The CW announced that their UNTITLED SUPERNATURAL SPINOFF show will appear as a back door pilot in the ninth season of “Supernatural”. The parent show’s supervising producer Andrew Dabb has been tapped to pen the script for the spinoff. Not much has been released on the show’s premise, but we do know that it will have a much smaller focus than its parent show and will center around the creatures and hunters in Chicago.
The CW also announced that it has been working on a new super hero show entitled FLASH. The show will attempt to examine the origin of popular DC Comics character Barry Allen (a.k.a. The Flash). The network plans on introducing Allen first as a recurring face on the next season of “Arrow”. Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, creators of “Arrow”, are rumored to be penning the script for “Flash” with DC Comics’ Geoff Johns. David Nutter is rumored to be directing the pilot.
NBC announced that it has begun development of a new limited series entitled PLYMOUTH. It will follow the journey the pilgrims took to reach North America and the hardships of establishing a colony in a foreign world. Walon Green has been tapped to write for the series. Mark Burnett, Anne Thomopolous, Gina Matthews and Grant Sharbo will serve as executive producers for the show.
The book series THE MURROW BOYS, written by Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud have been picked up by Noah Wyle and Jim Katz to be developed into a mini-series. The books center on the debates between Edward R. Murrow and Charles Lindbergh as to whether joining World War II would be beneficial for the United States, who were at the tail end of The Great Depression. Wyle and Katz are currently looking for a writer to adapt the series.
ITV has picked up LUCAN, based on the life of Richard John Bingham, a suspected murderer who vanished in 1974. Jeff Pope (United Agents) wrote the script, which will star Rory Kinnear as Bingham as well as Christopher Eccleston and Michael Gambon. Pope will also exec produce with Francis Hopkinson, Quentin Curtis, Richard Foster and Tony Moulsdale.
Lifetime has ordered UNREAL from the pens of Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. The project is based on Shapiro’s short film “Sequin Raze” and centers on a behind-the-scenes staff member of a dating competition show whose sole job is to ensure that drama arises for the camera. Noxon will executive produce with Sally DeSipio and Bill Davenport. Noxon and Shapiro are both repped by WME.
FX is currently developing the tentatively titled UNTILED JOHN BROWN PROJECT with Paul Giamatti. The project centers on abolitionist John Brown, who led the raid on Harper’s Ferry in the lead-up to the Civil War. The project is drawing from the book MIDNIGHT RISING written by Tony Horwitz. Giamatti will exec produce with Daniel Carey, Perri Kipperman and David Stern. Gabriel Range (Gersh) will write the script.
ON THE FARM is being developed by Fox. The project, from Darlene Hunt and Andy Bobrow, centers on a New York dermatologist who moves back to his family’s Kentucky farm. Hunt and Bobrow are repped by UTA.
The British series BROADCHURCH will be making its way Stateside via an adaptation by Fox. The series centers on a small beach-side community rattled when a young boy is found dead on its shores. Chris Chibnall, who created the original series, will exec produce.
Fox is developing the single-cam comedy THE LONGEST DATE from Cindy Chupack and Jake Kasdan. Chupack will write the script based on her own upcoming memoir “The Longest Date: Life As A Wife”, which centers on the follies of matrimony. Kasdan is in talks to direct and will exec produce with Melvin Mar. Chupack is repped by WME.
MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND will be an upcoming show on Disney Junior from Sascha Paladino. The show, geared towards preschoolers, follows Miles, a space traveler, and his family.
CHEW, a comic by John Layman and Rob Guillory has been picked up by Quality Transmedia. The project was previously set up at Showtime but nothing transpired. The project centers on a detective who has psychic abilities that work via the food that he eats.
David Magee haw written an untitled project for ABC. The project centers on a man who brings his family to the funeral of the father he never knew. Upon entering the man’s estate, they find that the doors in the building are actually time-travel portals. Magee will exec produce with Michael Green and Erwin Stoff. Magee is repped by CAA.
Starz and Miramax have come together to develop and co-finance COP LAND, a television adaption of the 1997 film, which Miramax produced. James Mangold, who wrote and directed the original, has been attached as an executive producer alongside Kathy Conrad. Brian Goluboff will be penning the pilot’s script with Mangold. Mangold is repped by WME.
Mickey Fisher, a relatively unknown writer, has induced a major bidding war for his sci-fi spec script EXTANT. Greg Walker, co-creator of “Vegas”, is currently attached as showrunner and Amblin Television is attached as the development company. Not much is known about the script, but we do know that it follows a couple who build an android son with the assistance of an alien child.
Cristela Alonzo has created the show CRISTELA, which she will also star in. ABC has picked up the project which centers on a Latin-American woman trying to balance both sides of her cultural identity. Alonzo (WME) wrote the script with Kevin Hench.
CBS’ sci-fi mystery UNDER THE DOME has officially been renewed for a second season. The decision came after the show pulled 11.4 million viewers and a 2.7/8 last week.
Lifetime announced that it has renewed its dramedy DEVIOUS MAIDS for a second season. The decision was made after the show saw a series high of 2.9 million viewers last Sunday.
The Disney Channel has decided to renew GRAVITY FALLS for a sophmore season. According to the network, it is currently the number one show watched amongst children ages 9-14, 6-11 and 2-11.
ABC Family has put in an order for a third season of SWITCHED AT BIRTH. The show currently averages 2.4 million total viewers across two key demographics.
Syfy has ordered its hit series CONTINUUM for a third season after a strong second season premiere.
ABC Family has placed a back order for both THE FOSTERS and TWISTED. The network did not announce how many episodes the orders consisted of, but they are rumored to be in the same fashion as their traditional full season pickups. “The Fosters” stars Maia Mitchell, Jake T. Austin and Sherri Saum. “Twisted” stars Avan Jogia, Maddie Hasson and Kylie Bunbury.
“Austin Powers” director Jay Roach has jumped aboard HBO’s THE THIRD COAST to direct. Details about the show’s premise are kind of scarce at the moment, but we do know that it will mainly revolve around a famous casting director in New Mexico. Roach will also be executive producing alongside John Lyons and Paul Rudnick. This project was created under Roach’s two year deal with HBO, so we can expect to hear a lot more about his work in the coming year.
Bryan Zuriff, the executive producer of HBO’s “Ray Donovan”, announced that he will be departing the show voluntarily due to personal legal matters. Last Friday Zuriff pleaded guilty to running an illegal gambling ring, for which he could receive up to five years in prison.
“The Lying Game” executive producer Charles Pratt Jr. has officially jumped aboard ABC Family’s TWISTED as new showrunner. The show, created by Adam Milch, is currently in its first season, scheduled to conclude in late August.
“Dexter” showrunner Scott Buck has signed a two year overall deal with Showtime. The network has yet to announce what exactly Buck will be doing for them under the new deal. A “Dexter Spin Off” is rumored to be in the works though. Buck is repped by CAA.
Davis Entertainment, the company owned by John Davis and John Fox, has inked a two year first look deal with Sony TV. Davis and Fox will develop more projects for both cable and broadcast, but will continue to work on “The Blacklist” for NBC. Davis is repped by ICM.
“Southland” executive producer Jonathan Lisco has officially signed a two year overall deal with AMC. Under this new pact, Lisco will showrun “Halt & Catch Fire” and develop original content for the network. Lisco is repped by UTA.
Janine Sherman Barrois has finished inking a two year overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the new deal, Barrois will continue to executive produce “Criminal Minds” and develop new content for the studio. She is repped by WME.