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'Alias,' 'Lost' producers to create dramas for NBC

UPDATED: NBC has ordered drama pilots from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and John Eisendrath (Alias), as well as a bunch of new comedy projects from the likes of Jason Bateman and Dick Wolf.

Eisendrath’s project is dubbed The Blacklist, a project that’s also from Jon Bokenkamp (Perfect Stranger) that’s been described as follows: “The world’s most wanted criminal mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with.  His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection.”

Cuse’s project is called The Sixth Gun, a drama that’s based on the best-selling supernatural graphic novel that follows the story of six mythical guns, each with its own other-worldly powers. READ FULL STORY

Anna Faris joins CBS sitcom from Chuck Lorre

The House Bunny may headline her own primetime sitcom next fall.

Anna Faris has been cast in Mom, a multi-camera comedy in development for CBS that’s from uber-producer Chuck Lorre. She will play a sober single mom who attempts to turn her life around in, all places, the Napa Valley.

Lorre penned the script with Two and a Half Men scribes Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker. Besides headlining The House Bunny, Faris’ other credits include Observe and Report and The Dictator.

USA orders genre pilot from 'Walking Dead' EP

The USA Network is getting back into genre TV.

The network announced today a cast-contingent pilot order for WWII-set sci-fi drama Horizon, a show that comes from executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead).

Horizon is about an FBI secretary who finds out that her husband may have been killed in a battle with a spaceship while in the South Pacific. She becomes obsessed with finding out the truth and eventually, according to a logline, “becomes the only person standing between Earth and an alien invasion.” Hurd will executive produce the hour-long series with writer and co-executive producer Bridget Tyler (Burn Notice).

Horizon is our first genre piece since The 4400 and the first ever period drama for the network,” network co-presidents Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber said in a statement. “This signals the next step in the evolution of our programming brand.”

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Kramer's comeback? Michael Richards cast in Kirstie Alley pilot

Kramer’s heading back to TV.

TV Land confirms to EW that Seinfeld star Michael Richards has been cast in the pilot of Giant Baby, a new sitcom starring Kirstie Alley. The pilot tapes next week. Richards hasn’t had a starring role on the small (or big) screen since 2000, when The Michael Richards Show came and went on NBC. (Blame that old Seinfeld curse, or the fact that the series wasn’t funny.) Of course, his career really hit a standstill in 2006, when a vulgar, belligerent clip of the comedian freely spouting the N-word at West Hollywood’s Laugh Factory hit TMZ.

Here’s a series description, courtesy of TV Land. READ FULL STORY

Chloe Sevigny books A&E pilot

After Chloe Sevigny exits Briarcliff, she’s heading to A&E.

EW has confirmed that the Big Love alum has landed the lead role in the A&E drama pilot, Those Who Kill, which is based on a Danish series.

Sevigny, who currently stars on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum, will play Catherine, a justice-seeking, workaholic detective who bears the weight of old anger and sadness. The series, from X-Files writer Glen Morgan, will find Sevigny’s character working alongside a yet-to-be-cast forensic profiler.

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Pilot casting: Bradley Whitford books ‘Trophy Wife’

Pilot casting: Bradley Whitford books 'Trophy Wife'

Bradley Whitford could be headed back to TV.

The West Wing alum has landed the lead in ABC’s comedy pilot, Trophy Wife, starring alongside Malin Akerman, who plays, well, you know.

This would be Whitford’s first regular TV role since 2010’s The Good Guys.

The actor will play a twice-married father of three (terrible children), who falls in love with reformed party girl, played by Akerman. But the transition is rough to say the least. The single-camera comedy comes from executive producers by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskinswhich.

Since The Good Guys, Whitford has had guest spots on The Mentalist, Parks and Recreation, and appeared in last year’s The Cabin in the Woods.

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Rebecca Romjin lands lead in new TNT pilot

Rebecca Romjin will play one half of the private investigator team in King and Maxwell, a TNT pilot from NCIS: LA executive producer Shane Brennan.

Romjin will play Michelle Maxwell, a former secret services agent who investigates politically sensitive cases along with her partner, Sean King (The Closer‘s Jon Tenney). According to casting intel, Maxwell is a “formidable investigator” who was forced out of the Secret Service and is determined to redeem herself. (And before you ask, yes, there is a romantic element to their story.)

The actress, who has also appeared on Ugly Betty, currently co-stars on NTSF:SD:SUV:: on Adult Swim.

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Fox developing legal drama for Greg Kinnear

Fox is developing another drama with a brilliant but self-destructive professional as the lead — but this time, he’ll be a lawyer instead of a doctor.

The network has ordered the pilot RAKE, a drama based on a hit Australian series about a criminal defense lawyer named Cleaver Greene. Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets) is attached to star and to executive produce the series about a brilliant, iconoclastic and innately self-destructive man who has “a mind-numbing lack of discretion and a total inability to pause before speaking his mind,” according to a project logline. (Sony will produce for Fox). “From bigamists to cannibals and everything in between, the clients that Cleaver loves the most are those whose cases appear to be utterly hopeless. If only Cleaver would realize the stark reality that he, himself, is perhaps the most desperate case of all.”

The pilot comes with a penalty if Fox doesn’t order it to series.

 

NBC orders Tumblr-based pilot

Got a Tumblr? Sell a pilot! All the kids are doing it.

EW has confirmed that the Peacock Network is the latest to put into development a pilot based on a Tumblr blog — in this case, one titled F–k, I’m in My Twenties.

The show, from 24-year-old Emma Koenig, will chronicle a young woman’s experience while living in New York City.

Sound familiar? It should. Between Girls and the recently announced development of a pilot based on the Hollywood Assistants Tumblr, it seems stories about young, overwhelmed 20-somethings are all the rage.

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Michael Bolton scores ABC comedy pilot

Michael Bolton proved his knack for comedy on SNL and apparently it was enough to score his own show.

EW has confirmed that ABC has put into development a half-hour comedy pilot starring the Grammy winner, titled Michael Bolton’s Daughter Is Destroying My Life.

Bolton will star as a fictional version of himself. (Hey, it worked for Apartment 23.)

The show, inspired by Go On actress Allison Miller’s first years in Hollwood, will center on a young writer who takes a job working as head of Bolton’s social media. But per the title, Bolton’s daughter will prove to be a challenge to work around.

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Comedy Central orders pilot of Amy Poehler-approved web series 'Broad City'

Don’t give up hope, Downwardly Mobile cast — it really is possible for a web series to become a TV show.

Case in point: Comedy Central announced today that it’s ordering a pilot of a show called Broad City, which is based on the web series of the same name. Comedians Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have produced Broad since 2009, attracting the attention of famous fans (and guest stars) like Amy Poehler and Kristen Schaal along the way. Glazer was also one of the minds behind “Sh– New Yorkers Say,” which has been viewed more than 3.6 million times on YouTube.

Poehler herself will executive produce the TV version, along with Jacobson, Glazer, Louie EP Dave Becky, and Sam Saifer.  READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' creator developing FX comedy

Look who’s revving up his engine to create a comedy?

Kurt Sutter, the mastermind behind FX’s drama Sons of Anarchy, has sold a comedy script to FX dubbed Diva. Clown. Killer. The script is described by the network as a “dark, absurd comedy about an 80’s has-been rock diva, her dysfunctional son who makes his living as kid’s party clown, and of course, an assassin.” Hmm, sounds about right for Sutter.

SOA star (and Sutter’s wife) Katey Sagal will executive produce the project, along with Belle Zwerdling. “I look at SOA as being an intense drama, where the murder and mayhem are made palatable by absurd, dark humor,” Sutter said in a statement. “This half-hour will be an absurd, dark comedy, where the story is fueled by murder and mayhem.”

Should FX order the script to pilot, Sutter will hire some to serve as its show runner so he can focus on SOA. The comedy may star Sagal, depending upon her availability.

SOA, meanwhile, returns to FX on Sept. 11.

CBS to develop 'Beverly Hills Cop' drama

Time to start burning to do the neutron dance: CBS has ordered a drama pilot for fall 2013 that will serve as a sequel to Beverly Hills Cop.

The pilot, which will share the same name as the 1984 blockbuster that starred Eddie Murphy, is from Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Sony TV. Here is the official logline: “A continuation of the iconic Beverly Hills Cop universe as Axel Foley’s blue-collar police officer son, Aaron, helps take down the criminal elements of the rich and famous, while simultaneously trying to escape the shadow of his larger than life father.”

Yes, Axel fans, Murphy will appear in the pilot and may recur if the drama goes to series. He’ll also exec produce the drama.

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