TV SALES & PICKUPS
Judy Greer is developing a single-camera half-hour UNTITLED GREER COMEDY at ABC, with a premier date being eyed for next fall. Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan will write the polit, which is inspired by Greer’s life, where she moved from Los Angeles for the man she loves and found herself raising stepchildren and making new friends in a small suburban town instead. Greer will produce alongside Elfont and Kaplan and Peter Principato, Paul Young and David Gardner are executive producing.
ABC is also set to develop a new crime-drama based on the Italian series “Squadra Antimafia — Palermo Oggi.” The American version, titled ANTI-MAFIA SQUAD. David Hollander is set to write the pilot and will also executive produce with Gina Matthews, Grant Scharbo and Raul Mateu. The series centers on two women: Deputy Chief of Police Claudia Mares, who joins a special anti-mafia squad, and young Rosy Abate, member of one of the oldest criminal families.
CW is in cahoots with “Easy A” scribe Bret Royale, and have just picked up his new action-thriller DARE. The new series will follow six young adults who find themselves forced to play a dangerous and deadly game of Truth or Dare.
A new UNTITLED WESBERG CIA DRAMA, and a UNTITLED ROSS/SUSSMAN COMEDY have just been picked up by FOX. The CIA project, being produced by Imagine TV, is described as a character based drama focusing on the assistants of high-ranking officers. The show takes place within the walls of such organizations as the CIA, DIA, NSA, FBI, and the White House. The comedy, being produced by Young Entertainment and Sony TV, centers around a modern couple who goto extremes to support their unconventional 5 year old daughter, including moving her to be with the groom’s tyrant mother for a better school system. Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak of Principato-Young will executive produce and Sussman’s manager Jill McGrath will co-produce.
FOX has picked up a new pilot from writer-executive producer Diane Ruggiero, a comedy-drama set in 1980s New Jersey that centers on a teenager who poses as an adult in order to land a job at popular bar on the Jersey Shore.
ZOMBIELAND may be headed to the small screen as the original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are on board to develop a new half-hour comedy-series for FOX. The idea for the series was previously in development at CBS and SyFy, but never saw the light of day. Now, with the HUGE ratings success that “The Walking Dead” received this past Sunday, Fox wants a piece of the pie.
Another “Chelsea Lately” talent, this time Sarah Colonna, is in business with NBC. Colonna will a single-camera comedy project for the network based on her upcoming book LIFE AS I BLOW IT. Colonna will star, write and executive produce the project alongside Danielle Sanchez, Doug Robinson, Abbey MacDonald, Michael Pelmont and Volk Weiss. The series was will follow Colonna’s life in the Midwest surrounded by friends and family whose opinions and actions know no boundaries.
NBC is also in business with “Weeds” writer-producer Stephen Falk and his new comed SATELLITES. The new series is set in the chaotic world of satellite radio and centers around a former reluctant ’90s boy-band member and a female blogger/podcaster who co-host a relationship call-in show.
A&E has renewed their crime procedural THE GLADES for a third season, which will make its premiere during summer 2012. The news comes as the network seeks to expand its scripted series development.