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“Roseanne” Revival in the Works with Stars Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, & Sara Gilbert

roseanne excerptClassic ABC sitcom Roseanne is in the works for a limited revival with original stars Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, and Laurie Metcalf in talks to return. The series joins a growing list of sitcom revivals and reboots including Will & Grace at NBC and Fuller House on Netflix.

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Jesse Eisenberg to Write, Direct, and Headline Comedy Series at Bad Robot

jesse eisenbergBad Robot is teaming up with actor Jesse Eisenberg on the single-camera comedy The Market. Eisenberg will star in, write, and direct the project which hails from Warner Bros. TV.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: FOX Dramas

Fox CroppedLast year, Fox was all about IP and filling a gaping, American Idol-sized hole. Its development was all over the place. This year, much like NBC, Fox seems to have found its groove as well.

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“Hidden Figures” Director Ted Melfi Sets Up Holiday Comedy at Netflix

ted melfiHidden Figures writer-director Ted Melfi has sold the dark, holiday comedy El Camino Christmas to Netflix. Melfi wrote the script with Chris Wehner and has lined up a solid cast for the ensemble.

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EL CAMINO CHRISTMAS (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMFollows a young man who seeks out a father he has never met and, through no fault of his own ends up barricaded in a liquor sotre iwht five other people on Christmas Eve.

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THIS IS JANE (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline: tells the story of an ordinary group of women who did something extraordinary: 11,000 safe, illegal abortions in Chicago from 1968 to 1973.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: FOX Comedies

Fox CroppedFox has recently taken a cautious approach to comedy development, but now that New Girl is likely canceled, and Last Man on Earth may be winding down soon, Fox has to get a bit more aggressive.

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“Casual” Showrunner Teams with Ingrid Michaelson for “The Way I Am” at Hulu

ingrid michaelsonStreaming site Hulu has netted single-camera comedy The Way I Am from Casual showrunner Liz Tigelaar and musician Ingrid Michaelson in a competitive situation. The script was penned by duo and Michaelson is attached to star.

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SILICON VALLEY Review: “Success Failure”

silicon valley excerptSeason 4, Episode 1 – Silicon Valley returns with the team ready to get to work on a “new Pied Piper” utilizing Dinesh’s video chat, but Richard can’t let go of his algorithm or control leading to a big shift in the company hierarchy.

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The Tracking Board’s Daily Debrief (04.21.17)

The-Tracking-Boards-Daily-Debrief-city-excerptAng Lee finds his next project with high-concept thriller Gemini Man, while Supergirl and Luke Cage stars book new roles. Plus, a round-up of the day’s top entertainment news stories from around the web.

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Margot Robbie Circling Queen Elizabeth Role in “Mary Queen of Scots”

margot robbieSuicide Squad star Margot Robbie is in negotiations to portray Queen Elizabeth in Mary Queen of Scots. Saoirse Ronan will take on the title role in the project from Focus Features and Working Title.

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Callum Turner in Talks to Join Eddie Redmayne for “Fantastic Beasts 2”

callum turner excerptNewt Scamander’s brother is set to join the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them with Callum Turner in talks for the role. The film will see Eddie Redmayne return to play Newt and will be joined by Jude Law as Dumbledore.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: NBC Dramas

nbc-crop As the happy home of critical and Nielsen darling This is Us, NBC marches towards the upfronts with its head held high. Clearly happy about the show’s success, Bob Greenblatt has been quite forthcoming this past year about NBC’s emphasis on positivity on all fronts, be it in the office or on screen.

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Freeform Focuses on Fantasy and Comedy at Upfronts

cloak and daggerJust a day after the premiere of Freeform’s flagship show Pretty Little Liars‘ final season, the network presented to advertisers their plans for the future, with several comedy projects in the works to take their lineup beyond the young melodramas they’re known for.

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“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”, “Alone Together”, and More Unveil Trailers at Freeform Upfronts

cloak and dagger trailerFreeform has two exciting new shows with Mavel’s Cloak & Dagger and the comedy Alone Together from The Lonely Island, showing the young, fresh direction the millennial network is heading. Meanwhile, The Bold Type looks to fill the void left by Good Girls Revolt in a contemporary setting and Siren brings genre-fare with a twist.

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Will Smith Circling Live-Action “Aladdin” for Genie Role

will smithSuicide Squad star Will Smith is in talks to take on the Genie role in Aladdin, the live-action remake of Disney’s animated film, directed by Guy Ritchie. The beloved character was previously played by the late Robin Williams.

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“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Has Us Excited for Summer with Season Three Trailer (Video)

unbreakable kimmy schmidtKimmy Schmidt is back, she’s got her GED, and she’s ready for the next step: College. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starring Ellie Kemper and Titus Burgess released its season three trailer today and looks like it may be the comedy’s best yet!

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Warner Bros. and Temple Hill Adapting YA Novel “The Season”

THE SEASONWarner Bros. has picked up the film rights to YA novel The Season written by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer. The project is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Texas debutante society.

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THE SEASON (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA clever tomboy and soccer star who’s forced into the elite Dallas debutante season by her mother. Modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

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THE SEASON (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings) A clever tomboy and soccer star who’s forced into the elite Dallas debutante season by her mother. Modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

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“Krypton” Brings DC to Syfy in Official Trailer (Video)

krypton trailer excerptThe minute and a half of Syfy’s upcoming DC series Krypton shows great action drowning in CGI and a grittier world that feels more at home in Rogue One or Firefly than in the Krypton we saw in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel or even CW’s Supergirl.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: NBC Comedies

nbc cropA few years ago, NBC comedy was in a bad place. Though critically adored and beloved by many, flagship shows Parks & Rec and 30 Rock simply weren’t ratings juggernauts, so NBC had a choice to make: go broader with comedy development or continue to focus on smaller, quality projects. As with most things in television, the pursuit of money won out.

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Queen Latifah to Topline Flint Water Crisis Movie at Lifetime

queen latifah excerptLifetime original movie Flint has tapped Queen Latifa, Betsy Brandt, Jill Scott, and Marin Ireland to star. The project from Sony Pictures TV will also be executive produced by Latifah.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: CW Dramas

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With last year’s pilots Frequency and No Tomorrow both unlikely to see renewals, The CW is looking for a big hit that isn’t attached to the DC universe and can add to the critical clout they’ve gained with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin. See what’s next for the CW in our preview of their 2017 drama pilots.

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Kathleen Robertson to Pen “The Possibilities” Adaptation for Jason Reitman

kathleen robertson excerptFox Searchlight’s adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel The Possibilities has attached Kathleen Robertson to write the script. Helen Estabrook and Jason Reitman will produce with Reitman also set to direct.

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PARAGRAPH 175 (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline: Five years after breaking up to avoid persecution, two gay lovers are reunited in a Nazi concentration camp; one of them a prisoner and the other, a Nazi Sergeant stationed at the camp.

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“Detroit” Trailer Lands with John Boyega Caught in Middle of 1967 Riots

john boyega excerptJohn Boyega stars in Kathryn Bigelow’s next Oscar contender, Detroit. The thrilling drama tells the story of the 1967 riots.

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John Cleese to Headline BBC Sitcom for First Time Since “Fawlty Towers”

john cleeseFor the first time since the end of Fawlty Towers, John Cleese will star in a BBC sitcom. The project, Edith, stars Alison Steadman in the title role of the six-part series on BBC One.

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The Runway: Tracking the 2017 Pilots, Trends, & Networks

the runway excerptThe Tracking Board presents the 4th annual edition of The Runway! The premise is simple: we read, review and prognosticate on the future of every single network show picked up to pilot. So fasten your seatbelts, because pilot season is about to take off.

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