New Regency Productions has purchased Israeli author Yoram Kanuik’s novel KESEM AL YAM KINERET to develop into a TV series. The black comedy centers on a woman who wakes up one morning and decides to live life on her own, bloody and violent terms.
Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec have teamed up for a remake of the British series THE TOMORROW PEOPLE at The CW. They will executive produce with Phil Klemmer and Melissa Berman. The project centers on a new generation of people who are at the next stage of human evolution, possessing powers such as teleportation and telepathy which they use to defeat evil forces. Berlanti and Plec are both repped by WME.
The CW has purchased the spec SICK from writers Trey Callaway and Sean Hood. The project centers around a mysterious virus that makes adults allergic to teenagers, forcing the teens to be quarantined. A group of teens escape from quarantine and go on the run from authorities. Callaway is repped by ICM and Hood by APA.
NBC has purchased BAD JUDGE, written by Chad Kultgen and exec produced by Anne Heche, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jill Messick. The project follows a hard-partying, sexually promiscuous woman who constantly teeters on the right side of the law and who also happens to be a judge. Kultgen is repped by CAA.
Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts have sold two projects, one to ABC and one to NBC. The untitled ABC project is centered on the behind the scenes lives and antics of a daytime soap opera cast and crew while they also struggle to keep their show on the air. Josh Duhamel came up with the orignal idea for the project based on his own experiences acting on “All My Children”. Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper will exec produce with Duhamel, Berg, Harberts and Oliver Hudson. The NBC project is titled GRAVEYARD QUEEN and is a soap opera based on the book series of the same name written by Amanda Stevens.The project follows a cemetery restorer with the ability to see the dead who uses her powers to solve a string of murders. Berg and Harberts will write both scripts and are repped by ICM.
Andrew Miller has sold two hour-long projects, one to ABC and another to Fox. He will exec produce and write both. The ABC one, titled SAGA, is centered on the author of a popular fantasy sereis of books who goes missing. When a loyal group of fans investigates, they realize she has been captured and brought into the world she’s created in her books. James Frey, Todd Cohen, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will produce. The second untitled project, which Ruben Fleischer will exec produce, follows two families in Texas on opposite sides of the “American dream” and set against the backdrop of ranches and rodeos. Miller is repped by WME.
NBC has put the period-drama GEORGE WASHINGTON into development. From David Seidler (who will write), Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana, the project, as the working title suggests, chronicles the life and times of the United States first president. Levinson is looking to direct the pilot. Gareth Neame and Jason Sosnoff will also executive produce. Seidler is repped by WME.
Austin Winsberg has sold his comedy IQUIT to NBC. Written by Winsberg, the project explores relations harbored through technological mediums such as the internet, Facebook, etc. Winsberg will exec produce with Gene Klein, Lindsay Sloane and David Bartis. Winsberg is repped by CAA.
ABC’s breakout series NASHVILLE has been given a full-season order. The series is number one in its 10 pm Wednesday night slot amongst adults. ABC has also ordered three additional scripts for their series MALIBU COUNTY and LAST MAN STANDING.
The TV Land series THE EXES has had ten more episodes ordered, which will bring its second season to a total of 22 episodes. The network has also renewed Cedric The Entertainer’s THE SOUL MAN for a second season.
Ryan Murphy’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY has been renewed for a third season by FX. The anthology series is currently in its second season and although details on the third are under wraps, most of the thesps seen in the first two seasons will appear in the third in new roles.
CBS has cancelled their comedy series PARTNERS, effective immediately. The series was the networks only new comedy show for the fall and was falling below expectations.
Randall Einhorn has signed an overall deal with FX Productions. He serves as the exec producer and director of FX’s hit comedy series “Wilfred”, which just got renewed for a third season. Outside of his work on “Wilfred”, the deal has Einhorn locked in to develop, exec produce and direct other projects for FX. He is repped by WME.