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TV Pitch Season Coming To An End

Nellie Andreeva

One by one, the networks are wrapping their buying for this development season. NBC, ABC and the CW are done, with Fox still taking in a few pitches and CBS still looking for a handful of comedies. But for the most part, it’s over. NBC executives reportedly told agents that they have no more development money to spend but would make an exception for a project with A-list auspices.

It was a buying season marked with a number of big dramas hitting the marketplace, including the Ryan Murphy/Howard Gordon phobias project at Fox, J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz at Fox and the Tery O’Quinn/Michael Emerson special ops show at NBC, the Josh Schwartz/Rachel Bilson ghost drama, also at NBC, the Kurtzman and Orci-produced Locke & Key at Fox, the James Cameron-produced True Lies reboot at ABC, Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct at NBC, Oren Peli’s thriller The River at ABC, the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Lost Girls at ABC, and, of course David E, Kelley’s Wonder Woman remake, which is yet to be taken out. There were fewer high-profile half-hour projects this year as many of the top comedy writers are tied to existing shows and studios didn’t allow them, especially those working on first-year series, to develop. The highlights on the comedy side this year include Peter Tolan’s The Council of Dads at Fox, Kari Lizer’s workplace comedy at NBC, the Darren Star-produced Good Christian Bitches at ABC, the Jack Black/Cathy Yuspa/Josh Goldsmith comedy My Life as an ExperiementRead More »

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Fox Nears Deal For TV Adaptation Of Comic ‘Locke & Key’ With Spielberg Producing

Nellie Andreeva

Fox is finalizing a deal for one of the first major pieces of development this coming development cycle, a Steven Spielberg-produced adaptation of the graphic novel Locke & Key. The project from writer Josh Friedman and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, hails from 20th Century Fox TV, where Kurtzman and Orci’s company is based, and DreamWorks TV where the project originated on the feature side.

Locke & Key will be written by Friedman who will also serve as showrunner. Based on Joe Hill’s comic published by IDW Publishing, the project centers on Keyhouse, an unlikely New England family estate where brothers Tyler, Kinsey and Bode Locke uncover fantastic doors that transform all who walk through them and a hate-filled and relentless creature. Friedman, Kurtzman, Orci, Spielberg and DreamWorks TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are executive producing along with IDW CEO Ted Adams.

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