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Comedy Central Orders James Davis TV Series Inspired By His Snapchat Show

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Comedy Central has given a series order to a primetime TV show starring, created and executive produced by comedian James Davis, host of Swag-A-Saurus with James Davis, Comedy Central's most-watched Snapchat original series and a regular guest on the network’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick. The untitled project (fka Hood Adjacent), inspired by Swag-A-Saurus, shot a pilot written by Davis and Doug Karo and directed by Troy Miller and Stoney Sharp. Davis — born and raised… Read

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CMT Orders Soapy Hourlong Pilot ‘His Wives & Daughters’

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CMT continues its expansion into original scripted programming with a pilot order for His Wives & Daughters. Created and produced by Dina Chapman and Steve Sessions, the soapy, comedic hourlong series centers on the eclectic and cunning wives and daughters of larger-than-life country music legend (and infamous womanizer) Eddie Ray Banks. After his estranged family is brought together unexpectedly, tempers flare and old rivalries resurface setting the stage for startling… Read

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‘Nashville’ Gets Season 5 Premiere Date On CMT, Anchors Net’s Scripted Lineup

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Nashville fans can mark their calendars — the upcoming fifth season of the country music drama will have a two-hour premiere on Jan. 5, 2017 on its new network, CMT. The cable net will use the high-profile new addition to launch its 2017 original scripted lineup. Nashville will be followed by the debut of new limited drama series Million Dollar Quartet in March and the second season of comedy Still the King, which will unspool in the spring. CMT, which entered the… Read

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‘Get Shorty’: Chris O’Dowd & Ray Romano Poised To Star In Epix Series

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Chris O’Dowd is finalizing a deal and Ray Romano is in negotiations to topline Get Shorty, Epix’s 10-episode original series from MGM TV. The hourlong dark comedy is a reimagining of Elmore Leonard's 1990 bestselling thriller comedy novel previously adapted by MGM with Barry Sonnefeld's 1995 feature starring John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman and Rene Russo. Written by Davey Holmes, Get Shorty centers on Miles Daly (O’Dowd), who works as muscle for a murderous… Read

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‘The Departed’ TV Series Based On Oscar-Winning Movie In Works At Amazon

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The Departed, the Oscar-winning 2006 Martin Scorsese movie, is getting a TV series reboot. In a competitive situation, the project has landed at Amazon for development. The Departed crime drama series is being produced by Amazon Studios as well as Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group and Plan B Entertainment — all of whom also produced the 2006 movie — in association with Warner Bros TV whose sibling feature studio was behind the film starring Leonardo… Read

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‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’ Done: No Season 3 For TV Land Comedy Series

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Last night’s Season 2 finale of The Jim Gaffigan Show was in fact a series finale as the comedy won’t continue beyond its two seasons on TV Land. The show, created by Jim Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, made the difficult transition from a broadcast network — it originated as a pilot for CBS — to basic cable. It had to adjust its broadcast-size budget to make the show work on TV Land. But producing the single-camera comedy for the cable network remained a challenge, especially… Read

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‘Mating’: Craig Johnson To Helm Showtime Comedy Pilot Starring Taran Killam

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The Skeleton Twins helmer Craig Johnson has signed on to direct and executive produce Showtime’s half-hour comedy pilot Mating (working title), from Jason Katims and Stu Zicherman, which stars Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam. Written and executive produced by Zicherman, Mating will center on a recently divorced guy (Killam) who married young and now finds himself completely unprepared for the brave new, frank and fluid world of dating and hooking up. The project is… Read

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McG Inks Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox Television

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Director-producer McG has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the multi-year pact, McG will develop, direct and produce projects for the studio through his Wonderland Sound & Vision production company. McG, who segues to the 20th TV deal from an overall deal he had at Freeform and ABC Studios/ABC Signature, directed the pilot of the Lethal Weapon reboot for 20th TV’s network sibling Fox and Warner Bros. TV. The pilot was well received and tested very… Read

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‘Snatch’: Rupert Grint To Star In Crackle Series Based On Guy Ritchie Movie

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Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint is set to star in and executive produce Snatch, the new series for Sony’s streaming network Crackle, which is based on the cult 2000 Sony movie of the same name that starred Jason Statham and Brad Pitt. Also cast in the straight-to-series drama are Dougray Scott (Fear the Walking Dead) as a regular and Ed Westwick (Wicked City) as a recurring guest star. Nick Renton (The Musketeers) will direct. Originally announced at Crackle’s upfront… Read

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Jonathan Nolan Inks New Deal With Warner Bros Television

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EXCLUSIVE: Person Of Interest creator and Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan has signed a new overall deal with Warner Bros Television, the studio behind the two series. I hear the new pact with Nolan and his Kilter Films is among the richest for a drama writer-producer. It solidifies Nolan’s spot among the top showrunners working in television. At WBTV, Kilter Films frequently collaborates with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, which has co-produced both POI and… Read

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WGN America Developing ‘Black Wall Street’ From ‘Underground’ EPs & Tika Sumpter

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EXCLUSIVE: With Season 2 of Underground about to go into production, WGN America and Get Lifted Film Co. are deepening their relationship on American hidden history with another series. The company run by John Legend, Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorious has inked a deal for early development on Black Wall Street, I've learned. Added to the mix is Get Lifted alum and Obamas first-date pic Southside with You actress-producer Tika Sumpter as an exec producer. With additional… Read

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‘American Crime’: Benito Martinez To Return For Season 3 Of ABC Series

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Another member of the American Crime cadre of actors is set for the third installment of the ABC anthology series from John Ridley. Benito Martinez, who co-starred in the first season and guest starred in Season 2, will return to American Crime for season 3. He joins fellow retuning players Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Lili Taylor, Richard Cabral and Connor Jessup in the acclaimed series, executive produced by Ridley and Michael McDonald. His character… Read