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ABC Gives Pilot Order To Legal Drama From Shondaland & ‘Scandal’ Writer

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ABC continues to be ahead of the broadcast pack on pilot orders this season. The network has handed out its third 2017 pilot order to a legal drama from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Shondaland and ABC Studios. The project, written by a Shonaland writer-producer, Scandal's Paul William Davies, was a lock for a pickup. Like another early ABC pilot order, comedy Malcolm & Libby, produced by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, the untitled Paul Davies drama too had a big product… Read

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‘The Sinner’ Anthology Drama Starring Jessica Biel Picked Up To Series By USA

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USA Network has picked up its drama pilot The Sinner to series. The crime thriller anthology drama, from Universal Cable Prods., stars and is executive produced by Jessica Biel and also stars Bill Pullman. The Sinner, written by Derek Simonds (When We Rise), is part of a three-pilot batch at USA that also includes Damnation and The Tap. The Sinner is the first USA brass have made a decision on; the fate of the other two, which also have been completed, is still TBD. The… Read

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ABC Buys Muslim Model Comedy From Zainab Johnson, Wanda Sykes, Tom Straw

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ABC has put in development an untitled comedy from actress-comedian Zainab Johnson, comedy veteran Tom Straw (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson) and Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz’s Push It Productions. Written by Straw based on a story by Straw and Johnson, the project centers on a beautiful Muslim model as she inches toward her 30th birthday. As her career starts to slow down, she’s confronted by challenges she never faced before and starts questioning the choices… Read

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‘Bosch’: Daniel Pyne Named New Showrunner Of Amazon Series

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Daniel Pyne (Alcatraz), who had joined popular Amazon drama series Bosch as an executive producer for Season 3, has been named showrunner. He takes over day-to-day duties from Eric Overmyer who was recently appointed showrunner on another Amazon drama, The Man in the High Castle. Overmyer will remain executive producer on Bosch. Joining Pyne as an executive producer on Bosch is Pyne’s frequent collaborator John Mankiewicz (House of Cards). Bosch, currently in production… Read

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‘Furniss’ Drama From Kyle Killen & Macon Blair In Series Consideration At AMC

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AMC is developing Furniss, a supernatural drama from Awake creator Kyle Killen and actor-filmmaker Macon Blair, Paramount TV, Anonymous Content and AMC Studios. The project has been put on a straight-to-series track under AMC’s model that involves the opening of a writers room for a series production order consideration that AMC brass uses for pilot scripts they are high on. Furniss is one of two AMC dramas on that path — with writers room currently working on scripts… Read

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‘Humans’ Creators Ink Overall Deal With AMC

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AMC has signed an overall deal with Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, creators/executive producers of the network’s sci-fi drama Humans, a collaboration with Channel 4 in the UK. Humans was written by the British duo of Vincent and Brackley based on the award-winning Swedish science fiction drama Real Humans. The English-language version debuted last summer on AMC and Channel 4. Season 2 just concluded its UK run and is slated to premiere in the U.S. on February 13. Human… Read

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AMC Teams With BBC For Limited Series Based On John le Carré Novel ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’ – TCA

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The Night Manager sequel is not happening (at least for now), so AMC is going for the next best thing. On the heels of three Golden Globe wins for The Night Manager, based on John le Carré’s novel, AMC and the BBC are re-teaming with The Ink Factory for a limited  adaptation of another le Carré's bestselling novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. The project, with Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) set to write the adaptation, was originally put in develop… Read

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‘Portlandia’ Renewed For Eighth & Final Season By IFC; Will There Be Spinoffs? – TCA

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IFC has renewed flagship comedy series Portlandia for Season 8, IFC president Jennifer Caserta announced at the top of the show’s TCA panel. “We are very proud of the show,” Caserta said. "There are very few shows that can be credited with both establishing and helping to define a television network, and that's exactly what Portlandia has done for IFC. It has been at the heart of our 'slightly-off' comedy programming strategy since its inception. But all good things must… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’: Season 8 Episode Count Still TBD

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Production is winding down on the upcoming seventh season of Game Of Thrones, which will debut in the summer. It will consist of seven episodes, three fewer than Seasons 1-6. That was by design as creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are plotting the blockbuster fantasy series’ final chapters. They have revealed that GOT will end with Seasons 7 and 8. While Season 7’s episode count was set at seven last summer, before it went into production, the length of GOT’s final… Read

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Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks’ Animated Cop Comedy Gets TBS Series Order: TCA

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Animated series The Cops (working title), starring and co-created by Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks, has moved to TBS where it has received a 10-episode straight-to-series order for a 2018 premiere. The Office creator and King of the Hill co-creator Greg Daniels has come on board as an executive producer for the series from FX Productions, Louis C.K.’s Pig Newton and Turner’s Studio T. The Cops follows Al (Brooks) and Lou (C.K.), two Los Angeles patrolmen trying their… Read

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‘Good Behavior’ Renewed For Season 2 By TNT – TCA

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Four days after TNT’s drama Good Behavior ended its 10-episode first-season run, the series starring Michelle Dockery has been picked up for a fall 2017 second season. This makes it two-for-two for TNT’s new slate of edgier dramas, which launched with Animal Kingdom in the summer, followed by Good Behavior. Both series have now been renewed. Good Behavior, from writer/showrunner Chad Hodge and Tomorrow Studios, was a modest Live+same day performer, and its renewal was… Read

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‘The Night Of’ & ‘True Detective’: HBO Boss “Hopeful” About New Seasons

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We are nowhere near a green light or even a script for new installments of The Night Of and True Detective but both are moving in the right direction. At TCA on Saturday, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys said he was “hopeful” because in both cases the creators “are closing in on ideas that they are excited about.” The Night Of, which aired in 2016, was created by Richard Price and Steven Zallian based on the British miniseries Criminal Justice. Nic Pizzolatto’s… Read