NBC Greenlights Futuristic Drama Pilot

By | Monday November 14, 2011 @ 12:14pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has given a pilot order to Beautiful People, a character-driven futuristic drama spec by Cougar Town co-executive producer/director (and occasional actor) Michael McDonald. ABC Studios and Universal TV are producing. Beautiful People is described as an imaginative and … Read More »

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USA Network Orders Drama Pilot From ‘White Collar’ Creator Jeff Eastin

By | Friday October 7, 2011 @ 7:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

USA Network is doubling its bet on Jeff Eastin. The top-rated cable network is finalizing a deal for a pilot order to a one-hour drama from the White Collar creator, which follows agents from various Read More »

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USA’s Pilot ‘Eden’ Not Going Forward

By | Friday July 22, 2011 @ 5:46pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: USA Network has passed on its pilot Eden. The hourlong project, from Universal Cable Prods. and writers Ken and Mary Hanes, centered on a young hotel worker (Nick D’Agosto) who, with the help of his escaped con artist cousin (Enver Gjokaj), gets a job as the concierge at … Read More »

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Disney XD Greenlights Comedy Pilot Starring & Produced By Jon Heder

By | Friday May 20, 2011 @ 6:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Disney XD, the cable network targeting boys 6-14, has handed a pilot order to Gulliver Quinn, a live-action comedy headlined by Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder. Written by Dan Kopelman (Malcolm In the Middle), the project centers on Gulliver Quinn (Heder), a grown man enrolled in the seventh grade after his family returns from a 15-year research expedition. Rob Schrab will direct the pilot, which is now casting the other roles. Heder and Kopelman are executive producing with veteran tween series producer Stan Rogow (Lizzie McGuire). “It’s an absolute coup for Disney XD to be working with Jon — he is a tremendous comedic talent, and Dan Kopelman’s brilliant script is the perfect project to showcase his quirky sense of humor,” said Adam Bonnett, SVP, Original Programming, Disney Channels. Read More »

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MTV Greenlights Comedy Pilot Starring Young Comedian Bo Burnham

By | Friday May 6, 2011 @ 8:59am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: From the network that made international stars out of Snookie and The Situation comes a comedy about young people’s obsession with celebrity and with reality TV as a way to become famous. MTV has given the green light to single-camera comedy pilot Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous, co-created by hot 20-year-old comedian Bo Burnham and writer Dan Lagana and starring Burnham. It is a mocumentary, which centers on Zach (Burnham), a kid fresh out of high school who hires a camera crew to film him because he wants to be famous. “It’s that idea that your life is not worth anything if you’re not watched,” Burnham said.

Burnham said he’s always been a fan of mocumentaries, but while they mostly are about subjects being caught in the act and often embarrassed, he decided to put a spin on the genre by giving the person who is being watched control. “The idea is of a kid who is filming his own life, and since he has control, we can see multiple takes as he is trying to make himself more appealing by thinking that you have to act like you are famous in order to be famous,” Burnham said. “He is the director and the star of a reality show.” Burnham cites a survey of 18- to 25-year-olds asked what they want to be in life. The winning “profession” by a wide margin — being famous. “People aspire to fame as if it’s a career,” Lagana said. Read More »

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Lifetime Orders ‘Modern Love’ Pilot, Renews ‘Army Wives’, Picks Up 6 Reality Series

By | Tuesday May 3, 2011 @ 9:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun’s three-year effort to turn the New York Times‘ column Modern Love into a TV series is bearing fruit: the project has received a pilot order at Lifetime. Additionally, the network’s resurgent drama series Army Wives will extend its five-year run –  it is being renewed for a sixth season with a 13-episode order. On the unscripted side, the network has picked up 6 new series, including an all-star edition of Project Runway.

Created and executive produced by Sex and the City alumna Jenny Bicks, dramedy Modern Love will weave actual stories from NYT‘s column to explore the state of modern relationships. It follows newspaper science editor Simon McElvane as he faces a deteriorating marriage, the ramifications of potentially starting over and balancing his relationship with his adopted 15-year-old daughter. Unexpectedly handed the job of editor of the newspaper’s Modern Love column, Simon discovers he has a lot to learn about life and love. Berman and Braun optioned rights to the column in 2008. A year later, they set up an adaptation at HBO with Bicks attached to write and Alan Poul to direct. Because of Bicks’ deal at Sony Pictures TV, the studio came on board to produce with BermanBraun. The project, executive produced by Bicks, Berman, Braun, Gene Stein and Poul, was subsequently set up at Lifetime with all original auspices attached. Filming is expected to begin in the summer.

Veteran Army Wives has enjoyed a ratings resurgence in its current Season 5, which continues with Episode 9 this Sunday. Its season premiere averaged 4.2 million viewers, up 27% from the fourth-season debut last April. A month ago, Army Wives posted a series high in total viewers with 4.8 million viewers. Season to date, the series is averaging 3.7 million viewers and ranks as the top-rated drama on cable among women 18-49. Read More »

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Chris Colfer Sells Pilot To Disney Channel

By | Wednesday April 20, 2011 @ 4:38pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Chris Colfer is one of the best tune-ins for Fox’s Glee and is sure to be considered for an Emmy. But he’s multi-talented: Not only has he scripting an indie movie shooting this summer, but I’ve learned he has penned a … Read More »

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Walt Becker-Produced Comedy Nears Pilot Order At Spike TV; Cast & Director Tapped

By | Tuesday April 19, 2011 @ 5:14pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I hear Spike TV is finalizing a deal for a pilot order to an untitled comedy from writers and executive producers Jim & Steve Armogida (Grounded For Life) and … Read More »

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CBS Orders Nigel Lythgoe-Produced Game Show Pilot

By | Thursday March 31, 2011 @ 6:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It’s like Deal or No Deal with envelopes instead of briefcases: CBS has ordered game show pilot Secret Fortune, which will be executive produced by American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance guru Nigel Lythgoe.

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Greg Mottola To Direct Aaron Sorkin’s HBO Pilot

By | Monday March 28, 2011 @ 5:29pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Greg Mottola is set to direct Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama pilot set behind the scenes at a cable news show. The project, which recent Oscar winner Sorkin is executive producing with Scott Rudin, centers on news anchor … Read More »

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Comedy Central Nears Pilot Order For Comedy From Director David Gordon Green

By | Thursday March 24, 2011 @ 9:51am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy Central is finalizing a deal for a pilot order to Black Jack. The single-camera comedy, directed and exec produced by Pineapple Express helmer David Gordon Green, hails from Rough House, Green’s production company with Danny McBride, Jody Hill … Read More »

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HBO Greenlights Comedy Pilot ‘Spring/Fall’ Starring Tea Leoni

By | Wednesday March 23, 2011 @ 6:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: HBO has given the green light to Spring/Fall, a half-hour comedy pilot staring Tea Leoni. The project is set in New York City against the backdrop of the fashion world and stars Leoni as half of a dysfunctional partnership … Read More »

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S. Epatha Merkerson Joins CBS’ Medical Drama Pilot Directed by Jonathan Demme

By | Tuesday March 22, 2011 @ 4:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Law & Order veteran S. Epatha Merkerson has joined CBS’ untitled Susannah Grant supernatural medical drama pilot. Jonathan Demme is directing the pilot, from CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly, which centers on Michael (Patrick Wilson), an ultra-competitive … Read More »

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Pilot Rarity: Laura Allen Promoted To Female Lead On NBC’s ‘REM’

By | Monday March 21, 2011 @ 7:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A week ago, Terriers co-star Laura Allen got good news when she was cast in a supporting role on NBC’s drama pilot REM. Today, which happens to be her birthday, she got even better news – in a pilot rarity, … Read More »

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Kathryn Hahn Tapped As Female Lead In NBC’s Comedy Pilot ‘Free Agents’

By | Monday March 21, 2011 @ 5:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Kathryn Hahn is set as the female lead opposite Hank Azaria in NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot Free Agents. The romantic comedy, based on the UK series of the same name, explores the attraction between two quirky PR executives working together … Read More »

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Cherry Jones Joins NBC’s Pilot ‘REM’, Natasha Henstridge Cast in ‘Secret Circle’

By | Monday March 21, 2011 @ 3:33pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Cherry Jones, who won an Emmy for her role on Fox’s 24, is reuniting with the show’s showrunner Howard Gordon and studio 20th Century Fox TV. Jones is set to co-star opposite Jason Isaacs in NBC’s drama pilot REM, … Read More »

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UPDATED: TV Land Picks Up Two New Series, Renews ‘Retired At 35′

By | Monday March 21, 2011 @ 12:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: TV Land just officially announced the series pickups of Fran Drescher’s Happily Divorced; Mark Reisman’s project, now called The Exes; and the second-season renewal of Retired at 35. As expected, the orders for Happily Divorced and The Exes are for 10 episodes each. Happily Divorced will premiere June 15, … Read More »

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Jimmy Smits To Star In NBC’s Stephen Gaghan Drama Pilot

By | Thursday March 17, 2011 @ 3:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jimmy Smits has been tapped as the last major lead in NBC’s untitled Stephen Gaghan drama pilot (formerly S.I.L.A.), a complex ensemble drama in the style of Traffic and Syriana set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics … Read More »

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‘Heavenly’ Casts Female Lead, Ryan Eggold; Kevin Zegers & Alanna Ubach Join Pilots

By | Wednesday March 16, 2011 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lauren Cohan has landed the female lead  in the CW supernatural drama pilot Heavenly. Ryan Eggold also has been tapped for a lead role in the project, from CBS TV Studios and writer Richard Hatem. Heavenly centers on Lily (Cohan), a dedicated young attorney, and a former angel, Dashiel Coffee (Ben Aldridge), only recently turned human, who tackle cases at the attorney’s legal aid clinic – she saves clients’ butts while he saves their souls. Eggold, repped by Gersh and Untitled, will play a pastor whom Dashiel seeks counsels from. Also previously cast in the pilot is Elizabeth Ho. Cohan has recurred on two CW series, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries.

Kevin Zegers (Dawn of the Dead) has landed a lead role opposite Jimmy Wolk in ABC’s Georgetown. Written by Will Fetters, it centers on Andrew Pierce (Wolk), an effortlessly charming and brilliant Yale graduate and the youngest presidential speechwriter on record. Zegers will play Monty, an incredibly wealthy stockbroker from a well-connected family and an old rival of Andrew’s who has just proposed to an old girlfriend of Andrew’s. Canadian-born Zegers has been recurring on the CW’s Gossip Girl this season. Read More »

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