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‘Selfie’, ‘Manhattan Love Story’ & ‘Forever’ Get Orders For More Scripts From ABC

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ABC has picked up three scripts each of freshman series Selfie, Manhattan Love Story and Forever. The network has now given some sort of orders to all of its new series after hot drama How To Get Away With Murder and comedy Black-ish received full-season pickups last week. Additional script orders (usually three) are used by the broadcast networks for freshman series they feel have shown some promise but have not yet proven their case for a full-fledged episodic order… Read

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CBS Buys Medical Drama From Dan Jinks, Playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo

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Medical dramas' hot streak this development season is being extended with another sale. CBS has put in development LFE from The Dan Jinks Company and CBS Television Studios. Written by Paul Downs ColaizzoLFE follows a group of New York City's wildest and most brilliant doctors as they start their second year of residency in the city's most prestigious hospital. The show will not only be about saving lives in the hospital, but also about the young doctors grappling with… Read

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‘Skeleton Twins’ Scribe Mark Heyman To Write ‘Strange Angel’ For Scott Free, AMC

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Screenwriter Mark Heyman (Skeleton Twins, Black Swan) is set to write Strange Angel, a drama project for AMC produced by Scott Free under the company's first-look deal with the network. Based on George Pendle's book Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life Of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside, the drama tells the story of Jack Parsons, a brilliant rocket scientist and co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While a pioneer in research that had only recently been dreamed up… Read

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CBS Nabs Legal Drama From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Duo With Put Pilot Commitment

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In their first sale under an overall deal at CBS TV Studios, longtime Grey's Anatomy executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater have set up a legal drama to CBS as a put pilot. This is an unusually big commitment for a show coming from the network's sister studio, indicating interest in the project. Phelan and Rater will write and executive produce the untitled project, which centers on a smart, successful 30-something defense attorney who shockingly falls for one of… Read

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‘Bewitched’ Remake Eyed By Networks

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On the 50th anniversary of its debut, classic TV sitcom Bewitched is eyeing a comeback. I've learned that Sony Pictures TV is shopping a new version of the supernatural comedy, which ran on ABC from 1964 to 1972. I hear there is already interest from multiple networks in the modern-day take, which is being penned by The Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. The project hails from Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick's Red Wagon Entertainment, which produced Columbia… Read

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‘Marry Me’ Off To Solid Ratings Start, ‘The Flash’ Holds Well In Week 2 – Rat Race

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Two more comedy series, NBC's freshman Marry Me and sophomore About A Boy, joined Tuesday to bring the total to six half-hours on the night. Only the NBC pair has a meaningful lead-in, so, not surprisingly, Marry Me and About A Boy's ratings equaled those of the other four comedies combined. New romantic comedy Marry Me opened with a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 behind The Voice (3.3, down 15% from Monday's first battle round). That was below the first two airings of Abou… Read

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‘Westworld’ Nears Series Order At HBO

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Already considered a slam-dunk for a series order, HBO's's star-studded drama pilot Westworld was showcased in a major way during Time Warner's Investors Day, given thumbs-up by top executives who made it seem a series pickup is indeed a foregone conclusion. 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… Read

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‘The Twenty-Year Death’ Drama Based On Novels Shopped By FremantleMedia

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The Twenty-Year Death, the acclaimed debut novel by Ariel S. Winter; is headed to the small screen. FremantleMedia North America is shopping a drama series adaptation of the book, with Richard Price (The Wire) set to write and Scott Frank (A Walk Among The Tombstones) set to produce. The Twenty-Year Death is in the Hard Case Crime genre that involves capturing the feel of pulp classics without slavish imitation. It consists of three linked novels written in the styles of… Read

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‘In Good Company’ Series From Paul & Chris Weitz Based On Movie Set At CBS

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There have been a lot of series based on movies this development season. Here is one that sets itself apart as the filmmaker behind it also is shepherding the series. CBS has given a script commitment with penalty to In Good Company, a half-hour hybrid comedy based on Paul Weitz's 2004 movie, with Weitz on board to co-write and executive produce. His brother, Chris Weitz, also executive produces. Universal TV is producing with Weitz brothers' Depth of Field banner, which… Read

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‘The Illusionist’ Series Based On Movie In Works At The CW

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The CW, which has Reign in its second season, is developing another period drama with roots in Western Europe – The Illusionist, based on the 2006 movie starring Ed Norton. The project, which will change the setting from Vienna to New York, comes from Yari Film Group, the company that produced and distributed the film; Electus; and CBS TV Studios. The movie, written and directed by Neil Burger, was loosely based on Steven Millhauser's short story, Eisenheim The Illusionist… Read

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Comedy Inspired By Openly Gay Soccer Player Robbie Rogers Lands At ABC

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ABC has closed a deal for Men In Shorts, a single-camera comedy inspired by the life of professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, who became the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league. The project hails from writer Claudia Lonow and producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, whose Storyline Entertainment, along with Universal Television, optioned Rogers' story rights for a comedy series in July. Written by Lonow, who serves as… Read

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Marc Cherry & Neal Baer Team For Prep School Spy Drama At the CW

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In a top-level showrunner pairing, Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids creator/executive producer Marc Cherry has partnered with Under The Dome showrunner Neal Baer for an action-adventure mystery drama project, Cheerleader Death Squad, which has been set up at the CW through CBS TV Studios, where Baer has an overall deal. Cherry and Baer will co-write the script with Blue Bloods executive producer Dan Truly, and the trio will executive produce alongside Cherry's… Read

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