DISNEY CHANNEL has picked up the adaptation of the Florence Laughlin-written children’s book THE LITTLE LEFTOVER WITH written by Chris Colfer. The series, which will also be exec produced by Rick Fine, centers on a little witch who is taken in by a family after crash-landing from her broom.
HBO has picked up the Jennifer Egan novel A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD to give it a series adaptation. While the network seeks a writer, it has already tapped Michael London and Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson as executive producers, with Egan serving as a consultant. The project centers on a group of people who first become friends as they enter the world of punk rock in 1980s San Francisco, and follows them up to the present day, where music, love, and technology have influenced and altered the direction their lives have taken.
SPIKE has picked up new comedy series THUNDERBALLS from writers/exec producers Jim Armogida and Steve Armogida. Series, which Walt Becker will also exec produce, centers on three life-long friends and beer-league bowling champs known as, the Thunderballs who attempt to find the same respect and fulfillment in their normal lives as they do on the lanes.
TBS has picked up straight to series a 10-episode order of FOR BETTER OR WORSE, from writer/executive producer Tyler Perry. The series, which will be based on Perry’s film of the same name, follows the ups-and-downs of married life for a young couple.
HBO has renewed freshman series GAME OF THRONES after just one episode aired.
SHOWTIME has renewed critically praised series THE BORGIAS for a second season.
USA has not officially announced it yet, but is eyeing a second season renewal for new series FAIRLY LEGAL.
CBS has pulled freshman series CHAOS off the air.
NBC made a quick go of it, yanking the unfunny comedy THE PAUL REISER SHOW off the air after two very poorly rated episodes.
TBS has decided to give the underperforming veteran series HOUSE OF PAYNE a proper sendoff, announcing this season will be its last.
Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green have exited the Tom Selleck-starring cop drama BLUE BLOODS on CBS.
Paris Barclay has signed on to tackle showrunning/exec producing, and occasional directing duties on the new season of SONS OF ANARCHY.
Shane Brennan has signed a rich 3-year/8-figure deal with CBS. As part of the deal, he will continue as exec producer duties on both “NCIS” and “NCIS: LA” and will stay on as showrunner on “NCIS: LA”, while also putting an eye toward developing new material.
Gary Glasberg has signed a 2-year/7-figure deal with CBS. As part of his deal, he will continue his duties as an executive producer on NCIS, while migrating to become showrunner on the flagship series. He will also begin to develop new material for the network.
Matt Nix has signed a large 2-year/7-figure deal with FOX, which will see him continue his duties on his series “Burn Notice” while continuing to develop new material. The deal includes an option for a third year.