Lifetime has ordered pilots for their drama projects THE SECRET LIVES OF WIVES and WITCHS OF THE EAST END for next year’s season.
Based on the novel by Iris Krasnow “Secret Lives” will explore the unvarnished truth behind the marriages of four different women, breaking down the creative ways each close friend nurtures, maintains and endures what many see as an impossible convention of modern life. Jill Gordon penned the pilot and will executive produce with Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz. Krasnow will serve as producer.
“Witches” is based on the novel by Melissa De La Cruz and centers on the adventures of a mother and her two adult daughters, both of whom unknowingly are their family’s next generation of witches, who lead seemingly quiet, uneventful modern day lives in Long Island’s secluded seaside town of North Hampton. Maggie Friedman wrote the pilot and will executive produce opposite 3 Arts Entertainment’s Erwin Stoff.
Feature scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are giving television another go-around with “Underworld” director Len Wiseman. The trio have started to pitch the new fantasy-drama SLEEPY HALLOW. The projet is a modern—day supernatural thriller based on the legend of Sleepy Hollow. It follows Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow’s local female sheriff to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil. Kurtzman and Orci will write and produce via their banner K/O Paper Products. Phillip Iscove will also write Orci and Kurtzman. Kurtzman and Orci previously worked with Wiseman on the “Hawaii Five-0” pilot.
Universal TV and director Phillip Noyce have signed and closed a first-look/production deal that will take effect this upcoming season. Under the new deal, Noyce will executive produce and direct a new pilot for NBC’s upcoming pilot season, and Noyce’s longtime manager/executive producer Ross Fineman will also be involved with development. Noyce last directed the action/thriller “Salt” starring Angelina Jolie. He directed the pilot for HBO’s “Luck” and also worked on ABC’s “Revenge.”