent, brilliant Tash Hollander — comes home after living many years in a… Read

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‘The Gospel Of Kevin’: Kimberly Hébert Gregory To Co-Star On ABC Series, Replacing Cristela Alonzo

Kimberly Hébert Gregory (Vice Principals) has been tapped as a female lead opposite Jason Ritter on the new ABC light drama series The Gospel of Kevin. In a recasting, she replaces Cristela Alonzo who played the role in the pilot. Written/executive produced by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, The Gospel of Kevin, from ABC Studios, centers on Kevin (Ritter), a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world. Kevin is a cluelessly self-serving… Read

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‘Supergirl’: Jessica Queller & Robert Rovner Named Co-Showrunners On the CW Series

The CW superhero drama series Supergirl is beefing up its showrunner ranks heading into its third season with the promotion of Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner to co-showrunners alongside co-creator Andrew Kreisberg. The move follows the departure of co-creator/co-showrunner Ali Adler, who has signed an overall deal at CBS TV Studios. She will remain an executive consultant on the CW series. Both Queller and Rovner joined the Warner Bros. TV-produced Supergirl midway… Read

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Glenn Close To Star In Amazon Comedy Pilot ‘Sea Oak’

Emmy-winning Damages alum Glenn Close has been tapped to star in Amazon comedy pilot Sea Oak. Written by George Saunders based on his short story, the genre-bending Sea Oak focuses on Aunt Bernie (Close) a meek working-class woman who dies tragically in a home invasion in her Rust Belt subsidized housing complex called Sea Oak. Compelled by sheer force of dissatisfaction, she comes back from the dead full of rage, determined to get the life she never had. Saunders… Read

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‘Ice’: Ed Bernero Tapped As Showrunner For Season 2 Of Audience Network Series

AT&T Audience Network’s drama series Ice has brought in veteran Ed Bernero as executive producer and showrunner for Season 2. He is expected to bring a steady hand to the Entertainment One-produced series, which hit some bumps during the filming of its first season. Antoine Fuqua directed the opening episode of Ice, set in the underbelly of the L.A, and served as an executive producer but stepped down from day-to-day involvement halfway through production in Season 1. Ice… Read

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Comedic Crime Drama From Brian Duffield Gets USA Network Pilot Order

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After a string of darker new drama series like Mr. Robot, Colony, Falling Water and the upcoming The Sinner and Damnation, USA Network is returning to the character-based comedic crime one-one genre where it had a lot of success early on with series like Monk and Psych. USA has given a pilot order to Olive Forever, from Insurgent and The Babysitter writer Brian Duffield, AwesomenessTV and its former CEO Brian Robbins. Universal Cable Prods. is the studio. Written by… Read