AMC has ordered the six-episode martial arts drama BADLANDS. The series, which is loosely based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West,” follows a great warrior and a young boy that travel the land in search of enlightenment. Al Gough and Miles Millar created the project and will serve as showrunners and executive produce along with Stacy Sher, Michael Shamberg, Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung. David Dobkin will direct and executive produce.
AMC Studios is producing. BBC has partnered with Carnival Films to adapt Bernard Cornwell’s “The Saxon Stories” into the eight-part faux historical drama THE LOST KINGDOM. Stephen Butchard will pen the adaptation, which will combine historical figures and events with fictional characters during the reign of Alfred the Great and his battle with the Vikings. The “Game of Thrones”-esque drama will be produced by Chrissy Skinns with Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant and Stephen Butchard as executive producers and Nick Murphy co-producing.
BOOM! Studios has sold the dramas DEEP STATE and THE RINSE to FOX. The projects fall under the company’s first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV. DEEP STATE, adapted from the comic book by Justin Jordan and Ariela Kristantina, centers around an FBI agent that is recruited by a secret branch that populates conspiracy theories to distract from unexplained events and strange occurrences. Howard Gordon and Hugh Fitzpatrick will also serve as executive producers for Teakwood Lane, along with Anna Fricke, who will write and executive produce. THE RINSE, adapted from the mini-series by Gary Phillips and Marc Laming, follows an underworld money-launderer who is dragged into a dangerous gig laundering $25 million in stolen casino skim money. Mick Betancourt will write and executive produce.
E! Network has developed the comedy/talk series COMMENTS SECTION. The series, which features comedian Michael Kosta deconstructing comments that appear on websites, will be executive produced by Joel McHale and Jason Burns for Free Period. KP Anderson will executive produce for Pygmy Wolf Productions. Kosta will co-executive produce.
ITV has commissioned the ten-part action-adventure drama series JEKYLL & HYDE, which is loosely inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Charlie Higson will write and executive produce the series, which finds a young descendant of Dr. Jekyll plagued by his family “curse”, which he must use to fight various monsters in 1930’s London. Francis Hopkinson will executive produce and Foz Allan will produce for ITV Studios.
NBC is developing the comedy series #WINNING with a script commitment. The series centers around three friends who, in the wake of a “break-up” form letter from their now famous friend, decide to become winners themselves. Ben McMillan, Meredith Philpott will write (based off of their own experiences) and executive produce along with Josh Greenbaum, who will executive produce for Working Title.
Netflix has picked up UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT for two seasons. The series was initially produced for a thirteen episode first season by NBC, but was prematurely cancelled. Now, Netflix has swooped in and has ordered an additional thirteen episode season two, to premiere after season one. The series was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, who will serve as executive producers along with Jeff Richmond, Jack Burditt and David Miner. The series is a production of Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Bevel Gears and Little Stranger Inc. for Netflix.
USA has developed the supernatural drama EVIL MEN. The series follows a man who is commanded by a powerful entity to kill “evil men” or see his family come to harm, however, his first target ends up becoming his mentor and helps him to understand his new destiny. Daniel Taplitz will write while Gary Fleder will direct. CBS TV Studios and Universal Cable Prods will produce. Taplitz, Fleder, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum and Mary Beth Basile will executive produce.
Pacific Standard and Blossom Films have optioned the film and TV rights to BIG LITTLE LIES. The limited series is written by David E Kelley and will star Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. The series is based on the book by Australian author Liane Moriarty. Kidman and Witherspoon will produce along with Bruna Papandrea and Per Saari.
ITV has renewed GRANTCHESTER for a second season. The mystery drama, adapted from book series by James Runcie, follow Cambridgeshire clergyman Sidney Chambers as he finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester.
ABC has given a full season order to freshmen sitcom CRISTELA. The series, which follows Latina comedian Cristela Alnozo, has received the back nine order. Alonzo co-created the series with Kevin Hench.
ABC has preemptively cancelled the midseason drama MEMBER’S ONLY. The series, which was initially picked up with a straight to series order, revolved around a the happenings at a country club and featured John Stamos, Betsy Brandt and Boris Kodjoe among the cast.