ABC is developing EMMA CAVENDISH with Emile Gladstone. Chris Silber penned the script for the project, which centers on a young attorney who discovers a long buried secret about her family. Emile Gladstone will executive produce. ABC Studios is producing.
Amazon Studios is in talks to acquire THE LAST TYCOON, a drama project based on F. Scott Fiztgerald’s final, unfinished novel. Written by Billy Ray, the project centers on Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio exec in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power, pitting himself against his mantor and current head of the studio. Sony Pictures TV will produce with Ray executive producing with Chris Keyser, Perri Kipperman, Josh Maurer, David Stern, and Alix Witlin.
CBS is developing an UNTITLED TEXAS DRAMA PROJECT from Ingrid Escajeda. Written by Escajeda, the project centers on the assassination of a Texas district attorney, which throws a formidable young prosecutor into the fray, which includes the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, narco cartels and rampant corruption. Escajeda will executive produce with Jonathan Levin.
CBS is developing ALL IN, a comedy project written by Ben McMillan for Sony Pictures TV. The project centers on a woman who gets pregnant and all three of the baby’s possible fathers is determined to help her raise the baby. Olive Bridge Entertainment and Intrigue will produce the project with McMillan executive producing alongside Tariq Jalil, Lucas Carter, Will Gluck and Richard Schwartz.
CBS has given a production commitment to Bryan Cranston and David Shore’s SNEAKY PETE. The drama, penned and executive produced by both Cranston and Shore, centers on a thirtysomething con man who leaves prison and assumes the identity of his former cellmate to hide out from the mob. Sony Pictures TV is producing with Cranston’s Moon Shot Entertainment. James Degus is executive producing with Erin Gunn co-executive producing.
Fox has given a script commitment to LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON. The comedy from Paul Ruehl centers on a father and husband’s mission to make sure his son is less screwed up than he is, using the crazy roadmap of his own childhood as a “what not to do” guide. Ruehl will write and executive produce the project, which is being produced by 20th Century Fox Televison.
Fox is developing an UNTITLED KOHAN/MUTCHNICK COMEDY with David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. The project centers on a single mother, her three children, and her ex-grifter father who move from New Jersey to LA to start a new life. Kohan and Mutchnick are writing and executive producing the project under their KoMut Entertainment banner. Warner Bros. TV is producing.
Fox has offered DAMN! a script commitment with penalty. The drama project, from 20th Century Fox TV, centers on a conman who meets his untimely death but gets another chance at life as an angel. Glenn Gordon Caron is writing and executive producing the project.
AMC has renewed HELL ON WHEELS for a fifth and final season. The period Western follows Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, who follows the track of a band of Union soldiers who killed his wife. Anson Mount and Colm Meane star.
BBC Two has renewed PEAKY BLINDERS for a third season. The period drama centers on a feared gang named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their hats. Cillain Murphy, Sam Neill, Annabelle Wallis, Helen McCrory, and Paul Anderson star alongside Noah Taylor and Tom Hardy.
Showtime has renewed THE AFFAIR with a 10-episode second-season order. The drama centers on the psychological effects of an affair between a married waitress at a Hamptons diner and a teacher who spends his summer at his in-laws’ estate on the island.
Showtime has also renewed HOMELAND with 12-episode fifth season order. The political thriller stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a Central Intelligence Agency officer with bipolar disorder, and the current season sees her assigned to a dangerous CIA station in the Greater Middle East.
USA has renewed GRACELAND for a 13-episode third season. The drama series follows a group of undercover agents from various law enforcement agencies in the United States, including the DEA, the FBI, and the ICE, who live together in a confiscated Southern California beach house known as “Graceland.”
ABC has cancelled SELFIE. The comedy stars Karen Gillan as a self-involved 20-something enlists the help of a marketing expert (John Cho) to revamp her image in the real world after being the subject of an embarrassing viral video.
TNT has cancelled FRANKLIN & BASH. The crime comedy, created by Bill Chais and Kevin Falls, stars Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar and has run for four seasons.
TNT has also cancelled PERCEPTION, the police procedural starring Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook. The series centered on an eccentric neuropsychiatrist who is recruited by the FBI to help solve some of its most complex cases.
Ti West, Rachel Talalay, Jennifer Lynch, and Jeremiah Chechik have all been tapped to direct episodes of WETV’s SOUTH OF HELL. The series, from Eli Roth and Jason Blum, centers on a demon-hunter-for-hire who struggles with her inner demons as much as those outside of herself. Mena Suvari, Zachary Booth, and Bill Irwin star. West is repped by UTA and Artists and Directors Cooperative; Talalay is repped by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and Fineman Entertainment; Chechik is repped by APA and Echo Lake Entertainment.
ABC has given full-season order to FOREVER. The sci-fi drama stars Ioan Gruffudd as Henry Morgan, a 200-year-old man who works in the New York City Morgue trying to find a key to unlock the curse of his immortality. The network has picked up nine additional episodes, making it a 22-episode freshman season.
Netflix has ordered JUSTIN TIME: THE NEW ADVENTURES, an animated spin-off series of the popular Canadian series Justin Time. The series will follow Justin and his best friends, Olive and Squidgy, who go on fantastical adventures throughout time and from every corner of the world.
Starz has ordered an Evil Dead follow-up series called ASH VS. EVIL DEAD. The show will bring back Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell, who will reprise his role as Ash, the monster hunter. Raimi has signed on to direct the pilot and will serve as executive producer with Tapert and Campbell. The series centers on Ash as he is forced to face his personal and literal demons when a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind.
SundanceTV has given the green light to HAP AND LEONARD, a series based on Joe Lansdale’s book series. The series, created by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici, centers on an unlikely pair of best friends and martial arts experts who try to stay on the right side of the law in 19802 Texas. Mickle will serve as director for the series with Nick Shumaker and Jeremy Platt executive producing and Lansdale an Lowell Northrop co-executive producing.
Jonathan Treisman and Salim Nayar of Sfera Films have signed a first-look development deal with Carlos Bolado. Under the deal, writer/director Bolado will develop an existential drama series From Cape to Cape, as well as an untitled dystopian series set during a time of severe drought.
Mike Daniels has inked a two-year overall deal with Universal TV. Under the deal, Daniels will join the studio’s upcoming series Shades of Blue and will additionally develop both network and cable projects for the studio. Daniels is repped by ICM.