TB TV Recap: “Gossip Girl” Creators To Adapt “Calendar Girl” Series For ABC Signature

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With pilot season heading into the  phase, companies are already looking to get a head start on for next year’s season with several outlets preparing well ahead of the fall.

Included in the mix are teen-soap aficionado Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage who previously and successfully adapted The O.C. for Fox Gossip Girl for the CW and will now tackle Audrey Carlan’s 12-book series Calendar Girl for ABC ’ cable division, ABC Signature, under Schwartz and Savage’s banner, Fake Empire. USA Today referred to the series as “the next Fifty Shades,” as it follows heroine Mia Saunders, who becomes a high-priced adult escort in order to pay off the gambling debts of her father. Each of the 12 books takes place in a different city with a new client during a different month of the year. Schwartz and Savage will executive produce the series and are currently out to writers.

Meanwhile Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment has acquired The New Odyssey – The Story Of Europe’s Refugee Crisis by Guardian journalist Patrick Kingsley. The book goes behind the headlines and the statistics to humanize the current migrant crisis, spurred by conflict in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, as well as others.

Amazon has no plans to slow down as it adds to its list of projects currently in . Amazon has signed a deal with Charles Randolph, Oscar-winning writer of The Big Short, who will develop an hour-long present-day civil war drama series for the online net. The project is described as a multifaceted, realistic look at what it would take to create a present-day civil war in the U.S.

Be sure to take a look at our coverage of this pilot season’s casting announcements and check below for your weekly recap of the ’ pilot orders.


Our weekly recap of the latest developments for this year’s pilot season:

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AFTER
Studio: Tom Lynch Co. / Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Status: In Development
Execs: Tom Lynch (CoW/EP), Adam Lash (CoW), Cori Uchida (CoW), Robin Schwartz (EP)
Logline: Re-imagines Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever. In it, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince one hundred years after falling asleep to find her family long dead and her kingdom taken from her. She must transform into a warrior to regain it.

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HIGH RISE
Studio: The Firm / The Weinstein Company
Status: In Development
Execs: Cam DeLavigne (W/EP), Jeff Kwtinetz (EP), Josh Barry (EP)
Logline: A character drama set in the world of high end New York architecture that follows a brilliant, but struggling architect who gets seduced by a billionaire’s daughter as she takes him under her wing and launches his into the world of celebrity architecture.

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EASY
Status: SERIES ORDER
Execs: Joe Swanberg (W/D/EP),
Logline: Explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology, and culture. The comedy-drama is said to consist of eight-stand-alone episodes showcasing the diversity of the city itself, focusing on characters from different neighborhoods and economic backgrounds.
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Michael Chernus, Marc Maron, Elizabeth Reaser, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jake Johnson, Aya Cash, Dave Franco, Jane Adams, Hannibal Buress, Kiersey Clemons

SANTA CLARITA DIET
Studio:
Status: SERIES ORDER
Execs: Victor Fresco (W/EP), Aaron Kaplan (EP), Tracy Katsky (EP), Timothy Olyphant (EP), Drew Barrymore (EP), Chris Miller (EP), Ember Truesdell (EP), Nancy Juvonen (P)
Logline: Joel and Sheila are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending both their lives does a road of death and destruction… but in a good way.
Cast: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant

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HEATHERS
Studio: Lakeshore Entertainment
Status: In Development
Execs: Jason Micallef (W/EP), Tom Rosenberg (EP), Gary Lucchesi (EP)
Logline: Centers on Veronica Sawyer – the character played in the movie by Winona Ryder – who will be dealing with a very different but equally vicious group of . Dating a murderous psychopath and figuring out what to wear to your best friend’s suicide are typical teen problems for her.

See all of our coverage for this year’s pilot development season.

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