After being dormant for more than a decade, the TriStar Televisionbrand is ready to make a comeback as a boutique production unit within Sony Pictures Television. It would be run by Suzanne Patmore Gibbs who would segue to the new position after a three-year stint as EVP drama development for Sony Pictures Television. Patmore Gibbs’s top lieutenants, SVP drama development Jason Clodfelter and Chris Parnell, are expected to co-head SPT’s drama department going forward.
NBC has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to a drama from Graham Moore, director Marc Forster and Endemol Shine Studios. The untitled thriller (fka Patient Zero) was co-developed by Sky, which will serve as the series’ UK network. When a woman exhibits mysterious symptoms, she and her loved ones find themselves in the center of an epidemic with global consequences. Meanwhile, across the world, an FBI agent investigates a seemingly unrelated terrorist attack that leads him to the brink of madness.
Fox has given a script order to Urban Cowboy, a drama based on the 1980 Paramount romantic drama starring Debra Winger and John Travolta. Craig Brewer is on board to write and direct the potential pilot for Paramount TV and 20th Century Fox TV. Chris Levinson will executive producer and serve as showrunner under her overall deal with 20th TV. The project is described as a modern reimagining of the movie.
Producer Patrick S. Cunningham and filmmaker Darryl Wharton-Rigby have acquired TV rights to the hip-hop influenced manga series Tokyo Tribe and will shoot a pilot in coming months. The series is set in a dystopic Tokyo where 23 street gangs rule and ultraviolence holds sway.
Coming off a five-year run at the helm of their USA Network action drama series Covert Affairs, Matt Cormanand Chris Ordhave joined the midseason CW drama Containmentas executive producers and co-showrunners alongside Julie Plec.
Jonathan Tropper, co-creator of Cinemax breakout drama Banshee, has signed an overall deal with Cinemax and sibling HBO.
“Full House” star John Stamosrevealed on Thursday that his co-star Bob Saget will join the series spinoff “Fuller House” coming from Netflix.
Fox’s Gotham is looking to make a significant Dent in Season 2, by promoting Nicholas D’Agosto to series regular status.
The actress is negotiations to portray the Ancient One, the Tibetan mystic who is a mentor to Dr. Strange. In the comics, the character has been a male, and Marvel Studios initially was searching for a male actor. But the studio rethought the role and has now made it female.
The state was home to 22 major productions in 2014, up from 15 in 2013.
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USA has put the pilot of its hacker TV show, Mr. Robot, on Youtube. You’ll have to wait until June 24th for the series to properly premiere on TV.
UK multi-channel operator UKTV has greenlit three scripted comedy titles as it continues to bolster original commissions on its Gold channel. Henry IX (3×30’) will be a single-camera series set in the fictitious contemporary court of Henry IX, king of the UK, penned by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
Meanwhile, single-camera sitcom Marley’s Ghosts (3×30’) follows a woman who can talk to the dead, which includes both her husband and her lover. The show has been written by Daniel Peacock.
Also on the slate is studio comedy Bull (3×30’), which follows a man who attempts to run an antiques shop while being aided and hampered in equal measure by his dysfunctional staff. Gareth Gwynn and John-Luke Roberts have penned the project.
He worked at NBCUniversal parent Comcast before joining the entertainment company in 2011.
Andy Kubitz and Kelly Kahl tell us when they start the planning process for the new TV season and what kind of factors go into their decision making. While they’ve both got many shows that they would love to keep on the air, they’ve got to be rational. The decision whether to keep a show or pull the plug usually comes down to one thing: money.
It was the first podcast to win a Peabody Award. NPR’s crime series Serial is set to return for a second season in the fall and a third next spring, per an email blasted to subscribers.