ABC has picked up MISS MOST LIKELY, a comedy written by Rich Appel and starring Mandy Moore. The project follows a twenty eight-year-old who runs away from home to start a new life in the big city, but realizes that her family has followed her the whole way. Appel will executive produce with Moore, Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements. Appel and Moore are both repped by WME.
JJ Abrams is set to co-produce and co-write a pilot for NBC along with Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Friedman. The untitled project follows a girl with special powers that need seven years to develop and the man who breaks out of prison in order to help protect her until that time. Bryan Burk and Kathy Lingg will also produce. Abrams is repped by CAA, and Friedman and Curaton by UTA.
The Coen Brothers have partnered with FX to develop a show loosely based on their acclaimed 1996 pic “Fargo”. Noah Hawley will write the project as well as exec produce with the Coens and Warren Littlefield. The Coens are repped by UTA and Hawley is repped by CAA.
Andrew Miller and Ruben Fleischer have sold an untitled drama to FX. details on the project aren’t numerous but it will center on Texas ranches and rodeos. Miller will write the script and exec produce with Fleischer. Miller is repped by WME and Fleischer by UTA.
NBC has set up EDISON, a project written by Daniel C. Connolly. The project is described as a fun, genre-driven series in the vein of Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” following a young Thomas Edison who is established as an inventive genius and secretly helping the New York police force come up with savvier ways to do their job proficiently. John Shiban will oversee the writing of the script and will executive produce with Connolly, Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. Connolly is repped by UTA.
Holly Sorensen and Mark Gordon have sold a female-driven soap to ABC. Titled MAKE IT OR BREAK IT, the project follows three normal girls to start up in New York’s beauty industry working with a product that’s far more sinister than it appears. Sorensen and Gordon will exec produce with Nick Pepper. Sorensen is repped by UTA and Gordon is repped by ICM.
CBS has purchased two dramas from Glenn Gordon Caron, both of which he will write and direct. The first, MOTOR CITY SHAKEDOWN, will be exec produced by Caron with Richard Shepard, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst. The project follows a green lawyer who teams up with a reckless veteran attorney to take on a big case. The second project, NEAR DEAD, follows a New York detective who suffers near-death experience, during which, he believes he witnessed his wife’s murder. Caron will exec produce with Ridley Scott and David Zucker. Caron is repped by WME.
TV Land has ordered GIANT BABY, a multi-camera comedy written by Marco Pennette. The project stars Kirstie Alley as Madison Banks, a Broadway performer whose son, whom she gave up for adoption twenty-six years earlier, shows up to re-connect after his adoptive mother dies. Pennette and Alley are both repped by UTA.
Marc Buckland has sold his comedic documentary pilot THIS THING CALLED LOVE to NBC. The project explores modern relationships through the eyes of real-life couples. Buckland will write, direct and executive produce the project. He is repped by ICM.
David Shore and Peter Tolan have sold an untitled project to Fox with penalty. She show follows two officers in the Boston Police Department who pride themselves on being the best until they are paired with a young up-and-coming female cop. Shore and Tolan will write the script and exec-produce with Michael Wimer. Shore is repped by ICM and Tolan by CAA.
Neal Baer, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters have teamed up to bring a medical drama to CBS. All five will executive produce with Fazekas and Butters writing. The project centers on a married couple, one a surgeon and the other an internist, who end up working at the same hospital and end up facing difficult issues revolving around their work and personal lives. Baer is repped by Paradigm, Mangold and Konrad by WME and Fazekas and Butters by ICM.
NBC has purchased THE SWAMP, a single-camera musical comedy from Tom Brady. The project follows a New Orleans college mash-up style marching band that competes against its rivals and finds a mentor in an unlikely person. Brady will produce with Tom Werner and Mike Clements. Brady is repped by CAA.
Gale Anne Hurd and NBC have set up a drama titled 11TH COMMANDMENT, to be written by Patrick Harbinson. The project is based on Jeffrey Archer’s 1988 novel of the same name and follows a CIA assassin who decides to retire to spend more time with his family but is brought back into his dirty work when he is framed for an assassination he didn’t commit. Harbinson is repped by ICM.
Evan Katz has sold a heist drama to ABC. The untitled project follows two former Army Special Forces members who are betrayed and decide to become thieves to prepare themselves to go after those who killed their friends. Katz is repped by WME.
ABOUT A BOY, the Nick Hornby book and 2002 film will be the basis for a single-camera comedy project from Jason Katims. The project follows the relationship between a bachelor and the young boy that moves in next door. Katims will write and exec produce. He is repped by CAA.
Craig Ferguson has sold two comedy projects to CBS and will be exec producing both. The first, an untitled project written and executive produced by Adam Chase, follows a group of mid-thirties men who decide to go against the grain and stay single as long as possible, even with everyone around them getting married. The other project, also untitled was written and exec produced by Aaron Shure follows a former hard-partier turned family man who lives next door to his ex-wife. All three men are repped by WME.
Greg Kinnear will executive produce and star in RAKE, an American remake of the Australian legal dramedy of the same name. Paul Attanasio will exec produce as well and will ovesee a script written by the original series co-creator Peter Duncan. The project follows Cleaver Greene (Kinnear), a top notch defense attorney with a total lack of discretion and no filter on his mouth. Kinnear is repped by CAA.
Jason Winer, Tami Sagher and Kourtney Kang have sold NERDS IN LOVE to CBS. The project is based on the real friendship between Sagher and Kang who were a mathlete and cheerleader respectively and met writing for “How I Met Your Mother”. All three are exec producing with Winer possibly directing the pilot and Sagher and Kang writing. Winer is repped by ICM, Kang by UTA and Sagher by CAA.
MTV 2’s GUY CODE has been renewed for a third season after finishing it’s sophomore effort as the highest rated MTV 2 original series.
Legal comedy FRANKLIN & BASH has been renewed for a third season. The series, which stars Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, saw a 10% increase in viewership for this past season. Jamie Tarses, Jason Ensler, Kevin Falls and Bill Chais executive produce the project.
Logo has picked up DTLA, a scripted series from Larry Kennar. The series centers on eight friends of different ethnicities living in Downtown LA and the various sexual escapades and relationships they embark upon. The series will premiere October 24th at 11 PM.
Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Levin have signed an overall two-year deal with CBS TV. Under the deal the duo will continue serving as executive producers and showrunners on their show “Beauty And The Beast” as well as continue to develop new projects. Both Cooper and Levin are repped by WME.
Baz Luhrmann has signed an overall deal with Sony TV. Under the contract, the “Moulin Rouge” director will develop projects for broadcast and cable with his company, Bazmark Films. Luhrmann is repped by WME.