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Liza Lapira Joins ‘The Guide To Surviving Life’ As New Regular In Recasting


Liza Lapira has been cast as a regular on Fox’s midseason comedy series The Guide To Surviving Life. Created by Jay Lacopo and executive produced by Gail Berman, the young ensemble comedy revolves around a group of friends living together for the first time and celebrates the mistakes and misadventures of post-college life. Lapira will play Leslie Barrett, the wife of Josh Barrett (Justin Bartha). Lapira replaces Maureen Sebastian who played the role in the pilot. While… Read


USA Pilot ‘Falling Water’ Casts Lizzie Brocheré As Lead


French actress Lizzie Brocheré (American Horror Story: Asylum) has been cast as the female lead opposite David Ajala in USA drama pilot Falling Water, a supernatural thriller from the late Henry Bromell (Homeland), Brotherhood creator Blake Masters and The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. Written and co-created by Masters and Bromell and directed by Carlos Fresnadillo, Falling Water, from Universal Cable Prods., is described as a mind-bending thriller… Read


‘Wayward Pines’ Hits Season High & Sets DVR Lift Record, Could Get 2nd Season

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Wayward Pines, from Chad Hodge and M. Night Shyamalan, was one of the first two event series greenlighted by Fox as part of its current push in the arena, getting a pickup alongside 24: Live Another Day in May 2013. Since then, Fox aired Live Another Day; ordered, aired and cancelled another limited series, Gracepoint; and cast Wayward Pines co-star Terrence Howard in a pilot, Empire, which went to series, became a hit and was renewed for a second season. (Wayward Pines… Read


Kevin Costner In Talks To Star In David E. Kelley’s Amazon Drama Pilot ‘Trial’


EXCLUSIVE: In what would be a big coup for Amazon, I hear the streaming service is talking to Kevin Costner for the lead in one of its pilots. I’ve learned that the Oscar winner is in negotiations to star in Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences creator David E. Kelley. With him on board, the project would get a 10-episode straight-to-series order. David Semel, who has directed the pilots for such series as Heroes, Person Of Inter… Read


‘To Live And Die In L.A.’ Series From William Friedkin & Bobby Moresco In Works At WGN America


EXCLUSIVE: To Live And Die In L.A., the cult 1985 MGM movie written and directed by William Friedkin, is headed to the small screen. In a competitive situation, WGN America has landed a drama series adaptation of the action thriller, with Oscar winner Friedkin directing and executive producing. Friedkin has created the TV adaptation with another Oscar winner, Bobby Moresco (Crash). Moresco will write the script and will executive produce. I hear the project, from MGM… Read


David Duchovny Drama ‘Aquarius’ Renewed For Second Season By NBC

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Need more proof how little relevance linear viewing  has in networks’ pickup decisions? NBC has just given a second-season order to 1960's-set drama Aquarius, starring David Duchovny as an LAPD cop on the hunt for Charles Manson. The show represented an experiment for NBC, with the entire season made available online following the TV premiere. Aquarius‘s linear ratings have been soft —  a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.8 million viewers overall in most current… Read


ABC Family Orders ‘Guilt’ Drama Pilot That Echoes Amanda Knox Story

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ABC Family has handed out a fourth pilot order in two months to Guilt, a crime thriller from writers/executive producers Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price (The Game Plan) and executive producer Stephen McPherson. The fictional project draws parallels to the story of Amanda Knox, the American student convicted, acquitted, retried and acquitted again of the gruesome murder of her British roommate. Guilt is described as an edgy, soapy thriller that revolves around an… Read


‘Transparent’ Renewed For Season 3 By Amazon; Creator Jill Soloway Inks Overall Deal

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As Season 2 of Transparent is starting production, Amazon has greenlit a third season of the critically praised comedy series starring Jeffrey Tambor to be released in 2016. Additionally, series creator Jill Soloway has signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios to exclusively develop television projects for Amazon Prime created by her or other writers through Soloway’s production company with partner Andrea Sperling. Soloway will continue in her role as executive… Read


‘Mr. Robot’ Gets Second-Season Pickup By USA Ahead Of Series Premiere

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USA Network is giving a major vote of confidence to its new series Mr. Robot. Hours before the hacking drama premieres tonight, the network has renewed it for a second season of at least 10 episodes. USA has made the renewal after 2.6 million people had sampled the pilot, put up online on various platforms on May 27. The pilot also has been generally well received, winning the audience award at South By Southwest and named an official selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film… Read


Lili Taylor Returning To ‘American Crime’ Season 2 As Regular


American Crime is bringing back another key cast member. Lili Taylor, who recurred in Season 2, is set as a regular in the second installment of John Ridley's ABC anthology crime drama, joining American Crime co-stars Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Elvis Nolasco and  Richard Cabral All five will play new characters in a new setting. “We are beyond fortunate to not only welcome Lili back for our new cycle, but to have her as a series regular,” Ridley said. “As a guest… Read


HBO Orders Jason Katims Drama Pilot


HBO has picked up Us. (sic), an hourlong relationship drama pilot from Parenthood and About a Boy executive producer Jason Katims. This marks the first premium cable project for Emmy winner Katims, who also recently expanded into the digital space with drama series The Way at Hulu starring Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan. Created and written by Katims from an original idea, Us. is described as a sweeping examination of the often baffling, sometimes unexpected but… Read


‘DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow’ Taps Phil Klemmer As Showrunner

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Greg Berlanti has recruited one of his go-to writer-producers as showrunner of the new CW series DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow. Phil Klemmer, who has worked on three other Berlanti Prods. series (The Tomorrow People, Golden Boy and Political Animals)  is joining Legends Of Tomorrow as executive producer/showrunner. He will be working alongside executive producers Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Marc Guggenheim and Sarah Schechter. In Legends Of Tomorrow, from Berlanti Prods. and… Read