BitTorrent is developing a new sci-fi series from Marco Weber and Jeff Stockwell – CHILDREN OF THE MACHINE. The series will premiere on BitTorrent and then fans will be allowed to pre-order the first season. With enough orders, Rapid Eye Studios will go into production on eight more episodes.
Komixx Entertainment has picked up rights to the teen book series ITCH, written by Simon Mayo. The series follows a 14-year-old boy who discovers a previously unknown chemical element and then tries to track down all the elements of the periodic table as he tries to save the world from sinister scientists.
NBC is developing a comedy series for funnyman Bill Cosby, to be created by Mike Sikowitz and Mike O’Malley. Sikowitz and O’Malley may also be cast in the project. The series would center on Cosby as the patriarch of a family of three daughters, husbands and a number of grandchildren.
Spike TV is developing THE CRUSADERS with Pierce Brosnan. The event series will be written by David Franzoni and Michael Finch, while Brosnan is set up to executive produce. The project will focus on the Third Crusade after the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin’s armies, centering on two different knights.
Toronto and LA based production company Shaftesbury Films has optioned Lesly Livingston’s WONDROUS STRANGE for TV development. The YA trilogy centers on a teenage actress in New York who discovers she’s a Faerie princess from another world and is forced to embrace her heritage and save the Earth.
Universal TV has optioned the story of openly gay soccer player Robbie Rogers. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron of Storyline Entertainment will develop and produce the comedy series based on the life of the first openly gay man to compete in a top North American professional sports league, the LA Galaxy.
Universal Cable Productions has nabbed the rights for Danish family drama THE LEGACY. The plan is to develop the property into an event series. The project follows four children of an internationally renowned artist who dies, leaving them to divide the estate, exposing secrets and lies that threaten to turn their lives upside down forever.
TNT has renewed FALLING SKIES, THE LAST SHIP and MAJOR CRIMES. “Skies” will air its fifth and final season next year, while “Ship” has been renewed for a sophomore season. “Crimes” has been picked up for a fourth season.
Nickelodeon has decided to cancel SAM & CAT after just one season. The comedy series was put on hiatus after some behind-the-scenes drama. The series starred Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande, Nick stars and real life best friends.
Rob Schneider is set to direct comedy special MAX AMINI: AUTHENTICALLY ABSURD. The hour-long special stars LA-based stand up Max Amini, who is repped by Parallel Entertainment. Schneider is repped by Gersh.
Rory Albanese, the former “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” showrunner, will executive produce a new show for Comedy Central – THE MINORITY REPORT WITH LARRY WILMORE. The show will showcase a comedic take on the news from a different perspective and will feature a diverse panel of people who are currently underrepresented in both comedy and television.
Wendy Williams has boarded Lifetime TV movie AALIYAH: PRINCESS OF R&B as executive producer. The project, starring Alexandra Shipp, is based on the life of the R&B singer who died tragically at the age of 22.
Amazon has given a pilot order to MAD DOGS, based on the British back comedy/thriller sereis. Shawn Ryan is executive producing, while Cris Cole, the original show’s creator, penned the adaptation. The project revolves around four fortysomething guys who go to Belize to visit an old school friend but things take an unexpected and dark turn.
Disney Television Animation is running with a HAUNTED MANSION special for Disney Channel and Disney XD. Based on the popular theme park attraction, the special will be animated by Gris Grimly, while Scott Peterson will write, executive produce and story edit. Joshua Pruett will also write.
OWN will air drama series IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG from director/screenwriter Tyler Perry. The project centers on a middle class group of husbands, wives and friends who have “normal lives,” but behind closed doors, things get complicated. The show is both written and directed by Perry.
USA has given a pilot order to hacking drama pilot MR. ROBOT. Executive produced by Sam Esmail, Chad Hamilton, and Steve Colin, the pilot centers on a young programmer who suffers from an anti-social disorder and decides the only way he can connect with people is by hacking them. Soon, though, he finds himself deeply immersed in the underworld organization that are recruiting him to take down corporate America.
ABC and “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley have signed an overall dea. Ridley recently wrote “American Crime” for ABC, a project that centers on an attack on a couple, which exposes racial animosity.
Adult Swim has signed a first look deal with Aaron McGruder. The writer/creator will develop “Hooligan Squad” for the network, as well as “Black Jesus,” which finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the area.
Paramount Television and Robert Zemeckis have inked a two year, first look deal, which includes all television programming developed by Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and their company Compari Entertainment. The first project will be drama series “The Fermata,” based on the novel written by Nicholson Baker, which will be adapted by David Hollander.