TV SALES, PICK-UPS, ATTACHMENTS, RENEWALS & DEALS (12.05.14)
AMC has ordered a pilot for the drama series PREACHER. The show, based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic book series, follows a preacher that develops the power of ultimate persuasion after he’s merged with a creature that has escaped from heaven. Together with his ex-girlfriend and a vampire, he hits the road in search of the literal God. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg developed the series and will direct and executive produce for Point Grey. Sam Catlin will write and serve as both showrunner and executive producer. James Weaver, Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon, Ori Marmur, Ken Levin and Jason Netter will also executive produce. Ennis and Dillon will co-executive produce.
NBC is developing the comedy series KATE ON LATER. The series, starring Lauren Graham, follows a woman that becomes the host of a late-night talk show, which is a world vastly dominated by men. The single-camera comedy is co-written by Graham and Liz Tuccillo. Tuccillo is executive producing with A Very Good Production’s Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman, while Graham is co-executive producing. Warner Bros. TV produces.
Starz has put the drama STORYVILLE into development. The series is an original ides from George C. Wolfe, who will write and direct. The series will explore the birth of jazz in the subculture that formed it in 1920’s New Orleans. Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment is producing with vice president Scott Huff overseeing.
Fox is developing the comedy FRAUDS. Happy Endings creator David Caspe is partnering with writer Gil Ozeri and producer Jamie Tarses. The series will center around a family of two-bit criminals who decide to pull off an elaborate Ponzi scheme. Ozeri and Caspe will executive produce. Tares and Fanfare will be involved in some capacity. Rough House Pictures will produce for Sony Pictures Television.
HBO has ordered to series the UNTITLED SCORSESE/JAGGER ROCK AND ROLL DRAMA. The series, which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, will explore the 1970’s rock scene in New York City. Geroge Mastras will write and executive produce alongside Terence Winter, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. The series stars Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Juno Temple, Andrew “Dice” Clay, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella and P.J. Byrne
UP network has greenlit its first original scripted series, TIES THAT BIND. The series, a hybrid police procedural and family drama, was created by Sheryl J. Anderson and Stan Spry, who will serve as executive producers. The ten episode series is produced by Cartel Entertainment.
Slingshot Global Media is developing a reboot of the 1960s action drama series ROUTE 66. Kirk Hallam will executive produce for Slingshot. The series will serve as a contemporary update on the classic series of the same name, which centers around two men that travel the country in their car, encountering social issues and different walks of life.
HBO is developing a comedy series adaptation of Laura Kightlinger’s book QUICK SHOTS OF FALSE HOPE: A REJECTION COLLECTION. The series, which follows a 1970s-era single mom and her ongoing quest to find a husband, while still sleeping with her daughter’s married father. Max Mutchnick will write the series with Kightlinger and they will both executive produce for Too Mutch Ink.
Universal Cable Prods will develop a television mini-series adaptation of Kurt Kuenne’s documentary DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER. Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perron will executive produce. Kuenne will serve as a consultant and a co-executive producer along with Josh Braun. The series centers around a family that is rocked by a woman murdering her husband and later herself and his thirteen-month old infant.
BBC America has renewed its comedy series ALMOST ROYAL for an eight episode second season. The series is a fish-out-of-water tale following two young British aristocrats who explore America and its culture.
Disney XD has renewed THE 7D for a second season. The animated series follows the seven dwarves as they serve Queen Delightful and her kingdom and fend off attacks from bumbling villains Grim and Hildy Gloom.
HBO has renewed the british comedy series DOLL & EM for a second season. The series stars Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells. It will be directed by Azazel Jacobs and produced by Alessandro Nivola with Kevin Comer for King Bee. Andrew Eaton will executive produce along with Lucy Lumsden.
Matador has been cancelled by the El Ray Network after one season. The series, starring Gabriel Luna Alfred Molina, Nicky Whelan and Neil Hopkins, was the channel’s second script series.