This one is going to be a doozy, and a doozy that is updated throughout the day, so get ready…
TV SALES & PICKUPS
ABC has announced series pickups for: period drama PAN AM, GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES (aka: GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES), the reboot of CHARLIE’S ANGELS, the Tim Allen starring LAST MAN STANDING, APARTMENT 23 (aka: DON’T TRUST THE BITCH IN APARTMENT 23), The Count of Monte Cristo-inspired REVENGE, The fantasy drama ONCE UPON A TIME, the Sci-fi adventure THE RIVER, the cross-dressing comedy WORK IT, the Shonda Rhimes drama SCANDAL (aka: DAMAGE CONTROL), the suburbs comedy SUBURGATORY and the single-cam comedy MAN UP.
CW has announced the pickup of Sarah Michelle Gellar pilot series RINGER, which was previously set up with CBS.
FOX has announced series pickups for pilots: the Zooey Deschanel-starrer THE NEW GIRL, the “Bones” spinoff FINDER, The JJ Abrams-produced ALCATRAZ, the comedy I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER and the animated series ALLEN GREGORY.
FX has announced they are jumping into bed on the new project NICKEL from writers/exec producers Shawn Ryan and Davey Holmes. The series is pitched as a dark comedy that centers on an ex-con who uses a self-help book to inspire him to become a better criminal.
LIONSGATE has tapped writer Lynda La Plante to adapt into a drama series the Marcus Rediker book VILLAINS OF ALL NATIONS. The series, which is pitched as a modern, bold and gritty interpretation of the pirate genre, is said to be in the vein of “Deadwood” on the high seas. Alexandra Milchan and Alessandro Camon will executive produce.
NBC has announced series pickups for pilots: the WHITNEY (aka: UNTITLED WHITNEY CUMMINGS COMEDY), the Kyle Killen-created AWAKE (aka: REM), the fantasy cop drama GRIMM, the Brit-reboot PRIME SUSPECT, the Steven Spielberg-produced/Debra Messing starring SMASH, the Christina Applegate-starring UP ALL NIGHT (aka: UNTITLED EMILY SPIVEY COMEDY), the period drama THE PLAYBOY CLUB (aka: PLAYBOY), the romantic comedy BENT, and BFFS (aka: UNTITLED PARHAM/ST. CLAIR PROJECT), the Chelsea Handler project, ARE YOU THERE VODKA? IT’S ME CHELSEA and a second rom/com in FREE AGENTS.
SYFY has announced they are moving into development on the UNTITLED WAREHOUSE 13 SPINOFF from writer/exec producer Jack Kenny. The series will center on the character of H.G. Wells in an 1890s steampunk world where Warehouse 12 existed.
ABC has announced a renewal for freshman comedy series HAPPY ENDINGS, as well as BODY OF PROOF, and though already announced has reiterated that they’ve picked up for new seasons: MODERN FAMILY, CASTLE, COUGAR TOWN, THE MIDDLE, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, GREY’S ANATOMY, and PRIVATE PRACTICE.
NBC has pulled the plug on pilots: WONDER WOMAN, A MANN’S WORLD, 17TH PRECINCT, RECONSTRUCTION, BRAVE NEW WORLD, LOVELIVES, METRO (aka: S.I.L.A.), HELP WANTED, I HATE THAT I LOVE YOU and MY LIFE AS AN EXPERIMENT, FAMILY PRACTICE,
PILOTS ON THE FENCE
ABC is planning to rework the comedy pilot SMOTHERED.
Rene Echevarria has signed an exclusive overall 2-year/7-figure deal with FOX. As part of the deal, he will continue his showrunning duties on the upcoming “Terra Nova” as well as begin to develop new material for the network.