TV SALES, RENEWALS, CANCELLATIONS, ATTACHMENTS, DEALS & GREENLIGHTS (05.09.14)

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TV SALES

will air , an original sitcom centering on a once-famous R&B group called the “Ladies of Essence” who find themselves living together at forty.

Fox has ordered Batman prequel to series. The project follows the early years of Commissioner James Gordon as an idealistic rookie detective in Gotham City and the gallery of villains that made the city infamous. The pilot was written by Bruno Heller and stars Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith and David Mazouz.

The CW has announced a Veronica Mars spin-off, PLAY IT AGAIN, DICK. The series will star Ryan Hansen and Rob Thomas will co-write and produce.

Sony Pictures TV is developing an adapted series based on Walter Kirn’s book . Kirn and Sheldon Turner will pen the script which chronicles the 10 year friendship between Kirn and German con artist Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, aka Clark Rockefeller.

Fox has ordered Lee Daniel’s to series. The family drama is set in the world of hip hop and stars Terrance Howard and Gabourey Sidibe.

Fox has given a series order to , a coming of age dramedy about teenagers who live in the pediatric wing of a hospital. The show will star Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Brian Bradley, Ciara Bravo, Griffin Gluck, and Zoe Levin, among others. Margaret Nagle is writing the pilot and executive producing alongside Steven Spielberg.

NBC has picked up , , and to series. follows an international conspiracy that ignites when three stranger’s lives unexpectedly collide – a female soldier, a corporate lawyer and a political activist. stars Katherine Heigl as a top CIA analyst who advises the president. centers on a young CIA analyst specializing in Russian affairs who learns that his parents are covert Russian spies who were deactivated decades before. is a comedy centering on a man who bungled his proposal and now has to hope his girlfriend will still say yes.

Comedy Central has picked up the syndication rights for the FX series .

Fox has ordered 10 more episodes of John Mulaney’s comedy series, . Based loosely on the comedian’s life, the series follows a comedian coming of age under the guidance of his boss, his roommates and his neighbors. The cast is comprised of Martin Short, Elliott Gould, Zack Pearlman, Nasim Pedrad and Seaton Smith.

has given a series order to Steve Carell’s comedy . The series stars Rashida Jones as a lone wolf cop who’s capable, committed, strong and less than excited when her boss tells her she has to work with a partner.

has also picked up series BUZZY’S, a workplace comedy from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick and YOUR FAMILY OR MINE, a family comedy from Greg Malins.

has ordered PROOF and to series. PROOF stars Jennifer Beals as a skeptical, hard science surgeon who has struggled with family issues including a tragic death and is tasked with investigating cases of reincarnation, out of body experiences and hauntings. Kyra Sedgwick will executive produce. follows veteran police officer Terry Muldoon who knows the line between good guys and bad guys is a fine one and is determined to raise his sons to be honest and hardworking as he deals with the dark underbelly of NYC in the 1960s. The project stars Ed Burns and is executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

is picking up three new drama series, , and and has a cast contingent order for . follows the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan where State Department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists strike a delicate balance of danger and silliness.

Lifetime is adapting religious novel into a two night mini-series. The book written by Anita Diamant tells the story of Dinah, the daughter of Leah and Jacob, who spend her childhood inside the red tent where only women of her tribe were allowed to gather. Dinah eventually grows up and marries a prince and falls out with her murderous brother. The mini-series will star Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin, Iain Glen, Will Tudor and Debra Winger.

Adult Swim has ordered , to series. Created by Jon Glaser, the story follows Neon Joe, a man with a mysterious past and a skill set that comes in handy when a sudden plague of inexplicable werewolf fatalities strikes.

The CW has picked up from Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, from Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero, from Jennie Snyder Urman and from CBS TV.

Disney has ordered live action spy comedy to series. The story follows a high school math whiz who is training to be an undercover super spy, following in the footsteps of her parents.

NBC has picked up drama series and . “Mysteries” is written by Jeff Rake and follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals but has trouble with her unruly twins. comes from Daniel Cerone and and centers on an irreverent con man turned reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending the planet against dark forces from the beyond.

Fox International Channel has picked up the overseas rights to . The limited series thriller stars Matt Dillon as a secret service agent who arrives at the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, on a mission to find two missing federal agents but instead of finding answers only has more questions.

CBS has ordered to series. The spin-off stars Greta Gerwig as Sally, a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea what she’s doing with her life but she knows she has nothing in common with her new husband and knows a breakup is inevitable.

NBC picks up A TO Z to series. The comedy is set in the world of an online dating company that details the “’s” of a relationship, from the initial meeting to the inevitable breakup. Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman star in the series.

NBC has ordered a pair of Gary Sanchez Productions comedies: and . centers on a wild child who happens to be one of LA’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges. She’s not ready to settle down with kids yet but when an 8-year-old boy needs her help. centers on a tough but brilliant female aerospace engineer in the 1960s who leads a team of NASA scientists at the cutting edge of space exploration but runs into problems based on her gender. Also ordered is the relationship sitcom ONE BIG HAPPY, produced by Ellen Degeneres. The series centers on best friends Lizzy (who is gay) and Luke (who is straight) who decide to have a baby together but Luke throws a wrench in the plan by marrying a woman he’s just met.

Adult Swim has a new programming lineup, including: , , , , , TIM & ERIC’S BEDTIME STORIES and .

ABC is picking up a slew of new series including: , a sexy legal thriller starring Viola Davis; starring Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman; starring Anthony Anderson, , a fairy tale musical from Dan Fogelman; alien drama , Jeff Lowell’s rom-com , starring Ioan Gruffudd and Alana De La Garza, and starring Karen Gillan. The network has also picked up Marvel’s straight to series.

ABC has also given a series order to the mystery thriller starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis. The series centers on a father who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body.

CBS has picked up a slew of new shows to series.
, an NCIS spinoff that handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to Texas
, follows the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she balances office politics and the complexity of her family life
, the story of an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses
, a comedy series from Matthew Perry based on the original series
, the story of a big Irish Catholic family from Boston and the gay son whose biggest sin isn’t his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with the family
, a psychological thriller revolving around a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD
, a CSI spin-off starring Patricia Arquette as a Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI who solves major crimes that get their start online but play out in the real world. “CSI” team Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony Zuiker and Ann Donahue will executive produce the series which they also wrote.

TV RENEWALS

has renewed for a second season. The drama follows a young woman who begins a new chapter of her life in an early 20th century coal mining town. The series stars Lori Loughlin, Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing.

has renewed , a comedy centering on the life and times of The Stallworths, a working class African American family who wins the lottery.

Netflix breakout hit has been renewed for a third season. The dramedy tells the story of a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend.

is officially renewing for a six episode limited series after a nine year hiatus. Lisa Kudrow is back to star and executive produce alongside Michael Patrick King.

is renewing for a second season. The network’s first original scripted drama is only three episodes into its first season but the numbers are looking good.

Starz series DA VINCI’S DEMONS gets the go-ahead for a third season. The historical fantasy series was created by and follows the “untold” story of artist/creator Leonardo da Vinci during his youth in Renaissance Florence.

is renewing animated series for a fifth season. The series follows magical Princess Twilight Sparkle and her assistant Spike through Ponyville in the enchanted land of Equestria.

NBC has renewed for its 16th season. The series, created by Dick Wolf, stars Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson.

The CW has renewed dramas , , , , , SUPERNATURAL, and .

ABC is renewing and for their sixth seasons as well as GREY’S ANATOMY (11th season), (4th season), (4th season), (7th season), (2nd season), (2nd season), AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (2nd season) and (4th season).

NBC has renewed for a third season. The series was created by Bryan Fuller and stars Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the cannibal psychiatrist who treats FBI investigator Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy. The network has also renewed freshman comedy for another season. The romantic comedy is based on the book by Nick Hornby and stars Minnie Driver and David Walton.

ABC has renewed , , and AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEO.

Disney XD has renewed for a fourth season. The sci-fi teen comedy was created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore and stars Billy Unger, Spencer Boldman and Kelli Berglund.

TV CANCELLATIONS

Fox is cancelling comedies , and due to poor ratings. Also on the chopping block are Simon Cowell’s and coming of age comedy RAISING HOPE.

The CW has cancelled , and .

ABC has cancelled starring Marcia Gay Harden, and . Also cancelled by the network are the Rebel Wilson comedy and , starring Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy. The network has also given the ax to , , , , , and MIND GAMES.

NBC has decided to cancel after its fifth season. The comedy has been on the verge of cancellation for a number of seasons but it just didn’t have the ratings to save it this time. The network is also canceling the J.J. Abrams produced, dystopian drama as well as , and .

NBC has also cancelled midseason comedy after its first season.

TV ATTACHMENTS

is set to direct ’s pilot , replacing Brian Percival. The series centers on an arrogant surgeon who robs graves and harvests organs in 18th century London. Zisk is repped by and .

TV GREENLIGHTS

XBox Studios is in negotiations to develop a live action series at . The company has been developing a series based on the popular video game at Amblin TV and is close to a deal with two showrunners to oversee the series.

Spike has greenlit , a six hour event series about King Tut, the youngest Pharaoh to rule ancient Egypt. The series will follow Tut’s rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt while his closest advisers, friends and lovers scheme for their own interests.

Adult Swim greenlights , , a live action pilot executive produced by John Krasinski. The project follows an experimental therapy facility that creates virtual reality for patients to confront issues in their waking life by simulating their wildest dreams.

is adapting his debut feature film SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT for . Lee will write and direct the series which takes a contemporary look at the characters and will explore the themes of race, gender, sexuality, relationships and the gentrification of Brooklyn.

Showrunners and are now in charge of TV Land’s comedy pilot . The pilot follows six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds of America’s youth without having their own lives put together at all. Alison Brie will star and executive produce for the project.

network is developing a slew of new dramas including: LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH, , , , , , , , , and .

Bravo is developing based on the Bret Easton Ellis book as well as , , GIRLFRIENDS GUIDE TO DIVORCE, ODD MOM OUT, . “Rules” is a high concept series that shows the unraveling of a murder through 12 different points of view. is an ensemble drama centered on a group of young expatriates in Paris. is a family drama set in Martha’s Vineyard where affluent African Americans flock to vacation.

TV DEALS

has signed a two year overall deal with . The deal will start once Buckland’s previous deal with is up. Buckland is known for his work on “The West Wing” and “My Name Is Earl.” He is repped by ICM and .

Producer has a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Lee is currently co-executive producer for “Family Guy” and was supervising producer on “The New Normal” and “The Cleveland Show.” Lee is repped by and Morris Yorn.

has inked a two year, seven figure overall deal with ABC Studios. This is the first overall deal for the “Once Upon A Time” co-executive producer. Chambliss is repped by ICM and .

Former “Daily Show” writer has signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox. The “American Monster” creator will develop new projects for the studio. He is repped by .

Writer has inked an overall deal with ABC Studios, having starting her there ten years ago. Bans is the creator of “Sea of Fire” and has worked on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.” She is repped by .

and have signed a two year first look deal with to develop series, films and mini-series. The duo will be able to produce, act and/or direct projects for the network. Paquin and Moyer are both repped by . Paquin is with and Moyer is at .

has signed a two year overall deal with . Goor will continue to executive produce Fox’s comedy series “Brooklyn Nine Nine.” He previously executive produced “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” Goor is repped by and .

and have signed new overall deals with Sony Pictures TV. The duo has worked on “The Blacklist” and “Last Resort” for the studio. They are repped by CAA and .

Jack of all trades has signed a first look deal with . Goyer is the creator, director and executive producer of the Starz series “Da Vinci’s Demons” and the short lived ABC series “Flashforward.” He also executive produces the NBC drama “Constantine.” Goyer is repped by and .

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