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NBC Nabs ‘Red Stick’ Crime Drama From Patricia Cornwell & Matt Tolmach

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NBC has given a script commitment plus penalty to Red Stick, a crime drama from Venom and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle producer Matt Tolmach, bestselling author Patricia Cornwell and Sony Pictures TV. Written by Samantha Humphrey (S.W.A.T.), Red Stick is based on an idea by Cornwell. It follows Dr. Annie Dodge who is summoned from New York to her hometown of Baton Rouge, LA, after the sudden death of her father, the city's beloved coroner. Now, as she's mourning the… Read


CBS Developing ‘Dad Vs. Father’ Family Comedy From Kurt Braunohler & Cedric The Entertainer

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CBS has put in development Dad Vs. Father, a multi-camera comedy from writer-comedian-actor Kurt Braunohler, The Neighborhood star/executive producer Cedric the Entertainer, his A Bird and A Bear Entertainment production banner and CBS TV Studios where the company has a first-look deal. Written by Braunohler, Dad Vs. Father centers on new parents Karl and Leanne, who move in with Karl's formerly deadbeat dad, his much younger wife, and their two 14-year-old daughters… Read


ABC Buys ‘East WillyB’ Comedy Based On Web Series From Kronicle Media

ABC has put in development East WillyB, a half-hour comedy based on the indie web series created by Julia Ahumada Grob and Yamin Segal from Korin Williams and Monique Nash’s Kronicle Media and ABC Studios. Written by Grob and Segal, East WillyB is an ensemble comedy that revolves around a truly unconventional family, dysfunctional neighbors who populate the last hold-out dive bar in gentrified Brooklyn. Together they’ll face life’s challenges — from love, friendship, and… Read


ABC Developing Fashion Drama From ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Writer Pete Chiarelli & Zac Posen

ABC has put in development a fashion drama from Crazy Rich Asians writer Peter Chiarelli, designer Zac Posen (Project Runway), ABC Studios and studio-based Mandeville Television. Written by Chiarelli, the drama is set in the world of fashion. Chiarelli and Posen executive produce with Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Laurie Zaks and Todd Lieberman. ABC Studios and Mandeville co-produce. Chiarelli most recently co-wrote the screenplay for New Line’s Crazy Rich Asians, which… Read


David Spade To Headline Comedy Series From Diablo Cody & Jason Reitman In Works At HBO

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EXCLUSIVE: HBO has put in development a half-hour comedy series starring and produced by David Spade. The project hails from frequent collaborators Diablo Cody and her Vita Vera Films and Jason Reitman and his Right of Way Films. Written by Cody, the as-yet untitled comedy centers on Calvin Wash, played by Spade, who in the 90s was a semi-famous grunge musician hooked on heroin. Now he's clean, sober and working as a waiter in the Valley. When he meets troubled… Read


Steven Quale Will Direct Aquatic Thriller ‘Alphas’ For Voltage Pictures

Steven Quale (Into the StormAliens of the Deep) is set to direct the upcoming aquatic thriller Alphas, based on the screenplay by Frank Hannah (The Cooler). The deep sea epic centers on a school of great white sharks terrorizing a coastal town. The only hope is a damaged killer whale who has been in solitary confinement for years after killing its trainer. Producers include Academy Award-winning Nicolas Chartier (The Hurt LockerWind River) for Voltage Pictures, Pierre… Read


‘Tender Is The Night’: TV Series Based On F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Classic Lands At Hulu For Development From Playground

Hulu has landed Tender Is The Night, a limited series adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, sources said. The project, from Colin Callender's Playground Entertainment, which had optioned the rights earlier this year, is in early stages in development. Tender Is The Night, which was published in 1934, was Fitzgerald's fourth and final completed novel. It tells the story of promising young psychiatrist Dick Diver. He meets 16-year old Nicole Warren, who suffers from… Read


‘Einstein’ Police Procedural Based On German Series From ‘Shadowhunters’ EP, Carol Mendelsohn & Intrigue Set At NBC

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NBC has put in development Einstein, based on the popular German series, from writer Michael Reisz (Shadowhunters), Carol Mendelsohn, Tariq Jalil’s Intrigue Entertainment and Universal TV, where Mendelsohn’s Carol Mendelsohn Prods. is based. tWritten by Reisz, Einstein follows a whip-smart, smooth-talking and illegitimate descendant of Albert Einstein who is recruited by the police for his skills at solving particularly complex cases. Reisz executive produces with… Read


Fox Nabs Dramedy Adaptation Of France’s ‘Quadras’ From Tom Kapinos, Sanaa Hamri & Endemol Shine As Put Pilot

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Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Let’s Spend the Night Together, a one-hour dramedy inspired by the French series Quadras, from Californication creator Tom Kapinos, Empire director and executive producer Sanaa Hamri, Endemol Shine North America and 20th Century Fox TV, where Hamri is under an overall deal. Written by Kapinos, inspired by the French series Quadras from Endemol Shine France, Let’s Spend the Night Together is described as a structurally inventive… Read


Stephen King’s ‘Joyland’ Novel Being Adapted For TV At Freeform

Stephen King's 'Joyland' set at Freeform

Stephen King’s Joyland is in the works for the small screen. Freeform has put into development Joyland, a series based on the King novel, from writers Chris Peña (Jane the Virgin) and Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M.) and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions (Valor). Joyland tells the story of Devin, a college student who takes a summer job at an amusement park in a North Carolina tourist town, confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child and the… Read


NBC Buys LAPD Police Drama From Dean Georgaris, Kevin O’Hare & Keshet

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NBC has put in development an LAPD police drama from writer Kevin O’Hare, The Brave creator Dean Georgaris, Keshet Studios and Universal TV, where Keshet is under a deal. Written and executive produced by O’Hare, the Untitled Kevin O’Hare Project is based on police pilot programs in major U.S. cities. The drama follows an unlikely group of LAPD officers and detectives incentivized to live and become active members in the community they patrol, all in hopes of changing… Read


‘Strangers’ Drama Based On Dean Koontz Book In Works At Fox From Jeff Davis & Josh Berman

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Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Strangers, a one-hour drama based on the bestselling book by Dean Koontz, from Teen Wolf and Criminal Minds creator Jeff Davis, Drop Dead Diva creator alum Josh Berman and Sony Pictures TV, where Berman and his Osprey Productions are under a deal. Written by Davis, based on Koontz’s book, Strangers tells the story of several different people, thousands of miles apart, from different walks of life, finding themselves struck… Read