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‘Galaxy Quest’ Series In Works At Paramount Television

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Cult sci-fi comedy feature Galaxy Quest is headed to television. I’ve learned that Paramount Television is in the process of putting together a TV series project based on the 1999 DreamWorks movie about the cast of a long cancelled space TV show who become reluctant real space heroes when they are accidentally transported to a spaceship and tasked with saving an alien nation. Like with other library movies, which Paramount is mining for TV series, Galaxy Quest is being… Read

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HBO Orders Whitney Cummings Comedy Pilot & Stand-up Special

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HBO is teaming with actress-comedian-writer Whitney Cummings for a relationship comedy and a stand-up special. The premium cable network has ordered a pilot for a half-hour comedy inspired by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s debate-stirring 2005 book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide. Cummings created, wrote and is starring in the project, described as a comedic portrait of modern relationships that focuses on human nature and social construction using… Read

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‘Younger’ Renewed For Second Season By TV Land

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Four episodes into Younger‘s freshman season, TV Land has renewed the single-camera comedy for a second season with a 12-episode order. Created and executive produced by Darren  Star, Younger stars Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor and Nico Tortorella. Younger is TV Land’s second original single-camera comedy series, following Jennifer Falls, which lasted one season. The network has a number of other new single-camera originals on tap, including Impastor… Read

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Adrianne Palicki & Nick Blood Eyed To Topline ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Spinoff

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EXCLUSIVE: As ABC and Marvel are prepping a spinoff from sophomore drama Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., I have learned that Season 2 cast additions to the mothership series Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood are finalizing deals to headline the offshoot. Palicki and Blood’s characters Lance Hunter and Barbara “Bobbi” Morse aka Mockingbird have quickly become fan favorites since joining Phil Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) team early this season. Lance is a quick-witted mercenary… Read

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Janina Gavankar Joins CBS’ Dan O’Shannon Comedy Pilot In Recasting

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With the fate of NBC freshman The Mysteries Of Laura uncertain, the police dramedy’s Janina Gavankar has booked a pilot, CBS' untitled hybrid comedy written by former Modern Family executive producer Dan O'Shannon and Peter Warren. Gavankar has been tapped for the regular role of Sabrina, though her casting is in a guest starring capacity as she is regular on Mysteries Of Laura. Gavankar replaces Noureen DeWulf, who was cast last week. The change was made before the pilot… Read

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Regina King Joins ‘Leftovers’ As Regular

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Southland alumna Regina King has joined the upcoming second season of HBO drama series The Leftovers as a new regular opposite Justin Theroux and Amy Brenneman. She will play one of the major new roles on the spiritual post-Rapture drama, which is undergoing a creative revamp heading into Season 2, moving the setting from Mapleton, New York to a Texas town. King will play Erika Murphy, a doctor who runs the local urgent care in the town. She is married with two… Read

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‘Shadowhunters’ ABC Family Series Casts Dominic Sherwood As Jace

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British actor Dominic Sherwood (Vampire Academy, the Taylor Swift "Style" video) has been cast as the male lead Jace in Shadowhunters, ABC Family’s straight-to-series drama based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The series, whose first episode is being directed by McG, follows 18-year-old Clary Fray who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of… Read

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Wes Craven Inks UCP Deal, Sets Dramas ‘People Under The Stairs’, ‘We Are All Completely Fine’ At Syfy

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Horror filmmaker Wes Craven has signed a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks. Under the pact, Craven and UCP have set up two projects at Syfy: an adaptation of Daryl Gregory’s book We Are All Completely Fine, with Craven set to write and direct, and a series based on Craven’s 1991 movie The People Under The Stairs. Additionally, UCP is developing internally another drama project with… Read

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‘Cristela’ Creator & Star Cristela Alonzo Pens ‘Possible Goodbye’ Letter To Fans, Addresses Show’s Potential End & Legacy

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On the eve of the Season 1 finale of freshman ABC comedy series Cristela tonight, the series’ creator and star, standup comedian Cristela Alonzo, wrote an emotional entry in her blog addressing the possible end of her show, which is on the bubble for a second season renewal. In the lengthy post, titled “A Possible Goodbye,” Alonzo is open about the show’s uncertain future. “It worries me and not because I want to be on TV more. It worries me because I think this show… Read

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Elizabeth Perkins Joins ‘Preacher’ Cast

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Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins is set for a co-starring role opposite Dominic Cooper in AMC drama pilot Preacher, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult 1990s comic. The project, from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Sony TV and AMC Studios, centers on Jesse Custer (Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip… Read

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Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Short ‘SMILF’ To Be Developed As Showtime Comedy

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Frankie Shaw’s Sundance Short Film Jury Award winner SMILF is headed to television, with some big-name producers on board. Showtime has put in development a half-hour comedy based on Shaw’s semi-autobiographical short with Shaw set to write, direct, star and executive produce. Developed by Shaw and Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky, SMILF examines the travails of a young woman (Shaw) who comes to LA as both a struggling actress and a struggling single mom. The prolific… Read

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Dominic Cooper Set For ‘Preacher’ Lead

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After lengthy negotiations, Dominic Cooper has closed a deal to play the lead in AMC drama pilot Preacher, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's cult 1990s comic. The project, from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Sony TV and AMC Studios, centers on Jesse Custer (Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth… Read