ABC has jumped in to fast-track a comic book adaptation of THE INCREDIBLE HULK. While no writer is yet aboard, the network is working quick to find a writer/exec producer to begin working right away with Marvel’s new TV division.
FOX has snatched up the comedy laugher IT TAKES A VILLAGE from writers/exec producers David Talbert and Morris Chestnut. Series, which will also star Chestnut, centers on a young R&B singer who loses his money thanks to the ill-advised dealings of his best friend and business manager, and is forced to move back to his old home in the inner city, where he winds up working in an at-risk youth community center — becoming a mentor of sorts to the “Bad News Bears”-esque kids.
FOX has picked up the 1/2-hour UNTITLED SECOND CHANCE PROJECT from writer/exec producer Chad Gervich. Series centers on a couple with two adult children who adopt two small kids in order to be better parents the second time around.
SyFy has picked up SINBAD AND THE MINOTAUR with plans to make it into a TV movie starring Manu Bennett. The story, which will retell the classic tale, will feature sailors, sorcery, rumors of hidden treasure, a princess in distress and, of course, the Minotaur. Karl Zwicky will direct from a script by Jim Noble.
HBO has picked up, and is eyeing a pilot commitment for SPRING/FALL the new female driven series from writer/exec producer Kate Robin, and exec producer/star Tea Leoni. Series, which will also be exec produced by R.J. Cutler and Jimmy Miller, will center on the dysfunctional partnership between two women with different approaches to career, family, and friendship as they navigate, and thrive the NYC world of fashion.
TV RENEWALS (Or Additional Script Orders)
ABC has handed out a few additional script orders to extend this season storytelling for three of their series’:
NO ORDINARY FAMILY has been given an additional 4-episode pick up, to extend it’s freshman season.
BROTHERS & SISTERS has also been given a 4-episode pick up as the series continues to build an audience.
OFF THE MAP (the new upcoming medical drama from Shonda Rhimes & Jenna Bans) has been given an additional episode order, mostly likely to fill an empty slot somewhere down the road the network will need to fill.
Meanwhile, CW also jumped into the game of wanting more, ordering up an additional two episodes from on the rise series LIFE UNEXPECTED.