Showtime has just purchased the Arnold Schwarzenegger bodybuilding drama PUMP. The hour long premiere attempts to trace the origins of modern day fitness culture to a tiny concrete gym called “Pump”. Schwarzenegger stated that if the project goes to series then he plans to maintain a recurring role in it. Schwarzenegger is repped by CAA.
The ABC Family comedy MELISSA & JOEY is getting some serious attention. The show’s third season has received a back order of 20 more episodes and in addition has been renewed for a fourth season. This marks the network’s first show to reach 100 episodes. Series creators David Kendall and Bob Young must be dancing a jig right now.
The NBC horror drama HANNIBAL has just been renewed for a second season. Scheduled for another 13 episodes, season 2 should return to the airwaves next midseason. Even though ratings eventually tapered off for the show, many networks expressed a strong interest in picking up “Hannibal” for a second season if NBC didn’t.
Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild have signed a 2 year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. They both will continue serving as executive producers on DADS under the pact. Both Sulkin and Wild are repped by UTA.
Emmy winning director Adam Bernstein has officially signed on to helm the first hour of FX’s FARGO. The 10 episode series is inspired by the Coen Brothers’ 1996 film of the same name. Bernstein is repped by ICM.
Amazon Studios is making it rain with 5 original show greenlights. Comedies ALPHA HOUSE and BETAS, and kid shows ANNEBOTS, TUMBLEAF and CREATIVE GALAXY have emerged triumphant from Amazon’s 14 pilot slate. Decisions on which pilots would make it were largely based upon viewer feedback. “Alpha House” centers around 4 trouble making senators who are forced to room together in a Washington D.C. house. “Betas” centers around 4 friends who attempt to make it rich with their new social networking app in Silicon Valley. “Creative Galaxy” is an interactive adventure created to inspire kids through music, dance and crafts. “Annebots” follows the adventures of young scientist Anne who creates robot assistants in her dad’s junkyard. “Tumbleaf” centers on a blue fox named Fig who seeks adventure with his friends each day.