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NBC orders gay-themed pilot from Ellen DeGeneres

NBC hasn’t given up developing something in the vein of The New Normal. Now the net has ordered a pilot called One Big Happy, a comedy that involves a Will & Grace component.

Here’s the official logline from the comedy that’s being developed by Warner Bros. TV and Ellen DeGeneres: “When gay and straight best friends decide to have a baby together, things get complicated when one of them finds the love of their life.”

The script is from Liz Feldman, a scribe who’s written for DeGeneres in the past as well as CBS’ current comedy 2 Broke Girls.

Despite earning kudos from critics, NBC yanked The New Normal – which was about a gay couple who recruit a surrogate mom so they can start a family — last May.

Nat Faxon, Judy Greer comedy among new series picked up by FX

FX’s comedy slate expansion continues, this time with an announcement from the network that it has ordered two new comedies to series, both set to debut this summer.

The first, titled Married, stars Oscar-winning screenwriter and frequent Jim Rash collaborator Nat Faxon and Judy Greer as a married couple named Russ and Lina. Described as a half-hour comedy “about being miserably in love,” the show also features Go On alum Brett Gelman and Jenny Slate, who created the web series Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. Andrew Gurland (The Virginity Hit, Mail Order Wife), who wrote and directed the pilot script, will serve as exec producer/showrunner.

The other new comedy comes from Stephen Falk and stars The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Aya Cash and Chris Geere (The Spa). Titled You’re the Worst, it is billed as a comedy love story “about what happens when two toxic, self-destructive people (Cash and Geere) fall in love despite themselves and attempt the impossible — a relationship.”

Both series are set to debut in July.

The announcement comes in the midst of a busy comedy development season for FX, which has recently announced pilots from people like Denis Leary, Louis C.K., and an animated project from Seth Rogen.

NBC orders comedy pilots from Rashida Jones and Casey Wilson

Rashida Jones may be leaving Parks and Recreation soon, but she’s keeping ties to NBC. The network has ordered A to Z, a romantic comedy pilot that is set at an online dating company and chronicles the life of a relationship from introduction to destruction. Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack will serve as executive producers, while Ben Queen (Cars 2) will write the pilot and executive-produce as well.

The Peacock also given a thumbs-up to another single-camera comedy pilot, The Mason Twins, which will be written and executive produced by Happy Endings star Casey Wilson and NTSF:SD:SUV:: actress June Rafael. The Mason Twins centers on fraternal twin sisters who reconnect following 15 years of estrangement; when one sibling’s perfect urban life falls to pieces, she returns home to the suburbs to discover that her sister never grew out of her teen-queen years. (The network apparently enjoys Happy Endings, as earlier this week it ordered Marry Me, a single-camera comedy pilot from Happy creator David Caspe, who is engaged to Wilson.) READ FULL STORY

Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo book ABC comedy

Here’s a reunion that you may want to see: Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo of Vacation fame have a booked a single-camera comedy pilot for ABC.

There’s no writer, but the pilot is based on an idea by producer Aaron Kaplan (The Neighbors) about a pair of 60-something grandparents who are forced to raise their grandchildren. Since its in the early stages, the project is being considered for the 2015-16 season.

This will give Chase a chance to jump back into primetime after his memorable run on Community. D’Angelo’s last major role on TV was as agent Barbara Miller on Entourage.

Dwyane Wade sells semi-autobiographical comedy to Fox

Dwayne Wade’s making swift moves on the court yet again, but this time it’s on the squeaky floors of the comedy world. The Miami Heat guard sold his New York Times best-seller A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball to Fox as an adaptation for a half-hour comedy with a script commitment, EW has confirmed.

Partnering with Mandalay Sports Media’s Mike Tollin, the Sony Pictures Television entry Three the Hard Way is based on Wade’s life as a single father. The show is the first television development project for Wade’s ZZ Productions.

Wade has tapped Burn Notice executive producer Ben Watkins to pen the pilot script, which tells the story of an NBA superstar who finds himself trying to balance his world as a parent and athlete when he gets custody of his two young sons. Three the Hard Way is inspired by Wade’s A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, a semi-autobiographical book in which he talks about parenting his two sons Zaire and Zion and his rise in the NBA.

A&E developing reality show with Channing Tatum

The next step after exposing the world of male strip clubs? Descending into a bordello-themed New Orleans nightclub, naturally.

EW has confirmed that Channing Tatum is developing an hourlong reality pilot for A&E that revolves around Saints & Sinners, a Bourbon Street bar/restaurant that Tatum opened with friend and business partner Keith Kurtz last fall. Tatum and Kurtz will executive produce, as will Original Media’s Charlie Corwin.

Saints & Sinners offers “food, spirits, music, and a sinfully good time,” according to its website. “Styled after the famous red-light district bordellos and burlesque halls of New Orleans’ Storyville era, Saints & Sinners is Tatum’s tribute to the city’s ribald, good-time reputation.”

Expect lots of wrought iron, red accents, and brightly-colored drinks in martini glasses. Just don’t count on seeing Tatum’s famous abs; it’s currently unclear whether the actor will appear in the prospective series.

'Happy Endings' alum Eliza Coupe to star in USA Network pilot

USA Network may have passed on Happy Endings but it hasn’t passed on Eliza Coupe.

The network announced today that it has green lit a new original half-hour comedy pilot starring Coupe as a corporate attorney who has a nervous breakdown after being passed up for a promotion and ends up working among the legal world’s underdogs as a public defender.

Titled Benched, the pilot was penned by Michaela Watkins (Trophy Wife), Damon Jones (The Groundlings), and John Enbom (creator of Party Down). Enbom will serve as showrunner.

 

Amazon Instant Video greenlights three new half-hour pilots

Amazon Instant Video is ready for round two. After launching its first round of comedy pilots last April, Amazon just announced that it has given the greenlight to launch three new half-hour pilots. Customers will then be invited to watch the pilots and help decide which of the three they want to go into full-season production on Prime Instant Video and Amazon’s LOVEFiLM in the UK in early 2014.

The first of the three pilots, titled Mozart in the Jungle, is written by Oscar-nominated Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), actor Jason Schwartzman (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Tony-nominated Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher). Based on the memoir by Blair Tindall, it tells the story of what happens backstage at the symphony. Sex, drugs, and … classical music? You better believe it.

The second pilot, The Outlaws, is written by Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and Jon Weinbach and goes behind-the-scenes of a professional football team, both from the perspectives of the players and those sitting in the office. Former NFL player (and host of Live! with Kelly and Michael) is also attached as part of the creative team.
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Watch 'Masters of Sex' pilot online now -- NSFW VIDEO

In Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Michael Sheen’s William Masters and Lizzy Caplan’s Virginia Johnson research the science of human sexuality — so the show should be right at home on pay cable.

But just how racy will things get? Now we have a better idea, since Showtime has posted the pilot to YouTube more than a week before the series premieres. Watch it online now:
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Fox gives pilot order to Ben Affleck's 'The Middle Man'

Ben Affleck might be the new Batman, but that doesn’t mean his only focus is on the big screen.

EW has confirmed that Fox has given a pilot order to The Middle Man, a crime drama set in 1960′s Boston. Affleck will direct the pilot episode, as well as serve as an executive producer, along with Glenn Gordon Caron (Moonlighting), who wrote the pilot script. Chay Charter (Argo) is also listed as an executive producer.

The Middle Man focuses on the relationship between the FBI agent responsible for taking down the Italian-American mafia and his confidential informant, an Irish-American gangster. Throughout the relationship, “the duo’s actions inadvertently give rise to the Irish-American mob in this timeless Boston crime saga,” according to a press release.

Production on The Middle Man is set to begin in early 2014.

NBC nabs CIA drama starring Katherine Heigl

NBC has ordered a pilot that will star Katherine Heigl as a CIA analyst who communicates directly with the president about world crises.

The project has been described as a procedural by Alexi Hawley (The Following). Heigl has been working on it with feature producer Robert Simonds (This Means War) and a team of senior CIA suits. It generated quick interest at both the broadcast and cable nets.

The project — if it goes the distance — should not see the light of day until fall 2014.

NBC will pay a significant penalty if the pilot doesn’t air, which means the project has a good chance at a pickup — and Heigl will get her TV comeback.

'Walking Dead's' governor cast in new AMC project

David Morrissey — aka the Governor on The Walking Dead — has been cast in a new drama pilot for AMC, which may fuel speculation that his character will finally meet his maker in season four.

But don’t despair, Dead-heads: The cable network insists that Morrissey will do double duty on the zombie drama and Line of Sight, which will focus on a National Transportation Safety Board investigator (Morrissey) who survives a mysterious plane crash. AMC told Deadline that both  are produced in Atlanta, which will make it possible for the actor to work two jobs. Line Of Sight is from Blake Masters (2 Guns) and director Jonathan Demme.

Morrissey appeared alongside other cast members at Dead’s Comic-Con panel last month in San Diego. His character wasn’t featured in the trailer, though. Hmm…

The fourth season of The Walking Dead begins on Oct. 13.

Michael J. Fox: Parkinson's is frustrating and funny

There’s nothing horrifying about having Parkinson’s, insists Michael J. Fox — no “gothic nastiness” to his affliction that is the basis for many jokes in his new eponymous sitcom debuting this fall on NBC.

“A lot of times when you have a disability, the one thing you deal with is rejection of your experience, or fear they have about it,” Fox told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Tour. ” They’re not seeing the experience you are having. But there’s nothing horrifying about it. There is no gothic nastiness. The reality of Parkinson’s is that sometimes it’s frustrating and sometimes it’s funny,” he continued. “I need to look at that way.”

Fox said that he and Executive Producers Will Gluck and Sam Laybourne mined the actor’s life for comedy gold. (The series focuses on a former news anchor with Parkinson’s who returns to work — much to the happiness of his family). Most of the jokes that are told in the pilot episode — like how Fox’s character takes too long to serve food, which prompts his wife (Betsy Brandt)  to criticize his need for a “personal victory” — came from Fox’s personal experiences.

“We sat down and I said here’s the kind of stuff I deal with on daily basis,” said Fox, who also invited his real life wife Tracy Pollan to appear in the series’ third episode.

“We’re honoring” Mike’s family, added Gluck, who described Fox’s home life as “wildly funnier.”

The producers also teased how they’ll use Anne Heche, the newest cast member. “She’s the newest nemesis for Mike,” Laybourne said. “Let’s just say there was a disputed incident 20 years ago in the Everglades and she used Mike to help her career. As an anchor, they’ll butt heads.”

Here’s the trailer for The Michael J. Fox Show, which will debut at 9 p.m. on Sept. 26 for a one-hour launch, and then shifts into its regular 9:30 p.m. slot. READ FULL STORY

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