Universal Cable Productions has bought the rights to develop author Catherine Linka’s novel “A Girl Called Fearless” and its upcoming sequel, “A Girl Undone,” to series. The novel is set in an alternate future where a synthetic beef hormone has wiped out millions of women and turned teenage girls into a valuable commodity to be bought and sold. R.D. Robb and Brad Luff of Station 3 Entertainment are producing the project.
Warner Bros TV. is developing the RUSH HOUR franchise as a TV series. Blake McCormick is writing the script with Bill Lawrence on as co-writer and executive producer of the series. Brett Ratner and Arthur Sarkissian are also attached as EPs. It’s likely that the series will follow the plot of the original films.
ABC has given a put pilot commitment to BROAD SQUAD, female cop procedural set in the 1970s centering on the graduating class of Boston’s first female patrol officers. Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage partner with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment on the project, which ABC Studios is producing. Bess Wohl is writing the script and has a co-executive producer credit. Alexandra Lydon is on board as a producer with Schwartz, Kaplan, and Len Goldstein tapped as executive producers.
ABC is developing the single-camera comedy DISH from ABC Studio and Karey Burke and Todd Holland’s studio-based Dark Toy banner. Based on Cindy Chupack’s real life experiences, the comedy from ABC Studio and D focuses on three female friends living in Venice, CA – one single, one married, one a single mother – who meet once a week at a restaurant called Dish to talk about life, love, career, and the myth of “having it all.” Chupack is writing and will executive produce with Burke and Holland.
ABC has given a put pilot commitment to FUNHOUSE. Based on a true story, the drama centers on Jack Babbit, who kidnaps his estranged father from a nursing home along with his 24-hour male nurse and brings them to his home. Fred Goss is writing and executive producing the project, which has ABC Studios and Mandeville Productions attached. David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and Laurie Zaks are also on board as EPs.
ABC is developing LAS REINAS, a drama project created by Dean Georgaris. The Mark Gordon Company project follows the Criminal Investigation Division of the Miami Police department, specifically on Alex De La Reina, a woman who shunned her family after she found out they were part of Florida’s most powerful criminal syndicate. Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper will executive produce along with Georgaris.
ABC has put WHO’S STEVE into development with a significant penalty. The ensemble comedy, from Kourtney Kang, explores what happens when your wife’s gay ex-boyfriend from high school becomes your nanny. Kang is writing and executive producing the project under her new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind “How I Met Your Mother.”
ABC is developing an UNTITLED JENNA BANS DRAMA. Written by Bans, the project hails from Mandeville Productions and ABC Studios, where they have an overall deal, and centers on the return of a politician’s son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks are executive producing with Bans.
ABC has picked up an UNTITLED RASHIDA JONES DRAMA from Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train banner. The series will follow the lives of individuals and couples dealing with love in interrelated tales all set within and around a half-century-old bookstore in Pioneer Square, Seattle. Ol Parke will write the script and executive produce with Jones and McCormack while Jeff Grosvenor will co-executive produce.
CBS has given a script commitment to IF WE’RE NOT MARRIED BY 30, a new comedy written by Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch. Coming from Warner Bros. TV, the multi-cam comedy centers on a guy who comes to collect on a pre-teen promise made by his childhood best friend whom he hasn’t seen in more than a decade. The Rauches will executive produce.
CBS has given a pilot production commitment to RUSH HOUR, a TV adaptation of the acclaimed movie from Warner Bros. TV. The hour-long action comedy is written by Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormack. Lawrence and McCormack will also executive produce, alongside the original movie’s director and producer, Brett Ratner and Arthur Sarkissian.
Fox is developing CRESCENT HEIGHTS, a half-hour comedy from writing duo Allyn Rachel and Patrick Carlyle, with Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV attached. The series, set on Los Angeles’ Crescent Heights, centers on an ordinary couple who move into an apartment complex where everyone has secrets and a few are evil. Sounds just like LA. Aaron Kaplan and Tracy Katsky of Kapital Entertainment are executive producing with Rachel and Carlyle.
Fox will develop CASTLEBAR with Kevin Falls, a high stakes workplace drama about a thirtysomething genius who returns to his university and convinces the board to hire him as the college’s president. Falls wrote the project and will executive produce.
Fox is developing a half-hour UNTITLED BIEGEL AND ROYCE COMEDY based on “Big,” the 1998 Tom Hanks movie. Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are writing the project and will also executive produce through 20th Century Fox TV.
Fox has given a script commitment to HALF FULL. Hailing from Warner Bros. TV, EP Jennifer Garner and her Vandalia Films banner, the family comedy centers on a newlywed couple forced to put on hold their dream of moving to New York City because of impending and unexpected parenthood. Matthew Nicklaw is writing the script with Juliana Janes attached to produce.
IFC has put into development UNCLE CHUBBY. The comedy comes from actor/comedian Denis Leary’s Apostle banner. Written by Jim Serpico and Tom Sellitti, the series will follow the exploits of a group of twentysomething friends who play on an ice hockey team, despite their inexperience playing the sport competitively. Serpico and Sellitti will executive produce with Leary.
K.J. Steinberg has sold C.H.A.O.S. – DOWNTOWN DIVISION to CBS. The police drama centers on two female newbies of the LAPD who are charged with running a new and controversial body cam program. Steinberg will write and serve as showrunner on the project, which is loosely based on the real lives of Jodi Wakefield and Michelle Veenstra.
MTV has given a pilot order to SELF PROMOTION, a dark comedy from writer Mark Bianculli. “Scrubs” star Zach Braff is directing the pilot episode of the series, which centers on overworked assistant, Katie Preston, who discovers that her tough boss is missing (or worse), and ends up taking over in her boss’ absence. Steve Yockey is executive producing the project
NBC is setting up IN SECURITY from writer Annabel Oakes and Sony Pictures TV. The comedy follows four female bodyguards/private investigators whose invisibility in society makes their jobs easier — and everything else a whole lot harder. Oakes is executive producing with Phil Traill and Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone are attached at EPs through Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.
NBC is developing JUSTICE, a legal drama that center on a brilliant and relentless prosecutor who takes on crime while harboring some deep, dark secrets. The project comes from Matt Lopez, who is writing, and John Glenn, through their overall deals at Universal TV. Both are executive producing.
NBC is developing MAIDENHEAD, a supernatural medical drama about a scientist who is called to a Connecticut suburb to investigate an ailing teen girl. There he discovers that her affliction presents itself as a demonic contagion slowly spreading through the town. Ben Ripley is writing the project, which comes with a significant penalty, and James Wan is attached to direct. Wan and Ripley will executive produce with with Davis Entertainment’s John Fox and John Davis.
NBC has given a script deal with a significant penalty to RAVEN ROCK. Based on Garrett Graff’s soon-to-be published nonfiction book, the project explores what is called “CoG” – “Continuity of Government” – and will look at the history of our government’s secret efforts to ensure survival if most of America or its leaders are killed in a nuclear attack on the country. Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia will adapt the script and eOne Television and Paramount TV are acting as studios with Robert Zemeckis, Bob Cooper, Jackie Levine, and Jack Rapke executive producing.
NBC has given a script commitment with penalty to PETER AND WENDY a workplace comedy that transports the characters of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” into a modern office setting. From Warner Bros. TV and Le Train Train, It follows Wendy, who longs to be with a real man, but finds herself falling in love with Peter, a guy who refuses to grow up. Marisa Coughlan will write the script and executive produce alongside Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, with Jeff Grosvenor co-executive producing.
USA is developing ABANDON from Chad Hodge, Blake Crouch, and Amblin TV with a significant penalty attached. Hodge and Crouch are adapting the script from Hodge’s novel, which takes place across two time periods and centers on a group of explorers who set out to uncover the mysteries of Abandon, a small mining town deep in the mountains of Colorado whose entire population disappeared on Christmas Eve more than a century ago. Hodge, Crouch, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey of Amblin are executive producing. Universal Cable Productions is also attached.
Televisa is set to adapt PRISONERS OF WAR, the Israeli series on which “Homeland” is based, for a Mexican audience. RTI Colombia will produce, and Universal will air it in America on its Spanish-language Unimas channel.
ABC has renewed MISTRESSES for a 13-episode third season. The drama follows the apparently scandalous lives of a group of four girlfriends – each on her own path to self-discovery as they brave the turbulent journey together. KJ Steinberg executive produces the series, which stars Alyssa Milano, Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes, and Yunjin Kim.
ABC Family has renewed YOUNG & HUNGRY for a second season. The comedy, produced by Ashley Tisdale, stars Emily Osment as well-off young tech entrepreneur hires a feisty young food blogger to be his personal chef. David Holden, Jessica Rhoades, Caryn Lucas, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum will continue to produce the series.
FX has renewed both MARRIED and YOU’RE THE WORST for 13-episode second seasons. Described as a comedy, “Married,” starrng Nat Faxon and Judy Greer, follows a couple who must work hard to remember what drew them together in the first place. “You’re the Worst,” which will be moving to sister-channel FXX, centers on two toxic, self-destructive people (Chris Geere and Ava Cashwho) fall in love and attempt a relationship.
Lifetime has renewed DEVIOUS MAIDS for a 13-episode third season. The drama centers on four Latina maids with ambition and dreams of their own work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Marc Cherry will continue to serve as showrunner and Eva Longoria will stay on as an executive producer.
ABC Family has opted not to pick up MYSTERY GIRLS for a second season. The comedy starred Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth as two former detective TV show starlets brought back together by a real-life mystery.
Chris Collins and Marc Abrams have signed on as writers and showrunners for RAIN, a drama that Keanu Reeves is executive producing and starring in. The series is based on the novels by Barry Eisler, following a hit man who specializes in making his kills look like death by natural causes. Collins is repped by UTA.
ABC Family has order to series STITCHERS, a supernatural drama about a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. Jeffrey A. Schechter penned the script and he will executive produce with Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken.
Amazon Studio has picked up HAND TO GOD to series. From director Marc Forster and written by Ben Watkins, the drama stars Ron Perlman as Judge Pernell Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side. When he suffers a mental breakdown, he goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart.
Netflix has ordered 12 half-hour episodes as a feature length TV movie of KONG – KING OF THE APES. The series hails from executive producer Avi Arad and is said to be a modern take on the classic story. Set in 2050, Kong is housed on Alcatraz Island, which has since been transformed into a natural history and marine preserve.
Sky Atlantic is teaming with Canal Plus for THE LAST PANTHERS, a six-hour miniseries starring Samantha Morton, John Hurt, and Tahar Rahim. The series is based on the true events of the Pink Panthers, a group of Balkan jewel thieves who have pulled off astounding heists across the world. Jack Thorne wrote the screenplay based on an idea from French journalist Jerome Pierrat. Peter Carlton, Caroline Benjom, and Jimmy Desmarais are producing.
TV Land has picked up both IMPASTOR and TEACHERS to series. “Impastor” stars Michael Rosenbaum as a sketchy slaker on the run from a loan shark who steals a man’s identity and poses as the new gay pastor of a small town. “Teachers” centers on six elementary school teachers trying to teach kids the basics while not really being able to keep their lives together.
“Dharma and Greg” star Jenna Elfman has signed a development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the deal, she will develop a drama or comedy project intended as a star-vehicle with a writer. Elfman is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) and her company Toast Productions have signed a deal with CBS TV Studios to develop and produce series, limited-event series, and TV movies. Margulies is repped by WME.
Rob Kerr has signed a producing deal with Discovery Studios, where he will develop and produce original material. Kerr previously worked on the Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” and The History Channel’s “Meat America.”