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DuVernay will executive produce with Charles D. King, while Victoria Mahoney will write the series. The story centers on an African American woman who works with aliens to resurrect the human race 250 years after a nuclear war.
Set in New York City in the Reagan era in the 1980s, the series is a fictionalized version of RuPaul’s rise from club kid to drag queen, gay icon, and global star.
The series hails from Vin Diesel’s One Race Television and Chris Morgan Productions. Morgan and Diesel previously worked together on the film franchise Fast and Furious.
The project hails from Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor, and is penned by Shawn Wines. This marks Honor’s eighth pilot order for Kapital since joining the company a year ago.
HBO isn’t the only network with a post-Civil War alt-history in the works. After Amazon announced earlier this year that they were developing a project with Will Packer and Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, details of the drama titled Black America have been revealed.
ABC is teaming up with Quantico star Priyanka Chopra on a new comedy series about a former Bollywood star. Chopra will executive produce the project which is being written by Sri Rao.
West Wing alum Allison Abner and Orville star Penny Johnson Jerald have teamed up with NBC to develop a political drama following an African American female mayor. Jerald and Abner will executive produce and Abner will also write the series.
The Daily Show‘s spinoff, The Opposition, starring Jordan Klepper has an official start date. The show will be broadcast at 11:30PM, following The Daily Show, on September 25. This is the same time slot held by The Late Show‘s Stephen Colbert when he hosted The Colbert Report.
Though you could argue that ABC’s fall slate will officially debut in IMAX theaters on September 1 with Marvel’s Inhumans, the launch on the small screen will be September 18 with Dancing with the Stars.
Streaming 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.
Comedy 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.
Julia 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.
HBO 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.
Burleigh 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.
Mark 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.
Netflix 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.
Armistead 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.
The 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.
Continuing 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.
After 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”.
The peacock network has set their fall premiere dates with the week of September 25 kicking off a week of new seasons. Will & Grace revival will take its place, unsurprisingly, in the heart of NBC’s Thursday night lineup with the 9pm slot.
The 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.
CBS 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.
While 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.
ABC 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.
Fox 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.
The peacock network is working hard to bring Must See TV back to Thursday nights as we see in the schedule for released for this fall. The Will & Grace revival will take its place kickstarting Thursdays where it will be joined by Great News and the sophomore season of breakout hit This is Us.