ABC will be producing the comedy series SUPER CITY, an adaptation of the New Zealand series of the same name. The American adaptation of the show will be directed by its New Zealander vet Taika Waititi and produced by Carthew Neal, another series vet, alongside Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. The show’s original writer and actress Madeleine Sami will continue on in the same capacity in this new adaptation.
Also coming up is an as-of-yet UNTITLED DANZA/VAUGHN COMEDY PROJECT. The show stars TV vet Tony Danza who, alongside Vince Vaughn, will also be executive producing. The show follows three older buddies whom take it upon themselves to move into a bachelor pad near their children and grandchildren.
SYFY has a host of new original series in development – in fact, the network currently has it’s largest-ever development slate. First up is the Justin Marks-penned REWIND, starring Jennifer Ferrin and Keisha Castle-Hughes. The series revolves around a team of scientists and military operatives who must travel back in time to change the future. Jack Bender will direct with Justin Marks, Tom Spezialy, Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein executive producing.
Next on the list is THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, and yes, it’s based on the Matt Damon flick of the same name. The series will be written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer, and executie produced by Goerge Nolfi, MRC (Media Rights Capital), Slavkin and Swimmer.
HIGH MOON, based on John Christopher’s novel “The Lotus Caves”, follows inhabitants of moon colonies after a new lifeform is discovered. The series will be penned by Bryan Fuller and Jim Danger Gray, who will also executive produce alongside Granat Entertainment.
The as-of-yet-UNTITLED BOOSTER GOLD PROJECT is based on the DC Comic character Booster Gold – a washed-up athlete from the future who travels back in time, hoping to be a superhero. Andrew Kreisberg will write and executive produce alongside Greg Berlanti and DC Entertainment.
A clan of aliens whom have been hiding out on Earth, disguised as humans, must determine whether or not to reveal themselves in THE FAMILY. Dan Harris will pen the series and executive produce alongside Neal Moritz and Mark Verheiden.
Syfy will also be adapting a book series from Charlaine Harris (the author who penned True Blood) called GRAVE DANGER, about a teenager who gains special powers after being struck by lightning. Kam Miller will be writing while Universal Cable Productions is producing.
Liz Brixius has signed a two-year deal with Universal after four seasons as a co-showrunner on Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”. Brixius, also co-creator of the darkly comedic show, recently wrote the Katherine Heigl-starring feature “One for the Money”.
Ted Humphrey, the writer and co-exec-producer of “The Good Wife”, has signed an overall deal with CBS. In addition to being promoted to executive producer for the upcoming fourth season of the show, Humphrey will develop other projects for CBS.
ABC Family has renewed its twist-laden drama THE LYING GAME for a second season.
Josh Safran, producer of “Gossip Girl” on CW, has joined up as showrunner for the NBC musical drama SMASH after the departure of former runner Theresa Rebeck.