NBC and Boardwalk Entertainment Group are developing THE 1970S, a 10 hour event series chronicling the music business of the 1970s. The project, which is being produced by Adam Levine under his 222 Productions banner, will have contemporary stars re-recording classic 1970s hits. They are also partnering to develop ROBIN HOOD & MARIAN, a project set in 1190, which reveals the history that launched the classic adventure hero.
NBC Universal is developing ROPE, a police procedural from Tassie Cameron. Based on a real life police unit, the project follows a Repeat Offender Patrole Enforcement squad who specialize in finding criminals no one else can. The project is being produced by Halfire Entertainment and Shaw Media.
Spike TV is developing a project based on Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. The project is being produced by Joshua D. Maurer’s City Entertainment and will either be a miniseries or a limited series. Maurer is producing with Alixandre Witlin.
Syfy is developing CHILDHOOD’S END, a four hour miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s novel of the same name. The project centers on a peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the Overlords, which ends all war and turns the planet into a near-Utopia. Michael De Luca will produce the project, which is being directed by Nick Hurran.
TV Land is developing an UNTITLED DANA & JULIA PROJECT, a comedy starring Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov. The project will be loosely based on their real lives and follows the duo after they move in together after both having been dumped at the same time.
ABC Family has ordered a fourth season of SWITCHED AT BIRTH. The teen drama follows two teenage girls who find out that they were switched at birth at the hospital and have been raised by their non-biological parents.
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT will come back to Netflix for a fifth season…someday. After being cancelled by Fox, the comedy series made its way to Netflix for a fourth season and now the fifth season. It’s definitely happening, but there’s no word yet on exactly when.
FX has renewed Guillermo del Toro’s THE STRAIN for a second season. The sci-fi drama follows a team of scientists trying to stop a viral outbreak that turns people into vampires. The series stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, and David Bradley.
HBO has ordered a second season of THE LEFTOVERS, a drama from “Lost” alum Damon Lindelof. The drama follows what happens in a small town after a mysterious global event has caused 2% of the world’s residents to disappear.
Starz‘s already wildly popular new series OUTLANDER has been renewed for a second season days before its second episode airs. The time-travelling series follows a former WWII nurse who is thrust back in time with a rag-tag gang of Scotsman.
USA has renewed SUITS for a fifth season of 16 episodes. The series stars Patrick J. Adams as a former drug runner and con artist who pretends to be a lawyer by using his gift of a photographic memory, while Gabriel Macht is the lawyer who hires him, knowing he hasn’t passed the bar.
WGN America will renew SALEM and MANHATTAN for each series’ second season. “Salem” tells the supernatural story of the Salem witch trails, while “Manhattan” chronicles the days before and after the Manhattan Project.
ABC Family has cancelled TWISTED after its freshman season. The mystery drama series follows 16-year-old Danny Desai, who was charged with the murder of his aunt as a juvenile and was shunned when he returned home years later. The series starred Maddie Hasson, Kylie Bunbury, Denise Richards, Ashton Moio, and Kimberly Quinn.
CBS has put in a pilot commitment for an UNTITLED DAN STERLING COMEDY. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will executive produce the project from 20th Century Fox TV and Dan Sterling, who wrote the script and will executive produce. The comedy centers on a doormat of a man and an outspoken woman who form a friendship and partnership in an attempt to re-invent themselves.
Lifetime is going ahead with THE BRITTANY MURPHY STORY, a TV movie chronicling the life of the actress, which was cut short at the age of 32. Amanda Fuller will star as Murphy in the project alonside Sherilyn Fenn, who will play her mother, Sharon Murphy. Fuller is repped by Global Artists Agency and Thruline Entertainment.
WGN America has given a straight-to-series order to TITANS, as well as a greenlight for UNDERGROUND. “Titans” chronicles the struggle for power and control in the hill of Appalachia, and is being written by Peter Mattei and produced by Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti and Sony TV. “Underground” centers on the Underground Railroad, which was used to smuggle slaves from the pre-Civil War South to the North.
Juius Sharpe has inked a two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the agreement, the writer will consult on the studio’s upcoming ABC comedy “Cristela,” co-created by Cristela Alonzo. Sharpe is repped by WME and Karl Austen.
Ryan Seacrest Productions’ scripted division has inked a two year overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Under the deal, the company will develop projects for broadcast and cable TV, as well as video streaming services. The scripted arm of the company is headed up by Nina Wass.