Amazon Greenlights ‘Invincible’ Superhero Animated Series From Robert Kirkman
Amazon Studios has given an eight-episode hourlong animated series Invincible, from The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and artist Ryan Ottley, based on Kirkman’s popular comic book series of the same name.
This marks the first series greenlight to come out of the overall deal Amazon Studios inked last year with Kirkman, executive producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead, which was based on his graphic novel, and companion Fear the Walking Dead, which he co-created… Read
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
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
WGN America Picks Up Procedural Series ‘Carter’ With Jerry O’Connell & Sydney Poitier Heartsong, ‘Gone’ With Chris Noth
WGN America is adding to its Prime Crime slate with the acquisition of two original series in the detective procedural genre — the comedic Carter, starring Jerry O'Connell (Billions), Sydney Poitier Heartsong (Chicago P.D.) and Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black), which will premiere August 7, and crime drama Gone, starring Chris Noth (The Good Wife), Leven Ramblin (The Hunger Games) and Danny Pino (CSI: Miami), for debut in early 2019.
Carter and Gone are part of WGN America’s… Read
Amazon Greenlights Barry Jenkins & Plan B’s ‘Underground Railroad’ Limited Series With Jenkins Directing All 11 Episodes
Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) will direct all 11 episodes of limited series The Underground Railroad, which has received a formal greenlight by Amazon.
Amazon Studios landed the new take on the story of the underground railroad from Jenkins’ PASTEL and Brad Pitt’s Plan B, in March 2017 with a script-to-series commitment.
The project is based on Colson Whitehead's bestselling novel The Underground Railroad, which won a Pulitzer Prize a month after Amazon bought… Read
Apple Orders Emily Dickinson Comedy Series Starring Hailee Steinfeld
Apple has given a straight-to-series order to Dickinson, a half-hour comedy starring Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 3, True Grit) in the title role of 1800s poet Emily Dickinson, from Paul Lee’s recently launched independent studio, wiip, Alex Goldstone for Anonymous Content, Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta for Sugar23 Productions, David Gordon Green, Darlene Hunt and Alena Smith (The Affair, The Newsroom).
Written by Smith, Dickinson is set during… Read
CMT Greenlights ‘Bachelorette Weekend’ Series From ‘Jersey Shore’ Creator & Renews ‘Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders’
CMT is ready to party this summer. The country music/lifestyle cable net has booked Bachelorette Weekend, a new unscripted series from the creator of Jersey Shore. It also has greenlighted a 13th season of docuseries Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team.
Hailing from SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions, Bachelorette Weekend premieres at 11 PM Thursday, August 2. The logline: The series follows the staff of Bach Weekend, a Nashville-based company specializing in… Read
‘ThunderCats Roar’ Series Set For Cartoon Network From Warner Bros Animation
The ThunderCats are coming back. Cartoon Network has greenlighted ThunderCats Roar, an all-new series from Warner Bros Animation that’s set to premiere next year. Production is underway.
The logline: Staying true to the premise of the original series: Lion-O and the ThunderCats — Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wilykat and Wilykit — barely escape the sudden destruction of their home world, Thundera, only to crash land on the mysterious and exotic planet of Third Earth. Lion-O… Read
Hulu Orders ‘The Act’ True-Crime Anthology Series From Nick Antosca & Michelle Dean
Hulu has given a series order to The Act, a character-based seasonal true-crime anthology series from writers Nick Antosca (Channel Zero) and Michelle Dean and Universal Cable Productions, Deadline has learned.
Written by Dean and Antosca, The Act, which has been in development at Hulu since last year, is a seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories. The first season is based on Dean's 2016 Buzzfeed article "Dee Dee Wanted Her… Read
‘City On A Hill’: Showtime Picks Up Drama From Ben Affleck & Matt Damon To Series
Showtime has handed a 12-episode series order to City On A Hill, its drama pilot starring Kevin Bacon (The Following) and Aldis Hodge (Underground). The series, executive produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd, will premiere in 2019.
Written by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler) and based on an original idea by Affleck, City on a Hill is set in early 1990s Boston when the city was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in… Read
Batman Prequel ‘Pennyworth’ From ‘Gotham’ Duo Gets Series Order At Epix
MGM-owned Epix has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to Pennyworth, a Batman prequel from Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller, executive producer/director Danny Cannon and Warner Horizon Scripted TV.
Written by Heller, based on DC characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne's legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce's billionaire father… Read
‘Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’ Picked Up To Series At Freeform
UPDATED with trailer: The Pretty Little Liars universe will continue at Freeform. The network has picked up to series drama pilot Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, with a 10-episode order. You can watch the first trailer above.
The spinoff hails from the same auspices as the original series, writer/executive producer I. Marlene King, Alloy Entertainment and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, and it is based on the popular book series The Perfectionists, written by… Read