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Kenan Thompson Comedy ‘Saving Kenan’ & ‘Like Magic’ Get NBC Pilot Orders

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Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson is a step closer to moving from late-night to primetime. His starring vehicle, the single-camera Saving Kenan (form. Saving Larry), has been picked up to pilot by NBC. The project, from SNL creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels and his Broadway Video as well as Superstore executive producer Jackie Clarke, had a big pilot production commitment. NBC ‘also has ordered to pilot Like Magic, a single-camera workplace comedy from Supers… Read

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‘NYPD Blue’: Ashley Thomas To Co-Star In ABC Sequel Pilot

24: Legacy and Salvation alum Ashley Thomas is set as one of the leads opposite Fabien Frankel in ABC's pilot NYPD Blue, a new iteration of the iconic cop drama. The sequel centers on Theo (Frankel), the son of Dennis Franz's Detective Andy Sipowicz character from the original series, who tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father's murder. Like the original 1993-2005 ABC series, the follow-up revolves around a core group… Read

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‘NYPD Blue’: Rick Gomez To Co-Star In ABC Sequel Pilot

Rick Gomez has been cast as one of the leads opposite Fabien Frankel in ABC's piloNYPD Blue, a new iteration of the iconic cop drama. The sequel centers on Theo (Frankel), the son of Dennis Franz's Detective Andy Sipowicz character from the original series, who tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father's murder. Like the original 1993-2005 ABC series, the follow-up revolves around a core group of 15th Precinct police… Read

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‘Penny Dreadful’: Daniel Zovatto To Star In ‘City of Angels’ Showtime Sequel Series

EXCLUSIVE: I have learned that Daniel Zovatto (Here and Now, Fear the Walking Dead) has been tapped for a lead role in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, a followup to Penny Dreadful from the original series’ creator, writer and executive producer John Logan. A spiritual descendant of the story set in Victorian-era London, the next chapter employ a new vision, new characters and storylines. It opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with… Read

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NBC Orders ‘Lincoln’ Drama Pilot Based On ‘The Bone Collector’ Books

NBC has handed a pilot order to Lincoln (fka The Bone Collector), a drama based on the bestselling book series by Jeffery Deaver which had been previously adapted into the 1999 movie of the same name starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The project hails from writers VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli (S.W.A.T.), Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television, whose sibling feature studios shared distribution of the film, in association with Keshet Studios, which has… Read

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‘The Kominsky Method’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

It took awhile but Netflix has officially renewed Chuck Lorre's single-camera comedy series The Kominsky Method, starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, for a second season. It will consist of 8 episodes and will start production late January 2019 in Los Angeles. (See the video announcement above). The renewal comes two months after The Kominsky Method‘s 8-episode first season was released and 10 days after it became the first Netflix show to score a best comedy series… Read

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‘Suits’ Jessica Pearson Spinoff Series Starring Gina Torres Gets Title

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USA Network’s upcoming Suits spinoff series will be titled Pearson, after its lead character. The long-untitled project, from UCP, Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh and executive producer Daniel Arkin, is centered on powerhouse lawyer Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) as she adjusts to the dirty world of Chicago politics. Co-starring alongside Torres are Simon Kassianides, Morgan Spector, Bethany Joy Lenz, Chantel Riley, Isabel Arraiza and Eli Goree The… Read

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‘NYPD Blue’: Fabien Frankel To Star As Andy Sipowicz’s Son In ABC Sequel Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: After an extensive search, young British actor Fabien Frankel has landed the lead role of Theo Sipowicz in ABC's piloNYPD Blue, a new iteration of the iconic cop drama. The sequel centers on Theo, the son of Dennis Franz's Detective Andy Sipowicz character from the original series, who tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father's murder. Theo seems to have taken after his father as he too is a hard-drinking… Read

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CBS Orders ‘The Story Of Us’ Comedy Pilot From Mike Royce & Nick Stoller

CBS has given a pilot green light to The Story of Us, a hybrid comedy from Mike Royce (One Day At A Time), Nick Stoller (Neighbors), Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios. Written and executive produced by comedy veteran Royce, The Story of Us is a story told through interviews and vignettes spanning 10 years, about how an unlikely couple becomes an unlikely family. Stoller executive produces via his Stoller Global Solutions banner alongside producing partner/TV executive… Read

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‘Happy Accident’: ‘Veep’s Matt Walsh To Star In ABC Family Comedy Pilot

As Veep has wrapped production on its upcoming seventh and final season, co-star Matt Walsh has been tapped as a lead of Happy Accident, ABC’s single-camera family comedy from Modern Family writers Abraham Higginbotham and Jon Pollack, 20th Century Fox TV, where both Higginbotham and Pollack are under overall deals, and ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Higginbotham and Pollack, Happy Accident revolves around two Pittsburgh families — a father, Bud (Walsh)… Read

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Freeform Developing Park Ranger Comedy From Jenna Fischer, Alexandra Henrikson

Freeform has put into development National Parker, a half-hour comedy from Splitting Up Together starJenna Fischer, actress-writer Alexandra Henrikson (Maniac) and Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Written by Henrikson, in National Parker, when social media–obsessed Parker Adams' world comes crashing down after a breakup, she decides to put her New York City life behind her and become an adult with a real job — as a national park ranger at Alaska's Hickberry National… Read

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‘Council Of Dads’ Drama From Joan Rater & Tony Phelan Gets NBC Pilot Order

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NBC has given a pilot green light to Council of Dads, a drama inspired by Bruce Feiler's book from Doubt creators Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Universal TV where Rater and Phelan have an overall deal. Written by Rater and Phelan, Council of Dads is inspired by Feiler's bestselling memoir The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness and the Men Who Could Be Me. It is the story of Scott Perry and his family, whose lives are thrown into… Read