20th Century Fox TV and New Regency Productions are beginning development on a new fantasy drama series titled THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE. Based upon Patrick Rothfuss’ epic book trilogy of the same name, the show will center on Kvothe, a young boy living on streets with aspirations of one day hunting down those who murdered his family. Eric Heisserer is currently attached to executive produce and adapt the first book “The Name of the Wind”. Arnon Milchan, Andrew Plotkin, Brad Weston and Robert Lawrence are also set to executive produce. Heisserer is repped by UTA.
Bravo has ordered a new one hour drama series from Warner Horizon Television writer Raymond De Felitta. The series entitled DOWN DOG, will be set during the 2008 Wall Street crash and will follow a female hedge fund trader who seeks comfort in her new yoga instructor after business begins to crumble. De Felitta is repped by Paradigm.
Visual effects company Rhythm & Hues is getting into development on a new series entitled CHASTITY. The show will be based off of the Dynamite Entertainment comic book of the same name which focuses on Chastity Marks, a young teen accused of murdering her abusive father. On the run, she meets a traveling carnival of vampire-like creatures who assist Chastity in realizing her destiny. Scott Winant is attached to direct and showrun, Lee Berger will produce, and Nick Barrucci and Juan Collado will executive produce. Winant is repped by CAA.
FX has put in an order for a new pilot. Penned by Stephen Falk, YOU’RE THE WORST centers on two self-destructive people who fall in love an try to form a lasting relationship. FX has been busy ordering pilots in last few months, requesting one for “Man Seeking Woman” and an untitled Kelsey Grammer lawyer comedy. Falk, who wrote and produced a number of episodes of “Weeds”, has also written for “Next Caller” and hosted the GeekNation show “Film Pigs”. Falk is repped by UTA.
VH1 has given a shot of adrenaline to HIT THE FLOOR, officially renewing it for season 2. The decision was made after the scripted drama brought in an average of 1.9 million viewers and a 1.2 rating.
In a decision that should surprise no one, but excite everyone, Showtime has renewed RAY DONOVAN for season 2 after it became the network’s highest rated original series premiere.
ABC Family has officially brought the metaphorical axe down upon its teen drama THE LYING GAME. The show had a short two season run, but after “The Fosters” and “Twisted” opened with wonderful results, it was decided it would not go on to season 3.
Showrunner and co-creator of NBC’s BELIEVE, Mark Friedman, has officially departed from the fantasy drama. Apparently the decision was made by Friedman himself, but his reasons for leaving have not been announced. Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams will remain as executive producers.
Jon Bokenkamp has signed a two year overall deal with Sony TV, under which he will continue to write and executive produce for “The Blacklist”. The deal comes shortly after the network announced that the series was its highest tested drama pilot in the last 10 years. Bokenkamp is repped by ICM.
K/O Paper Products, the production company owned by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, has signed a three year overall deal with CBS TV Studios. The pair are no strangers to CBS though as they previously had created the network’s “Hawaii Five-0” reboot. Both Kurtzman and Orci are repped by CAA.
HBO has officially ordered eight episodes of the Duplass Brothers’ comedy TOGETHERNESS. The pilot, which was written, directed and executive produced by both Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass, centers on two couples living in the same L.A. apartment and the drama that ensues. Mark, who will also be starring in the series, is best known for “Safety Not Guaranteed” and his four season run on FX’s “The League”. Jay is best known for his writing and directing work on “Jeff, Who Lives At Home” and “Cyrus”. Both Jay and Mark are repped by ICM.