ABC FAMILY has decided to give the world more of country star Miranda Lambert by picking up the UNTITLED LAMBERT FAMILY PI DRAMA from writer/executive producer Scott Kaufer. The series, which is loosely based on Lambert’s family, centers on a Texas family that consists of two private investigator parents, and the kids who help them solve their cases. Lambert, Marion Kraft, Aaron Kaplan and Bev Lambert produce.
ADULT SWIM has picked up a new animated series, based on the cult-classic film BLACK DYNAMITE from writer/executive producer Carl Jones. The series, which will continue the outlandish adventures of ex-CIA agent and full-time ladies man Black Dynamite and his crew as they avenge the death of Black Dynamite’s brother against kung-fu masters, drug-dealing pimps and The Man and his crew, will also be produced by Jon Steingart, Jillian Apfelbaum, Brian Ash, Scott Sanders, Michael Jai White and Byron Minns.
BRAVO is looking to make a play for scripted fare, by picking up the new comedy series FACE DOWN written and executive produced by Liz Sagal and Stephen Kay. The series will follow a charming and irresistibly flawed make-up artist as he navigates through a world of dodgy politicians, demanding stars, and privileged socialites, while dealing with a complicated ex-wife, wildly eccentric parents and a long overdue nervous breakdown.
CINEMAX is in final negotiations to pick up the new dramedy series CHEMISTRY from writers/exec producers Richard Christian Matheson and Norman Steinberg. The series, which is pitched as being in the vein of “Red Shoe Diaries” and “Last Tango in Paris” centers on the complexity of the relationship between Liz and Michael, who have an unyielding physical attraction to one another, that borders on becoming erotic madness. Bill Haber and Jeff Hayes also exec produce.
SHOWTIME has made it official, picking up new pilot HOMELAND to series with a 13 episode order.
SHOWTIME has also added a second new series to their slate, announcing the pickup of HOUSE OF LIES for 13 episodes.
FOX has renewed animated series BOB’S BURGERS for a second season.
Shawn Ryan, who has had a deal with Fox for six years, has left to sign a large 2-year/7-figure deal with SONY PICTURES TELEVISION.