Disney XD has given a pilot green light toEpic Offenders, a single-camera comedy that combines unscripted hidden camera pranks with live-action scripted comedy. Adam Small and Trevor Moore penned the pilot and Tom Gianas is directing.
AMChas put in development Foodies, a half-hour comedy written by Duncan Birmingham and executive produced by Michael Londonof Groundswell Prods. Set in Los Angeles’s fast-paced culinary world, Foodies follows a group of obsessive foodies who’ll go to any length to indulge their favorite pastime.
Mad Men alums Maria and Andre Jacquemetton are on board to pen the script for Paramount Television and executive produce. The project, which received a script commitment, is being eyed as a short-order event series — but with the potential to continue for a second season. Stanley R. Jaffe and Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin will exec produce.
Syfy is developing a new horror series with Hannibal scribe Nick Antosca and Universal Cable Productions. Antosca is writing Channel Zero, a horror anthology series with each season focusing on a new story. The first run will be based on Candle Cove by Kris Straub, a story that originates from the user-generated internet horror phenomenon known as creepypasta. It tells the story of a mysterious children’s television show from the 1980s and the show’s role in a series of murders and one man’s dark secret.
The series will return for a 16-episode run.
The rookie drama premiered to tepid ratings this spring on NBC.
The ‘Black-ish’ star will take on the role of Alex Haley that was originally portrayed by James Earl Jones in the 1977 original.
Neve Campbell has joined the cast of the Netflix drama as a new series regular.
Stana Katic (Castle) and Raza Jaffrey (Homeland) will star in Sundance award-winning director Amin Matalqa’s action adventure The Rendezvous. Inspired by classic romantic capers as North by Northwest and Romancing the Stone, the film is an adaptation of Sarah Isaias’ book A New Song.
ABC is rebooting another classic game show: To Tell the Truth. The network has tapped Black-ish star Anthony Anderson to host the six-episode series, which will feature panelists Betty White and NeNe Leakes, among others to be announced. FremantleMedia North America will produce the series.
The new variety show will return for eight episodes.
ABC executives are finalizing a plan to reboot “The View” next fall, for the second consecutive year, with a flurry of changes that could include the departure of at least one of its regular hosts. While moderator Whoopi Goldberg will remain as the face of the struggling daytime talker, the future of two of her co-hosts, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, is in doubt.
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Netflix measures the success of its shows very differently from television, Ted Sarandos said. The company wants to make series custom-tailored to different audience segments, and sticky enough that users keep subscribing. It sees no upside in playing the ratings game merely for bragging rights, he said. “What I didn’t want to do is get into a ratings race with television, because really, for them it matters,” he said. “For me, it doesn’t.”
A+E Networks announced the launch of Lifetime Movie Club, the network’s first direct-to-consumer subscription service which grants subscribers access to a library of Lifetime Movies without commercial interruptions for $3.99 a month.
The BAFTA-winning British comedy Detectorists, starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones, is slated to make its U.S. premiere on Acorn TV this summer. Written and directed by Crook, Detectorists follows two metal-detecting enthusiasts searching for treasure in the English countryside. The show’s first season debuted on BBC Four late last year.
Disney Channel’s premiere of “Teen Beach 2″ last Friday has racked up about 7.5 million viewers with three days of DVR playback included, making it basic cable’s most-watched non-sports telecast since the season finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” in March.
For ABC, the process has been a slow slog, as the network is holding out for stronger pricing than its apparently gotten across-the-board. After all, ABC’s ratings have risen year-over-year, as Shondaland Thursdays have become a game-changer towards the week’s-end. In the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic, ABC’s traditional fall season was up five percent year-over-year, with a 2.2 versus 2013-2014’s 2.1, according to Nielsen’s most current ratings, which include seven day delayed viewing shifts. In total viewers, the American Broadcasting Company is up six percent, rising from 7.645 million to 8.089 million.
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