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‘The Middle’ Spinoff Starring Eden Sher Gets Pilot Production Commitment At ABC

It’s official. More Sue Heck is on the way. ABC has given a pilot production commitment to a spinoff from the middle-class family comedy The Middle toplined by series co-star Eden Sher. The Sue Heck Spinoff (pka The Middle spinoff) comes from The Middle creators/executive producers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline and studio Warner Bros. TV. Written by Heisler and Heline, the half-hour single camera comedy follows the twentysomething adventures of eternal optimist Sue Heck… Read

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Legal Drama ‘Adversaries’ Starring Archie Panjabi From ‘Blindspot’ Duo Lands At NBC As Put Pilot

The Good Wife alumna Archie Panjabi is returning to the legal drama genre as the star and producer of Adversaries, from Blindspot creator/executive producer Martin Gero and executive producer Alex Berger. In a competitive situation, the project, from Warner Bros. TV and Gero’s Quinn’s House, has landed at NBC with a put pilot commitment. Written by Berger, Adversaries is described as a humorous, aspirational legal drama that argues the path to healing a polarized nation… Read

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Leigh Janiak To Direct YA Pilot ‘Panic’ For Amazon Studios

Leigh Janiak is set to direct and executive produce Panic, Amazon Studios’ YA pilot from writer Lauren Oliver based on her best-selling book, and producers Joe Roth & Jeff Kirschenbaum. Written and created by Oliver based on her novel, Panic centers on a forgotten rural town where every year the graduating seniors risk their lives in an illegal, high-stakes game to win life-changing money–and a chance to escape. Anonymous judges force the players through a series of… Read

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Mena Massoud Joins Hulu’s Femme Fatale Pilot ‘Reprisal’ From Warren Littlefield & A+E Studios

Mena Massoud (Aladdin, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) is set as series regular opposite Abigail Spencer in Hulu drama pilot Reprisal, from Warren Littlefield and A+E Studios. 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 (Spencer) who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign… Read

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‘Modern Family’ Co-Creator Says “We’re Very Open To” Season 11, Teases “Life & Death” Season 10

Hours after ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told Deadline that the network has started conversations with Modern Family producer 20th Century Fox TV about an 11th season of the Emmy-winning comedy, the series’ co-creator/executive producer/co-showrunner Christopher Lloyd gave the idea thumbs-up. “We are very open to it,” he said about doing another season beyond the upcoming Season 10, the last under the show’s most recent two-year pickup. “We have expressed… Read

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‘The Ambassador’ Drama From Ilene Chaiken & Eva Longoria Lands At ABC With Big Commitment

EXCLUSIVE: In one of the first major bidding situations this broadcast buying season, ABC has landed hourlong drama The Ambassador from former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken, Eva Longoria and Ben Spector’s UnbelieEVAble Entertainment, 3 Arts Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV. The project has received a big put pilot commitment. The Ambassador, which was pursued by multiple networks, is based on the Spanish series The Embassy (La embajada). In the adaptation, written… Read

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‘Watchmen’: Dylan Schombing, Adelynn Spoon & Lily Rose Smith Join Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot

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Dylan Schombing (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Adelynn Spoon and Lily Rose Smith (The Vampire Diaries) have been cast in Damon Lindelof's HBO Watchmen pilot, a take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' iconic limited comic series. 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. As per all Watchmen castings, no details about the… Read

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Abigail Spencer To Star In Hulu’s Femme Fatale Pilot ‘Reprisal’ From Warren Littlefield & A+E Studios

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Former Timeless star Abigail Spencer is set as the lead in Hulu drama pilot Reprisal, from Warren Littlefield and A+E Studios. 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 (Spencer) who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gearheads. Long… Read

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Ruby Rose Cast As Batwoman In the CW’s DC Crossover & Potential Series

In one of the biggest casting coups for the CW, Ruby Rose has been tapped to play Batwoman. The character will make her first appearance as part of The CW's annual DC Arrowverse crossover event in December. Rose also is set to play the role in the Batwoman series the CW has in development for next season. While the project is still in the script stage, with a star of Rose’s caliber attached and DC Universe architect Greg Berlanti behind it, it is likely to go to pilot and… Read

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‘Trial & Error’ To Be Shopped After NBC’s Deadline To Pick Up Season 3 Passes

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I have learned that NBC’s option to renew Trial & Error for a third season has lapsed, reverting the rights to the crime comedy back to producing studio Warner Bros TV. I hear the options on the series’ regular cast have not expired yet, and WBTV will be using the window to shop the show elsewhere. With its serialized nature — each season following a different murder case — Trial & Error looks better suited for binge viewing on a streaming platform. The comedy’s first… Read

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Showtime Bosses On How Long ‘Shameless’ & ‘Ray Donovan’ Can Go -TCA

Shameless is heading into its expanded ninth season as the longest-running drama on premium cable and one of the most watched. With 8 million viewers a week, the most recent eighth season of Shameless was most watched in Showtime’s history and ranked as the No.1 premium cable series in 2018. “That show defies gravity,” Showtime president of programming Gary Levine said during the Showtime TCA executive session when asked about how many seasons they envision the family… Read

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‘The Big Bang Theory’: CBS In “Preliminary Discussions” To Renew Hit Comedy Series – TCA

CBS' flagship series, The Big Bang Theory, is heading into its 12th season, the last of the current two-season pickup for the show and new two-year deals for its cast. It was presumed when the two-year renewal was made in 2017 that it would likely be the sitcom's final chapter. But, as it wrapped its 11th season, Big Bang is not showing signs of slowing down, and during CBS’ TCA executive session this morning, entertainment president Kelly Kahl unveiled that Season 12… Read