CBS Orders Summer Action-Adventure Scripted Series ‘Blood & Treasure’
CBS has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to Blood & Treasure, an hourlong serialized action-adventure series for premiere in summer 2019.
It will fill the void left by the cancellation of CBS’ summer thriller drama Zoo after three seasons, and will join Salvation, which was renewed for a second season. Blood & Treasure, is keeping in line with CBS’ brand of popcorn entertainment series for the summer.
Written by Matt Federman & Stephen Scaia, Blood & Treasure… Read
Netflix Greenlights Colombian Original Series From ‘Narcos’ Producer
Netflix is teaming with Narcos producer Dynamo on its first Colombian original series, set to debut worldwide on the internet entertainment service in 2019. Oscar-nominated Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent, Birds of Passage) will executive produce. Production is slated to begin summer 2018.
Written by Carlos Contreras (El Chapo, I Dream In Another Language), the as-yet untitled series will follow a young detective and her partner deep into the Amazon, on the border of… Read
‘Harley Quinn’: DC Digital Service Orders Animated Series About Comic Book Villainess From ‘Powerless’ Trio
EXCLUSIVE: Harley Quinn, the breakout character from the Warner Bros/DC film Suicide Squad that already is set up for a spinoff movie, is getting her own animated TV series. Warner Bros’ upcoming DC-Branded direct-to-consumer digital platform has ordered 26 episodes of half-hour adult animated action-comedy series Harley Quinn, from Powerless executive producers Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey via Warner Bros. Animation.
Harley Quinn is closely… Read
‘Messiah’: Netflix Orders Religious Drama Series From Mark Burnett & Roma Downey
Netflix has made it official. The Internet entertainment service has ordered Messiah, a present-day Jesus drama series from writer Michael Petroni (The Book Thief) and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Deadline previously reported the series was in the works. In addition, Sense 8 and V for Vendetta helmer James McTeigue has signed on as a director and executive producer. Netflix is slated to premiere the series worldwide in 2019.
Created by Petroni who also wrote… Read
Nat Geo Greenlights Silicon Valley-Themed Limited Series From Matthew Carnahan, Arianna Huffington & StxTV
National Geographic has given a green light to its next scripted project, Valley of the Boom, a drama/documentary hybrid limited series about the ’90s tech boom, from showrunner and director Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies), executive producer Arianna Huffington and StxTV.
Led by Silicon Valley, the 1990s tech boom spawned some of the world's most influential people and recognizable brands. The new six-part limited series will look at the culture of speculation… Read
USA Network Picks Up ‘American Rust’ Drama Series From ‘The Son’ Trio, Platform One Media & Michael De Luca
USA Network has given a straight-to-series order to drama American Rust, based on The Son author Philipp Meyer’s book of the same, from The Son co-creators Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, Universal Cable Productions, Platform One Media and producer Michael De Luca (The Social Network). Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green is attached to direct the initial episode and executive produce.
Written by McGreevy, Shipman and Meyer, who also teamed to develop together the… Read
Sundance Now Orders ‘This Close’ Dramedy With Marlee Matlin, Cheryl Hines, Zach Gilford & Colt Prattes
Sundance Now has given its first straight-to-series order to dramedy This Close, with Oscar winner Marlee Matlin (Children of A Lesser God) set to recur, joining series regulars Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Zach Gilford (Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) and Colt Prattes (Dirty Dancing). It’s slated for premiere in 2018.
Written by and starring Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, both of whom are deaf, This Close is based on a series of shorts featured at the 2017… Read
Nickelodeon Greenlights ‘Star Falls’ Buddy Comedy Series; Renews ‘I Am Frankie’ For Season 2
Nickelodeon has given a 20-episode order to new live-action series Star Falls from Breakthrough Entertainment and has renewed its breakout I Am Frankie for a second season.
Created by George Doty IV (Scooby Doo and the Loch Ness Monster), Star Falls centers on Sophia, a strong-willed teen who persuades a Hollywood movie star and his family to live in her house while he shoots a movie in town, all with the hopes of setting him up with her mom. But the star's three kids… Read
‘The Night Manager’ Team Reunites For ‘The Little Drummer Girl’; Florence Pugh To Star, Park Chan-Wook Directing – Update
UPDATE, WRITETHRU with screenwriter details: Following their collaboration on award-winning miniseries The Night Manager, partners the Ink Factory, BBC One and AMC are reteaming for another John le Carré adaptation, The Little Drummer Girl. Florence Pugh has been set to lead the espionage thriller with Korean master Park Chan-wook directing in his TV debut. Production begins in January with global sales handled by Endeavor Content/IMG.
Based on the le Carré bestseller… Read
Toni Collette To Star In ‘Wanderlust’, Family Drama Series From Netflix & BBC One
Emmy-winning United States of Tara alum Toni Collette is set to star in Wanderlust, a new drama series for Netflix and BBC One that explores the relationships of a multi-generational family. Produced by Drama Republic, the six-episode hourlong show is written by British playwright Nick Payne (Constellations), in his TV debut, and directed by Luke Snellin (The A Word). Lucy Tcherniak (The End of the F***ing World) will helm the second block of the series.
Wanderlust it… Read
BET Sets ‘The Bobby Brown Story’ For Fall 2018 With Woody McClain Reprising His ‘New Edition Story’ Role
Just as Bobby Brown did in 1985, Woody McClain is going solo in 2018. The actor, who played the R&B/pop singer in BET’s miniseries The New Edition Story, has signed to reprise his role in the network’s two-part followup, The Bobby Brown Story.
Written by Abdul Williams and executive produced by Jesse Collins — both reprising their New Edition Story gigs — The Bobby Brown Story will pick up where the New Edition mini left off. It will chronicle the talented but troubled… Read
‘Ultimate Expedition’: YouTube Competition Series Pits Celebrities Vs. 20,000-Foot Mountain
YouTube has ordered Ultimate Expedition, a 10-episode adventure competition series from Rabbit Films that challenges eight celebrities with no climbing experience to scale Peru’s nearly 20,000-foot Mount Tocllaraju.
Here’s the logline for the series hosted by Rabbit Films USA President and Dudesons ringleader Jukka Hildén that will premiere on YouTube Red next year: Mount Tocllaraju is not the only mountain the cast is trying to conquer. Each climber has a personal… Read