NEW YORK, December 7, 2011 — Robots taking over the world, a critic reviewing difficult life experiences, social networking, a closed-captioner gone wild, a music group trying to get discovered online and reviving a public affairs show from the 80′s. These are just a few of the creative concepts coming out of COMEDY CENTRAL’s 2011-2012 development slate announced today. Projects in development range from sketch/variety to animated to scripted narrative and feature a combination of top comedic and up-and-coming talent including the Gregory Brothers, “The Daily Show’s” Wyatt Cenac, Andrew Daly, Nathan Fielder, Anthony Jeselnik, Jeff Ross, and Amy Schumer, among others. In addition to the comedic talent involved with COMEDY CENTRAL’s slate, the projects in development feature top producers including Avalon, Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico (“Robot Chicken”), Charlie Siskel (“Tosh.0″), 3Arts Entertainment and Mosaic Media Group. Along with the series development, COMEDY CENTRAL is focusing on its stand-up offerings with new, originally-produced, one-hour specials from Todd Barry, Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, Jo Koy, John Mulaney, JB Smoove, Paul F. Tompkins, a new stand-up series from Russell Simmons titled “Russell Simmons Presents The Ruckus,” as well as the return of “John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Viacom’s Logo network is set to unveil a development slate the includes four new projects designed to continue expanding the channel’s appeal. The projects range from scripted to reality competition shows and include a docu-series starring comedian Lisa Lampanelli that is produced by Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing production company. The four titles:
Lucia Cottone, who most recently worked at Lifetime developing such series as Army Wives, has joined Sony Pictures Television as SVP development and current programming, networks. In the newly created role, she will oversee global development for SPT’s growing channel portfolio worldwide as well as current programming, managing a slate of hundreds …
Former MTV president of programming Tony DiSanto and head of series development Liz Gateley, who left the cable channel on Dec. 31 to launch DiGa, an independent production company in partnership with Ben Silverman’s Electus, today officially announced the …
IFC just announced a development slate featuring eight original series – scripted and non-fiction from such auspices as Thom Beers (Ice Road Truckers, Deadliest Catch); Reveille Prods. (The Biggest Loser); Alan Spencer (Sledge Hammer!) and David Wain (Role Models), among others. “This development slate represents our long-term commitment to comedy programming that is sharp, cool and twisted,” said Debbie DeMontreux, IFC’s SVP of original programming. “Originals like these live alongside current series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, the upcoming Onion News Network and Portlandia in 2011, and acquired series Arrested Development and Freaks and Geek.” Here are descriptions of IFC’s series in development:
Writer Michael Oates Palmer has set up a dramedy at ABC Studios and a comedic drama at FX in addition to a drama he has in the works at Epix. As part of a blind script with ABC Studios, Palmer will write an untitled project loosely based on the New Zealand series Go Girls. ABC Studios and ABC first took a stab at adapting the series, from the creator of another popular New Zealand show that found its way to American television via ABC, Outrageous Fortune aka Scoundrels, last season with writer Liz Tuccillo. Palmer is working on the project with producer Julia Franz in a partnership grandfathered in before she left ABC Studios in September to join Jamie Tarses at her Sony-based Fanfare. Palmer’s adaptation of Go Girls is described as an hourlong relationship dramedy about a single man and his three single female friends, all in their early-mid 30s, all trying to make relationships work in a major American city while all their other college friends are off starting families. The project brings Palmer back to ABC where he worked on In Justice, Cupid and a period secret agents drama pilot script.
In its first development cycle under its deal at CBS TV Studios, Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s Apostle has sold 3 projects: 2 at CBS and one at the CW. The sales come 3 months after Apostle sealed pacts with CBS Studios on the broadcast and Fox TV Studios on …
EXCLUSIVE: After ordering contemporary versions of Romeo & Juliet set in New York and Chicago the last two pilot seasons, ABC is going for the real thing this year, picking up for development a retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic tale set in Renaissance Verona. Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the feature adaptation of another story about star-crossed lovers belonging to clans that are at odds with each other, Twilight, is in talks to direct the potential Romeo & Juliet pilot in what would mark her TV directorial debut. Feature producers Todd Garner (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, the upcoming The Zookeeper) and Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (the Twilight franchise, Dear John) are behind the series adaptation, which is being written by World Trade Center scribe Andrea Berloff. Romeo & Juliet, which is produced by ABC Studios, follows the famous love story while also pealing away the curtain on the impetuous, incestuous, bloody and violent relationships during the Renaissance in Verona. In addition to Garner, Godfrey and Bowen, Sean Robin will also executive produce the project.
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer Donald Todd, co-creator/executive producer/showrunner of the ABC comedy Samantha Who?, has set up 2 new projects at CBS — comedy Zits and drama True Detectives. Both are based on well-known properties — Zits is a popular comic strip and Jonathan True Detectives is a best selling novel from Jonathan Kellerman. Both projects stem from Todd’s multi-script deal with Warner Bros TV, which co-produces Zits and True Detectives with studio-based Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Shephard/Robin Co., respectively. Zits is a live-action family comedy based on the comic strip that explores the sardonic wit and hormonal angst of 16-year-old Jeremy Duncan.
EXCLUSIVE: Ben Silverman is returning to scripted television via the same route that made him an independent producer. ABC is finalizing a deal for a single-camera comedy based on the popular Spanish series Aquí no hay quien viva (loosely translated as I Hate This Place). Silverman will executive produce with Sofia Vergara, star of the network’s Emmy-winning family comedy Modern Family. Craig Doyle has been tapped to write the adaptation, which marks the first broadcast scripted project for Silverman’s IAC-based company Electus which he launched last summer following his rocky two-year tenure at NBC. I Hate This Place is a multi-cultural and multi-generational comedy in the tone of Modern Family and set in an apartment building. It follows the lives of an old school father and his corner-cutting son who must somehow work together to manage the outrageously eccentric tenants