Hi all! Here’s your first news update for Thursday, January 29, 2015:
‘Cuckoo’ Comedy Based On UK Series Gets NBC Pilot Order
Cuckoo, an adaptation of the breakout BBC Three comedy series starring Andy Samberg, has received a pilot order by NBC. The single-camera project, from Lionsgate TV and the original series’ producer Roughcut Television, was originally set up at NBC during the 2013-14 development season with a put pilot commitment. Cuckoo is the story of a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo, much to her father’s annoyance. UK writers Robin French and Kieron Quirke, who created the BBC series, wrote the adaptation with Tim Long who serves as showrunner.
TVLine: Pilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
TVLine presents its annual round-up of who’s planning what, and well as our guide to the lingo that gets tossed around.
(from Weds) ‘Limitless’ Drama, Dan O’Shannon & Tad Quill Comedies Get CBS Pilot Orders
CBS has handed three more pilot orders to drama Limitless, a sequel to the 2011 Relativity feature starring Bradley Cooper, and comedies from veterans Dan O’Shannon and Tad Quill. All three come from sister studio CBS TV Studios. Written/executive produced by Craig Sweeny and executive produced by Cooper and Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, Limitless follows Brian Sinclair, the character played in the film by Cooper, as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. The feature’s helmer, Neil Burger, will direct the pilot.
Written by former Dan O’Shannon and Peter Warren, the untitled comedy project (format TBD) revolves around a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives. O’Shannon executive produces alongside Clark Peterson & Dennis Erdman, Eric Tannenbaum & Kim Tannenbaum.
Tad Quill’s Angel From Hell (format TBD), centers on an unlikely pair. When Amy enters Allison’s life and claims to be her guardian angel, they form an unlikely friendship and Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts.
(from Weds) ‘Flesh & Blood’ Mystery Drama From Jenna Bans Gets ABC Pilot Order
ABC has given the green light to Flesh and Blood, a drama from Jenna Bans, Mandeville Prods. and ABC Studios.
Showtime To Adapt U.K. Mini ‘The Driver’ As Drama Series Starring David Morrissey
Showtime is developing an American drama series version of the three-part BBC One thriller miniseries The Driver. David Morrissey, who starred in and executive produced the UK mini, is set to reprise his role and topline the Showtime project, which he also will executive produce. Taylor Elmore will pen the adaptation with the original’s writer Danny Brocklehurst. CBS TV Studios, where Elmore is under an overall deal, is the studio. The original mini is about an ordinary man, a taxi driver (Morrissey) who – because of family mystery, frustration with his job and his life – makes a terrible decision and starts working for a criminal. Executive producing with Elmore are CBS TV Studios-based Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
Producer Ash Atalla Inks First-Look Deal With HBO
British TV producer Ash Atalla and his production company Roughcut Television have signed a two-year first-look deal with HBO. Under the pact, Atalla already is working on his first project, serving as an executive producer on the pay cable network’s comedy pilot starring Sarah Silverman as a pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis, which was written by Lucy Prebble.
Amazon Studios Adds Comedy ‘Catastrophe’ to its Original Series Line-up
Amazon Studios today added hit comedy Catastrophe to its line-up of Amazon Original Series available exclusively on Prime Instant Video. Written by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe is a half-hour comedy set in London about an Irish woman and American man struggling to start a relationship after their clumsy lust leads to pregnancy. Already a critical hit in the UK, Catastrophe is an Avalon Television production with co-producers Birdbath Productions and Merman.
(sched) NBC’s ‘Blacklist’ Move Creates Drama Over Thursday Lineup
NBC’s bid to turn Thursday into a destination night of shows of a similar genre and tone would seem a counterintuitive approach at a time of time-shifted viewing and on-demand platforms offering an alphabetical menu of shows. But ABC’s success this season in stacking three Shonda Rhimes-produced dramas on Thursday — “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder” — and selling them to viewers as a can’t-miss, tweet-along-with-us weekly event has execs reconsidering the importance of branding a night.
Bruce Jenner ‘Journey’ Docuseries In Development At E!
E! is developing a docuseries following Bruce Jenner’s “journey”. The former Olympian and newly divorced husband to Kris Jenner of the Kardashian clan, which stars in several unscripted series at the cable network, has generated considerable speculation in the tabloid press that he is on the verge of revealing he is transgender.
‘Top Chef’ Renewed for Season 13 by Bravo
“Top Chef” Season Twelve Continues Three-Part Finale In Mexico Wednesday, February 4.
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Nickelodeon to Offer Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Service
The subscription service to be offered by the children’s programming group joins a growing number of similar offerings from other television groups.
CC: Studios Renews ‘Six Guys One Car’ and ‘New Timers for New Seasons and Announces Five Greenlights
The slate includes the renewals of two fan-favorite digital series: “Six Guys One Car,” from YouTube stars Dormtainment, and “New Timers,” following two low-key friends that remain unchanged and unphased by a post-apocalyptic Brooklyn. New series from CC:Studios include projects featuring Matt Braunger as one of the few remaining white people in America, Sean O’Connor as an Awkward blogger, and Rich Fulcher as the host of a show that takes absurd hypotheticals very seriously. CC:Studios also has two series that are moving to the linear channel this year: “This Is Not Happening” and “Idiotsitter,” showcasing the department’s ability to successfully incubate projects digitally and migrate them to TV.
‘Lilyhammer’ Producer Rubicon To Shoot ‘Maniac’
Anne Kolbjornsen at Rubicon TV has in production the internationally acclaimed ”The Third Eye” and the Norwegian shows ”Kasim Bader” and ”Maniac,” the latter a new TV series to be shot in ten 30-minute episodes beginning in early March. Behind “Maniac” are Hakon Bast Mossige and Espen PA Lervaag, both of whom will write, direct and star in the drama, which carries the tagline “everyday loser/fantasy hero.” ”It will be a high-quality drama about a young man who’s living a fantastic life, but only in his dreams, in his fantasy world,” said Kolbjornsen. “In real life, he gets locked up at an institution, with a psychologist trying to win him back to reality.”
The Code takes top drama award in Oz
Conspiracy thriller The Code has been named best TV drama at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards in Sydney. Stretching from the spectacular red desert of Australias outback to the cool corridors of power in Canberra, The Code tells the story of two very different brothers who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret.
Commissioned by ABC, Working Dog Productions’ Utopia was named best TV comedy series. Utopia is satire about the difficult process of taking grand, uncosted, inadequately planned, fundamentally flawed schemes – and passing them off as "Nation Building".
ZDF orders more Doctor Klein
ZDF has ordered another run of family-skewed medical drama Dr. Klein. The German public broadcaster has ordered another twelve episodes of the show, about a diminutive kids doctor, Valerie Klein, working in an inner city children’s hospital.
Seven tracks down Channel 5’s Suspects
Seven Network in Australia has acquired British procedural Suspects, which goes out on Viacom’s UK free-to-air network Channel 5. Set in London, the series follows DS Jack Weston, DC Charlie Steele and their senior DI Martha Bellamy of Greater London Police whilst they investigate different types of cases including murder, attempted murder, missing people, drug overdose, child abuse and sex crime. Most of the show’s dialogue is improvised in order to make it seem natural, the actors have a detailed story document and perform from there. FremantleMedia-owned Newman Street produces the series.
Disney Launching Latin-Inspired ‘Sofia the First’ Spinoff
Princess Elena of Avalor will be introduced in a 2016 episode of the Disney Junior animated series. The debut of the new series Elena of Avalor, produced by Disney Television Animation, will follow later that year.
ABC Family show “The Fosters” gets a companion novelization
ABC Family show “The Fosters” now has an official companion novel. From author Stacy Kravetz comes “The Fosters: Keep Your Frenemies Close.”
Univision Extends CEO Randy Falco’s Deal Through January 2018
Univision has extended President and CEO Randy Falco’s contract through January 2018.
Stephen Lambert Re-Ups With All3Media, To Expand Into Drama
Producer Stephen Lambert has committed his future to the Discovery and Liberty Media-owned All3Media by re-signing a deal until 2020. As part of the pact, Lambert will launch a new drama division in his Studio Lambert banner. http://deadline.com/2015/01/stephen-lambert-all3media-liberty-media-discovery-1201362238/
CBS Hit With New Interns Class Action Lawsuit
Earlier this week, ex-intern Camille Demere and her lawyers filed a jury trial-demanding complaint against CBS Corporation and CBS Radio.
Viewers Can Shop the Super Bowl Halftime Show From Their Phones and TVs
During halftime, Pepsi and ShopTV will send out tweets with links to buy merchandise related to the show. After clicking on the links, Twitter users then enter their shipping information and buy products straight from the social site.