David Graziano has two projects lined up- THE SIXTH FAMILY at Cinemax and BLOODLINE at NBC, both of which he will write and executive produce. “The Sixth Family” centers on the changing landscape of organized crime in New York following 9/11. “Bloodline” follows a woman, Bird Benson, who is abandoned at birth by her mother and finds out that she is the latest in a long line of assassins and mercenaries. Benson must ultimately kill her mother to live a normal life. Graziano is repped by Rothman Brecher Kim.
AMC has ordered two pilots- TURN and HALT & CATCH FIRE. Based on the book “Washington’s Spies” written by Alexander Rose, “Turn” is set in 1778 and follows Abe Woodhull, a New York farmer who forms The Culper Ring, a group of Patriot spies who turned the tides during the American Revolution. Craig Silverstein wrote the pilot and is exec producing with Barry Josephson. Silverstein is repped by WME. “Halt & Catch Fire” follows three men navigating the 80’s during the personal computer boom as they try to make successful careers in Texas’ Silicon Prairie. The project was created by Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers who are both repped by Verve. Melissa Bernstein will exec produce.
The EM Forster novel HOWARDS END has been acquired by Playground Entertainment to be turned into a miniseries for BBC Two. The novel examines society in early 1900’s England through the eyes of three families of varying social status. Playground’s principal Colin Callender will exec produce with Joshua D. Maurer, Alixandre Witlin and David A. Stern.
Starz is looking to create a spinoff series of their popular show “Spartacus” that would follow Roman leader Gaius Julius Caesar, who will be introduced in the upcoming final third season. “Spartacus” executive producer Robert Tapert is spearheading the idea to network executives.
Stephen King’s UNDER THE DOME, which was originally set up at Showtime, has found a new home at CBS and will be featured as a thirteen-episode season. Brian K. Vaughan is writing and Niels Arden Oplev will direct the first episode, as was the case when the project was set up at Showtime. The project centers on a small town that wakes up to find itself completely cut off from the rest of the world by a dome. Vaughan is repped by Verve.
Cinemax has put KINGPIN into development from writer Chad St. John and Will Smith, both of whom will exec produce. The project centers on a drug trafficker trying to get out of the business who is framed by a dirty CIA agent posing as a DEA official. The St. John-Smith duo is also working on WATCHLIST, which follows two special op agents who must give up their normal lives and go deep undercover to rescue their third teammate. St. John is repped by CAA.
Fox is putting an English-language adaptation of the Spanish series RUBI. The project is written by Lisa Loomer and centers on a beautiful woman who must decide to give up the love of her life for riches. Loomer, who is repped by ICM, will also exec produce with Michael Garcia.
Fox has purchased SLATY FORK from writer Dave Holstein. The project centers on the relationship between a young female cop, her peers, and her father, the police chief. Vin Di Bona, Bruce Gersh, Susan Levison and Shaleen Desai will exec produce. Holstein is repped by CAA.
Diane Farr will be adapting her semi-autobiographical book KISSING OUTSIDE THE LINES for NBC. The project centers on a married couple- an Italian woman and a Korean-American man, who persevere with their relationship despite disapproval from their parents. Farr will write and exec produce with Warren Hutcherson. She is repped by UTA.
Nickelodeon has picked up a spinoff of their popular series “iCarly” and “Victorious” titled SAM & CAT. Dan Schneider is developing the project which will star Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as Sam and Cat respectively and follows the two as they become roommates and eventual entrepreneurs with an after school babysitting business. Schneider is repped by WME.
ABC is adapting Barry Lyga‘s novel I HUNT KILLERS for the small screen. The project will be written by Arika Mittman and follows the son of a serial killer who becomes a suspect in a string of murders. Joel Silver will executive produce. Mittman is repped by WME.
KEY & PEELE, the sketch comedy show on Comedy Central has been renewed for a thirteen-episode third season. The series, created by and starring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele has been popular for its skits taking on politics and society. Key is repped by UTA and Peele by Gersh.
THE KILLING will be getting its third season after all after originally being cancelled after two seasons by AMC. The series, which saw high ratings its first season and lows the next, is currently being worked on for its third by showrunner Veena Sud.
USA has ordered a ten-episode third season of NECESSARY ROUGHNESS, which follows a sports team’s psychologist who tries to balancer her personal and professional lives. The popular series was created by Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro, both of whom are repped by UTA.
BBC One has decided to make the fifth season of MERLIN its last. The series, which is loosely based on the medieval events surrounding the time of King Arthur, is being eyed as a vehicle for spin-offs by creators Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy. The series originally premiered in 2008.
The CW will not be renewing their medical drama EMILY OWENS, M.D. for a second season. The show, which stars Meryl Streep’s daughter Mamie Gummer, has not been received well by critics or audiences.
MTV’s American adaptation of the British series THE INBETWEENERS has not been picked up for a second season. While the show was well received critically, it could not match the praise with audiences.
Terrence Winter’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE, whose third-season finale shows on Sunday, has added George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane to its crew. Both men served as writers on HBO’s “The Wire” and are novelists. Pelecanos will serve as a consultant on season four with Lehane consulting and also writing at least oen episode. Pelecanos is repped by WME and Lehane is repped by IPG (Intellectual Property Group).
Nick Cannon has signed a first-look deal with NBC for himself and his NCredible Entertainment production company. The contract stipulates that Cannon will develop scripted and unscripted projects for NBC as well as keep him as host of “America’s Got Talent” for at least another season. Cannon is repped by ICM.