Category Archives: TV Sales & Pick-Ups

A place to find all articles pertaining to TV sales, pick-ups, and pilot orders.

Amazon Lands Period Drama “Picnic at Hanging Rock” Starring Natalie Dormer

natalie dormer excerptStreaming network Amazon has nabbed the six-episode drama Picnic at Hanging Rock, starring Game of Thrones alum Natalie Dormer. The project is based on the Australian novel by Joan Lindsay and is directed by Larysa Kondracki.

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Late Night Series “@Midnight” Canceled by Comedy Central

chris hardwickComedy Central continues to play with its late night block with the network announcing that @midnight will end next month. The show is hosted by Chris Hardwick and has been running since 2013.

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Amazon Orders Two Seasons of “Homecoming” Starring Julia Roberts

julia roberts excerptJulia Roberts-starrer Homecoming has landed a two season order from Amazon. The project is an adaptation of the podcast of the same name from Gimlet Media. The podcast launched last November.

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Amazon Adapting “White Fur” with Drake Doremus to Direct

drake excerptRomantic drama novel White Fur is getting the television treatment from Amazon. The streaming giant bought the project from FilmNation and has attached Drake Doremus to direct.

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HBO Sets Documentary About Steven Spielberg

steven_spielberg smallHBO is giving Steven Spielberg the documentary treatment. The feature-length doc Spielberg will seek to examine Spielberg’s filmography in depth and reveal how his experiences fed his work and changed it over time.

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“Dexter” Star Michael C. Hall to Return to TV with Netflix Thriller “Safe”

michael c hall excerptNetflix and Canal+ have given a series order to the thriller Safe with Dexter’s Michael C. Hall attached to star alongside Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington. The series will air on Canal+ in France and Netflix globally. Any remaining and secondary rights will be handled by Studiocanal.

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“Nightmare in Detroit” Series in Development at Rebel Maverick

nightmare in detroit excerptBurleigh Hines and Van Gordon Sauter’s book Nightmare in Detroit is in the works at Rebel Maverick for a potential television miniseries or event series. The project documents the Detroit riots and its victims in 1967 and was published by Regnery in 1968.

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FX Adapting Tet Offensive Bestseller “Hue 1968” into Limited Series

Hue 1968 excerptMark Bowden’s bestselling book Hue 1968 has landed at FX in a competitive situation. The network plans to adapt the project into a ten-hour, limited series event. Michael Mann and Michael De Luca have teamed up to develop the project. The book was published by Grove Atlantic.

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Ava DuVernay and Oprah in the Works on Central Park Five Series with Netflix

ava duvernay excerptNetflix is developing a limited series based on the true story of the Central Park Five jogger case, written and directed by Ava DuVernay. She will executive produce alongside Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Jane Rosenthal, and Berry Welsh.

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Netflix Developing “Tales of the City” with Laura Linney to Star

laura linney excerptArmistead Maupin’s Tales of the City is in the works for an episodic adaptation at Netflix with original castmembers Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis attached to star. The pair starred in miniseries adaptations based on the first three books in the series, with the first airing on 1993 on PBS, and 1998 and 2001 on Showtime.

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Lee Daniels & Julian Breece Developing “Mason Dixon” at Fox

lee daniels excerptThe Fox network is continuing its relationship with Lee Daniels, as they develop the drama Mason Dixon with the Empire creator and writer Julian Breece. The show comes under Daniels overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

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YouTube Red Gives Series Order to Doug Liman Pilot “Impulse”

doug-liman-excerptContinuing a commitment to more original, scripted content, YouTube Red has given a series order to the drama pilot Impulse, directed and executive produced by Doug Liman. The project is the digital service’s first drama pilot and is set for a 2018 premiere.

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Netflix Orders Comedy “Everything Sucks” from “Zoo” Team

jahi winstonAfter finding success with ’80s nostalgia in “Stranger Things”, Netflix now has their sights set on the 1990s as they have given a ten-episode order to “Everything Sucks”.

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“Supernatural” Sets Backdoor Pilot for “Wayward Sisters”

Long-running CW series “Supernatural” has a new spinoff in the works via a backdoor pilot in the season 13. The potential series, “Wayward Sisters”, would star Kim Rhodes from the original series as Sheriff Jody Mills.

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The Complete CW Fall 2017 Schedule

jane the virgin excerptThe CW is following a similar strategy as last year, shifting a critically acclaimed series to Friday night to make way for new series. Last year, they moved Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and this year it’s Jane the Virgin‘s turn.

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The Complete CBS Fall 2017 Schedule

Seal Team ExcerptCBS is fortifying its fall 2017 schedule with comedy and military-crime, including the new Big Bang Theory spinoff Young Sheldon and two new military dramas, SEAL Team and SWAT.

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UPFRONTS: ABC Taps Jimmy Kimmel for Oscars, Sets “The Little Mermaid Live!”

marvel-inhumans-abc excerptWhile ABC was presenting its fall schedule at its upfront presentation, some of the biggest news at their event was regarding the lineup for 2018. Furthest out are the Academy Awards, which will again be hosted by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.

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The Complete ABC Fall 2017 Schedule

once upon a time excerptABC is bringing back TGIF, but not with the kinds of multi-cam sitcoms that defined it in the 90s, but with family-friendly dramas. With Once Upon a Time resetting for its seventh season, where it will have a creative reset, and will move from Sundays to Friday where it will be the lead in for Marvel’s Inhumans.

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The Complete Fox 2017 Fall Schedule

ben mckenzie excerptFox keeps Marvel and DC separate on the schedule and shifts Lethal Weapon to lead on Tuesdays as a lead in for The Mick and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Click here to see Fox’s full fall schedule.

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“Black-ish” Spinoff Heading to Sibling Network Freeform

shahidi excerptThe ABC Black-ish spinoff is nearing a series order but it won’t be on the alphabet’s schedule next fall. Instead, the single-camera comedy starring Yara Shahidi is set to land at sibling network Freeform where execs view the younger-skewing series as a better fit.

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Syfy Rebranding as it Focuses on Fandoms, Developing Series with George R.R. Martin

george martinAhead of its upfront presentation and 25th anniversary, Syfy has it is rebranding again and making big moves in the original programming department. The rebrand includes a new logo and look across all of Syfy’s linear, digital, social, and experimental platforms.

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Fox Gives Series Order to Matt Nix and Bryan Singer X-Men Pilot “Gifted”

gifted excerptMarvel series The Gifted has become the first series order for Fox. The project hails from writer Matt Nix and X-Men director Bryan Singer, and stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker. The network also released a teaser ahead of their upfront presentation.

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HBO Developing Four “Game of Thrones” Spinoff Series

game of thrones excerptAs the war for the iron throne is entering the final act, and final seasons, HBO is not ready to say goodbye to Game of Thrones and has put four different series in development based on the Westeros universe.

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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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“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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“Wheel of Time” TV Adaptation Moves Forward at Sony

Wheel of Time ExcerptAfter several years of being in development, an adaptation of Wheel of Time, the high fantasy book series consisting of fourteen novels by Robert Jordan, is finally moving forward at Sony Pictures Television.

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Freeform Orders Marvel’s “New Warriors” — Featuring the Popular Squirrel Girl — to Series

Squirrel Girl ExcerptFreeform has handed their second straight-to-series order to a Marvel show, this time for the half-hour live-action comedy New Warriors, continuing the network’s trend of focusing on stories about “becomers.”

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Anonymous Content Acquires Upcoming Stephen & Owen King Novel “Sleeping Beauties”

Sleeping Beauties ExcerptAnonymous Content is the latest to get in on the action of adapting a Stephen King property with the acquisition of an upcoming novel King co-wrote with his son, Owen King.

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