An untitled drama written by Chris Downey has been picked up by ABC. The project centers on a FBI forensic psychologist who teams up with a pick-pocket turned magician in Las Vegas to take down criminals. Downey will executive produce with Apollo Robbins and Martin Campbell. Downey is repped by CAA.
Jonathan Shapiro and Betsy Borns have sold THE LAW OF ATTRACTION to ABC. The project follows a beautiful upper-class woman who is forced to practice law with a charismatic low-class man in order to save her father’s firm. Matt Gross is executive producing. Shapiro and Borns are repped by CAA.
YOUNGER has received a cast-contingent pilot order from TV Land. The project was written by Darren Star and based on the novel of the same name by Pamela Redmond. It centers on a mid-forties New Jersey housewife who has trouble landing a job, prompting her to pass herself as being in her mid-twenties. This leads to her securing a top position at a publishing company. Star is executive producing and repped by UTA.
David Caspe and Erik Sommers have sold two comedies, one to CBS and the other to ABC. The CBS one, titled ROOMMATES, centers on a charismatic ladies’ man whose seemingly perfect life is turned upside down when a man with no direction saves his life and uses his ‘IOU’ to crash at his place. Both Caspe and Sommers wrote this project. Sommers wrote the second project which centers on an up-and-coming doctor who begins working at a hospital, where she finds the doctors and nurses to be far weirder than the patients. The duo will exec produce both with Will Gluck. Caspe is repped by WME while Sommers is with UTA.
Nick Zano, Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen will write and executive produce NICKY with Channing Tatum also exec producing. The project follows a thirty-year-old man raised in a house of women. When he decides to move out, he realizes he must stay home and take care of his little sister. Reid Carolin will also EP. Zano is with UTA while Reich and Cohen are repped by WME.
Dan St. Germain is writing an untitled comedy for Fox. He will also star in the project, which centers on a man who is devestated by being broken up with by his girlfriend, prompting him to move back in with his ex and her boyfriend to figure out what went wrong. St. Germain will EP with Jake Johnson and Max Winkler and is repped by UTA.
ANONYMOUS, from Chris Collins, is being developed by TNT. The project centers on an ex-soecial forces soldier who uncovers a global cover-up that forces him to go off the grid. Collins is repped by UTA and will executive produce with Peter Billingsley and Victoria Vaughn.
Aaron Buchsbaum and Teddy Riley have sold ON THE FENCE to CBS. The comedy centers on a group of friends exploring their lives and relationships in their late twenties. Doug Robinson will exec produce. Buchsbaum and Riley are repped by Paradigm.
ABC has purchased a 1970’s family drama from Rob Lowe and Kevin Falls. Based mainly on Lowe’s time growing up in Malibu, THE POINT follows a single mother and her two kids who are forced to move to the coastal paradise from their home in Indiana. The sale reunites Lowe with his “West Wing” executive producer Falls. Both Falls and Lowe are repped by WME.
USA has picked up half-hour comedy pilot BENCHED from Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones and John Enbom. The series will follow Nina, a driven corporate attorney who one day does not receive the promotion she has been gunning for and is forced to work with underdogs of the legal world. Mark Gordon will executive produce alongside Andrea Shay. Mike Fresco is attached to direct the pilot, while Eliza Coupe stars.
Rebecca Sinclair and Carol Mendelsohn have sold a 1960’s surf drama to the CW. The dark dramedy follows a group of outcasts who find acceptance in the surfing culture of 1961 Malibu. In addition to writing, Sinclair will also serve as showrunner and executive produce with Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz. Sinclair is repped by CAA. Mendelsohn is repped by WME.
ABC has picked up SECRETS & LIES with a straight-to-series order with 10 episodes. The series will be an adaption of the Australian crime-drama which will be premiering in 2014. Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios are producing and casting is getting underway.
Starz has purchased a 1970’s bank robber series from Chris Collins titled MOST WANTED. The series will chronicle the rise and fall of talented bank robber Nate Daniels who struggles to balance his crew and family as he quickly climbs the FBI’s most wanted list. Collins will serve as showrunner and executive produce alongside Ken Fink. Dan Chaon is co-executive producing. Collins is repped by UTA.
Fox has purchased a single camera comedy from Twitter sensation Kelly Oxford. The untitled series will chronicle Oxford’s work as the head of a retirement home recreation center. Oxford will serve as co-executive producer with Warner Bros TV producing. Oxford is repped by WME.
It comes as no surprise that Showtime has renewed HOMELAND and MASTERS OF SEX. Both shows have 12-episode seasons set to run next year.
ABC is thinking about bringing back BODY OF PROOF. The procedural was cancelled back in May with only three seasons under its belt. If the network does decide to bring back the series, they will have their work cut out for them bringing back the cast and crew.
ABC has placed an order for two extra scripts for shows BACK IN THE GAME and SUPER FUN NIGHT. The decisions came after “Back in the Game” scored a 1.9 among ages 18-49 and “Super Fun Night” nabbed a 2.1.
Martin Campbell will be directing the pilot of Chris Downey’s untitled Las Vegas drama. The project centers on a FBI forensic psychologist who teams up with a pick-pocket turned magician in Las Vegas to take down criminals. Campbell is also serving as an executive producer. Campbell previously directed the Bond films “Goldeneye” and “Casino Royale” and is repped by CAA.
FX brought “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on to pen the script for this week’s episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” titled “Flowers for Charlie.” The episode saw Charlie undergo a special experiment to raise his level of intelligence (perhaps an ode to “Flowers for Algernon”). Both Weiss and Benioff are repped by CAA.