Comedy Central Announces 2011-12 Development Slate

By | Wednesday December 7, 2011 @ 9:15am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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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Oxygen Adds Three To Development Slate

By | Tuesday November 29, 2011 @ 9:23am PST

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 »

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Caprice Crane To Adapt Her Novel ‘Stupid And Contagious’ Into NBC Comedy Project

By | Friday August 26, 2011 @ 8:29am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After dividing her time between careers as a TV/feature writer and as a novelist for the past several years, Caprice Crane will merge the two with a gig to adapt her first novel into a TV series. … Read More »

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Russell T Davies Drama Series ‘Cucumber’ In Development At Showtime

By | Wednesday July 6, 2011 @ 3:52pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Russell T Davies, who created the Showtime series Queer As Folk as well as the British original, is back at the premium cable network with a new drama series in development there titled Cucumber. Details about the plot have … Read More »

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Sony Pics TV Unit Hires Lucia Cottone As SVP Development & Current Programming

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 … Read More »

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Former ABC Executive Josh Barry Joins Prospect Park As TV Partner

By | Tuesday May 3, 2011 @ 12:43pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jeff Kwatinetz’s 2-year-old Prospect Park is raising its TV profile with the hire of former ABC drama development executive Josh Barry as partner in its TV group. Barry will develop and produce drama and comedy series, as well as … Read More »

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Former MTV Execs Tony DiSanto & Liz Gateley Unveil New Company, First Slate

By | Monday January 24, 2011 @ 9:06am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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CBS Buys Comedy From Yuspa & Goldsmith

By | Monday November 15, 2010 @ 6:02am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: An empty nesters comedy from ‘Til Death creators Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith has landed at CBS. Titled Free, the multi-camera comedy centers on a married couple who explore their freedom and start to have fun and live … Read More »

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IFC Unveils Series Development Slate

By | Tuesday November 9, 2010 @ 7:12am PST
Nellie Andreeva

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: Read More »

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NBC Developing Comic-Based Drama Starring ‘Heroes’ Alum Milo Ventimiglia

By | Wednesday November 3, 2010 @ 9:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: He just starred on an NBC drama series with comic book mythology. Now Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia is back at the network as the star/executive producer of Rest, a new drama project based on a comic book series he … Read More »

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ABC Working On Action-Adventure Drama With Rob Cohen, Ethan Reiff & Cyrus Voris

By | Tuesday November 2, 2010 @ 6:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: A trio busy on the feature side — Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, who are writing the Karate Kid sequel, and Rob Cohen who is prepping the xXx threeequel, xXx: The return of Xander Cage –  have teamed for an action … Read More »

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Writer Michael Oates Palmer Sets Up 3 Projects, Including Adaptation Of New Zealand Format

By | Tuesday November 2, 2010 @ 12:29pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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NBC Develops Winery-Set Supernatural Soap

By | Monday November 1, 2010 @ 6:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC has added supernatural soap Vines to its roster of drama projects in development for next season, with The Ring director Hideo Nakata possibly executive producing and possibly direct. The project, from writer Mark Kruger (The 4400) and film producers … Read More »

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Denis Leary & Jim Serpico’s Apostle Sells Projects To CBS And CW

By | Monday October 18, 2010 @ 6:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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 … Read More »

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ABC Wants ‘Romeo & Juliet’ Series And Maybe ‘Twilight’ Helmer Catherine Hardwicke

By | Wednesday October 13, 2010 @ 11:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Ted Gold Tops TV For Parkes/MacDonald

By | Monday October 11, 2010 @ 3:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Veteran TV development executive Ted Gold has joined Parkes/MacDonald Prods. as head of television. The Gladiator producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald entered the TV arena this summer with a first-look deal at NBC Universal. Gold was most recently Head of TV … Read More »

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Don Todd Sells 2 Shows To CBS Including Bruckheimer-Produced ‘Zits’ Adaptation

By | Friday October 8, 2010 @ 12:19pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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Ben Silverman Partners With Sofia Vergara For Electus’ First Big Scripted Sale At ABC

Nellie Andreeva

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 Read More »

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