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NBC orders 'About a Boy,' Sean Hayes comedy, more for fall

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No monkeys this year!

After yanking shows like Deception on Thursday and the much-deserved Animal Practice earlier this season, NBC began making series orders this morning in preparation for its fall presentation to advertisers Monday.

Among the pickups: About A Boy, which is a comedy starring David Walton and Minnie Driver which centers on a bachelor whose primary goal in life is avoiding any kind of responsibility until he meets a geeky young boy; and Believe, a J.J. Abrams joint about an unlikely relationship develops between a young girl with a gift and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power. Johnny Sequoyah, Jake McLaughlin, Delroy Lindo will star. Photos of the new shows here. READ FULL STORY

'Friday Night Lights' creator Peter Berg to direct, produce HBO pilot penned by Damon Lindelof

The creative minds of Friday Night Lights and Lost are teaming up.

Peter Berg, best known for showrunning Friday Night Lights and directing last year’s Battleship, will produce and direct an HBO pilot written by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus), EW has confirmed. The show is an adaptation of 2011 novel The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, who is writing the pilot script along with Lindelof. READ FULL STORY

Your TGIF crossover dreams are coming true: Jackee Harry is in the 'Girl Meets World' pilot

Boy Meets World Meets Sister Sister, anyone?

EW has confirmed that actress Jackée Harry, best known to Gen Xers as 227‘s vampy, Emmy-winning Sandra and to Millennials as Sister Sister‘s flamboyant adoptive mom Lisa, will appear in the pilot episode of Girl Meets World. There’s no word yet on whether Harry appears as a guest star or as a potential recurring character, should the Boy Meets World spinoff be picked up to series.

So, will Jackée be playing a sassy teacher who works with Cory (Ben Savage)? A sassy lawyer who works with Topanga (Danielle Fishel)? A sassy neighbor who serves as little Maya’s (Rowan Blancard) answer to Mr. Feeny (William Daniels)? Disney’s keeping mum on details for now — so feel free to speculate wildly, and to dream up possible GMW roles for other TGIF alumni. There’s got to be a part here for Melissa Joan Hart!

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Ryan Murphy sells sexy pilot to HBO

How many scripted series can one man shepherd at the same time? For Ryan Murphy, at least, the answer may soon be “four.” EW has confirmed that the mastermind behind Glee, American Horror Story, and The New Normal has sold yet another pilot: Open, a “modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships” co-written with Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis. HBO has ordered the pilot; Deadline first reported the sale Wednesday night.

This marks the cable net’s second project with Murphy. His TV movie adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart will premiere in 2014, the same year that could also see the third installment of AHS (subtitled Coven), the fifth of Glee, and the second of The New Normal, assuming the latter two are picked up for additional seasons.

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‘Glee’ guru Ryan Murphy shopping sex show

'Glee' guru Ryan Murphy shopping sex show

Leave it to Ryan Murphy to find another tantalizing subject that should satiate his devoted audience.

EW has confirmed that the co-creator of Glee, American Horror Story and The New Normal is busy shopping a new script with Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis that Deadline describes as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships.

It’s likely the project will end up on cable, where all of the good hibity-dibity seems to be happening these days. And there’s already a bidding frenzy in the works.

In fact, steamy sex series could become the next rage. In September, Showtime is scheduled to premiere Masters of Sex, a new drama starring Michael Sheen and the captivating Lizzy Caplan that’s about the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality. And you can’t study sex without watching someone have sex, right?

The drama was created by Michelle Ashford (The Pacific) and is based on Thomas Maier’s biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

First Look: See the zombies invading Amazon's new 'Zombieland' pilot

You already got a glimpse at the apocalyptic survivors in Amazon’s new Zombieland pilot, now we’ve got your first look at the zombies out to get them.

In the still above, Columbus (Tyler Ross) and Wichita (Maiara Walsh) try to avoid getting eaten by a zombiefied old lady. She’s one of many un-dead attackers they’ll encounter in the pilot.

“You will see plenty of violence and blood and gore like you did in the movie,” says Paul Wernick, who, along with co-writer Rhett Reese, penned the film and now pilot. “People can expect a lot of zombie attacks in Zombieland for sure.” READ FULL STORY

'SNL' comedienne joins Lorne Michaels pilot

Good news for NBC prime time, potentially bad news for Saturday Night Live fans: funny woman Nasim Pedrad has joined an untitled ensemble comedy pilot from standup comic John Mulaney and uber-producer Lorne Michaels.

Pedrad will play Jane, a smart but apathetic grade school teacher in the comedy that’s loosely based on Mulaney’s life. Martin Short and Elliott Gould have also been cast in the pilot.

Should the pilot go to series, Pedrad would leave SNL, where she’s worked with Michaels since 2009. Her forte on the late-night show is celebrity impersonations, like this one: READ FULL STORY

Amazon's 'Zombieland' pilot, now with promo images: 'A new dead is dawning'

That news you first heard about Amazon reviving Zombieland with a pilot? It’s coming back to life a little quicker than you expected.

The website released two images for the series, which will continue the adventures of our intrepid apocalypse survivors, now played by Kirk Ward, Tyler Ross, Maiara Walsh, and Izabela Vidovic. We don’t learn much from either, except that things are basically as we left them back in 2009: cities still burning, undead still roving, and guns still loaded. It’s not not nothing, right?

Zombieland will premiere alongside Amazon’s dozen other projects, after which customers will be invited to review each one and help determine what goes to series. Take a look at the poster, and a photo of the foursome, after the jump

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Amazon orders 'Zombieland' pilot

Amazon is adding a pilot based on 2009’s hit action-adventure-rom-com Zombieland to its slate of original programming. The film’s writers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, are writing the pilot; producer Gavin Polone is also returning. Filling in the roles of Woody Harrelson et al. are Kirk Ward, Tyler Ross, Maiara Walsh, and Izabela Vidovic. A statement from Amazon says that the show will follow in the same storytelling footsteps of the film, “and finds four survivors outwitting zombies and searching for a place to call home.” READ FULL STORY

Rainn Wilson to play irascible cop for CBS

CBS has definitely won the sweepstakes for best pilot casting this year.

The network — which has already lured actors like Robin Williams, Anna Faris, Jason Isaacs, Toni Collette and Josh Holloway — has cast Rainn Wilson in the leading role of Backstrom, a drama pilot that’s based on a Swedish detective series of same name about an overweight, offensive irascible cop as he tries and fails to change his self-destructive behavior. Wilson will play Det. Backstrom. Other cast members in the drama pilot from Hart Hanson, Leif G.W. Persson and Niclas Salomonsson include Dennis Haysbert as Det. John Almon and Kristoffer Polaha as Sgt. Peter Niedermayer.

Since NBC passed on Wilson’s spinoff of The Office dubbed The Farm, the funny man was blissfully up for grabs. He became one of a handful of most sought after actors this pilot season — that is, until CBS added him to its high-profile roster of stars for fall. Other actors nabbed by the Eye include Marg Helgenberger, Dylan McDermott, CCH Pounder, Rupert Grint, John Corbett and most interestingly, Brandon T. Jackson and Eddie Murphy — who will star in Shawn Ryan’s Beverly Hills Cop pilot.

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Showtime's 'The Vatican' finds a Pope

After a week that saw the appointment of Pope Francis, Showtime’s The Vatican has appointed a new Pope of its own.

Bruno Ganz (Downfall) has been cast in the drama pilot as Pope Sixtus, described as “an unassuming and introspective caretaker of the Church, who struggles with his own legacy, and how history will judge his papacy.”

Ganz joins a cast that already includes FNL alum Kyle Chandler, who will star as Cardinal Thomas Duffy, and Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies), who plays his sister.

As previously reported, the pilot will also mark the first television project from Ridley Scott, who will direct the pilot and serve as an executive producer alongside Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) and David Zucker (The Good Wife).

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'Life of Pi' director Ang Lee to make TV directorial debut with FX

Now that much-decorated director Ang Lee has scooped up another handful of awards for Life of Pi, he’s turning his attention to television. Lee will follow up Life of Pi with an FX pilot called Tyrant, his TV directorial debut. FX Networks president John Landgraf announced the news Thursday.

Tyrant, Lee’s first project following Life of Pi, is described by the network as “the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” READ FULL STORY

James Spader to headline NBC thriller pilot

After a stint on NBC’s The Office, Spader will once again team up with the Peacock Network when he takes on a role in the thriller pilot The Blacklist. 

Spader will play Raymond “Red” Reddington, a former Army intelligence officer-turned-wanted criminal who turns himself in with the intention of giving up all his fellow accomplices. The catch? He wants to work with newbie FBI agent Liz Keen (Megan Boone), a woman “with whom he seemingly has no connection.” (That means there’s a connection, right?) Red is said to reject the “spy” label, instead preferring to be thought of as a broker who arranges deals for criminals — for a price.

The pilot, from executive producers Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Strangers) and Alias‘ John Eisendrath, received a pick up from NBC back in January.

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