ABC Orders Two More Family Comedy Pilots
‘Square Roots’ as well as ‘Chunk & Bean’ mark the network’s fifth and sixth comedy pilots this season — all of them family fare. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-orders-two-more-family-859240
Picked up to pilot at the network are Recon, a drama reuniting Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec and written by Caroline Dries, and A.P.B., from Len Wiseman. Recon, from Warner Bros. Television centers on a rookie FBI agent who embeds herself in a suspected terrorist family. A.P.B., meanwhile, hails from 20th Century Fox Television. David Slack will pen the script and exec produce the drama about a tech billionaire who purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder. He uses a cutting-edge approach to fix the broken ways of these blue- blooded veterans. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/kevin-williamson-julie-plec-team-859235
Hulu Orders Pilots for Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s ‘Citizen’ and Thriller ‘When the Street Lights Go On’
Hulu is expected to make formal pilot orders soon for “Citizen” from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and writers Josh Pate and Nicholas Schutt, and ’80s-set thriller “When the Street Lights Go On,” which was originally intended to be a feature film a few years back. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/hulu-pilots-citizen-when-the-street-lights-go-on-1201687909/
ABC Plotting Watergate Event Series
ABC is in the early stages of developing a limited series exploring Richard Nixon’s 1970s White House burglary and subsequent scandal. From Entertainment One and Bob Cooper, the drama will be penned by Jon Maas and told through the eyes of John Dean, the then-White House counsel for President Nixon. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/abc-plotting-watergate-event-series-859051
Showtime Developing Novel ‘Super Sad True Love Story’ with Ben Stiller Directing Nearly one year after Ben Stiller began developing the 2010 novel “Super Sad True Love Story” for a television series with writer Karl Gajdusek, Showtime has nabbed the project with Stiller attached to exec produce and direct. Currently in development at the premium cabler, the book’s author Gary Shteyngart will serve as an exec producer. A unique blend of comedy, tragedy, absurdity and neurosis, the epistolary novel is built around the diaries of protagonist Lenny Abramov and the online posts of Eunice, telling their love story against the backdrop of an American dystopia. http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/super-sad-true-love-story-showtime-ben-stiller-1201685611/
Pinewood Sets Up TV Drama Production Joint Venture
Pinewood Television has been forged with Peter Gerwe’s StoryFirst PST and will be headed by Helen Gregory, co-creator of Shondaland’s ‘The Catch.’ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/pinewood-tv-drama-production-venture-859283
‘Scandal,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ Round Out PaleyFest 2016 LineupSet for March 11-20 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Scandal is set for Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m., with Rhimes set to be joined by stars including Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn and more. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/scandal-better-call-saul-round-859197
(review) THR: ‘The Magicians’A surprisingly effective and intriguing first two episodes make it look like Syfy got this trick right. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/magicians-tv-review-859191
George Lopez’s TV Land Comedy Casts Alexie Gilmore In Recurring RoleAlexie Gilmorehas booked a heavily recurring role on TV Land’s Lopez, a semi-autobiographical, single camera comedy starring and executive produced by George Lopez. http://deadline.com/2016/01/george-lopez-tv-land-comedy-casts-alexie-gilmore-recurring-lopez-1201690510/
‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star Corey Hawkins Lands Male Lead in ’24’ Spinoff“Straight Outta Compton” star Corey Hawkinshas landed the Jack Bauer-esque male lead slot on Fox’s “24: Legacy” pilot. http://www.thewrap.com/jack-bauer-corey-hawkins-24-legacy-dr-dre-straight-outta-compton/
NON-SCRIPTED / ALTERNATIVE NEWS:
CW to Air eSports Docuseries ‘Chasing the Cup’
CW Seed will stream all episodes of the ‘Mortal Kombat X’ competition series with the finale airing on the network in February. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cw-air-esports-docuseries-chasing-859019
BBC Three reveals switchover content plansThe BBC announced two new platforms and a raft of new content for its youth network BBC Three, ahead of its move to online-only on February 16. Among the new BBC Three commissions announced yesterday were: a series of short films from new writers from BBC Drama and actor Idris Elba’s production company, Green Door Pictures; a standalone serial of 8x8mins films called Life and Death Row: Love Triangle; a new drama from writer Jess Brittain set at Edinburgh university called Clique; and a new documentary called Black Power that will investigate the Ku Klux Klan and Black Panther movements. http://tbivision.com/news/2016/01/bbc-three-reveals-switchover-content-plans/538592/
EXECUTIVE / TALENT NEWS:
– Fred Bernstein has started a new Los Angeles-based production company, named Astute Films. The production company launches with $50 million in private equity funding. The company has signed on Dominique Telson as VP of Development and Production.
– Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman have founded independent production company The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC). Rachel Dax has been named the EVP of Head of Production. Steve Erdman is now a Coordinator of Development. Matt Zien has been named the Director of Development.
– Adam Stone has been named the President of Entertainment at Phenomenon.
– Beau Ferrari has been shifted from EVP of Operations to the EVP of Corporate Strategy & Development at Univision Communications Inc.
– Jason Zajac has been named the EVP of Strategy & Business Insights at NBCUniversal. He was previously the Partner, Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco.
– Nick Borenstein has been named the Director of Scripted Programming at First Look Media.
– Hector Campos has been named the VP of Programming at UP. He was previously the VP of Programming & Acquisitions at CMT.
– Marissa Ronca has been upped from SVP of Development & Original Programming to the EVP of Head of Programming at truTV. Puja Vohra has been named the EVP, Marketing & Digital at truTV. http://www.ssninsider.com/exec-shuffle-for-12516-chinas-perfect-world-pictures-universal-circling-deal-exodus-at-twitter-eli-holzman-aaron-saidman-launch-ipc/
Sony Pictures Taps Daniel Floyd to Oversee LitigationHe assumes responsibilities previously held by Len Venger, who is retiring. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/sony-pictures-taps-daniel-floyd-859176
(stage) ‘Hamilton’ Will Play The Hollywood Pantages in 2017, With ‘The Book Of Mormon’ Returning
Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rap-infused musical about the American Revolution and the first Treasury secretary, will have a run beginning in the late summer of 2017 at the Hollywood Pantages. http://deadline.com/2016/01/hamilton-tour-set-for-hollywood-pantages-1201690256/