TV SALES & PICK-UPS
CBS has finalized a deal to reboot the 1958 drama-western series THE RIFLEMAN, which centers on a cowboy with a rapid-fire Winchester rifle living on a ranch with his son. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier will write the pilot, with Chris Columbus set to direct the effort.
Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives) is looking to extend her run with ABC. She has appeared on the network for a total of six seasons now, four on “Ugly Betty,” and she has worked on “Desperate Housewives” for the last two. She has signed on talent holding deal with the network with an opportunity to star in her won hour-long drama.