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Ryan Murphy Pilot ‘Open’ Not Going Forward At HBO


HBO has opted not to proceed with Open, Ryan Murphy's racy drama pilot. The news comes on the heels of Murphy's other project with HBO, AIDS film The Normal Heart, winning the Emmy for best TV movie. “After such a triumphant collaboration with The Normal Heart, everyone felt that Open was not the right next step for all involved,” said HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo. “However, we fully expect to work together again in the near future.” Speculation about Open… Read


DC Comics ‘Titans’ Drama From Akiva Goldsman Nears TNT Pilot Order


Warner Bros. TV is rapidly expanding its live-action DC Comics TV universe. This season, it is going from one to four primetime series, returning Arrow and freshmen The Flash, Gotham and Constantine, and already is prepping another major broadcast franchise with Supergirl. Now the studio is expanding the DC brand to cable drama with Titans, a project that is nearing a pilot order at TNT. Titans is one of three TNT drama pilots stuck on the runaway, awaiting a formal green… Read


NBC Buys Blended Family Comedy About 2-Couple Household From Jason Katims


A new trend of couples sharing a house is finding its way to the small screen. NBC has put in development The Walk-Up, a multi-camera comedy from Jason Katims' True Jack Prods. Written by Julia Brownell (Parenthood), the project is inspired by the growing real-world phenomenon as detailed in the recent article “Two Couples, One Mortgage” (read it here). It is a first-person narrative about two 30-something couples — one with a baby on the way — who decide… Read


TNT To Adapt Movie ‘Shooter’ As Drama With Mark Wahlberg, John Hlavin & Par TV


EXCLUSIVE: Paramount TV continues to mine the company's feature library, partnering with talent from the movies to adapt them as TV series. The company has teamed with Shooter star Mark Wahlberg for a drama series based on the 2007 conspiracy thriller, which has been set up at TNT. John Hlavin (Underworld: AwakeningThe Shield) will write the action project, now in development, and will executive produce with Wahlberg and his frequent collaborator Stephen… Read


Fox Nabs John Stamos Comedy From Dan Fogelman With Put Pilot Commitment


In a competitive situation bidding against ABC, Fox has landed an untitled single-camera comedy starring John Stamos. The single-camera project hails from ABC Studios, with Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors) executive producing through his ABC Studios-based Rhode Island Ave Productions. Written by Danny Chun (The Office), the comely has ER and Full House alum Stamos play a version of himself: a charismatic longtime bachelor whose life is upended when he discovers he's a father… Read


Fox Buys Ghost Hunting Drama From ’24’ Producers With Penalty


Fox is looking to return to its X Files roots with a supernatural drama from 24 executive producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto, who recently served as executive producers and showrunner on the 24: Live Another Day event series for the network. Set to direct the 20th Century Fox TV-produced project, which has a penalty attached to it, is Michael Cuesta (Homeland). Written by Katz and Coto, the untitled project centers on an Iraq war vet who experiences a supernatural attack… Read


Warner Bros TV Preps ‘Longmire’ Pitch To Digital & Cable Outlets

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UPDATED: It's been two weeks since the surprising cancellation of A&E's Longmire but outpouring of strong fan reaction continues. As do producer Warner Horizon's efforts to find another home for the show. For the past two weeks, Warner Bros. TV's cable division has been putting together a detailed presentation highlighting the series' performance and following as well as the producers' creative plans for Season 4. The series will be pitched to digital and cable outlets in… Read


Fox Buys Action Comedy From ‘Let’s Be Cops’ Duo With Penalty


Fox has put in development 100 Grand, an action comedy from Nick Thomas, co-writer of feature action comedy Let's Be Cops, and the movie's co-star Jake Johnson. The single-camera project, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, hails from 20th TV and studio-based Walcott Co, the company of New Girl star Johnson and director Max Winkler. Written by Thomas, 100 Grand is described as an adrenaline-packed comedy that follows two guys who learn how to grow up in… Read


CBS Buys Real-Time Action Drama From Nikki Toscano

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After getting to the pilot stage last season, CBS is reuniting with writer Nikki Toscano and Universal TV for another drama project. Last Hour (working title) has received a script commitment with penalty from the network. Written by Toscano, the action-packed, high-stakes, real-time drama is in the vein of 24 with a female twist. It follows a female FBI agent in the last hour of an operation as she infiltrates the most dangerous criminal organizations in the world… Read


Leslie Bibb To Topline Amazon Pilot ‘Salem Rogers’


Leslie Bibb has been tapped for the title role in Amazon Studios' comedy pilot Salem Rogers: Model Of The Year 1998. Written by Lindsey Stoddart, the project centers on Salem Rogers (Bibb), a self-centered, arrogant former supermodel who is forced to leave rehab after 10 years and reunites with her long-suffering former assistant, now a self-help writer using her years with Salem as an inspiration. Bibb, repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino, recently did arcs on The F… Read


NBC Buys Suburban New Jersey Comedy


Blogging in suburbia, that is the subject of a single-camera comedy from writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley (Scrubs, Happy Endings) and producer David Janollari. The project, from Universal TV, where Janollari and Cragg & Bradley are under overall deals, has sold to NBC. Inspired by Cragg and Bradley's personal observations of their own family lives, it centers on a pop science blogger and his wife who move from Manhattan and single life to New Jersey and… Read


Nick Comedy ‘Instant Mom’ Renewed For Third Season

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Breakout Nick at Nite/NickMom family comedy series Instant Mom has been picked up for a 20-episode third season ahead of its second-season premiere on October 2, when it will debut in its new Thursday 8 PM time slot on Nick at Nite. The multi-camera series stars Tia Mowry-Hardrict as Stephanie, a former party girl who becomes a full-time stepmom to three kids when she marries the more traditional Charlie (Michael Boatman). "Instant Mom has proven to be the perfect… Read


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