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CBS All Access Orders ‘Interrogation’ True Crime Drama Series, Sets Unusual Release

CBS All Access, CBS' SVOD and live streaming service, has given a straight-to-series order to true-crime drama Interrogation. Co-created by Swedish writer-producer Anders Weidemann (30 Degrees In February) and John Mankiewicz (House of Cards, Bosch), Interrogation is an original concept based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years, in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation… Read

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CBS Buys Small Town Comedy About Twentysomethings From Jared Stern

CBS has put in development Townies, a multi-camera comedy executive produced by Green Eggs and Ham writer/executive producer Jared Stern. Penned/co-executive produced by young writer Katie Greenway (Bella and the Bulldogs), Townies follows an eclectic group of friends in their twenties who are happily living large in their small Wisconsin hometown. Stern executive produces via his A Stern Talking To Productions for Warner Bros. TV where Stern is under an overall… Read

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Melissa Scrivner-Love Sells ‘Strong Girl’ To CW With Ronda Rousey & ‘Witnesses’ To Fox With Mark-Paul Gosselaar As EPs

Writer Melissa Scrivner-Love (Fear the Walking Dead) has set up two projects in development: action one-hour Strong Girl at the CW, with Ronda Rousey and Ben Silverman executive producing, and detective drama Witnesses at Fox with Mark-Paul Gosselaar executive producing. Scrivner-Love is writing and executive producing both. The CW’s Strong Girl, from CBS TV Studios, is an adaptation of a Korean format. It follows a former war photographer named Rayna who discovers she is… Read

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Vanessa Bayer To Headline & Co-Create Comedy Series In Works At Showtime From Michael Showalter & Annapurna TV

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EXCLUSIVE: Saturday Night Live alumna Vanessa Bayer is set to co-create and star in Big Deal, a single-camera comedy which is in development at Showtime from Annapurna Television, with The Big Sick helmer Michael Showalter attached to direct. The project, which Bayer will co-create and co-write with former SNL writer Jeremy Beiler, is a comedy in which a woman (Bayer) overcomes childhood leukemia to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming an on-air host at a home shopping… Read

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Damon Wayans Jr. Launches Production Company, Sells Light Hour ‘Glamorous’ To the CW Through CBS TV Studios Deal

Damon Wayans Jr. has launches a production company, Two Shakes Entertainment, which has a two-year first-look deal at CBS TV Studios. The Happy Together star has brought in former Hazy Mills Director of Development, Kameron Tarlow, as VP of Development and Production for Two Shakes, which has sold its first broadcast project, Glamorous, to the CW with writerJordon Nardino (Star Trek: Discovery). Two Shakes Entertainment –named after the expression “two shakes of a lamb’s… Read

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Anna Paquin Joins ‘The Affair’ As Part Of Major Time Jump In Final Season 5

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Oscar winner Anna Paquin has been tapped for a key series regular role in the fifth and final season of Showtime’s drama series The Affair, which will introduce a flash-forward storyline. It will center on Alison and Cole's now-adult daughter Joanie Lockhart, played by Paquin, who returns some years in the future to a climate-change ravaged Montauk to piece together the truth about what happened to her mother and bringing the whole story full circle. In addition to the… Read

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‘Charmed’, ‘Legacies’ & ‘All American’ Get Back Episodic Orders At The CW

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The CW has picked up additional episodes of all three of its new fall series. Charmed has received a traditional Back 9 order, bringing its Season 1 run to a full-season 22 episodes. Legacies and All American will each produce three more episodes for 16-episode totals. The orders followed the CW’s early vote of confidence to the three rookies, which all received additional script orders on the eve of their debuts. The full-season order to Jennie Snyder… Read

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‘Watchmen’: Jean Smart To Co-Star On HBO Series From Damon Lindelof

Jean Smart has joined the cast of HBO’s Watchmen as a series regular. Written by Damon Lindelof based on characters from DC, Watchmen is considered a dark satirical and dystopian take on the superhero genre. Set in an alternate history where "superheroes" are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own. Emmy winner Smart will play an FBI Agent investigating a murder. The… Read

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‘Treadstone’: Jeremy Irvine & Brian J. Smith Cast In USA’s ‘Bourne’ Series

Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Mamma Mia 2) and Brian J. Smith (Sense8) have been cast as two of the leads of USA Network’s straight-to-series drama Treadstone, an offshoot of Universal's Bourne franchise, from creator Tim Kring and Universal Cable Productions. Written by Kring, Treadstone explores the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Operation Treadstone — a covert program that uses behavior-modification protocol to turn recruits into… Read

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HBO Orders ‘The Plot Against America’ Miniseries From David Simon & Ed Burns

HBO has picked up a new David Simon/Ed Burns miniseries which paints a hypothetical U.S. reality that feels fightingly relevant and less farfetched following the Pittsburgh Synagogue massacre. The six-part The Plot Against America, based on the praised Philip Roth novel, comes from Annapurna Pictures and Joe Roth. It imagines an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles… Read

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Fox Developing Family Comedy From Chris Moynihan & Jonathan Prince

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Fox has put in development a multi-camera family comedy from Marlon co-creator Chris Moynihan and American Dreams co-creator Jonathan Prince. The multi-camera project is a co-production between Universal Television, where Moynihan has an overall deal, and Fox. Written by Moynihan, the untitled comedy is loosely based on Prince’s life. The plot centers on a couple in their 40s falling in love and blending their families, all of which is complicated by the constant presence… Read