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Netflix Picks Up ‘The Order’ Horror Drama Series Starring Jake Manley & Sarah Grey

Netflix has given a 10-episode series order to The Order, a horror drama series from Canadian production company Nomadic Pictures (Hell on Wheels, Van Helsing). Jake Manley (Heroes: Reborn, iZombie) has been tapped as the lead in the series, with Sarah Grey (Stargirl on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) as the co-lead and Matt Frewer (Altered Carbon, Orphan Black), True Blood alum Sam Trammell and Max Martini (Training Day, Revenge) co-starring. Created/written by Dennis Heaton (M… Read

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Comedy Central Greenlights Arturo Castro Sketch Show And Comedy Cellar Stand-Up Series, Boosts Development Slate

Comedy Central has unveiled its 2018-2019 development slate which includes series orders for Alternatino With Arturo Castro, a Latino-focused sketch series from the Broad City regular, and This Week at the Comedy Cellar, a stand-up series from the famed New York City venue. The network also has five new shows in development including the weekly series Verified With David Spade, which Deadline revealed last month, and the already announced animated Mall Town USA executive… Read

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OWN Orders 2 Will Packer Series: Drama ‘Ambitions’ & Unscripted ‘Ready To Love’

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OWN has greenlighted two series from prolific producer Will Packer (Girls Trip, Ride Along): soapy family drama Ambitions, a co-production with Lionsgate, and unscripted dating series from a male perspective Ready to Love. Ambitions and Ready to Love, which Packer will executive produce, are the first series to come out of Packer’s first-look deal with OWN, inked last summer as part of OWN parent Discovery Communications’ investment in Will Packer Media. (It was… Read

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‘The Wrong Mans’ Comedy From James Corden & Bad Robot Set At Showtime; Ben Schwartz To Star In Remake of UK Series

Showtime has given a pilot production commitment to The Wrong Mans, a half-hour single-camera action comedy based on the 2013 British series created by and starring James Corden & Matthew Baynton. The U.S. version, from The Late Late Show host Corden, Baynton, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods., Warner Bros. TV and BBC Studios, will star Ben Schwartz in his return to Showtime where he co-starred on House of Lies.  Written by Corden, Bayton and U.S. TV writer Ian Maxtone-Graham… Read

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Ian Somerhalder To Star In Netflix Vampire Drama Series ‘V-Wars’ Based On Book

A year after the end of The Vampire DiariesIan Somerhalder is returning to the vampire drama genre. Netflix has given a 10-episode order to V-Wars, based on Jonathan Maberry’s bestselling book, from IDW Entertainment and High Park Entertainment. Somerhalder is attached to star and also direct the hourlong drama, which was developed as straight-to-series in 2014 as the initial project under IDW Entertainment and then-eOne TV's first-look co-production deal. The book… Read

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‘NCIS’ Renewed For Next Season By CBS As Star & EP Mark Harmon Inks New Deal

NCIS star and executive producer Mark Harmon has signed a new agreement to continue on the CBS/CBS TV Studios series. With him on board, the long-running crime procedural drama has been renewed for the 2018-2019 broadcast season. Now in its 15th season, NCIS remains CBS’ #1 drama series. Additionally, it has been crowned as the most-watched drama in the world in three of the last four years and is the reigning champ in the category as the recipient of the 2017… Read

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‘Catch-22’: Kyle Chandler To Star In Hulu Series As George Clooney Switches Roles

Kyle Chandler has been tapped as a lead opposite Christopher Abbott in Catch-22Hulu's high-profile limited series co-directed and executive produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov.  Chandler will play Colonel Cathart, the role Clooney was originally slated to take on. Clooney will now play the supporting part of Scheisskopf, which would give him more time to focus on his directing and producing duties. Written by Luke Davies and David Michôd based on the seminal… Read

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‘On My Block’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

Awkward creator Lauren Iungerich has a second well-received high school comedy that is going to multiple seasons as Netflix has renewed On My Block for a second season. On the Block premiered on March 16, a month after the debut of another Netflix coming-of-cage comedy series, Everything Sucks! The pickup for On the Block comes a week after Netflix opted not to renew Everything Sucks! for a second season. Co-created and executive produced by Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez… Read

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NBC’s ‘Bad Boys’ Offshoot Pilot Has Title

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NBC’s drama pilot starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, a spinoff from the Bad Boys movie franchise, finally has a title: L.A.’s Finest. The project follows the Special Agent Syd Burnett character played by Union in 2003's Bad Boys II movie as she moves to Los Angeles and joins the LAPD. Like often is the case with offshoots from popular franchises that don’t feature the lead characters, the TV series could not carry the Bad Boys moniker. The TV show represents a… Read

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HBO Orders Pilot For ‘Run’ Comedic Thriller From ‘Fleabag’ Duo & eOne

HBO has given a pilot green light to Run, a romantic comedic thriller from Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her frequent collaborator Vicky Jones, with Waller-Bridge set for a recurring role. The project hails from Entertainment One, Jones and Waller-Bridge’s DryWrite and Wigwam Films. Written by Jones, Run is about about ex-lovers who made a pact 15 years ago that if they ever needed to escape life, they could send each other a simple text message… Read

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USA Network Drama Pilot Orders: ‘Bourne’ Offshoot ‘Treadstone’, Denis Leary Starrer ‘Erase’, ‘Briarpatch’ & ‘Dare Me’

USA Network has ordered four hourlong scripted pilots, including Treadstone, an action-packed drama that delves into the CIA black ops program known as Operation Treadstone from Universal Pictures’ Bourne film franchise. It hails from Heroes creator Tim Kring. The other three pilots are Erase, a crime thriller-with-a-twist starring Denis Leary and created by Leary and Alex Cary; Briarpatch, based on the Ross Tom novel, executive produced by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail… Read

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Sacha Baron Cohen To Star As Eli Cohen In Netflix Limited Series ‘The Spy’

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Sacha Baron Cohen is set to headline the six-episode limited series The Spy, which will debut globally on Netflix (outside of France), and on OCS in France. Written and directed by Gideon Raff, creator of the Israeli drama Prisoners of War on which Showtime’s Homeland was based, The Spy tells the story of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen (Baron Cohen). Eli Cohen lived in Damascus undercover in the beginning of the ’60s, spying for Israel. He managed to embed himself into… Read