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TNT & TBS Get New Direction, Order Series ‘Alienist’ & ‘Wrecked’ And Pilots ‘Will’, ‘Animal Kingdom’ & ‘The Group’

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The makeover of TNT and TBS is underway. At his first Turner upfront, Kevin Reilly, President of TBS and TNT and Chief Content Officer for Turner Entertainment, unveiled his plans for the two networks as well as several pickups. They include a high-profile event series, The Alienist, from True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga;two drama pilots at TNT, Will, from Craig Pearce and Animal Kingdom, from John Wells; as well as two orders at TBS: a series one to pilot Wrecked and a… Read

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ABC Chief On ‘American Crime’ Reset, ‘Castle’ & ‘Grey’s Future, Marvel Plans

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John Ridley’s anthology crime series American Crime will be taking a page from American Horror Story‘s playbook. During an upfronts press call today, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee revealed that the second installment of American Crime will feature some of the actors from the first season playing different characters. “It’s a completely different scenario and a completely different crime, placed in a different part of America,” Lee said of Season 2. He said… Read

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USA Picks Up ‘Queen Of the South’ To Series

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Ahead of its upfront presentation on Friday, USA Network has picked up its drama pilot Queen Of The South to series with a 13-episode order for a 2016 premiere. The pilot was developed and produced by Fox 21 TV Studios (then Fox TV Studios), which will now co-produce with Universal Cable Prods. Based on best-selling book La Reina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Queen Of The South tells the story of Teresa Mendoza (Alice Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is… Read

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‘Castle’ Star Stana Katic To Return For Season 8

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UPDATE 8:30 AM: It is now official – ABC just confirmed that Stana Katic has closed her deal to return to Castle for its upcoming eighth season. PREVIOUS 6:30 AM: It came down to the wire but I hear that Stana Katic is finalizing a deal to return to Castle for the ABC drama’s upcoming eighth season. An announcement is likely to come later today. Katic joins fellow Castle star Nathan Fillion who had already committed to come back. Both actors needed new contracts as their… Read

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Pam Fryman Joins ‘People Are Talking’ Series As Executive Producer/Director

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Pam Fryman, who helmed the pilot for NBC’s newly picked up multi-camera comedy series People Are Talking, is joining the show as executive producer/director. We Are Talking, from writer DJ Nash, Universal TV and Will Packer Prods., is the only new NBC comedy series to land on the fall schedule, paired with returning multi-camera sitcom Undateable. The pilot, about two diverse couples who are neighbors and best friends, starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Meaghan Rath, Tone Bell… Read

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Cristela Alonzo Reacts To Cancellation Of Her ABC Series

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In an emotional blog post today, Cristela creator, executive producer and star Cristela Alonzo reflects on her ABC comedy series’ cancellation last Thursday. She talks about how she got the news and her reaction; about the deep personal connection she had with the show, which was based on her family; and how much the series meant to her and to the people it touched. Here are some highlights from Alonzo’s post (you can read it in its entirety here): I once had a show named… Read

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‘Person Of Interest’ Gets ‘The Mentalist’ Treatment With 13-Episode Order; Will Season 5 Be Its Last?

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Of the slew of the returning scripted series renewed by CBS today, only one, Person of Interest, is not owned by the network. (It comes from Warner Bros. TV.) It was the lone series to get a partial order, which I hear is for 13 episodes. That is exactly what happened last May, with a last-minute 13-episode order to another veteran Warner Bros drama procedural, The Mentalist. Just like last year with The MentalistCBS would not say whether the upcoming fifth season of POI… Read

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Fox Upfront Presentation 2015 Live Blog

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How much time will Fox chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman devote to discussing next season’s 18 episodes of this season’s hit drama Empire at this afternoon’s Fox Upfront 2015 presentation? Will they confirm which former American Idol judges have shown “a lot of enthusiasm” for coming back for the singing competition’s swan-song season? And can any of it top this morning’s belting out of I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton dressed as the NBC peacock (her description)… Read

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CBS Renews ‘CSI: Cyber’, ‘Odd Couple’, ‘POI’, ‘Five-O’, ‘Good Wife’, ‘NCIS’ Duo & More

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CBS just made its final renewals for next season, picking up 10 scripted series; reality staples Survivor, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss; and newsmagazine stalwarts 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. No major surprises (and bloodletting) on the list of renewed scripted series, with all shows coming back except for bubble series Stalker and The McCarthys, which were canceled today, and Battle Creek, which already Read

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‘CSI’ Finale Still On Track For Next Season

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Auspiciously missing among the 15 programs CBS officially renewed today was veteran crime drama CSIBut it has not been unceremoniously cancelled. I hear the network continues to work on a finale plan for next season, likely a movie wrapping up the series, which spawned a billion-dollar franchise for the company. I hear the announcement might be made at CBS’ upfront presentation on Wednesday. By getting a proper goodbye, CSI would break the pattern of long-running and… Read

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NBC Upfronts Presentation 2015 Live Blog

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NBC’s 2014-15 season freshmen series are mostly flotsam and jetsam — only crime dramedy The Mysteries Of Laura surviving, though decisions on American Odyssey and AD: The Bible Continues have been put off (which doesn’t sound so promising). And the network that once owned comedy continues its retreat, with just two half-hour series on the fall slate, though, notably, both are multi-cams – and Undateable’s going live. For fall on NBC, the big deal is big events, aka Heroes… Read