ABC and Conde Nast Entertainment are teaming up with Eva Longoria to develop PAIR OF ACES, a Latino family drama set against the backdrop of Texas politics. The drama, which comes with a penalty, was created and written by Meredith Lavender Marcie Ulin. Universal TV and Longoria’s UnbeliEVAable Entertainment are producing with Ben Spector and Dawn Ostroff and Gina Marcheschi of Conde Nast.
ABC is also working on comedy series FOLLOW YOUR HEARTS. The project, written and executive produced by Nastaran Dibai, follows a single mother and widow who becomes drawn to a stranger in her building. What she doesn’t realize is that he is the recipient of her late husband’s heart. Aaron Kaplan is executive producing along with Dibai.
ABC is developing dramedy mystery series FELONY TWINS with Fake Empire. The network has given a put pilot commitment to the project, which is described as a comedic noir about a group of investigators whose social lives are as crazy as their cases. Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Dave Hemingson are developing the project with Hemingson penning the script and executive producing along with Savage, Schwartz and Len Goldstein.
Cartoon Saloon is developing animated series ELLIE THE ACE. The project will follow an adventurous and endearing 10-year-old girl who flies across the islands of Lockhart, making friends wherever she lands. The project will be directed by Louise Bagnall.
CBS has bought an UNTITLED GAIL BERMAN COMEDY. Gail Berman developed the multi-cam, multi-generational comedy with Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen, and the trio with executive produce. CBS TV Studios is producing in association with The Jackal Group.
CBS has given a put pilot commitment to an UNTITLED JOHNAGIN COMEDY. Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker are developing the series with Tommy Johnagin, who will also star in the project. The comedy centers on a standup comedian raising a family in a small midwestern town. Warner Bros. TV is developing the project.
Fox is adapting another Spanish series for American audiences: LOS SERRANO. Mike Scully (“The Simpsons”) and his wife are producing the single-cam comedy about a widower with three sons who reconnects and marries his high school sweetheart, a divorced mother of two girls. They are producing under their deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Bernal and Laura Fernández Espeso are executive producing through Globomedia alongside Jaume Collet-Serra and Juan Sola through Ombra.
HBO is developing a new drama series based on Jim Sheridan’s movie IN AMERICA. Sheridan will write the series with his daughters Naomi and Kirsten. Fox TV Studios is producing the drama that centers on an Irish family who, broke and looking for a fresh start, settles in an apartment building in the Bronx where they struggle to befriend their neighbors, also immigrants, and realize they all have one thing in common: a past that continues to haunt them. The family will produce with Dan Halsted and Pancho Mansfield.
HBO is developing THE COMMISSAR’S REPORT, a dramedy/thriller based on Martyn Burke’s 1984 Cold War satire novel. Burke will write the pilot. The series follows Dimitri, a young spy in post-war Stalinist Russia who rises so quickly through the ranks of Soviet espionage that he is sent to New York as a spy to help bring down America. Jerry and Janet Zucker are producing through their Zucker Productions banner.
NBC will develop an UNTITLED WHINES & KAPLAN COMEDY from executive producers Aaron Kaplan and John Krasinski. The comedy, written by Shawn Wines, will center on a disgraced law student to is forced to work as a garbage collector to make ends meet.
NBC has also purchased an UNTITLED SIEGAL & MORGAN COMEDY from writers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan. The comedy follows a middle aged ad exec who decides to start from scratch with a startup agency in his garage after unexpectedly losing his job. Aaron Kaplan and John Krasinski will executive produce along with Siegal and Morgan.
NBC has given a script commitment to a series reboot of the 1985 film REAL GENIUS. The comedy project comes from Sony Pictures TV, Happy Madison and 3 Arts Entertainment. The script is being penned by Craig DiGregorio and David King and will center on the relationship between a super genius and his naive co-worker. DiGregorio and King will produce along with Doug Robinson and Oly Obst.
NBC is developing TUNED with Zachary Levi and Eva Longoria, who are executive producing. The half-hour single-cam musical comedy about an ambitious New Yorker whose life is upended by sudden musical hallucinations. Levi is eyeing that lead role for himself. UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal TV brought the project to NBC with Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont on board to write and produce with Ben Spector executive producing.
NBC has given a pilot production commitment to ENDGAME, a drama centering on a former intelligence officer who is falsely accused of killing his wife. John Rogers will pen the script, while Sony Pictures and Davis Entertainment are producing.
Spike TV is getting into the sci-fi business, developing RED MARS, based on the book trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. The project focuses on the colonization and terraforming of Mars to a place where humans can sustain life. Vince Gerardis will produce, while Robinson will stay on as a consultant.
TNT has ordered ONE GIANT LEAP, a four-hour miniseries following Neil Armstrong, the NASA astronaut who became the first man to walk on the moon. The project is being written by Al Reinert based on the book by Leon Wagener. eOne Television is producing with John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg acting as EPs. Guy Oseary is on board as a producer with Patti Vasquez of Pooka Entertainment and Josh Morris of Content House co-executive producing the project.
USA has given Fox Television Studios a pilot order for THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH. Based on the novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte, the series would likely follow Teresa Mendoza, who after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America. M.A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller are writing the pilot and will EP-ing with David Friendly and Pancho Mansfield.
AMC has picked up the sci-fi drama HUMANS. Adapted from a Swedish show, the eight-episode series is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. AMC is co-producing with UK production company Kudos and Channel 4. Jane Featherstone and Derek Wax are executive producing.
Hulu has given a nine-episode straight-to-series order to 11/22/63. J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot banner are producing the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. The book follows Jake, an unassuming English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958. He goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Abrams, King, Bridget Carpenter, and Bryan Burk are executive producing with Kathy Lingg co-executive producing and Athena Wickham on board as producer.
Netflix has ordered POPPLES, a series centering on the popular 1980s toy line. The animated series takes place in Popplopolis and features Bubbles, Sunny, Lulu, Izzy and Yikes, a group of fluffy, multi-colored bear/rabbit/marsupial hybrid. The project is a result of Netflix’s licensing deal with Saban Brands.
Netflix will also be teaming for spinoff series WINX CLUB WOW: WORLD OF WINX. The animated series is a product of Rainbow Studios and Netflix and will center on a group of girls who embark on an undercover journey around the world on a search for kids with talent in art, sports, music, and science. The original Italian animated series was created by Iginio Straffi.
Syfy has ordered Gale Ann Hurd’s HUNTERS to series. Based on Whitley Strieber’s novel “Alien Hunters,” the drama series centers on a detective-turned-suspect who is determined to prove his innocence and find his missing wife. Through his investigation, he finds that dangerous alien sleeper cells are living among us and the government has a secret organization to thwart their terrorist efforts. The series comes from Universal Cable Productions. Natalie Chaidez will write the script and executive produce along with Hurd.
Syfy is also greenlighting TV movie LAVALANTULA. The project will center on a giant tarantula that shoots lava and will star Steve Guttenberg, Leslie Eastebrook, and Michael Winslow. Mike Mendez has signed on to helm the project.
Howard Gordon has inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, where he has been for the last two decades. Gordon and his production company, Teakwood Lane Productions, have lead “24: Live Another Day,” TNT’s currently airing “Legends,” and FX’s “Tyrants.” He is repped by WME.
Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil have signed a new two-year overall deal with BET. The new deal keeps the duo at the network through 2016, extending their previous three-year pact. Their show “The Game” is on its 8th season and their other project, “Being Mary Jane,” is expected to be renewed for a 2nd season.