Showtime is turning the book AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE into a series. Written by Matthew Specktor, the project centers on a Hollywood agent and his troubled son during the 1970’s. Michael C. Hall will exec produce. Specktor is repped by UTA.
Fuse is developing THE HUSTLE, a show that will mark the network’s first scripted series. The show centers on rap artists trying to make it in the music business. Prentice Penny (CAA) created the project and will exec produce.
FLEET STREET is currently in development at Starz, a project that chronicles tabloid journalism, the sexual revolution and society in England during the 1970’s. Piers Morgan, John Ferriter, Jason Felts, Justin Berfield and Michael Forman will exec produce with Danny Brocklehurst, who will also write the script. Brocklehurst is repped by UTA and United Agents.
LAST SHIP has been picked up for ten episodes by TNT. Based on William Brinkley’s novel of the same, the project centers on the crew of a naval ship who, amidst a global catastrophe, realize they are possibly the only remaining survivors on earth. Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane wrote the script. Steinberg is repped by WME. TNT has also ordered ten episodes for LEGENDS, which stars Sean Bean as an operative who can transform himself into any person for a given job. It is adapted from the book by Robert Littell and the script was developed by Jonathan Levin, Alexander Cary and Jeffrey Nachmanoff.
NBC has picked up CHICAGO PD, a “Chicago Fire” spin-off, UNDATEABLE, a series about a group of romantically unsuccessful young adults and IRONSIDE, about a gritty police detective who does not let a paralyzing incident effect his work.
NBC has renewed its hit comedy PARKS AND RECREATION, this coming in the midst of the network canceling five of its series.
Syfy has renewed its experimental series DEFIANCE for a second season. The show, which is working in tandem with and impacting the storyline of an online video game of the same name, will premiere its second season in 2014.
TNT will cancel it’s hit cop-drama SOUTHLAND after five seasons.