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Hulu Orders Femme Fatale Pilot ‘Reprisal’ From Warren Littlefield & A+E Studios

Hulu has handed a pilot order to another drama project from Warren Littlefield, executive producer of the streaming network’s Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale. Written by Josh Corbin (StartUp) and to be directed by BAFTA-nominated Jonathan Van Tulleken (Off Season), Reprisal hails from A+E Studios and The Littlefield Company. It’s a hyper-kinetic revenge tale following a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic… Read

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‘Roseanne’ Spinoff Update: More Progress As Deal Could Come Within A Week

It’s been almost three weeks since ABC’s abrupt cancellation of its flagship comedy series Roseanne following a controversial tweet by star and executive producer Roseanne Barr. And while there is still no official decision on a potential spinoff series, a lot of leg work has been done behind the scenes. I hear Barr is expected to sign an agreement that would remove her from the potential spinoff and prevent her from suing over it. Terms of the agreements are unclear but… Read

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‘Lucifer’ Saved: Netflix Picks Up Series For Season 4 After Fox Cancellation

What a feat — two canceled Fox shows this year made the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter, and now both have found new homes. Netflix has made a deal for comic book drama Lucifer, which will become a Netflix original starting with its upcoming fourth season. The Tom Ellisstarring Lucifer joins cult canceled comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which landed at NBC after the Fox cancellation. Netflix’s pickup decision comes just as the options on the Lucifer cast were about to expire… Read

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Leah Remini To Star In Fox’s Rob McElhenney & Rob Rosell Comedy Pilot

Leah Remini is set to topline Fox’s off-cycle half-hour multi-camera comedy pilot from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator Rob McElhenney, Rob Rosell and 20th Century Fox TV. Written by McElhenney and Rosell, the untitled comedy centers on a woman, Jean (Remini), her ex-husband and her new wife who work together to raise a family in middle America. Remini’s Jean considers herself a patriot who loves her country and firmly believes in everyone's right to be left… Read

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Don Cheadle-Andrew Rannells Wall Street Comedy ‘Black Monday’ Lands Series Order At Showtime

Showtime has given a 10-episode series order to Black Monday (fka Ball Street), its half-hour Wall Street comedy pilot starring Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall, for premiere in 2019. The series hails from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, Black List writer Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend's Girl), Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (Preacher) and Sony Pictures TV Studios. Written by Caspe and Cahan, Black Monday takes us back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday, the… Read

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Rafe Spall, John Slattery & Allison Tolman To Star In ‘Kansas City’ Hulu Comedy Pilot

Rafe Spall (The Big Short), Mad Men alum John Slattery and Fargo standout Allison Tolman are set as the leads in Hulu’s political, dystopian half-hour comedy pilot Kansas City, from Amblin TV and Sony Pictures TV. Set in Kansas City, the single-camera project, which has yet to get a formal pilot greenlight but already is in production, was written by Zev Borow (Lethal Weapon), with Rhys Thomas (Comrade Detective) set to direct. Kansas City is set in a future where the… Read

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Ron Cephas Jones Cast In Apple Series ‘Are You Sleeping’, Will Continue To Recur On ‘This Is Us’

Emmy-nominated This Is Us co-star Ron Cephas Jones no longer will be a series regular on the popular NBC family drama. He has joined the star-studded cast of Are You SleepingApple's upcoming 10-episode thriller drama series from Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and the scripted drama venture of Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. Octavia Spencer stars. Cephas Jones had been a series regular on This Is Us since the start, earning an Emmy… Read

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‘Are You Sleeping’: Aaron Paul, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer & More Join Apple Series

Apple has assembled a star-studded cast for its Octavia Spencer series Are You Sleeping, from Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and the scripted drama venture of Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. Joining Spencer in the 10-episode thriller drama are Aaron Paul (The Path, Breaking Bad), Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer (ER, 8 Mile), Michael Beach (Aquaman, Sons of Anarchy), Tracie Thoms (Rent, Unreal), and Haneefah Wood (Baskets, One Da… Read

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Apple Orders Hilde Lysiak Mystery Series From Dana Fox, Dara Resnik, Jon Chu, Anonymous Content & Paramount TV

EXCLUSIVE: Apple has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to a  mystery drama inspired by the real-life story of 11-year-old Hilde Lysiak. The untitled project, from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, was created by Ben and Kate creator Dana Fox and Dara Resnik (Daredevil), who executive produce with Joy Gorman Wettels (13 Reasons Why) and Sharlene Martin (Deadly Sins). Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians, Now You See Me 2) will direct and executive produce. The… Read

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‘The Cool Kids’: Patrick Walsh Tapped As Showrunner Of New Fox Comedy Series

Patrick Walsh (Living Biblically) has joined Fox’s new comedy series The Cool Kids as executive producer and showrunner. Walsh replaces Kevin Abbott who served as executive producer/showrunner on the pilot. Abbott, a Last Man Standing veteran who served as an executive producer for most of the multi-camera comedy’s six seasons on ABC, including two stints as showrunner, was recently tapped as showrunner of Fox’s LMS revival, which will be paired with The Cool Kids on… Read

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Pop Orders ‘Florida Girls’ Comedy Series Created By & Starring Laura Chinn

Pop has given a 10-episode series order to Florida Girls, its half-hour original scripted comedy pilot from The Mick writer-producer Laura Chinn, Lionsgate TV, Jax Media and 3 Arts Entertainment. Chinn created, executive produces and stars in the series, slated to begin production this fall. Florida Girls, inspired by Chinn’s life, is a female-centered series in front and behind the camera. The pilot for the female ensemble comedy was written by Chinn and directed by… Read

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‘Roseanne’ Spinoff Update: Both Sides Remain Hopeful As Decision Time Nears

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Almost two weeks after the abrupt cancellation of ABC’s hit Roseanne revival, there is optimism that an offshoot without star and executive producer Roseanne Barr could happen. The project was pitched to ABC last Monday by the group of executive producers, led by Tom Werner, Sara Gilbert and showrunner Bruce Helford. I hear the meeting went well, with the idea of continuing the show without Barr while keeping the writers and crew employed getting thumbs up by the network… Read