TV SALES, PICK-UPS, ATTACHMENTS, RENEWALS & DEALS (1.30.15)
CBS has ordered a pilot for LIFE IN PIECES written by 20th TV’s Justin Adler. The single-camera comedy tells the story of one family through the separate stories of its different family members. Adler will co-executive producer with and Aaron Kaplan executive produce.
Fox has ordered the untitled single-camera comedy from former The Office head writer Danny Chun and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman. The untitled comedy stars Full House vet, John Stamos, playing a charismatic longtime bachelor who discovers he’s a father — and a grandfather. Stamos is executive producing through his St. Amos banner, along with Rhode Island Ave Prods’s Fogelman and Chun.
Fox ordered hour-long comedic drama, STUDIO CITY, from former Grey’s Anatomy executive producer Krista Vernoff and John Wells. Studio City is a family dramedy inspired by Vernoff’s real-life experience growing up as the daughter of a drug dealer to the stars. The project tells the story of a young singer’s path to stardom, as she comes of age living with her songwriter father — who turns out to be a drug dealer to the stars. Vernoff and Wells executive produce with Andrew Stearn.
NBC has ordered a pilot for the high-concept drama ENDGAME from The Blacklist‘s producers, John Davis and John Fox, and Leverage’s scribe John Rogers. According to NBC, the sniper turned Las Vegas security expert is “drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives.”
NBC has picked up BLINDSPOT, a thriller from writer Martin Gero and producer Greg Berlanti. The series follows “a beautiful woman, with no memories of her past, is found naked in Times Square with her body fully covered in intricate tattoos. Her discovery sets off a vast and complex mystery that immediately ignites the attention of the FBI who begin to follow the road map on her body to reveal a larger conspiracy of crime while bringing her closer to discovering the truth about her identity.”
Fox has ordered a pilot for the untitled multi-camera family comedy from Dana Klein and executive producer Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. The series follows a working mom who is in constant competition with her perfect, stay-at-home sister-in-law. The family comedy was originally was titled The Bad Stanleys and centered around two competitive brothers. Klein and Kaplan executive produce.
NBC has order the DeGeneres and Very Good’s Jeff Kleeman untitled multi-camera comedy starring Parenthood‘s Monica Potter. The script, written by Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, is about a woman tries to get back into the dating pool despite her busy family life and three ex-husbands. Potter will serve as producer alongside executive producers Bilsing-Graham and Kreamer.
NBC has ordered SHARING, a single-camera series from Universal TV about disparate groups of people who work side-by-side in a shared office space. Jeremy Bronson serves as writer and exec producer with Jimmy Fallon and Rick Schwartz. Damian Lanigan is a co-exec producer.
CBS has picked up the TV version of the blockbuster comedy film RUSH HOUR. The show will be penned by Cougar Town’s Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick and executive produced by the movies’ director Brett Ratner and producer Arthur Sarkissian.
ABC orders a pilot for the Shondaland drama, THE CATCH. Written by Jennifer Schur, the series follows a female forensic accountant whose world is threatened when she takes on a new fraud case. Helen Gregory and Kate Atkinson will co-produce.
ABC orders pilot for BROAD SQUAD, which follows the true stories of the first four women to graduate from Boston’s Police Academy in 1978. The series come by way of Fake Empire’s Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz and executive producer/writer Bess Wohl.
ABC orders a pilot for the yet to be titled single-camera semi autobiographical show from Fake Empire’s Stephanie Savage. The show centers around a family who is rocked to its core when the youngest son comes out as gay. The pilot will be written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Savage Hypomania Content’s Brian Pines and DiBonaventura Pictures Television’s Dan McDermott will produce.
ABC has ordered the comedy CHEV & BEV starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo who’s fun retirement comes to a screeching halt when they suddenly have to have their grandchildren.
CBS has ordered Michael Seitzman’s CODE BLACK, a medical drama based on LA County Hospital, an ER known for its overwhelming influx of patients on the edge of death. Seitzan will executive produce with David Semel, Ryan McGarry, Linda Goldstein Knowlton and executive producer Marti Noxon.
CBS has picked up the multi-camera comedy THE HALF OF IT, written and executive produced by Mike Gibbons. The show centers on a newly divorced dad who is excited about the prospects of keeping half of his things.
NBC has ordered Blake McCormick’s comedy STRANGLE CALLS about an unlucky police office who transfers to a supernatural rural town. McCormick will be joined by executive producer Aaron Kaplan and Tracey Robertson. The show, which was previously in development at ABC, will be produced by Twentieth Century Fox TV, Kapital Entertainment and Hoodlum Entertainment.
ABC has picked up Jenna Bans’ drama FLESH AND BLOOD. The series centers on the return of a politician’s son who was thought murdered ten years prior. His return send ripples through the community as the man in jail for the crime is released the police reexamine the true events of that night. Bans executive produces with Mandeville’s David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks.
CBS has ordered the television drama LIMITLESS, the sequel to the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper. The story follows Brian Sinclair (Cooper) as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced into using his abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. Written/executive produced by Craig Sweeny and executive produced by Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Tom Forman, Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper. Neil Burger will executive produce and direct the pilot.
Sky Arts has ordered visual artist Jake Chapman’s television drama “MILLS AND DOOM: THE MARRIAGE OF REASON AND SQUALOR.” The four-part twisted romance is adapted from Chapman’s 2008 novel by the same name and will star Rhys Ifans and Sophie Kennedy Clark. Colin Vaines is producing for Morass Productions, and Andy Noble is co-producer.
Fox has ordered a pilot for comedy, FANTASY LIFE, starring Kevin Connolly. The series, written by Tim McAuliffe, is based on ESPN’s Matthew Berry memior Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, And Heartbreaking World Of Fantasy Sports From The Guy Who’s Lived It. It follows a hard worker who becomes a fantasy football show host who must learn how to juke office politics in order become successful. Connolly will also executive produce with McAuliffe and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg, Jonathan Berry, Greg Walter and Troy Zien.
Fox has picked up Steve Franks and Rivers Cuomo’s single camera comedy, DETOUR. The show, inspired by Cuomo’s real-life, follows a rock star who quits his band at the age of 30 to go back to college. Franks executive produces with Chris Henze, Willie Mercer, and Dan Field.
Georgia King is set as a female lead in VICE PRINCIPALS, HBO’s 18-episode comedy series from Eastbound & Down creators McBride and Jody Hill. Vice Principals tells the story of a high school and the vice principal who run it. King will play opposite Danny McBride as Ms. Amanda Snodgrass, the naive new English teacher with hints of a wild side. King is repped by Paradigm and Independent Talent Group.
Rachel Taylor will co-star in MARVEL’S A.K.A JESSICA JONES for Netflix. Taylor will play Trish Walker, radio talk show host, model, and super hero best friend of Jessica, played by Krysten Ritter. Taylor is repped by WME and Management 360.
Anna Gunn will star in the CBS Criminal Minds spinpff starring Gary Sinise. The series follows FBI agents as they help American citizens return from trouble abroad. Gunn will play Ally Lambert, an international law expert and lingist. Gunn is repped by ICM Partners and MGMT Entertainment.
Michael Cuesta will direct Fox drama pilot Rand Ravich and Howeard Gordon’s FRANKENSTEIN. Frankenstein centers on a morally corrupt retired cop who is brought back from the dead both younger and stronger. Cuesta is repped by WME.
Showtime is developing the drama project, LONELY HEART KILLERS, a drama project in development written by Liz W. Garcia and Josh Harto. The series revisits the infamous murderous spree of the Lonely Hearts Killers in the 1940s as the killing partners seduce and murder women and ultimately fall in love with each other. Garcia, Harto, Bartis, Liman and Gene Klein executive produce.
Fox is in the very beginning stages of developing a live-action X-MEN TV series. While Twentieth Century Fox hold the film rights to the franchise, they would need Marvel to sign off on the deal for TV. Marvel is currently developing their own lineup of series including Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Daredevil, AKA Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
CBS will resume development on their 2013 pilot SUPER CLYDE from Greg Garcia. The show was originally squashed in favor of the show The Millers however, since it’s termination Garcia has become available to continue work the the single-camera, high-concept pilot remake.
Craig Ferguson’s production company, Green Mountain West, and Lionsgate have entered a multi-year overall television agreement. Ferguson will develop and produce both scripted and unscripted programming along with Green Mountain’s president Phil Cottone and former The Late Late Show producer Michael Naidus.