TB TV RECAP: “Dirty Dancing” Is Getting A Remake While The Nets Look For The Next “Empire”



Well the orders are slowly coming in this week as Fox gives drama Shots Fired starring Sanaa Lathan a series order. The show was an early favorite as writers Gina Prince-Blythewood and Reggie Blythewood were given a bible order early this season. It is one of many new pilots put into this year with a racially-charged storyline. TNT also gave series order to two dramas: Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom.

Music and dance-driven programming appear to continue to grow as ABC announced this week they are developing a Dirty Dancing remake starring Abigail Breslin in the lead role. Unlike other music-based movies recently, this one will not be live but pre-taped. NBC also put into two new music series, Voice of the City and an untitled project set in 1990s amidst the emergence of hip-hop. Fox added to the trend as well with an untitled dance project from Julianne Hough and Temple Hill highlighting how “dancers must work, fight, and create to achieve their dreams.” These series join the previously announced comedy from Nicki Minaj based on her life from ABC Family, Bruno Mars’s half-set set up at NBC, and Belles and Whistles in at Fox from Jack Black and Dwight Yoakum. With Empire and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend each receiving Golden Globe nominations, executives are very interested in seeing just how much this trend can grow.



Studio: CBS Studios / Amigos De Garcia / Big Talk Productions
Status: Script Commitment
Execs: Stephanie Weir (A/EP), Greg Garcia (EP), Kenton Allen (EP), Matthew Justice (EP)
Logline: Based on the British comedy, set an an unemployment office in Burlington, VT, stars Weir as the office manager who heads up a staff of colorful characters doing hteir best to turn Un-Employment into Fun-Employment.



Studio: CBS Studios / Amigos de Garcia Productions
Status: In Development
Execs: John Cochran (W/CoEP), Greg Garcia (EP), Alix Jaffe (EP)
Logline: Centers on a hot shot lawyer who takes his socially awkward nephew under wing and becomes his guide both in and out of the office.


Studio: CBS Studios / James Patterson Entertainment
Status: In Development
Execs: Siobhan Byrne O’Connor (W/EP), Bill Haber (EP), Bill Robinson (EP), Leopoldo Gout (EP), James Patterson (EP)
Logline: Legal drama based on the book by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge and centers on a successful attorney at a boutique City law firm who is hiding her true identity and past as a murderer when one case threatens to expose her and upend her new life and .



Studio: / Will Packer Productions
Status: In Development
Execs: Crystal Jenkins (W/CoEP), Will Packer (EP), Tim Story (D), Korin D. Huggins (CoEP)
Logline: Tracks modern-day college life at an HBCU through the eyes of Sydney Mitchell, a suburban freshman who impulsively enrolls in Owen College, a fictional black college in Atlanta, where her long-lost father teaches. The show follows her as she reconnects with her father, Bryan, while trying to gain the sense of cultural identity she lacked her entire life.


Studio: 20th Century Fox / Temple Hill / Levinson/Fontana Company
Status: Script Commitment with Penalty
Execs: Tom Fontana (W/EP), Barry Levinson (EP), Josh Davis (EP), Joshuah Bearman (EP)
Logline: An unconventional medical franchise about a hospital on the border town of Juarez, Mexico, the deadliest city in the world and ground zero for the drug war.

Studio: 20th Century Fox / Imagine
Status: Series Order
Execs: Gina Prince-Blythewood (W/EP), Reggie Rock Blythewood (EP), Francie Calto (EP), Brian Grazer (EP)
Logline: Sanaa Lathan stars as an expert investigator who digs into the cases with a special prosecutor sent to the town by the Department of Justice. Together, they navigate the media attention, public debate and the social unrest that comes with such volatile cases while also attempting to seek justice before the divided town erupts.

Studio: 20th Century Fox / Temple Hill
Status: Script Commitment with Penalty
Execs: Richard LaGravenese (W/EP), Julianne Hough (EP), Wyck Godfrey (EP), Marty Bowen (EP)
Logline: Serialized character drama set in the competitive world of dance that highlights how dancers must work, fight, and create to achieve their dreams.



Studio: Sony Pictures
Status: In Development
Execs: Robert Eisele (W/EP), Sam Raimi (EP), Robert Tapert (EP), Kevin Sorbo (A/EP), Sam Sorbo (EP), Sherry Marsh (EP)
Logline: Centers on Jason Greene a decorated Army Ranger who is nearly killed in Afghanistan. Haunted by the experience, he’s discharged and returns home to a wife who’s left him and an adult son he barely knows. As Jason struggles to piece his life together, he discovers a power – the ability to make miracles happen, marvels often small but real that can change people’s lives. Jason, tough and skeptical, is on a quest to discover why.

Studio: / Storyline Entertainment
Status: In Development
Execs: Neil Meron (EP), Craig Zadan (EP), Fatima Robinson (EP), Mark Nicholson (EP), Tasha Brown (EP)
Logline: Set in in the 1990s, as dance begins to dominate pop culture on the streets and clubs that gave birth to hip-hop dance.

Status: Script Order
Execs: Claudia Shear (W/EP), Benj Pasek (EP), Justin Paul (EP), Bruce Cohen (EP)
Logline: A musical about a romantic showman and his lady love attempting to carve out a living in 1891 City.



Studio: AMC Studios / Tornante
Status: In Development
Logline: Based on the bestselling novel by Joe Hill. Centers on Victoria “Vic” McQueen, a young woman with an uncanny talent for finding lost things… a gift that is gradually destroying her mind. Her search for help leads her to someone with powers not unlike her own: the psychopath Charlie Manx, who has survived for a century by abducting children in his 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith (license plate: NOS4A2), and draining his passengers of their souls to keep himself forever young. When Manx kidnaps Vic’s own son, she’ll plunge into the impossible, nightmare world that lies just beneath the surface of everyday America in a desperate attempt to get him back.



Studio: FX Productions
Status: In Development
Execs: Alison Bennett (W/EP), Stephen Falk (W/EP)
Logline: A dirty, female-driven take on the “you can’t go home again” story following Ali, an unrelentingly dissatisfied writer who returns to her hometown in rural Pennsylvania to live “the simple life.”



Status: In Development
Execs: K’naan Warsame (W/D/EP), Kathryn Bigelow (EP), Carolyn Strauss (EP)
Logline: Set in Minnesota, the drama “will draw open an iron curtain behind which viewers will see the highly impenetrable world of Jihadi recruitment.”

attends the 2015 Spike TV Upfront on March 3, 2015 in New York City.


Status: In Development
Execs: J. Michael Straczynski (W/EP), Vince Gerardis (EP)
Logline: Charts mankind’s colonization and transformation of Mars from barren rock to livable planet.



Studio: Warner Horizon / John Wells Productions
Status: Series Order
Execs: John Wells (EP), Jonathan Lisco (EP), Andrew Stearn (EP), David Michod (EP), Liz Watts (EP)
Logline: Centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody, who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine “Smurf” Cody and her right-hand man Baz, who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope, the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig, the rough and fearless middle son; and Deran, the troubled, suspicious baby of the family.

Status: Series Order
Execs: Chad Hodge (SR/EP), Marty Adelstein (EP), Becky Clements (EP), Blake Crouch (EP)
Logline: Tells the story of Dobesh, a thief and con artist fresh out of prison whose lfie is always one wrong turn and bad decision away from implosion – just how she likes it. However, when she overhears a hitman being hired to kill a man’s wife, she sets out to derail the , launching her on a collision course with the killer and thereby entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship.

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