UPDATE: Reign and Oxygen from CBS TV Studios also just got picked up, bringing the total number of new CW series for next season for five, including The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals. The only remaining question is whether The Selection, which never found its footing, is dead. (UPDATE: It is. Click here for more.)
PREVIOUS: The CW also entered the pickup fray with series orders to drama pilots The Tomorrow People and The 100. Both have been frontrunners, coming from Warner Bros TV. The Tomorrow People is executive produced by Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti, meaning that Plec will have three series on the CW next season, The Vampire Diaries, spinoff The Originals and The Tomorrow People. Berlanti will have two, The Tomorrow People and Arrow.
‘The Selection’ Dead At The CW
CW’s ‘Carrie Diaries’ & ‘Nikita’ Renewed
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Oxygen has greenlighted Bad Girls All Star Battle, a hourlong series hosted by musician Ray J. It will pit 14 of the most popular names in Bad Girls Club history under one roof to compete for $100,000 and title … Read More »
UPDATED: Irish actor Ed MacLiam (EastEnders) has been cast as the lead of ABC’s drama pilot Big Thunder. Also cast in the pilot, written by Jason Fuchs, directed by Rob Bowman and executive produced by Melissa Rosenberg, is Twilight‘s Alex Meraz, reuniting with the movie franchise’s writer, Rosenberg. Additionally, Ruth Bradley and Resident Evil‘s Spencer Locke have been added to the project, based on Disney’s roller coaster ride. It centers on Dr. Grant Carson (MacLiam), a brilliant, late 19th century New York doctor. He and his family are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful but mysterious tycoon, but quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems. Meraz, repped by Innovative and Leverage, plays a handsome Shoshone tribesman. Irish actress Bradley, who played the female lead in ABC/ABC Studio’s pilot Beauty And The Beast last season, plays Nora, a nanny with a dark, hidden past. The casting stems from her talent holding deal with ABC and ABC Studios. Locke, repped by APA, Jaymee Locke and Scott Whitehead, plays Lizzie, Carson’s beautiful and brilliant teenage daughter. Bradley is with Anonymous Content and UK’s Hamilton/Hodell. Read More »
That was quick — just a couple of days after the CW made the decision to end 90210 after this season, the network has tapped series co-star Matt Lanter as the male lead in its pilot Oxygen. The CW brass moved very quickly after the 90210 cancellation to offer Lanter Oxygen, and a deal was closed. The project, written by Meredith Averill and directed by Gary Fleder, centers on Emery (Aimee Teegarden), a teen girl who falls in love with Roman (Lanter), an alien boy, one of nine of his kind integrated into a suburban high school. CBS TV Studio is producing. Lanter is with WME and manager Faras Rabadi. Read More »
Actor-comedian Moshe Kasher has been cast opposite Rob Corddry and Mason Cook in ABC’s comedy pilot Spy, about Tim (Corddry), a well-intentioned father of a highly intelligent and verbal son (Cook) who inadvertently takes a job at the Secret Service in order to prove himself a worthy father. Kasher, repped by 3 Arts and WME, will play Tim’s co-worker Chris. He is currently writing on The New Normal.
Malcolm In The Middle alum Chris Masterson co-stars opposite Jeffery Tambor in Amazon Studios’ comedy pilot, The Onion Presents: The News, a fast-paced scripted comedy set behind the scenes of The Onion News Network. Masterson plays rookie reporter Scott West, who joins the team full of hope and idealism but quickly learns from the demented ONN ensemble that the world of network news is more about selling soda and sunscreen and kidnapping cute white girls to get ratings, than uncovering actual news. Read More »
Luke Mitchell (Home And Away) has landed a lead in the CW drama pilot The Tomorrow People three weeks after arriving in Los Angeles from his native Australia. Written/exec produced by Phil Klemmer based on the … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Friday Night Lights alumna Aimee Teegarden, who played the lead in the CW pilot The Selection last year, is back at the network as the star of a drama pilot. No, she is not reprising … Read More »
Wendy Williams just announced the formation of her own production company and now has a client. Oxygen Media has signed Williams to a development deal in which her company will find, develop and produce original programming. She will also serve as an executive producer on Oxygen’s new in-development project Secret Celebrity, which is part of the network’s plan to expand its schedule of original programming from two to three nights a week. Williams will also appear as a guest judge on the modeling competition series The Face, which premieres February 12.
In addition to Secret Celebrity, which features celebrities in disguise who surprise unsuspecting fans, Oxygen said today in advance of its upfront event that it has a new pilot, This Week The Award Goes To…, a comedic talk show that offers up over-the-top awards to pop culture figures. It joins a 2013 lineup that includes returning series I’m Having Their Baby, the network’s highest-rated new series last season, and tattoo competition series Best Ink with new host Pete Wentz.
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Gary Fleder, who directed the pilot for the CW/CBS TV Studios freshman drama Beauty And The Beast, has been recruited by the CW and CBS Studios to helm another drama pilot this season, Oxygen. Like Beauty … Read More »
The network announced today at the TCA winter press tour that four more unscripted projects geared toward its young female demo have been greenlighted: the original series Fat Girl Revenge, Find Me My Man, and Too Young To Marry? and the pilot Propos’d. The three new series join Oxygen‘s new competition series The Face, which premieres February 12, and returning series Best Ink and I’m Having Their Baby. The network last month also gave the go-ahead to All My Babies’ Mamas, a one-hour unscripted special from former top MTV executives-turned-producers Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley, which is eyeing a spring premiere and likely will serve as a backdoor pilot if it performs well. Here are the network’s descriptions of the new shows announced today: Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The CW is boosting its sci-fi cred with Oxygen, an alien drama in the vein of District 9. It hails from Space Floor TV’s Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg and Olé’s Richard Shepard, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst.
Written by Meredith Averill (The Good Wife) based on a format developed by Daniel Gutman of Pow Wow and Spanish producer Isla Producciones, Oxygen follows a high school pilot program, the first attempt to integrate a group of humanoid aliens stranded on earth who until now have been living in forced segregation. The program is complicated by the prejudices and competing agendas on all sides, and could be saved or destroyed by a burgeoning romance between a human girl and alien boy. Read More »
I hear that Oxygen, which is presenting at TCA today, has ordered a 10-episode docuseries starring Extra co-host and recent Dancing With The Stars contestant Maria Menounos. The series is produced by … Read More »
Oxygen today announced The Face, a new reality modeling competition series. Supermodel Naomi Campbell will be one of the three coaches that lead contestants through the Shine America-produced series as they battle on and off the … Read More »
Teen Weddings will follow several teen couples on their journeys to the altar and Thrift Wars will feature competitive thrift shopping, also known as “thrifting”. The pilots are the first of several expected to be announced in contention for Oxygen’s 2012 schedule and the first under new SVP Original Programming and Development Rod Aissa, who came from OWN last month. Here are the network’s loglines for the pilots: Read More »
Oxygen this morning announced that it has picked up a second season of The Glee Project for a summer premiere. The cable network began casting for Season 2 of the Glee spinoff competition series in September but at the … Read More »
Oxygen Media has tapped former OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network executive Rod Aissa as SVP Programming and Development. He will oversee all programming and development efforts at the network as well as shepherd new and existing series like The Next Big … Read More »
Oxygen announced today that it has added three new docu-series to its development slate that target the network’s young female demo. They join a group of shows in the pipeline that include five series already greenlighted for 2012. The new … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that OWN SVP programming and development Rod Aissa is leaving Oprah Winfrey’s cable network to join rival Oxygen as head of programming. Aissa is expected to succeed Amy Introcaso-Davis, who last month departed her post as SVP … Read More »