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‘Bad Boys’ TV Offshoot Starring Gabrielle Union Gets NBC Pilot Order

NBC communes to  plow ahead with drama pilots orders while the other nets are still mulling their choices. The peacock network has given a formal pilot green light to an untitled Bad Boys spinoff TV series starring Gabrielle Union. The project, from Sony Pictures TV, Bad Boys movies' producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Doug Belgrad, Primary Wave Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV, had a pilot production commitment. The untitled project centers on the Special Agent Syd Burnett… Read

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Hector Elizondo & Holland Taylor To Star In Norman Lear & Peter Tolan’s ‘Guess Who Died’ NBC Comedy Pilot

Comedy veterans Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing) and Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) have been cast as the leads in Guess Who Died, NBC’s single-camera comedy from Norman Lear and Peter Tolan, which has a pilot production commitment. Guess Who Died, from Sony Pictures TV, is based on Lear's personal experiences and described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges we all experience at any stage of life. The comedy is set in the Las… Read

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‘The Boys’: Antony Starr, Chace Crawford, Dominique McElligott & Jessie Usher Cast In Amazon’s Superhero Drama Series

Antony Starr (American Gothic), Dominique McElligott (The Last Tycoon), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Jessie T. Usher (Survivor’s Remorse) and Nathan Mitchell (iZombie) have joined Erin Moriarty as leads in Amazon's straight-to-series drama The Boys, Deadline has learned. Amazon Studios Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson and created by Supernatural creator and Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke, The Boys is set in a world where… Read

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‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Shopped To Other Networks For Season 3

The Shannara Chronicles is actively looking for a new network home after a two-season run at Viacom — one season on MTV and one on Spike. Even before word got out today that Spike — soon to become Paramount Network — has cancelled the fantasy series, The Shannara Chronicles studio, Sonar, and producers had already started conversations with prospective buyers. The Shannara Chronicles, which is based on the best-selling fantasy books by Terry Brooks, streams on Netflix in… Read

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Facebook Orders Drama Series ‘Sacred Lies’ From Blumhouse & ‘True Blood’ Duo

Former True Blood executive producer Raelle Tucker and director Scott Winant have teamed with Blumhouse Television for Sacred Lies (working title) a half-hour drama, which has been given a 10-episode series order by Facebook Watch. Ricky Van Veen, Facebook’s Director of Development, just announced the project at NATPE. Based on the classic Grimm Brothers tale The Handless Maiden, and Stephanie Oakes’ novel The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, and adapted and updated by Tucker, S… Read

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Hulu Nabs ‘Catch-22’ Limited Series Starring George Clooney From Anonymous Content & Paramount TV

Catch-22, the high-profile limited series starring and directed by George Clooney, has landed at Hulu, which is finalizing a deal for a six-episode straight-to-series order. The project, written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal Joseph Heller novel, is being directed by Clooney and Grant Heslov and hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television. UPDATE: Hulu at TCA on Sunday confirmed the deal as closed. In his first TV role since the end of ER… Read

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‘Lady Dynamite’ Not Returning For Season 3 On Netflix

Netflix has opted not to renew Maria Bamford's comedy series Lady Dynamite for a third season. The cancellation decision comes two months after Season 2 of the series inspired by the actor/comedian's life debuted on November 10. Created by Pam Brady and Mitch Hurwitz, Lady Dynamite starred Bamford as well as Ana Gasteyer, Fred Melamed, Mary Kay Place, Ed Begley, Jr., Mo Collins and Olafur Darri Olafsson. In Season 2, Maria embarked on her greatest adventure ever — love… Read

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NBC Orders Bellevue Medical Drama Pilot From David Schulner & Peter Horton

NBC has given a pilot order to an untitled Bellevue hospital hourlong drama from David SchulnerPeter Horton and Universal TV. The project, fka Bellevue, was originally bought by the network in September with a put pilot commitment. Written by Schulner, the Bellevue drama is produced by Dr. Eric Manheimer, MD, the former medical director at New York City's Bellevue Hospital and author of the memoir Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital which inspired the… Read

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NBC Orders Clairvoyance Crime Drama Pilot ‘In Between Lives’ From Heyday TV

NBC has ordered a second drama pilot, In Between Lives. It comes from Madam Secretary co-executive producer Moira Kirland, Heyday Television — the joint venture of Harry Potter and Paddington producer David Heyman and NBCUniversal International Studios — and Universal Television. Written by Kirland, In Between Lives centers on a mysterious young woman who reluctantly uses her gift of clairvoyance to help a veteran LAPD detective and a damaged ex-FBI outsider solve the… Read

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‘John Wick’ Star Keanu Reeves Expected To Appear In Starz Series Based On Films

Starz this morning announced that it has teamed with sibling Lionsgate TV to develop The Continental, a television series adaptation of the highly successful John Wick Lionsgate film franchise. John Wick star Keanu Reeves serves as an executive producer on the potential series. Additionally, “I think you can expect to see him at some point on the series,” Starz’s head of programming Carmi Zlotnik said during Starz’s TCA session. “That is part of the ongoing… Read

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‘Upload’: Andy Allo Cast As Lead In Amazon Comedy Pilot

Andy Allo has been cast as the female lead opposite Robbie Amell in Upload, Amazon's high-concept single-camera comedy pilot from The Office creator Greg Daniels. Upload is set in the future where humans are able to "upload" themselves into their preferred choice of afterlife. When Nathan (Amell) meets his early death, he is greeted by Nora (Allo) in his version of heaven. The series follows the two as Nathan grows accustomed to life away from his loved ones, and the… Read

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‘The Deuce’s David Simon Calls James Franco “Entirely Professional” As Work On Season 2 Continues Amid Allegations

Four days after the Golden Globes, the controversy surrounding Globe winner James Franco continues, fueled by more inappropriate behavior accusations in a Los Angeles Times story and Franco’s comments on the issue on The Late Show and on Late Night. In addition to Franco’s awards prospects for his buzzy feature The Disaster Artist, the controversy also is threatening to affect his porn industry drama series The Deuce, which has been renewed for a second season. "We have… Read