ABC is developing BETWEEN PARK & LEX, a dramedy from ABC Studios and DarkFire TV, which is run by Ryan Reynolds and Allan Loeb. The show follows a mother and daughter who become amateur detectives in New York City. Maria Maggenti will write the pilot and act as executive producer with Reynolds, Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin and Steven Pearl. Maggenti worked as a co-producer on “90210” and wrote the script for the “Dirty Dancing” remake. She is repped by Madhouse Entertainment.
John Hlavin has sold crime drama SHELTER to ABC. The series follows an ATF agent who is trapped in his flashy Los Angeles cover when his wife is drawn into his undercover world. Hlavin will write the pilot for ABC Studios, with Mark Pellington on board to exec produce with Tom Lassally for 3 Arts Entertainment. Hlavin has written for “The Shield” and “Trust Me”, while also co-writing “Underworld: Awakening”. He is repped by UTA.
“The Big C” creator Darlene Hunt has sold a single-camera sitcom to CBS. The show will be based off the Atlantic Monthly cover story “All The Single Ladies” by Kate Bolick, which examines the relevancy of marriage in modern society. The Sony Pictures TV-produced series will focus on a woman in her thirties who, after being proposed to, decides to remain single and independent. Hunt will write the show and exec produce with “Drop Dead Diva” creator Josh Berman. Hunt is repped by UTA and Mosaic.
Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Kay Cannon for her first sold series, a female-centered workplace comedy set in the offices of a TV sports program. The show will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment. Cannon will write the show as well as exec produce with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. Cannon is a supervising producer for “30 Rock”, where she garnered an Emmy nomination for writing in 2010. She will also begin serving as a co-executive producer for “New Girl” this season. Cannon is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment.
Fox has bought a relationship comedy from Michelle Morgan about a couple whose family and friends don’t believe are right for each other. The show will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment, with Morgan set to write the script and exec produce with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone. Morgan last wrote the feature “Middle of Nowhere” starring Eva Amurri Martino and Anton Yelchin, while her next script, “Imogene”, stars Kristen Wiig and will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Morgan is repped by UTA and Kaplan Perrone Entertainment.
Continuing Chernin Entertainment‘s ongoing relationship with Fox, the production company has also sold a cop drama, THE KEYS, for Gary Scott Thompson, creator and exec producer of “Las Vegas”. The show will follow two cops who don’t play by the rules as they patrol the Florida Keys. Thompson is repped by WME.
Lionsgate has optioned the book “Take A Shot! The Remarkable Story Of Perseverance, Friendship And A Really Crazy Adventure” by Jake Steinfeld and Dave Morrow, the co-founders of Major League Lacrosse. Lionsgate is hoping to adapt the book into a drama series which will document the creation of MLL.
NBC has given a put pilot commitment for single-camera comedy THE HIGH LIFE from 20th Century Fox Television. Written by Will Reiser and his sister Robin Reiser, the series follows a newly sober young woman as she deals with motherhood, marriage and work. Melvin Mar will produce, with the Reisers exec producing with JJ Philbin, Jake Kasdan and Willie Mercer. Will Reiser wrote the cancer comedy “50/50” from events of his own life. Currently, Reiser is writing an animated film for Dreamworks. Both Reisers are repped by UTA and Thruline Entertainment.
VH1 has renewed the hour-long dramedy SINGLE LADIES for a third season. Created by Stacy A. Littlejohn, the series follows three friends as they navigate through their relationships in Atlanta. Produced by Queen Latifah, the series stars LisaRaye McCoy, Denise Vasi, Charity Shea and Cassandra Freeman.
Dee Johnson has replaced Jim Parriott as the showrunner for the upcoming drama series NASHVILLE. The change comes on the heels of Johnson’s new overall deal with Lionsgate TV and ABC Studios, the two companies behind the series. The show will focus on a fading country star (Connie Britton) butting heads with a new talent (Hayden Panettiere) on the rise. Johnson recently served as showrunner for the second season of the Starz drama “Boss” starring Kelsey Grammer, and has exec produced “The Good Wife”, “Army Wives” and “Commander in Chief”. Johnson is repped by CAA.