Sense8 has been renewed for its second season.
ABC Studios has extended the options on four actors from its untitled ABC Johnny Knoxville comedy pilot: David Koechner, Julie Ann Emery, Brad Carter and Lavell Crawford. Knoxville, on whose life the project is based, will continue as narrator. The idea is to re-conceive the project with a new writer and shoot another pilot.
ABC has put in development a drama project executive produced by Salma Hayekand Michael McDonaldthrough ABC Studios. Written by Diego Gutierrez, the untitled project is described as a soapy ensemble drama about the heirs to a wealthy Mexican conglomerate, who are in the throes of a battle for its future when they all become suspects in the murder of their father.
TV Landhas taken in for development Allison Kiessling’s The Mighty Camilla. The half-hour project, which Kiessling originally wrote on spec, was set up at ABC last season through ABC Studios and Melissa Rosenberg’s Tall Girls Productions. When the script didn’t go to pilot, Kiessling’s reps took it to TV Land, which ordered a second script. ABC Studios’ cable division ABC Signature is producing, with Rosenberg and her producing partner Kate Schumaecker executive producing. Additionally, ABC Studios has ordered a blind script from Kiessling.
FX has given a series pickup to “Better Things,” a comedy from Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, while FXX has ordered the animated series “Cassius and Clay.”
“Better Things,” which has a 10-episode order, revolves around the life of a single mother and working actress who is struggling to raise three daughters. Adlon stars and co-created the series with C.K. “Cassius and Clay” is billed as a female buddy comedy set in the post-apocalyptic South. Kaitlin Olson and Lake Bell voice the title characters.
FX has renewed “The Strain” for Season 3, and set premiere dates for a slew of dramas, including the new season of “American Horror Story.”
Louis C.K. is taking an “extended hiatus” from his eponymous FX series. John Landgraf added that it’s unclear as to when the comedy will be back on the cabler, but that it is welcome back whenever C.K. was ready.
Fans in 20 cities across the country will have the exclusive opportunity to be the first to see FOX’s new Tuesday night comedies GRANDFATHERED, THE GRINDER and the comedy-horror anthology SCREAM QUEENS on Tuesday, Aug. 18 and Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Live updates from CBS’ presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, which will include panels on “Supergirl,” “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,””Limitless” and “Code Black.”
“Empire” won redemption from the Television Critics Association, winning the organization’s top prize, Program of the Year. In winning program of the year, “Empire” edged out “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” “The Americans” and “Transparent.”
“There is simply too much television,” John Landgraf said flatly during his presentation at FX’s portion of the summer Television Critics Assn. press tour. Citing FX research, he predicted that the number of original scripted series on the air this year “will easily blow through the 400 series mark” and probably rise in 2016 before an inevitable winnowing begins.
He plays an attorney representing conservative billionaire Reese Dipple (Oliver Platt).
Rob Riggle will guest star on the second season of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat”.
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The fourth season of “The Mindy Project” will premiere Sept. 15 on Hulu. The streaming service has also set an Oct. 7 premiere date for the comedy series “Casual,” directed by Jason Reitman.
TLC has started production on a new untitled, seven-episode series following the Busby family from Texas, the only family in the United States to ever have an all-female set of quintuplets.
DreamWorks Studio has promoted Shelly Strong to head of physical production.
James F. Lopezis leaving his senior vice president post at Screen Gems to become Head of Motion Pictures for Will Packer Productions. He will steer development and oversee production on films Packer produces through his first look deal with Universal Pictures.