Dane Cook Inks NBC Development Deal

By | Wednesday September 28, 2011 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Dane Cook is heading to NBC to headline his own network comedy series. Amid interest from multiple networks, the actor-comedian has signed a development deal with NBC for a half-hour project targeted for next fall. Cook will star in the … Read More »

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Sarah Chalke Signs Development Deal With 20th Century Fox Television

By | Tuesday August 9, 2011 @ 1:20pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Actress Sarah Chalke has signed a development/talent holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, the studio will develop a half-hour comedy project for her targeted for fall 2012. 20th TV first got in business with Chalke when she recurred on the studio’s CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother from 2008-09 and then cast her as a lead in Greg Malins’ 2010 ABC pilot Freshmen. After the pilot didn’t make the cut to series in May 2010, the studio wanted to sign Chalke in a deal right away, but she was cast in CBS’ midseason comedy series Mad Love, so 20th TV brass were “determined to get her this year,” studio’s chairman Gary Newman said. “She is incredibly talented as a comic force — she can do physical comedy and has great timing. There is almost a Lucy quality to her,” he said, referring to comedy icon Lucille Ball.

Chalke will start meeting with writers shortly. Once she and the studio settle on a concept, the focus will be on developing that project but 20th executives will also keep an eye on other comedies in the works with characters that could be right for her. “She is incredibly castable,” Newman said. “We hope that the project we develop for her goes, but if it doesn’t, we will cast her in one of our other pilots.” Read More »

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Peter Horton Signs UMS Development Deal

By | Monday July 25, 2011 @ 12:58pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Universal Media Studios continues to build its talent roster under new NBC chief Bob Greenblatt. The studio has signed a two-year development deal with producer-director Peter Horton. Under the pact, Horton will direct, write and produce new series projects for … Read More »

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Craig Kilborn Signs Development Deal With ABC Studios To Write And Star In Comedy

By | Thursday May 12, 2011 @ 11:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Craig Kilborn is looking to return to TV, this time as the creator and star of a primetime comedy series. The former Daily Show and Late Late Show host has signed a development deal with ABC Studios to write … Read More »

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The Situation From ‘Jersey Shore’ Signs Development Deal With MTV

By | Tuesday May 3, 2011 @ 6:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is the latest Jersey Shore cast member to sign a development deal with the network for a new reality series. MTV will film a presentation with Sorrentino later this year. It is the same template MTV … Read More »

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