NBCU International Studios, RTL & TF1 Greenlight ‘Gone’ Procedural Drama Series Starring Chris Noth
EXCLUSIVE: NBCUniversal International Studios, Germany’s RTL and France’s TF1 have given the green light to Gone, a 12-episode procedural drama series starring The Good Wife and Sex and the City alum Chris Noth. The series, which eyes a launch in winter 2017-2018, was created by Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) based on Chelsea Cain's novel One Kick.
Gone is the first series to come out of the innovative partnership the three companies launched last year to produce… Read
CBS’ ‘The Odd Couple’ Not Getting Back Order, Season 3 To Consist Of 13 Episodes
EXCLUSIVE: CBS comedy series The Odd Couple will produce a third consecutive season of 13 episodes.
The size of the first two seasons was 13 episodes by default as they both premiered in midseason. Season 3 of the comedy, a reboot of the Neil Simon classic, was the first one to launch in the fall, and CBS had an option to order more episodes. The network has decided not to do so. The Odd Couple, which has aired seven episodes of Season 3 to date, is not canceled and… Read
Cinemax Picks Up Serial Killer Limited Series From ‘The Missing’ Creators
EXCLUSIVE: Cinemax has picked up Rellik, a six-episode limited series from The Missing team of creators Harry and Jack Williams and production companies Two Brothers Pictures and New Pictures. The project was commissioned by BBC One last year.
Written by the Williams brothers, Rellik is a serial killer story told backward. That explains the unusual title for the series, which is “Killer” spelled backward. While the killer will be revealed at the beginning, the thriller… Read
‘Falling Water’ Landing Amazon Deal, Eyes Season 2 Renewal At USA
I’ve learned that Amazon is finalizing a deal for exclusive subscription VOD rights to Falling Water, USA Network’s new supernatural thriller from the late Henry Bromell (Homeland), Brotherhood creator Blake Masters and The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. The pact is a shot in the arm for the fledgling series and boosts its renewal chances.
Falling Water had an inauspicious ratings start on USA. Possibly a better fit for sibling Syfy than general… Read
Fox Orders Pilot For Antarctica Comedy From ‘New Girl’ Creator Liz Meriwether
In her first development since creating New Girl, Liz Meriwether is co-writing and executive producing another female-centered single-camera comedy, Thin Ice, which has landed a pilot order at Fox.
Written by Meriwether, Ed Macdonald and Mark Grimmer, Thin Ice centers on a woman who reclaims her dreams when she finds herself at the end of the earth – in Antarctica – surrounded by a group of brilliant misfits.
"Fox has been and continues to be such a great home for me with… Read
ABC Developing ‘Salamander’ Drama From Midnight Radio Based On Belgian Format
ABC has bought Salamander, a thriller drama from writer-producers Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg (CBS’ Zoo) who work together under the Midnight Radio moniker.
Based on the 2012 Belgian series, Salamander centers on a brilliant but misanthropic engineer who recruits a skeptical female FBI therapist to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the rich and powerful, sets in motion a… Read
‘Pure Genius’: CBS Not Ordering More Episodes Of New Medical Drama Series
CBS has opted not to order additional episodes of new medical drama series Pure Genius beyond its original 13-episode pickup. The series will wrap production on Dec. 15 after completing Episode 13. Pure Genius is not being formally canceled and theoretically remains in contention for a Season 2 renewal though its chances are considered slim at best. All produced episodes are expected to air, and the series will remain in its Thursday 10 PM slot for the time being.
Pure Gen… Read
Anil Kapoor Joins Amazon Pilot Based On ‘Book Of Strange New Things’
Renowned Indian actor and producer Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire, 24) has been tapped for a key role in Amazon's upcoming sci-fi drama pilot based on Michel Faber's cult hit book The Book of Strange New Things. Kapoor will play Vikram Danesh, the authoritative head of the base on Oasis, joining previously announced Richard Madden and Haley Joel Osment.
The still untitled TV adaptation follows a priest who is sent into space to help found a new colony but what he ends… Read
Fox Developing Catalina Island Comedy From Max Winkler & Jake Johnson
Fox has put in development Catalina, a single-camera comedy project from Max Winkler and Jake Johnson’s the Walcott Company and 20th Century Fox TV where the company is under an overall deal.
Written by Winkler, Johnson and Dr. Ken executive producer Mary Fitzgerald, Catalina centers on a carefree party-girl bartender who has never left her home town on the island of Catalina, and who is forced to finally take on the responsibilities of adulthood after the death of her… Read
TNT Orders ‘Snowpiercer’ Pilot Based On Movie From Tomorrow Studios
TNT has given a pilot order to Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller drama based on the acclaimed 2013 feature by Bong Joon-ho that starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and Song Kang-ho. The pilot will be co-produced by Tomorrow Studios — Marty Adelstein’s joint venture with ITV Studios — and Turner’s Studio T.
Tomorrow Studios optioned the rights to Snowpiercer last year, tapping Josh Friedman, who has extensive futuristic/sci-fi credentials, to write the series adaptation… Read
ABC Buys Boston Biology Comedy From Allison Kiessling & Jamie Tarses
ABC has put in development a single-camera comedy project from writer Allison Kiessling. It hails from ABC Studios and studio-based Jamie Tarses.
Written by Kiessling, the untitled comedy centers on a book smart Boston Southie who has never fit in with her blue-collar, Irish Catholic family. She finds an unlikely family in a group of misfits at the university research lab that she's been assigned to.
Kiessling co-executive produces, while Tarses executive produces.
Fox Buys Motivational Speaker Comedy Produced By Julie Anne Robinson
Fox has put in development Positively Speaking, a half-hour hybrid comedy from producer-director Julie Anne Robinson (The Catch) and her Canny Lads Productions.
Written by Evan Mann and Gareth Reynolds, Positively Speaking centers on an up-and-coming motivational speaker who tries to become the next king of self-help. Mann and Reynolds executive produce with Robinson. Kelly Pancho, who helped put the project together, will oversee for Canny Lads. ABC Studios, where… Read