ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Sony Pictures TV and Chris O’Dowd’s MOONE BOY. The sitcom follows 12-year-old Martin Moone as his sarcastic imaginary friend helps him navigate the triumphs and tribulations of childhood. O’Dowd will write and executive produce the series with Dave Becky and Nick Frenkel, Sony Pictures Television, Sprout Pictures Limited, Baby Cow Productions, and Hot Cod Productions.
ABC and ABC Studios are developing THE FABULOUS FERNANDEZ SISTERS with playwright Josefina Lopez. The project follows four estranged sisters who try to pull their lives back together to raise their younger brother after their parents die in a car accident. Lope will pen the script and executive produce with Michael McDonald.
Mike Scully and Julie Scully have sold a spec family comedy RAISING ADULTS to ABC and 20th Century Fox TV. The comedy centers on a married couple as they navigate raising three children. The project is loosely based on their lives raising five children.
ABC has closed a deal for the single-camera comedy MEN IN SHORTS. The series is inspired by the life of professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay man to participate in a top North American professional sports league. The series will combine elements of workplace and family comedy. Claudia Lonow, who co-wrote with Jordon Nardino, will serve as showrunner. Lonow, Nardino, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will executive produce, with Rogers producing. The series’ developer Mark Nicholson will serve as consulting producer for Storyline Entertainment and Universal Television.
Carnival Films (Downton Abbey) has partnered with Magnum Photos to develop MAGNUM, a drama series that would center on the rise of the photographic cooperative. Carnival’s Richard Fell is executive producing the program, which would highlight the danger photographers experienced traveling the world in the second half of the 20th Century.
CBS has given a put pilot commitment to THE THOMAS BERRYMAN NUMBER, the TV adaptation of James Patterson’s crime novel. Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal will produce under their Tribeca Productions banner, with Rene Balcer and Patterson also on board to produce. The project will be developed by Patterson’s James Patterson Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. The book centers on a hit man who is hired to assassinate the first black mayor of Nashville, which triggers an intense manhunt.
CBS is developing BLACK WIDOWS, a legal thriller from Josh Safran and Sue Naegle. The project, which was written by Safran, centers on two women who kill their abusive husbands and try to escape detection by the FBI who begin to get suspicious. CBS Television Studios is producing along with Naegle Ink.
CBS has given a put pilot commitment to Tony Phelan and Joan Rater’s UNTITLED CBS LEGAL DRAMA. The project, from CBS TV Studios and Timberman-Beverly Productions, follows a smart and successful 30-something defense attorney who falls for one of her clients who may be guilty of a brutal crime. Phelan and Rater will executive produce and pen the project.
CBS is teaming with Universal TV to adapt comedy IN GOOD COMPANY. The original film stars Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace a middle aged executive and his new, younger boss who happens to be dating his daughter. Josh Bycel, Jon Fenner and Paul Weitz are writing the script and will executive produce along with Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz.
CBS is developing MODERN GOTHIC, modern-day reimagining of classic gothic horror stories as contemporary mysteries in which a doctor — Dracula’s Abraham “Bram” Van Helsing — investigates the supernatural horrors that modern science fails to explain. Adam Karp is writing the script with David Reed and they will co-executive produce the series. Junction Entertainment is EPing with CBS TV Studios with Dan Tischler on board as EP as well.
CBS has put LFE in development from The Dan Jinks Company and CBS Television Studios. The medical drama was penned by Paul Downs Colaizzo and centers on a group of NYC’s wildest doctors in their second year of residency. Dan Jinks and Colaizzo will executive produce the project.
CBS is developing an UNTITLED PATRICIA CORWELL PROJECT, from lauded crime novelist Patricia Cornwell (The Talented Mr. Ripley). The project revolves around an unorthodox female police detective in San Diego who is haunted by demons from her past. Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts are executive producing with Cornwell, who is writing the script.
CBS has put into development the multi-camera comedy series UNTITLED MIKE ARNOLD PROJECT. The series will focus on a man who takes over after-school parenting duties for his recently divorced sister’s children, teaching them life lessons using his eccentric and uninhibited personality. The series will be written by Mike Arnold. Ed Helms and Mike Falbo will executive produce for Pacific Electric and Universal TV.
The CW will develop THE PHOENIX PROJECT, a vigilante drama from Martin Gero. The project centers on three friends who take an anarchistic and dangerous approach to save society from itself. Gero will write and executive produce under his Quinn’s House banner along with Warner Bros. TV.
The CW has given a script commitment to UNNATURAL SELECTION, a drama from CBS TV Studios about Charles Darwin and Captain Robert FitzRoy’s journey through the Amazon to return the woman they both love to her native home. Adam Karp is writing the script and will executive produce alongside Kennedy-Marshall Co.’s Frank Marshall and Robert Zotnowski.
The CW is developing the period drama THE ILLUSIONIST, based on the 2006 film starring Edward Norton and Jessica Biel. The series centers around a renowned illusionist that returns home from prison and begins using his magic to pull heists in a crime organization in an effort to rise through the ranks and defeat the organization’s leader, who has married his wife. Mark Hudis will write the series. Bob Yari and Ben Silverman will serve as executive producers for Yari Film Group, Electus and CBS TV Studios.
The CW has set up the action-adventure mystery-drama series CHEERLEADER DEATH SQUAD. The series centers around a disgraced CIA agent-turned-teacher at an elite Washington D.C. prep school who trains several students to become players in the game of international espionage. Marc Cherry and Neal Baer will co-write with Dan Truly. The three will executive produce along with Sabrina Wind for CBS TV Studios and Cherry/Wind productions.
Canal Plus is developing ZEROZEROZERO into an eight-part English-language series. Based on the book by Roberto Saviano, the drama is set in the world of international cocaine trafficking. Cattleya is producing with Stefano Bises, Leonardo Fasoli, and Saviano tapped to write the scripts.
Disney XD is adapting Marvel’s smash hit GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY for the small screen. The premise revolves around group of space criminals who must work together to stop the fanatical villain Ronan the Accuser from destroying the galaxy. Marvel Animation will be producing with Alan Fine, Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada, and Jeph Loeb on board to executive produce. Stan Lee, Eric Radomski, Cort Lane, and Stephen Wacker will be co-executive producing.
Fox will develop the multi-camera comedy MONSTER-IN-LAW, based on the 2005 film starring Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez. Amy B. Harris and “30 Rock” executive producer John Rigg will write and executive produce the comedy. The film’s producers, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink, will also serve as executive producers for the series. Warner Bros. TV is producing.
Fox is developing THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE’S FATHER with Willie Garson, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett. The project will star Willie Garson as a widowed father whose young son is acting as his matchmaker. Garson will produce the dramedy, which is being written and executive produced by Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. Warner Bros. TV is also producing.
Landscape Entertainment and Casey Sherman are partnering to develop a one hour scripted drama LIFE IN SHADOWS. The project follows the lives of three teenagers and their mother who go into the witness protection program after their crime boss father testifies against the mob.
Gaumont TV is developing SPY CITY. The 10-episode English-language series will take place in Berlin in the early 1960’s and will center on the personal lives of spies from different nationalities and backgrounds who are in the “hornet’s nest” of divided city. William Boyd will serve as showrunner with Pascal Chaumeil tapped to direct.
NBC is developing an UNTITLED EVA LONGORIA SUPERNATURAL DRAMA from Universal TV, Andrea Newman (Chicago Fire), and Eva Longoria’s UnbelieEVAble Entertainment. Set in the present day Southwest, the supernatural anthology series will be inspired by the world of Hispanic folklore and myth, with each season exploring a different legend. Newman is writing script and will executive produce with Longoria.
NBC will develop BACK ON THE FARM, a comedy project from Krysten Ritter and Maggie Bandur. Based on an idea from Ritter and written by Bandur, the comedy centers on a Hollywood actress whose life gets turned upside down, forcing her to move back to the family farm. Universal Television is producing with Silent Machine Entertainment.
NBC has given a put pilot commitment to Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan’s UNTITLED SILVERI/GOLDBERG-MEEHAN COMEDY. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, centers on a uptight family man and his baby boomer parents who are acting like their twilight years are spring break. Silveri and Goldberg-Meehan will write and executive produce the project.
NBC has ordered a pilot of the ABC Studios produced UNTITLED LOWE/HUYCK COMEDY. The project, from comedy writers Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory will star Rob Lowe as an adventurous and newly sober narcissist who decides to become a devoted father only after his two children are teenagers. Gregory, Huyck, and Lowe will executive produce with Marc Gurvitz.
NBC is developing an UNTITLED ARMIE HAMMER COMEDY with David Israel and Armie Hammer. The comedy centers on a guy who finds out his parents have been secretly “seeing” his ex during the three years since they broke up, which leads to an unlikely friendship with her fiancee. Hammer, Israel and Gordon Gray will executive produce for Universal TV.
NBC has given a put pilot commitment to THE IT CROWD with Bill Lawrence and Warner Bros. TV. Based on the British series of the same name, the comedy centers on two IT nerds who are stuck in the basement of a major corporation who are socially awkward to the extreme and whose ambitious manager knows nothing about computers. Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan are writing the pilot.
NBC has put the half-hour comedy LIKE FATHER LIKE SON into development. The series, an autobiographical take of executive producer Will Packer’s life, centers around a young man in his thirties that discovers he has a fifteen year-old son from a one night stand in college. Michael Pennie will write and executive produce along with Packer. Korin Huggins will serve as co-executive producer for Will Packer Productions and Universal TV.
David S. Goyer has set up SHADOWLAND at NBC. Based on the novel written by Peter Straub, the project centers on two young boys who spend a summer with their uncle, one of the foremost magicians in the world who may also be a sorcerer. Goyer is co-writing the adaptation with Jack Thorne. Universal TV will produce the project.
TF1 International has acquired NO SECOND CHANCE and CALL MY AGENT! Second Chance is an action/thriller miniseries based on the novel penned by Harlan Coben, who has signed on to showrun the project with Francois Velle directing. Call My Agent! is another miniseries created by talent agent Dominique Besnehard and Fanny Herrero. Cedric Klapisch will direct the project, which centers on a group of Parisian talent agents who battle for clients while struggling with their personal lives.
Tone Bell sold his UNTITLED TONE BELL COMEDY to FX. The project, created by Bell and Mark Agee, will follow four guys from different backgrounds as they clumsily try to get along without killing each other. Bell and Agee co-wrote the script and will executive produce with Brian Gatewood, Alex Tanaka, Lowell Shapiro and Mike Dill. Black Box Management will produce.
The CW is rebooting the ITV series THE TOWN. Based on the UK mini-series, the hour-long drama will centers around a young man investigating her parent’s suicide and determines that they were murdered, with every person in town a possible suspect. Co-showrunner of “Pretty Little Liars” Oliver Goldstick will write and executive produce along with Mike Bartlett, Matthew Justice, Kenton Allen and Simon Curtis. The series Russian Hill and Big Talk production, in association with Warner Bros. Television.
R.J. Cutler has sold his UNTITLED CUTLER POLICE DRAMA to CBS. Cutler will direct and executive produce the project, which centers on a black Republican LA homicide detective who investigates a high profile, racially charged murder. Cutler produces with David Brownfield, Ken Freimann, and David Alpert.
Subscription video-on-demand company Feeln will launch a limited series animated remake of RAINBOW BRITE. The series will be a contemporary update of the classic 80’s cartoon show. Emily Osment and Molly Ringwald will voice Rainbow Brite and The Dark Princess, respectively. Iris Ichishita will produce for Feeln.
After a solid start to its fourth season, FX has renewed AMERICAN HORROR STORY for another year. The anthology series centers on different characters and locations each season. This time, the show is set in Florida in 1952 at one of the last remaining “freak shows” in the nation and follows follow a troupe of performers on their journey of survival as the American carny experience dies out around them.
Starz is renewing SURVIVOR’S REMORSE for a second season. The half-hour series follows lives of Cam Calloway (Jesse T. Usher) and his family after he signs a pro basketball contract and moves his family to Atlanta. Jerome Hairston, Mike O’Malley, Tracy Oliver write the series.
TOP OF THE LAKE is being renewed for another season. UK and Australian TV company See-Saw is developing the second season created by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee. The first season starred Elisabeth Moss as a detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year0old girl.
WGN America has renewed its second original drama MANHATTAN for a second season. The period drama is set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science with the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
Mark Heyman has been tapped to pen STRANGE ANGEL, a drama pilot for AMC. The project, from Scott Free Productions, centers on a brilliant rocket scientist and the co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Lab. Ridley Scott and David Zucker are executive producing the project. Heyman is repped by CAA and Grandview.
Syfy has acquired DARK MATTER from Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie. The Prodigy Pictures project has been ordered for 13 episodes and will center on the crew of a derelict spaceship to are awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Mallozzi and Mullie will pen the scripts and executive produce the series along with Jay Firestone and Vanessa Piazza.
Archie Panjabi has signed a development/holding deal with 20th Century Fox TV to star in a drama pilot for the studio next year. She will leave her roles as Kalinda on CBS’ The Good Wife for the new project. She is repped by Gersh and Biscuit Boy Productions.
Carlton Cuse has signed a first-look deal with A&E Studios. The three-year development deal will see the showrunner working with Barry Jossen to devlope a drama series for the drama series for the A+E networks, including A&E, Lifetime, and History channels. Cuse is repped by WME.
Danny Boyle and Christian Colson have inked a first look production deal with FX Productions under their Telly Novella Productions banner. Under the deal, they will collaborate on FX’s Telemark, a 10-part miniseries and will also develop series and miniseries for FX networks. Boyle is repped by WME and Independent Talent Group.
Tom Fontana has signed a two-show deal with Gaumont International Television. Under the deal, Fontana will develop Ben Lopez’ The Negotiator into a series, as well as Falling Onto Mars, a short story about a prison colony on Mars. Fontana is repped by UTA.
Wilson Bethel has signed a blind script deal with Warner Bros. TV to write a drama for the CW. The Hart of Dixie star has previously written CW digital series Stupid Hype and L.A. Rangers. Bethel is repped by Gersh, LINK Entertainment, and Zero Gravity Management.