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‘Dead Of Summer’ Horror Drama From ‘Once Upon A Time’ Creators Gets ABC Family Series Order

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ABC Family, soon to be Freeform, has given a straight-to-series order to horror drama Dead of Summer, from Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis, along with Once writer Ian Goldberg. The pickup, which marks ABCF’s foray into the horror genre, was made based on a multiple-script commitment and penalty. This marks the third new drama series pickup for ABCF in the past two weeks, joining Guilt and Beyond, which had shot pilots. In the vein of current teen… Read


ABC Ups Orders For ‘Middle’, ‘Goldbergs’, ‘Blackish’ &’ ‘FOTB’; ‘Modern Family’ Next


ABC once again is looking for supersized seasons of its Wednesday comedy series The Middle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family and Black-ish. The network has ordered two more episodes each of The Middle, The Goldbergs and Black-ish, while talks for two more episodes of Modern Family are ongoing. Additionally, there is more good news for sophomore Tuesday comedy Fresh off the Boat. The family comedy originally had been given a 13-episode Season 2 order as it debuted last… Read


‘Hawaiian Dick’ Action Comedy From Johnny Knoxville In Works At NBC

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NBC has put into development Hawaiian Dick, a one-hour comedic action series based on the graphic novels, which is being produced by Johnny Knoxville, David Janollari, Eric Gitter and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg. The script is written by feature scribes Paul Lovett & David Elliot, whose credits include G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. Universal TV is the studio. The property had at one time been optioned by New Line Cinema as a feature film, most recently with Knoxville… Read


‘True Detective’ Creator Nic Pizzolatto Re-Ups HBO Overall Deal, Still No Decision On Season 3


HBO is keeping Nic Pizzolatto in the fold with a third consecutive overall deal that would keep the True Detective creator at the pay cable network through 2018. The pact would cover possible new installments of the thriller drama franchise as well as new projects. More than three months after the second season of True Detective ended its run to mixed reaction, there had been chatter about HBO looking to do a third cycle of the show but no formal decision one way or… Read


‘Supergirl’ Posts First L7 Result, ‘Code Black’ Inches Up In L3 As ‘Quantico’ Sets New Lift Record

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As CBS nears back episodic order decisions on the last two new series on the Big 4 networks this fall to find out their fate, Supergirl and Code Black, there is more DVR data on both shows for the network and us to look at. The Live+7 results for the week of Oct. 26, which included the debut of Supergirl, came out today. With seven days of delayed viewing, the premiere of the CBS superhero drama went up to a 4.4 in 18-49 to rank as the No.1 drama series for the week… Read


‘How I Met Your Mother’ Creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas Set Magic-Themed Comedy ‘New York Mythological’ At CBS

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EXCLUSIVE: In their first TV writing effort as a duo since creating CBS’ long-running comedy series How I Met Your Mother, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are returning to the eye network with another comedy project set in the Big Apple, New York Mythological. The single-camera half-hour, which Bays and Thomas will write and executive produce, hails from Sony TV, where the duo inked a rich overall deal in June. It centers on a Midwestern girl who moves to Manhattan and… Read


Hilary Winston Sells Comedies To CBS & ABC With Carter Bays & Craig Thomas And Temple Hill


Bad Teacher creator/executive producer Hilary Winston has sold two single-camera comedy projects — My Time/Your Time to CBS with How I Met Your Mother creators/executive producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas executive producing; and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened to ABC, done in collaboration with Temple Hill and producer Ellen Goldsmith-Vein. Winston will write and executive produce both projects through her overall deal at Sony Pictures TV, where she and her company… Read


ABC Sets Midseason Schedule & Return Dates: No ‘Secrets & Lies’ Or ‘Uncle Buck’

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ABC has announced its scheduling plans for the January-May portion of the TV season, including return dates for all dramas that will go on winter hiatus: the Shondaland Thursday lineup, Nashville, Once Upon A Time, Quantico and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Thursday will become an unscripted night while Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder are resting, with new weight-loss series My Diet Is Better Than Yours hosted by Shaun T and Beyond The Tank filling in… Read


TBS Developing Detroit Comedy ‘The D’ About Guy & His Puppet Best Friend

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TBS has bought a pitch and ordered a presentation for The D, a half-hour single-camera Detroit comedy featuring a puppet, sources say. The show was created by rising Detroit-native stand-up comedian Chris Powell aka Comedian CP, and by King Of The Hill alum Chip Hall. Powell and Hall are producing with Rough House Pictures and Doug Banker at Five All in the Fifth. Set in inner-city Detroit, The D follows 25-year-old CP and his best friend Reggie Bo — who is essentially an… Read


‘My So Called Wife’ Bravo Pilot Casts Rob Heaps As Male Lead

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British actor Rob Heaps has landed the male lead opposite Inbar Lavi in My So Called Wife, Bravo's hourlong dark comedy pilot from Adam Brooks, Paul Adelstein and Universal Cable Prods. Written by Brooks and Adelstein and to be directed by Brooks, My So Called Wife follows Maddie (Lavi), a master-of-disguise con-artist who gets men and women to fall in love with her, marries them and then disappears with their money and just enough dirty inside information to guarantee… Read


Netflix Picks Up Canadian Period Action Series ‘Frontier’ Starring Jason Momoa

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Netflix has acquired Frontier, a Canadian action adventure drama series that has tapped Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice) to star. The six-episode first season of the series — from creators Rob Blackie (Republic Of Doyle) and Peter Blackie (Majumder Manor) and director Brad Peyton (San Andreas) — will premiere exclusively on Netflix outside of Canada in 2016. Rob Blackie, Peter Blackie, Peyton, Jeff Fierson (This Is Not A Robbery)… Read


ABC Buys Mexican-American Family Comedy ‘Picante’ Produced By Ed Helms

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One of Upright Citizens Brigade’s best-known alums, Ed Helms, has teamed with fellow UCB alumna Lindy Gomez for Picante, a workplace comedy that has been set up at ABC. The project, which marks Gomez’s first sale, hails from Helms’ Pacific Electric Picture Co. and Universal TV, where Pacific Electric has an overall deal. Written by Gomez, Picante centers on the owner of a food manufacturing and distribution plant who juggles running a business with the obligation of… Read