MTV has renewed its critically-acclaimed comedy series AWKWARD for a third season. The show follows the formerly unpopular teen Jenna Hamilton, who becomes popular after an accident is mistaken for a suicide attempt. The coming-of-age comedy has proven to be a ratings hit for the mostly-reality cable channel, so it’s no surprise that the third season will feature 20 episodes instead of its previous 12.
COMEDY CENTRAL has picked up the pilot for TINY APARTMENT, based on a web series written by and starring Jessie Cantrell, Mike O’Gorman and Pat Driscoll. Like its web progenitor, the show will follow a young couple and their friend as they navigate eccentric neighbors and, of course, a very small apartment. Cantrell, O’Gorman and Driscoll will exec produce alongside Joe Kelly, Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen.
LIFETIME has ordered a pilot for CINNAMON GIRL, a period drama to be exec produced by Renee Zellweger and “Warrior” scribe/producer Anthony Tambakis. The show will follow four girls as they navigate the late-60s music scene of Los Angeles, experiencing and participating in political, artistic and societal upheaval. Zellweger co-wrote the story with Tambakis, at least partially drawing inspiration from her own coming-of-age-in-Los-Angeles story.
ITV and MASTERPIECE/WGBH announced today that they’ll be collaborating on the period drama MR. SELFRIDGE, set to air on PBS. The show will follow the true story of the man who founded London department store Selfridge’s. “Entourage” star Jeremy Piven will play the eponymous character in the series, which was created by Andrew Davies – the same man behind PBS’s “Pride and Prejudice” miniseries.
IN THE WORKS
Dan Harmon is back on the comedy kick, this time with FOX, and he is on the verge of closing on the deal for the network to pick up The UNTITLED DAN HARMON COMEDY PROJECT. Currently, there are no further details on the project.