TV SALES, RENEWALS, CANCELLATIONS, ATTACHMENTS, DEALS & GREENLIGHTS (05.02.14)

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TV SALES

Disney has given the go-ahead for , the sequel to last year’s original movie. The original movie followed two surfing teenage lovebirds who are transported into a 1960s beach movie. The stars who will be reprising their roles are Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca.

The will be producing a TV movie based on the classic show DAD’S ARMY. The show followed the bumbling efforts of recruits of the Home Guard service, made up of retired soldiers and civilian volunteers who defended Britain at home during WWII. The project is being written by Oliver Parker and Hamish McColl.

has set up a new drama series from John Singleton, . Singleton is set to direct and write the project which centers on the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles.

has ordered Carlton Cuse’s adaptation of to series. Based on the French series of the same name, the drama centers on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, long presumed dead, suddenly reappear.

Starz has ordered live action comedy for 2 seasons. The Seth MacFarlane series will star Patrick Stewart who will play a British news anchor who comes to America to conquer cable news.

Crackle‘s new slate of programming includes SEQUESTERED, a thriller following a jury sequestered while deliberating a court case and TIGHTROPE, a comedy executive produced by Bryan Cranston.

Fox is developing an untitled event series about the Boston Marathon bombings. The series will be written and directed by Rod Lurie and is based on the book “Long Mile Home” by reporters Scot Helman and Jenna Russell. The book focuses on the stories of five people whose lives are changed forever in the aftermath of the bombings.

SYFY has ordered its first digital comedy series, . The scripted series gives viewers a behind the scenes look at fake criminal organization GORILLA (Global Oppression, Rebellion, Intelligence, Larceny and LAsers) and follows the three men who stock the printer and organize the office karaoke night.

has ordered a cast contingent coming of age comedy pilot from Andy St. Clair and Paul O’Toole. The untitled comedy revolves around 22-year-old Andy who catches his girlfriend cheating and accidentally rear ends a celebrity who then takes it upon himself to teach Andy to man up.

TV RENEWALS

has renewed for a second season. The drama series follows the clash between a small town community and the neighboring mountain community. It stars “Game of Thrones” alum Jason Momoa and Martin Henderson.

’s will be coming back to TV. The series chronicles the search for first time directors and explores the process of filmmaking. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are set to return as executive producers for the series.

Adult Swim‘s live action comedy CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL has been renewed for a sixth season. The Emmy winning comedy stars Rob Corddry.

Canadian medical drama has been renewed for a second season.

TV Land has renewed for its sixth season. The original comedy stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White.

TV CANCELLATIONS

Fox has cancelled sci-fi drama after its first season due to poor ratings.

TV ATTACHMENTS

will direct the comedy GRACE & FRANKIE starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The series centers on longtime frenemies whose husbands announce that they’re in love with each other.

SYFY has signed on to co-produce Canadian series . The story follows a trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout space. The series will air on Canadian science fiction channel, Space.

is set to write and direct the Bessie Smith biopic for starring Queen Latifah. Smith, also known as the Empress of the Blues, is considered to be one of the best blues singers of all time. She had a successful as a vaudeville entertainer and became the highest paid African American performer of the 1920s.

British director has signed on to helm SAFE HOUSE, a character driven drama for ITV. Inspired by a true story, the project follows the story of a married couple who turn their remote guest house into a safe house.

Director was attached to direct ’s pilot but has dropped out due to personal reasons.

TV GREENLIGHTS

has optioned TV rights for . The biography will be adapted by Bill Broyles and focuses on one of history’s most notorious spies who rose to the head of British counterintelligence during the Cold War all while working for the enemy.

SYFY is developing miniseries , based on the graphic novel of the same name. The project will focus on a Special Forces team that travels back to Ancient Rome to try and fix the future by changing the past. SYFY is also developing , a drama based on Lev Grossman’s fantasy novels. The project, described as “Harry Potter” for adults, follows a group of twentysomething New Yorkers who study magic and find that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is actually real.

Also being developed by SYFY are an adaptation of and , both based on graphic novels. follows a 13th century samurai on a quest to avenge his dead master who was reborn as a demon. chronicles the story of retired soldier Luke Taylor who discovers that the man who has broken into his home is his clone, part of a conspiracy threatening everyone around him.

Nickelodeon has given the greenlight to a series based on the Youtube channel of Benny and Rafi Fine.

SYFY has greenlit . The second film of the trilogy will premiere in July of this year.

is developing a children’s computer animated series based on Stephen Hawking’s book series “George Greenby.” The book series looks at science and physics through the adventures of 11 year old George as he travels the universe with his friend Annie.

TV DEALS

has signed an overall deal with . He has signed on to executive produce Fox’s Batman prequel GOTHAM. Stephens previously worked on the WB series “Gossip Girl” and “The O.C.” Stephens is repped by and Jackoway Tyerman.

and have signed another overall deal with ABC Studios. This is the third overall deal the writing team have inked with ABC. They’re known for writing and producing “Bad Management” and “My Name Is Earl.” The duo is repped by and .

Director/producer has signed a first look development deal with . Cutler has a long standing relationship with the studio, having directed “The Ordained” and executive produced “Nashville.” He is repped by and .

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