ABC has purchased a new female-lead CIA series titled CLANDESTINE. Coming from Melissa Rosenberg’s Tall Girls Productions and written by “Ninja Assassin” scribe Matthew Sand, the series follows the hard-partying daughter of the UK’s American ambassador, as she discovers hidden “spy” talents no one thought she possessed. ABC Studios and Melissa Rosenberg’s Tall Girls Productions are producing. Sand is repped by Paradigm.
ABC has purchased drama BEVERLY KILLS from scribes Jason Winer and Don Todd. Based on Winer’s original idea, the series follows a former mob hitwoman trying to escape the shadow of her past career. Try as she might though, the corruption and crime writhing beneath the pristine veil of Beverly Hills forces her to protect her family in the only way she knows how. Winer and Todd will both serve as executive producers on the show through Small Dog Picture Company. Winer is repped by ICM. Todd is repped by The Rothman Brecher Agency.
Fox International Channels has picked up SHKUFIM from “Homeland” producers Keshet International. The series is both based on the real life 2010 Dubai assasination and a series currently airing in Israel, focuses on 8 U.S. citizens who awake in their hotel rooms to discover they’re now suspects in an international murder case. Amit Cohen-Raab, who co-wrote the original Israely series with Maria Feldman, will pen for the U.S. version alongside Peter Landesman. Landesman is repped by WME.
CBS has purchased two new comedies from two writing duos. The first is an untitled series from Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan and follows a dysfunctional investigation team at the CDC lead by a single woman with no social life. Sony TV is producing the workplace comedy. The second is also untitled and comes from scribes Michael Lisbe and Nate Reger. Details about the plot are scarce, but it is known that the series will have a young ensemble cast and contain some sort of mystery element. Lisbe and Reger are both executive producing alongside Sony TV’s Jaime Tarses. Siegal and Morgan are repped by UTA. Lisbe and Reger are repped by ICM.
Fox has picked up single camera comedy pitch THE LAST MAN ON EARTH from Chris Miller, Phil Lord and Will Forte. The series, produced by 20th TV and Lord Miller, focuses on two complete strangers who are forced to overcome their differences so that the human race can continue on. Forte will executive produce alongside Miller, Lord and Seth Cohen. Forte, Miller and Lord are all repped by UTA.
ABC has ordered an off-cycle pilot for fairytale comedy GALAVANT. “The Neighbors” creator Dan Fogelman will pen the script that follows Prince Galavant has he attempts to reclaim his lost love and seek revenge on the evil king that took her from him. Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken is attached to craft the score, with Glenn Slater penning any and all lyrics. Fogelman is repped by WME.
Fox has purchased six episodes of John Mulaney’s multi-camera project MULANEY. Written by the “Saturday Night Live” alum, the series stars Mulaney and Martin Short and follows an up and coming comedian in New York using his family, boss and roommates as inspiration for his routines. Andy Ackerman is slated to direct the pilot and executive produce alongside Mulaney, Short, Andrew Singer, Lorne Michaels, Dave Becky and David Miner. Mulaney is repped by WME.
HBO has optioned writer and producer Richard Kramer’s latest novel THESE THINGS HAPPEN for a half-hour comedy series with the same name. Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions will be producing the show while Kramer adapts his own book and executive produces. The series will focus on two couples living in Manhattan, one gay and the other straight, who share a 15 year old son. Kramer is repped by Paradigm.
The CW has picked up drama EXP from “Heroes” creator Tim Kring. Based on an idea by Jarrett Conaway and penned by Zach Craley, the series centers on a foreign designer drug engineered to increase every stat of a human being that finds its way into American high schools. Kring will serve as executive producer alongside Zak Kadison and Bradley Thomas. Craley and Conaway will co-executive produce.
NBC has purchased THE MASON TWINS from writing partners Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael. The comedy series will center on fraternal twins who end up living together and questioning their current position in life. Stacy Traub will executive produce alongside Wilson and Raphael.
CBS has just optioned James Patterson’s novel “Zoo” for a new drama series titled, you guessed it, ZOO. Written by Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg from Space Floor TV, the series follows a young renegade scientist who is asked to solve the mystery behind a recent pandemic that is causing any and all animals to behave extremely violently towards humans. Appelbaum, Nemec, Pinkner, Rosenberg, Cathy Konrad, James Mangold and Patterson himself will executive produce.
Shonda Rhimes has sold a new crime-drama to ABC titled JUST REWARDS. Penned by Paul Downs Colaizzo, the series follows the roller-coaster-like life of a bankrupt divorcÃ©e and her underemployed neighbors just barely getting by on the reward money they receive for helping with unsolved crimes. ABC Studios will produce alongside Rhimes company Shondaland. Betsy Beers will produce with Rhimes.
Fox has nabbed an untitled multi-camera comedy that already has “American Idol” judge Harry Connick Jr. attached to star. Written by “Late Show” scribes Eric and Justin Stangel, the series centers on an entertainer and single father (Connick Jr.) who takes time off to try and reconnect with his daughter. The Stangels, Connick Jr., Rob Burnett and Ann Marie Wilkins are executive producing.
Fake Empire is teaming up with Fox for teen drama PRODIGY. Written by Oscar-winner Diablo Cody, the series follows a 16 year old genius who never experienced a “normal” teen social life due to her home schooling. In a desperate attempt to experience what she thinks she missed, the teen enrolls in her local high school, but gets picked up by a wild group of kids and is taken on a whirlwind ride of romance and crime. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage from Fake Empire are executive producing.
Brian Bradley and Steven Cragg have sold two comedy series to Fox and NBC. The first, WINNERS, goes to Fox and centers on three millennial siblings who are on the cusp of fame and forutne, are forced to return home when their lives are cratered. However, their self-made father has something else in store for them. The second, THE BRIGHT SIDE, goes to NBC and centers on a man who assists his wife in transforming her junky diner into a happening hipster joint. When she leaves him though, he’s left a single father and the owner of someone else’s dream. Cragg is repped by Paradigm. Bradley is repped by APA.
Brad Garrett has sold comedy pilot WHEN THE BALLS DROP to ABC. Written by Garrett and Chuck Tatham, and based on Garrett’s upcoming autobiography “When the Balls Drop”, the series revolves around a recently divorced man attempting to juggle both home and work. 20th Century Fox Television is producing with Garrett, Tatham, Eryn Brown and Meghan Lyvers executive producing. Garrett is repped by UTA. Tatham is repped by WME.
The Hallmark Channel has renewed CEDAR COVE for a second season which stars Andie MacDowell.
Canadian procedural MOTIVE has been renewed on ABC. The series had already been renewed on its home network CTV, but ABC has decided to bring it back to the U.S. in summer 2014.
FX comedy WILFRED has been renewed for its fourth and final season which will air on FXX.
USA has renewed the spy drama COVERT AFFAIRS for a fifth season, picking up 16 more episodes.
Fox has ordered a 13-episode second season of fantasy thriller SLEEPY HOLLOW.
THE SIMPSONS, the longest-running scripted show in television history, has been renewed for a historic 26th season by FOX.
NBC has picked up 9 more episodes of the new drama THE BLACKLIST starring James Spader, bringing its first season order to a full-season 22 episodes.
After a miserable premiere, ABC has brought the guillotine down on its freshman drama LUCKY 7. The decision came after the second episode aired and only gained a 0.7 rating, the lowest-rated in-season drama ever.
Kevin James has signed an overall deal with Lionsgate that will encompass both feature and TV projects.
George Lopez has inked an overall film and TV deal with Pantelion Films and South Shore Films.
Brad Garrett has signed a talent holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television. The deal will allow the studio to cast Garrett in another pilot should his comedy pilot “When the Balls Drop” fail.
Quirky comedy series GARFUNKEL AND OATES has been given the greenlight to join IFC’s 2014 line-up. The show will focus on the personal and professional lives of folk-comedy duo Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci. It is currently unclear how many episodes “Garfunkel and Oates” will be receiving.