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Latest Primetime Pilot Panic News


NBC Buys Mother-Daughter FBI Drama From Wendy Calhoun & Elizabeth Banks

NBC has put in development Strong Justice, an hourlong drama from Wendy Calhoun (Empire), Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Calhoun, Strong Justice is inspired by Marlo McGuire Graham and Ethel McGuire. It centers on FBI's first-ever mother-daughter duo, Special Agents Etta and Memphis Strong, who strive to be exceptional investigators despite sexist and racist hurdles. Both women tackle dangerous cases and fight… Read


Chris Evans To Star In ‘Defending Jacob’ Apple Limited Series From Mark Bomback & Morten Tyldum

Apple has given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to drama Defending Jacob, headlined and executive produced byCaptain America and The Avengers star Chris Evans. Created and written by Mark Bomback (Planet of the Apes trilogy) based on William Landay’s bestselling novel, the limited series comes  from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Oscar-nominated Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Counterpart, Jack Ryan) is attached to direct the series and executive… Read


‘Suits’ Spinoff: Bethany Joy Lenz Among Quartet Series Regulars Cast In USA Show

EXCLUSIVE: USA Network and Universal Cable Prods. have rounded out the cast of the cast of the upcoming Suits spinoff series starring Suits alumna Gina Torres. Coming on board as series regulars are Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill), who will be playing a main character in a recasting, as well as Chantel Riley (Wynonna Earp), Isabel Arraiza (The Oath) and Eli Goree (Riverdale). They join Torres and fellow series regulars Simon Kassianides and Morgan Spector. The series is… Read


‘The Deuce’ Starring James Franco Renewed For Third & Final Season By HBO

Two episode into The Deuce‘s sophomore run on HBO, the premium cable network has renewed it for a third and has set an end date. Season 3 will be the period drama’ final installment. Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York's Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world… Read


‘Resident Alien’: Alan Tudyk To Star In Syfy Pilot Based On Dark Horse Comics Series

Syfy has found its Resident Alien. Alan Tudyk (Con Man, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is set to star in the title role in Resident Alien, a drama pilot based on the Dark Horse comics series by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, from Universal Cable Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment and Amblin TV. In addition, Sara Tomko (Sneaky Pete), The Closer alum Corey Reynolds, Alice Wetterlund (Silicon Valley) and Levi Fiehler (Mars) are set to round out the series regular cast. Re… Read


NBC Buys Condo Comedy From Seth Meyers Starring His Brother Josh Meyers

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The Meyers brothers have teamed for The Exceptional, a half-hour single-camera comedy series, which has been set at NBC with a script commitment. Starring, co-written and executive produced by actor-comedian Josh Meyers and executive produced by late-night host Seth Meyers and his producing partner Mike Shoemaker, The Exceptional hails from Universal TV and Seth Meyers and Shoemaker’s studio-based Sethmaker Shoemeyers Prods. Co-written/executive produced by Steven Cragg… Read


Marvel Series About Female Superheroes From ‘Wonder Woman’s Allan Heinberg Set At ABC With Big Commitment

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EXCLUSIVE: Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg is aiming to bring more female superheroes to the screen, this time in television. ABC has given a production commitment to an untitled hourlong drama from Heinberg, Marvel Television and ABC Studios. Written by Heiinberg, it is about female characters with superpowers. In typical Marvel fashion, further details are being kept close to the vest, but I hear the drama is based on lesser-known Marvel characters. There have been a… Read


Fox Nabs Sister Comedy From Michelle Nader & Morgan Murphy As Put Pilot

Fox has handed a put pilot commitment to Danny Issues, a multi-camera comedy from former 2 Broke Girls writer-producers Michelle Nader and Morgan Murphy and the studio behind the CBS sitcom, Warner Bros. TV, where Nader is under an overall deal. Written by Nader and Murphy inspired by their own relationships with their fathers, Danny Issues is about two flawed sisters who are reunited with their ne'er-do-well father after the loss of their mother, leading all three to… Read


Fox Buys ‘Richard Lovely’ Comedy From Billy Finnegan & Kat Coiro As Put Pilot

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Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Richard Lovely, a single-camera comedy from Grace and Frankie executive producer Billy Finnegan, director Kat Coiro (The Mick) and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Finnegan, the project, which has an About a Boy vibe to it, is about Richard Lovely, a best-selling children’s book author… who hates children. After a series of unfortunate public events — and a little advice from his fictional alter ego — he’s forced to foster a little… Read


Fox Buys Medical Drama ‘Triage’ From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Producer Zoanne Clack

Fox has given a script commitment plus penalty to Triage, an hourlong medical drama from Grey’s Anatomy executive producer-writer Zoanne Clack, Sonar Entertainment, OutEast Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by Clack, Triage reinvents the medical drama by interweaving three distinct phases of a group of doctors' lives, as they explore cutting-edge medical techniques, and face challenges both personal and professional. Clack executive produces with Sonar's Tom… Read


Ted Levine, Mel Rodriguez, Beth Ditto & Usman Ally Cast In YouTube Series ‘On Becoming A God In Central Florida’

EXCLUSIVE: Ted Levine is set to star opposite Kirsten Dunst in On Becoming A God In Central Florida, YouTube Premium’s a one-hour dark comedy series set in the 1990s. Also cast in the show, from George Clooney and Grant Heslov's Smokehouse Pictures and Sony's TriStar Television, are Mel Rodriguez (Getting On, The Last Man On Earth) and Beth Ditto, the lead singer of Gossip, who will be series regulars, and Usman Ally (Veep), who will recur. On Becoming A God In Central Flo… Read


‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared’: Conaco & Super Deluxe Team For TV Series Based On Cult U.K. Web Shorts

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is coming to television. An U.S. TV version of the British web series is in the works at Turner’s Super Deluxe Studio. It comes from Blink Industries, producers of the original shorts, and Conan O’Brien’s Conaco. The TV series version was created by British filmmakers Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling, creators/executive producers of the original, and Baker Terry who was a writer on the British series of shorts alongside Sloan and Pelling. A spec… Read