SALES & PICK-UPS
IFC has picked up two new scripted comedy series, COMEDY BANG! BANG! and BUNK, both from Working Title with a 10 episode order. “Bang!” is a sketch variety show featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches, and animation. The series is hosted by Scott Aukerman. “Bunk” is a game-show parody featuring a rotating lineup of comedian contestants performing absurd comedy challenges, created by Ethan T. Berlin and Eric Bryant and hosted by stand-up comedian Kurt Braunohler.
Yahoo digital media has picked up rights to the online series ELECTRIC CITY, partnering with Playtone and Reliance Entertainment to bring Tom Hanks’ multi-dimensional animated series this year. The new series is a 90- minute action-packed sci-fi adventure series, and marks Yahoo!’s first foray into original scripted programming. “Electric City” was created by and stars Tom Hanks.
Lionsgate has sold Canadian crime drama ENDGAME to Hulu, which will begin streaming the show’s first season in the U.S. on Hulu and Hulu Plus today.
ABC has officially picked up to pilot LAST RESORT, “The Shield” Shawn Ryan lasest drama. Karl Gajdusek will pen the pilot with Martin Campbell directing. The thriller is set in the near future when the country is very fractured and revolves around the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine who become hunted fugitives after ignoring an order to fire nuclear missiles. They escape to a NATO listening outpost where they publicly declare themselves to be the world’s smallest nuclear nation with 24 nuclear warheads.
A&E is closing in an UNTITLED BONNIE AND CLYDE PROJECT. The cable giant is developing a miniseries based on the Depression Era outlaws that would air on either History Channel or Lifetime. The project is still in its early stages, with casting looking to move forward within the coming days.
TNT is now in business with Frank Darabont, as the network has just picked up his spec script L.A. NOIR to pilot. The project is based on John Buntin’s book “L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City,” which chronicles the epic battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen. Darabont will also direct the pilot.
FOX has ordered BEN FOX IS MY MANNY to pilot, a single-camera comedy from feature writer Dana Fox. The project, produced by Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV, centers on a single mom whose aimless brother moves in to help her raise her baby.