NBC loves using its talent competition stalwarts, The Voice and America’s Got Talent, to preview its new shows. This September, the network will air a sneak preview of new crime dramedy The Mysteries of Laura following the season finale of America’s Got Talent on Sept. 17 at 10 PM. The series starring Debra Messing will have its time period premiere the following Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 8 PM. Mysteries of Laura, from Warner Bros. TV, Berlanti Prods. and Kapital Entertainment, is the only light drama among NBC’s new hourlong scripted series for next season and the only procedural, making it a good candidate to air behind the comedic AGT. It stars Messing as Laura Diamond, a brilliant NYPD homicide detective who balances her “Columbo” day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband — also a cop — who just can’t seem to sign the divorce papers.
In NBC’s new series The Mysteries of Laura, Debra Messing stars as Laura Diamond, who according to NBC materials is “a brilliant NYP homicide detective balancing her ‘Columbo’ day job with a crazy family life.” But what, journalists were asking today, is “mysterious” — or even unusual — about a woman juggling family and career in 2014?
At today’s TCA panel on her new show, Messing was joined by other cast members Laz Alonso, Josh Lucas and Janina Gavankarand, as well as the male executive producers Jeff Rake, McG, Greg Berlanti and Aaron Kaplan. They were quick to respond that exposing the working-mom dynamic is not the point of the show.
After guest-starring in the pilot, Craig Frank (Mixology) has been promoted to a series regular in CW’s thriller The Messengers, from writer/co-exec producer Eoghan O’Donnell and exec producer Basil Iwanyk. In it, when a mysterious object crashes down to earth, a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending Apocalypse. Frank, repped by Industry Entertainment and Innovative Artists, will play Alan, a likable techie who works with Vera (Shantel VanSanten) at the NDSA – National Deep Space Agency.
After picking up three new drama series from its sibling Universal TV on Tuesday, NBC moved on to Warner Bros. with orders for the Debra Messing-starring The Mysteries Of Laura, from Aaron Kaplan, Greg Berlanti and McG, and Constantine, from Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer. With Constantine‘s pickup, DC Comics has completed a sweep, with all four of its Warner Bros. TV pilots going to series. Constantine joins Gotham at Fox and The Flash and iZombie at the CW. Of the remaining NBC drama pilots, the futuristic Tin Man is dead, with saga Salvation also not going forward.
Written by Jeff Rake based on a Spanish series and directed by McG, Laura follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective (Messing) who can handle murderous criminals — but not her unruly twins. Laz Alonso and Janina Gavankar co-star. Kaplan, Berlanti, Rake and McG exec produce with Sarah Schechter and Todd Lituchy.
Written/exec produced by Cerone, exec produced by Goyer and directed by Neil Marshall, Constantine centers on John Constantine (Matt Ryan), an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from …
Global Showbiz Briefs: ’50 Kisses’ Sets Writer Record; ‘Mysteries Of Laura’ Deepen; ‘Dropped’ Upped In Sweden; More
UK omnibus 50 Kisses is entering the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest roster of co-writers on a feature film. The 51 scribes will gather today at BAFTA headquarters in London for a special screening of the film that beat the previous record holder, 1943’s Forever And A Day. That film had 21 writers including an uncredited Alfred Hitchcock. The British 50 Kisses was produced by the London Screenwriters’ Festival. Two years ago, it invited writers to submit two-page scripts featuring at least one kiss and set on Valentine’s Day. The 50 best scripts were released online with an open invitation for filmmakers to produce them. Ultimately, 127 shorts were made and those were edited down to produce 50 Kisses. The finished product was released on February 13 this year, earning a per-screen average of nearly £9,500. The end credits run for 17 minutes.
Josh Lucas is set as the male lead opposite Debra Messing in NBC’s drama pilot The Mysteries Of Laura, written by Jeff Rake and directed by McG. Based on a Spanish format, Mysteries Of Laura follows the life and relationships of Laura Diamond (Messing), a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals but not her hell-raising twin children. Lucas, repped by WME and Principato-Young, will play Jake, a clever cop with keen instincts who winds up being captain in the same precinct as his soon-to-be ex-wife, Laura — ex, if only Jake would sign the papers. A serial cheater who could schmooze his way out of the electric chair, Jake’s charm and coveted “good dad” role means he deftly leaves the parenting of his young twin children entirely to Laura. WBTV, Berlanti Prods. and Kapital Entertainment produce.
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EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Rake, writer/executive producer of Warner Bros TV‘s NBC pilot The Mysteries Of Laura, has signed an overall deal with the studio. Under the two-year pact, Rake will continue on Mysteries Of Laura if it goes to series as well as develop new projects. Mysteries Of Laura, which Rake adapted from the Spanish series Los Misterios De Laura, stars Debra Messing as Laura Diamond, a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals — but not her hell-raising twin children. WBTV is producing with Greg Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Prods as well as Kapital Entertainment, the company of Rake’s producing partner Aaron Kaplan who will continue to work with Rake on projects under his overall deal. Rake has also been working as a co-executive producer on the WBTV/Berlanti Prods freshman CW drama The Tomorrow People. He previously co-created NBC’s Miss Match and co-wrote the pilot for David E. Kelley’s Boston Legal. He is repped by WME.
Breakout Kings and Avatar alum Laz Alonso has been tapped to co-star opposite Debra Messing in NBC’s drama pilot The Mysteries Of Laura, written by Jeff Rake and directed by McG. Based on the popular Spanish series, The Mysteries Of Laura follows the life and relationships of Laura Diamond (Messing), a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals — but not her hell-raising twin children. Alonso, repped by ICM Partners and Thruline, plays Billy, Laura’s partner in crime. Alonso’s casting stems from a talent holding deal the network inked with him following his stint on last season drama Deception. The Mysteries of Laura is produced by Warner Bros. TV, Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.
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Smash alumna Debra Messing is back at NBC as the lead of another hourlong project, pilot The Mysteries Of Laura, lifting the project’s cast-contingency. Messing is set for the title role in the pilot, written by Jeff Rake and directed by McG. Based on the popular Spanish series Los Misterios De Laura, The Mysteries Of Laura follows the life and relationships of Laura Diamond (Messing), a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals — but not her hell-raising twin children. Warner Bros. TV, Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Prods. and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment produce. Production on the pilot and the series will be moved to New York where Messing is based. Messing is making her Broadway debut in John Patrick Shanley’s play Outside Mullingar and will segue to Mysteries Of Laura after wrapping her well received stage run. The Mysteries Of Laura extends Messing’s long history at NBC where she became a household name with her Emmy-winning starring role on comedy Will & Grace. She is repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Rick Genow.
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UPDATE: NBC also has picked up to pilot Warner Bros TV-produced drama The Mysteries Of Laura, from writer Jeff Rake, Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project, based on the popular Spanish series Los Misterios De Laura, had a production commitment and I hear has a cast-contingent order. It follows the life and relationships of a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals — but not her evil twins. WBTV, where Berlanti Productions is based, is producing. Rake wrote the adaptation and will executive produce with Berlanti and Kaplan, while Berlanti Productions’ Melissa Kellner Berman co-execute produces.
PREVIOUS, 3:34 PM: It is a big day for Warner Bros TV and DC Comics. On the heels of Fox confirming its Batman drama Gotham is going to series this morning, NBC has greenlighted a pilot for Constantine, a drama based on the characters in DC Comics’ John Constantine stories. The project, which had a script commitment with penalty, was written by The Mentalist executive producer Daniel Cerone from a story by him and David S. Goyer, the go-to writer for Warner Bros’ feature DC adaptations. The two are executive producing, with Cerone serving as showrunner. Constantine centers on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.