Dave Goetsch has sold a multi-camera comedy to CBS called SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT with a put-pilot commitment. The project follows an 18-year-old entrepreneur who forgoes Harvard to launch a multibillion-dollar Internet company from his garage with the assistance of his sister, best friend and his 1990s indie-rock parents. Goetsh will write and executive produce. He is repped by CAA.
Bret Harrison and Dan Levy have sold a multi-camera comedy to ABC called MARRIED WITH ROOMMATES (ABC). The project follows two very different couples at different stages in their relationships living together under one roof. Harrison will write and executive produce with Levy. Harrison and Levy are repped by UTA.
FOX has bought a single-camera comedy from Max Winkler and Jake Johnson. The project, titled THE B TEAM, follows five regular underdogs who, sick of getting screwed over, come together and form a real-world version of The Avengers. But, lacking any actual superpowers, they must rely on their intelligence and cunning to turn the tables on those who take advantage of the powerless. Winkler and Johnson are repped by CAA and UTA respectively.
MTV is developing a drama based on the YA Novel UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris. The story follows Janelle Tenner, who, after being hit by a car, is convinced she died and that her mysterious classmate Ben is responsible for her miraculous resuscitation. Kevin Cornish is attached to executive produce.
ABC is finalizing a script deal for a half-hour comedy from Peter Murrieta and Aaron Kaplan. The untitled project, based on an idea from Kaplan and written by Murrieta, focuses on a blue-collar handyman from Queens who enters the moneyed world of the Upper West Side, where he and his son become part of a non-traditional family unit. Murrieta and Kaplan will executive produce with Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa. Murrieta is repped by CAA.
Vali Chandrasekaran has sold two half-hour comedies (that he pitched), one to ABC and the other to FOX. The ABC project, called THE MARATHON TIMES, is about the black sheep of a small town who gets rich overnight and buys out his family’s business, derailing the dreams of his sister. Chandrasekaran and John Riggi will executive produce. The untitled project sold to FOX, is set in the 1990s and centers on a young tax lawyer who quits his fast-paced job to follow a girl to a Columbia House-type company. Chandrasekaran will again executive produce with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. Chandrasekaran is repped by UTA.
Alan Yang has sold an untitled comedy to NBC. The project focuses on a strict “Tiger Dad” who, after a near-death experience, tries to reprogram his super-responsible son to be more like his fun-loving immature roommates. Yang will write the script and executive produce with Greg Daniels and Tracy Katsky. Yang is repped by WME.
ABC has bought a single-camera half-hour comedy called NOW WHAT? from Abby Gewanter. The project revolves around a young woman who publicly criticizes her mother in a blog post entitled “Dear Mom, Here’s Why I Hate You…” Mike Tollin and Ben Spector will executive produce. Gewanter is repped by CAA.
Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have sold a comedy to ABC, with a put pilot commitment, called MIXOLOGY. The project pilot focuses on five guys and five girls trying to find love at a trendy Manhattan bar across the course of one night. Lucas and Moore will write and executive produce. They are both repped by CAA.
NBC bought an untitled comedy from writer Ellen Rapoport. Project follows Allie, a young, nerdy overachiever who is befriended and taken in by two promiscuous party girls. Rapoport will also executive produce with Daniel Rappaport, Meghan Lyvers, Jennifer Garner and Juliana Janes. Rapoport is repped by CAA.
ABC buys “viking” drama, THE CLAN, from Charlize Theron and writer Terry George (who will also direct the pilot). Project is described as a sweeping drama set in the Highlands of medieval Scotland, where the great clans battle one another — and the Viking invaders. George and Theron will also executive produce. George is repped by WME.
Margaret Nagle has sold two pilots to Fox and CBS. The untitled project at CBS is said to a re-imagining of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” set in the medicine world. It revolves around three very different sisters who have their lives turned upside down when their estranged father returns, seeking more than forgiveness. Nagle will write and executive produce. The Fox project, PARADISE FALLS, revolves around a down-on-his-luck documentary filmmaker who is sent to cover the trial of a heinous crime that has engulfed the tourist town of Paradise Falls, Penn. As he digs into the facts surrounding the murder, he uncovers corruption and deceit at every turn, realizing this case is merely a smokescreen for the townspeople’s twisted ambition for fame and profit. Nagle will write and executive produce with Margaret Riley and Joe Berlinger. Nagle is repped by UTA.
CBS has bought a drama from Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie SenGupta. The project, REIGN, is said to be a fantastical reimagining of the teenage Mary Queen of Scots and pitched as “Game of Thrones” meets “Marie Antoinette”. The duo will write and executive produce. They are both repped by UTA.
David Hubbard has sold a mystery family drama to HBO. The project, THE RETURN OF DANIEL SHEPHERD, tells the story of a family thrown into disarray when their son returns home after 13 years missing. When his abductors turn up murdered, he is the prime suspect. Hubbard is repped by WME.
Oprah Winfrey is developing an untitled drama at HBO. The project centers on the first black president of a prestigious liberal arts college who has been thrust into the national headlines while quietly engaging in agonizing personal battles. Thomas Bradshaw will write and executive produce with Winfrey and Kate Forte. Bradshaw is repped by AO International Talent Agency.
Fox is developing a legal drama with a pilot production commitment and with series penalty. Project, RAKE, follows a criminal defense lawyer, Cleaver Green, who is brilliant, iconoclastic and innately self-destructive, and has a mind-numbing lack of discretion and a total inability to pause before speaking his mind. It’s a remake of the original Australian show. Greg Kinnear will executive produce with Richard Roxburgh and Peter Duncan.
Jason Jones has sold an untitled comedy to Fox. The project chronicles what happens to a successful single guy in Manhattan who never wanted a family until his sister’s two kids are thrust upon him when she is called back to active duty. Steve Carell, Paul Weitz and Chris Weitz will executive produce. Jones is repped by UTA.
Zach Braff has sold a single camera comedy to ABC called GARAGE BAR. Project will center on a group of friends who start to experience the ups and downs of fame when one of them becomes a pop star. Braff will write, direct and executive produce. He is repped by CAA.
A drama script from Andrew Hoegl has been put into development by Bravo. The untitled drama is set in the 1980’s during the peak of the rivalry between Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Scott Stuber, Quan Phung and Kimberly Carver will executive produce. Hoegl is repped by WME.
David Marshall Grant has set up projects at CBS, HBO and The CW, all three of which he will produce and the CBS he will write. The untitled CBS drama centers on 32-year old quadruplets who had their entire lives filmed for a documentary series. When the filming stops, the siblings must come to terms with a new lifestyle. The untitled HBO comedy is written by Michael Lannan and is based on his short, “Lorimer”. It follows three gay men living in San Francisco. BLINK, set up at The CW, was written by Vera Harbert and is a drama centering on a girl coping with her father being in a coma. Grant is repped by CAA.
Greg Daniels has set up a single-camera comedy at ABC that will star his “Office” feature player Brian Baumgartner. The untitled project follows an airline executive who wants to become a winner at anything- a skill that has alluded him his entire life. Harris Wittels will write the script and exec produce with Baumgartner, Daniels and Tracy Katsky. Wittels is repped by CAA and Daniels by WME.
Barry Schindel has sold SHADOW COUNSEL, a project he will write and exec produce with David Semel directing and exec producing. The series follows an Army lawyer recruited by the FBI to act as a “shadow lawyer”, working completely off the records. Schindel is repped by CAA.
Jack Black and Shine America have sold an untitled coming-of-age comedy to FX. Steve Agee and Rob Schrab are writing the script for the project which is being kept under wraps, but said to be in tone of “Freaks & Geeks”. Black will exec produce with Priyanka Mattoo and Carolyn Bernstein. Black is repped by WME and Schrab by UTA.
Fox is putting ALL GROWN UP into development. The raunchy comedy from Nat Saunders and Chris Hayward follows a young man who moves back in with his paretns after getting fired and is helped at home by his childhood toys who have come to life. Aaron Kaplan will executive produce. Saunders and Hayward are repped by CAA.
HOMELAND will (of course) get a third season. The critically acclaimed and fan favorite drama is bringing in big ratings numbers and emmys for Showtime. Based on the original Israeli series “Prisoners of War” by Gideon Raff, the show was developed for American audiences by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon.
Melissa Rosenberg has landed an overall deal with ABC. She’s known best as the screenwriter behind the “Twilight” franchise and has a sci-fi adaptation called “Earthseed” currently in development. She is repped by UTA.
Jennifer Garner signed a first-look deal with Universal Television through her Vandalia Films. Garner is known most for her work in front of the camera has actually produced a number of projects including “Butter” and “Sabbatical”. She is repped by WME.
Eva Longoria has signed a first look development deal with Universal TV. Under the contract, the “Desperate Housewives” star will serve as an executive producer on both scripted and non-scripted projects. She is repped by CAA.
Bret Harrison will star in a multi-camera comedy pilot that he will co-write and executive produce called MARRIED WITH ROOMMATES. He’s known for his work on “Reaper” and “Breaking In” and is repped by UTA.
Max Winkler is attached to direct a comedy project he co-wrote called THE B TEAM. He last directed “Ceremony” from his own screenplay and will direct the upcoming period comedy “The Coward” that he also wrote.
Jane Fonda is attached to star in ABC comedy NOW WHAT?, she will play the mother character that’s disrespected by her daughter’s blog post. Fonda has most recently appeared in HBO’s “The Newsroom” and will next appear in feature film “The Butler”. She is repped by CAA.
Jason Jones is set to star in an untitled pilot he co-wrote for Fox. Jones, known for “The Daily Show” and “The Office” was last in comedy “Pitch Perfect” and has a screenplay in development called “Man Hunters”. He is repped by UTA.
FOX has ordered two more episodes for its hit comedies RAISING HOPE and NEW GIRL, bringing both their totals to a full 24 episodes this season. Raising Hope was created and written by Greg Garcia while New Girl was created and written by Liz Meriwether.
Five new scripts for NBC’s hit show CHICAGO FIRE have been ordered. The project has seen some flux between episode ratings but has been impressive in its first season.