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  • BBC AMERICA Announces Greenlight of New Original Scripted Series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
    Adapted from Douglas Adams’ Bestselling series of Novels
    Pasadena, California – January 8, 2016 – BBC AMERICA announced today the greenlight of new original scripted series Dirk Gently. The series is an adaptation of Douglas Adams’ (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Doctor Who) wildly successful comic novels, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and is a set in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, eponymous detective Dirk Gently. The straight to series order includes eight one-hour episodes. Penned by Max Landis – the mind behind cult classic Chronicle – the series is a co-production of AMC Studios, IDEATE MEDIA and IDW Entertainment with Circle of Confusion producing.
    Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA, commented, “Dirk Gently is a very original series, fresh and unlike anything else. The novels have legions of fans, and with Max Landis’ brilliant and audacious take on this material we are excited to bring Dirk to life for our BBCA super-fans.”
    Dirk Gently, is a serialized comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric “holistic” detective Dirk Gently and his reluctant assistant Todd, as they wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.
    In addition to creator, Max Landis, Executive producers include Ted Adams and David Ozer for IDW; David Alpert and Rick Jacobs for Circle of Confusion and Zainir Aminullah and Arvind Ethan David for IDEATE MEDIA.
    Today’s announcement underscores BBC AMERICA’S commitment to infectious, smart, culturally relevant original content. The network has a robust slate of originals ahead. Beginning on January 21, London Spy is a provocative and transfixing mystery-drama lead by all-star cast including BAFTA-winner Ben Whishaw, Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent and legendary actress Charlotte Rampling. Two new co-productions, Undercover and Thirteen, will also premiere in 2016, alongside the eagerly anticipated return of Top Gear starring Chris Evans, and landmark natural history series The Hunt presented by Sir David Attenborough. Season four of phenomenon Orphan Black continues production and will return in Spring 2016.

    Patterson Will Play Olivia Brukner, Daughter of Sam Brukner (Quaid); Joins Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Cary Elwes and Christian Cooke Who Return for Sophomore Season
    Stream All Ten Episodes of the First Season for Free Using the Crackle App For TVs, Connected Devices, Game Consoles and Mobile Devices or Online
    CULVER CITY, Calif. (June 21, 2016) – Crackle, Sony's free streaming service, today announced that Merritt Patterson (“The Royals,” “Ravenswood”) will join the season two cast of the critically-acclaimed original drama series, “The Art of More.” She joins the previously announced stars including Dennis Quaid (also executive producer), Kate Bosworth, Cary Elwes and Christian Cooke.
    Patterson will play Olivia Brukner, the sassy, smart, no-nonsense daughter of Samuel Brukner (Quaid). Olivia comes to New York looking to reconnect with her father while she navigates an uncertain future. Recently separated and having dropped out of medical school, Olivia comes into Sam’s life a far cry from the strong, driven daughter he remembers. But there's more than meets the eye with Olivia, who brings out a never-before-seen side of her brash, billionaire father.
    The series delves deep into the glamorous cutthroat world of premium auction houses and pulls back the curtain on the dark underbelly of a multi-million dollar business filled with hustlers, smugglers, power mongers, and collectors of the beautiful and the esoteric.
    “The Art of More” follows former soldier Graham Connor (Christian Cooke) who shakes off his blue collar, Brooklyn roots and gains access to an elite society through his connections with a smuggling ring he encountered during his tour in Iraq. Dennis Quaid stars as charismatic real estate shark Samuel Brukner, a Machiavellian master of money and power who is one part charm and one part intimidation. He is the life of the party but when it comes to his money, he can be both ruthless and corrupt. Cary Elwes is Arthur Davenport, a shrewd and eccentric world-class collector of art and illegal antiquities who mentors Connor (Cooke). Kate Bosworth portrays Roxanna Whitman, daughter of the CEO of one of the two warring auction houses. Although she was born into this exclusive world and thrives in it, she is riddled with insecurities that drive her to be a formidable executive in her own right.
    The one-hour original drama series premiered last November and, in its debut month, generated more than 2 million views, with more than half of those viewers being new to the network. The auction house drama returns in Q4 this year for another 10-episode season of twists and complex stories set in the glamorous and surprisingly cutthroat world of premium auction houses in New York City.

    Announcement Follows The Network’s Successful First Venture Into Scripted Programming With Hit Series “The Royals” Drama From Emmy Award-Winning Jonathan Abrahams (“Murder in the First,” “Mad Men”) Is Produced By Universal Cable Productions
    On the heels of the incredibly successful launch of E!'s first scripted series, "The Royals," the network has announced the pilot pick-up for a drama entitled "The Arrangement." The pilot was written by Jonathan Abrahams, who won a Writer's Guild Award and a Primetime Emmy for his previous work on "Mad Men." Abrahams will also executive produce the project along with Jimmy Fox of Objective Productions USA, an All3Media company. Stephen Lambert and Eli Holzman of All3Media America will also serve as executive producers. Universal Cable Productions is set to produce.
    “Jonathan has written a terrific script that juxtaposes a very public Hollywood romance with darker, more nefarious elements. We are excited to work with Universal Cable Productions and Objective to make this pilot and bring the story to life,” said Kevin Plunkett, SVP Scripted Programming, E!. “’The Arrangement’ is the perfect follow-up to the success of ‘The Royals,’ taking the E! brand further into the scripted space with young skewing, escapist stories.”
    “The Arrangement” is a Cinderella story for modern times, with a dramatic and complicated Hollywood twist. The drama follows Megan Morrison, a beautiful young actress who auditions for the female lead in a summer blockbuster playing opposite Kyle West, the hottest actor of the moment. After an amazing audition segues into a dream-like first date, Megan’s Cinderella story takes a turn to the bizarre when she is presented with a contract that details an entire relationship with Kyle. Megan must weigh her options and the benefits and consequences to her career and her life overall… and decide whether or not she will accept “The Arrangement.”

    Special Eight-Episode Docu-Series Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, “Mariah's World” Will Follow the Pop Icon During Her Highly Anticipated European Tour and Whirlwind Fairytale Romance
    LOS ANGELES – March 15, 2016 – E! Entertainment and Bunim/Murray Productions team up once again to take viewers beyond the flashbulbs and fame and into the private life of one of the most celebrated pop divas of all-time – singer, songwriter and mega-producer Mariah Carey. The eight one-hour episode docu-series, “Mariah's World” will grant VIP access to the songstress like never before as she begins her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy” tour of the United Kingdom, Europe and Africa, all while planning her upcoming wedding to Australian business mogul, James Packer. The docu-series will feature an intimate look at the world renowned icon, including her family, friends and inner circle that keeps this diva at the top of her game. The series will air globally across E!’s 17 international channels reaching 153 countries in 24 languages.
    "Mariah is one of the most captivating pop superstars of our time and one of the rare artists whose first name alone is instantly recognized around the globe. We’re excited to partner with Bunim/Murray Productions, Mariah and Stella Bulochnikov to offer our viewers exclusive access into her private world," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Programming & Development, E! “The series will present a unique, vulnerable and surprisingly humorous side to Mariah that her fans have never before seen while showcasing her unparalleled celebrity lifestyle filled with true glamour, maximum luxury and ultimate stardom."
    “I’m excited to bring my fans into my life for the next journey I'm about to embark on,” said Mariah Carey. “I’m already having so much fun with this documentary and I know you will too. There is nothing like capturing these moments.”

  • E!'s THE ROYALS - Max Brown (“That Good Night” with John Hurt, “The Tudors”) cast in Season 3 as "Prince Robert"
    Max Brown (“That Good Night” with John Hurt, “The Tudors”) joins the cast in season three of E!’s first original scripted drama series “The Royals” as ‘Prince Robert.’
    The oldest son of Queen Helena and the late King Simon, Prince Robert was a beloved member of The Royal family. He was presumed dead after a military accident, thrusting his younger brother, Prince Liam, into the spotlight. Prince Robert is a regal, heroic young man whose love for his country is only superseded by the love he has for his family, despite their many flaws. The return of Robert could help the lives of the Queen, Liam and Eleanor who have gone down a destructive, tumultuous path in his absence.
    “The Royals” is co-produced by Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions. The series is executive produced, written and directed by Mark Schwahn (“One Tree Hill”), and executive produced by Brian Robbins, Joe Davola (“One Tree Hill,” “Smallville”), and Shauna Phelan.
    Elizabeth Hurley (“Queen Helena”), William Moseley (“Prince Liam”), Alexandra Park (“Princess Eleanor”) and Jake Maskall (“King Cyrus”) will return as the scandalous royal family at the helm of a corrupt monarchy with Tom Austen reprising his role as the sexy yet duplicitous bodyguard “Jasper” and Genevieve Guant returning as “Willow,” close friend of “Prince Liam.”
    Season three picks up two weeks after the execution of King Simon’s murderer who had plagued the royal family for months. With Prince Liam and Princess Eleanor at the height of their celebrity status, continued debate on who is the rightful heir to the throne, and the potential return of the presumed deceased Prince Robert, season three promises even more scandal, heightened stakes, and steamier love triangles.

    Starring Marc-André Grondin, Denis Ménochet, Miranda Raison and Brendan Coyle
    LOS ANGELES – May 7, 2015 – Esquire Network today announced its first-ever original scripted series, SPOTLESS. The 10-episode dark and irreverent drama from TANDEM Productions (a STUDIOCANAL Company) is executive produced by Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominated, Rola Bauer (THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH, CROSSING LINES) and is co-created by BAFTA Award-winner Ed McCardie (SHAMELESS) and Academy® Award-winner Corinne Marrinan (CSI). The series stars Marc-André Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y.), Denis Ménochet (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), Miranda Raison (24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY) and Brendan Coyle (DOWNTON ABBEY). SPOTLESS is slated to premiere this fall.
    “Continuing our pursuit to offer the highest quality programming, Esquire Network is excited to embark on its first scripted series and to partner with the talented team at TANDEM Productions,” said Matt Hanna, Head of Original Programming, Esquire Network. “SPOTLESS is a genre bending drama offering a tonality that’s unique to the current television landscape. Perfectly on point for our discerning male audience, it promises to take them on a twisted dark ride.”
    A sexy and bold one-hour drama laced with dark humor and set in London, SPOTLESS is the story of a troubled man, Jean Bastiere (Grondin) whose life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin (Ménochet), crash lands into his world. Played out against the backdrop of Jean’s Crime Scene Cleaning business, the brothers must confront dark sins of the past and very real dangers in the present. Ensnared by mob boss Nelson Clay (Coyle), corruption, drugs and death pose a constant hazard. With Jean’s wife Julie (Raison), the entire family struggles to gain control over their lives and future.
    “Esquire Network is the perfect home for SPOTLESS, our daring, audacious and distinctive new series belongs with this network, which has been equally daring and audacious. The tremendous growth with their target audience is a testament to their strategic focus and strength in the U.S. market,” says TANDEM Productions CEO / Partner Rola Bauer.

    Knepper, Dunbar and Nolasco Join Previously Announced; Cast Members Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell and Sarah Wayne Callies, in their Original Roles
    Robert Knepper (David Lynch’s “Rancho Rosa”), Rockmond Dunbar (“The Path,” “The Mentalist”) and Amaury Nolasco (“Telenovela,” “Gang Related”) will reprise their roles in the all-new event series PRISON BREAK, which is set to premiere during the 2016-2017 season on FOX.
    Knepper (THEODORE “T-BAG” BAGWELL), Dunbar (BENJAMIN MILES “C-NOTE” FRANKLIN) and Nolasco (FERNANDO SUCRE) join previously announced cast members Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell and Sarah Wayne Callies, who reprise their roles as brothers MICHAEL SCOFIELD and LINCOLN BURROWS and DR. SARA TANCREDI, respectively. In the drama’s new chapter, when clues surface that suggest a previously thought-to-be-dead Michael may be alive, Lincoln and Sara reunite to engineer the series’ biggest escape ever, as three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees, T-Bag, C-Note and Sucre, are pulled back into the action.

    Series Produced by Pulse Creative’s Matt Kunitz, in Association with Lionsgate Television
    FOX has ordered KICKING & SCREAMING, a new, eight-episode competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest race of their lives. From executive producer Matt Kunitz (“Wipeout,” “Fear Factor”), in association with Lionsgate Television, the series drops these unlikely duos in a forbidding wilderness where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. While these survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there’s one thing that none of their previous expeditions have prepared them for: their privileged partners, who think roughing it is going a week without a massage. To win the competition, the experts will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line.
    “Pairing high-level experts with high-maintenance novices struck us as a perfect way to extract comedy from the survival competition genre,” said David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. “Matt Kunitz has tremendous experience in this field, and together with Lionsgate, we’ve got the perfect partners to lead us on this adventure.”
    “We’re delighted to venture into the wilderness with FOX and Matt Kunitz as our partners,” said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. “KICKING & SCREAMING has all the earmarks of an important new brand for Lionsgate Television. Matt is a singular creative voice, FOX is the ideal partner and KICKING & SCREAMING is the perfect property to continue building our momentum in unscripted television.”
    “I’ve always been fascinated by the survival space, so I am excited to infuse a touch of comedy into a traditionally dramatic genre and to get to do it on FOX, the home of competition reality series," said Kunitz. “I am pleased to be producing this series in association with Lionsgate, a studio known for stand-out, brand-defining shows, which is perfect for the conflict, heart and humor viewers will see in KICKING & SCREAMING.”

    Production Begins This March in Toronto
    Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford (“Sylvia,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” “Masters of Sex”) has been cast as COLUMBIA, the castle’s feisty live-in groupie, in the two-hour television event THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, airing this fall on FOX.
    Ashford joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-N-Furter, “Orange is the New Black”), Victoria Justice (Janet, “Victorious”), Ryan McCartan (Brad, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers: the Musical”), Adam Lambert (Eddie, “Glee”), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff, “Penny Dreadful,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”), Staz Nair (Rocky, “Game of Thrones”) and Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, who returns as the show’s Criminologist Narrator.
    THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Cox) bizarre abode. Frank-N-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist – with the help of his faithful servants, Riff Raff (Carney) and Magenta – is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” (Nair) – a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.
    Executive-produced by Lou Adler (Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee), Gail Berman (TV, film and Broadway producer) and Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical” franchise, “This Is It,” “Descendants,” “Hocus Pocus,” “Newsies”), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is a reimagining of the cult classic, which is celebrating 40 years of theatrical distribution – longer than any other film in history. One of the most popular films of all time, it still plays in movie theaters around the world.
    Annaleigh Ashford is best known for her outstanding work on stage. Most recently, Ashford starred in the title role of the revival of playwright A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia,” opposite Matthew Broderick. She recently won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of “Essie Carmichael” in the Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s “You Can’t Take It With You.” Ashford received her first Tony Award nomination for the role of “Lauren” in “Kinky Boots,” the Tony Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein. In addition to her stage work, Ashford is set to reprise her role as “Betty DiMello” on cable’s critically acclaimed “Masters of Sex.” She made her film debut in “Sex and the City: The Movie” and will next be seen in the independent film “Franny.”
    THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is from Fox 21 Television Studios and The Jackal Group. Lou Adler and Gail Berman, along with Kenny Ortega, will serve as executive producers. Emmy Award winner Ortega will also direct and choreograph. “Like” THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @RockyHorrorFOX and join the discussion using #RockyHorror. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @RockyHorrorFOX/.

    New Sci-Fi Anthology Series Marks RocketJump’s Second Long-Form Network Series Distributed by Lionsgate
    Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is partnering again with Executive Producers Freddie Wong, Matthew Arnold and Dez Dolly (RocketJump: The Show) to launch Dimension 404. The new, scripted sci-fi anthology series explores the wonders and horrors of our digital age across six one-hour episodes that will premiere exclusively on Hulu.
    Impelled by the Internet’s notorious “404” error code, Dimension 404 aims to evoke that 3 a.m. feeling of wandering onto the weird side of the web, stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know. What if an obscure cartoon held the secret to time travel? What if energy drinks caused the apocalypse? What if the NSA’s top analyst was a gigantic, all-knowing cube of sentient meat named Bob? These mysteries and more will be explored in six, self-contained, hour-long stories where the twist ending is just the beginning.

    Meyers to Stay in the Peacock Fold as “Late Night” Continues to Dominate in 12:30 A.M. Timeslot
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Jan. 13, 2016 – Late-night host and “Saturday Night Live” veteran Seth Meyers has extended his contract with NBC Entertainment through February 2021.
    Meyers began his tenure at “Late Night” in February 2014 and since his arrival the show has remained a vital component of NBC’s late-night dominance.
    “I can’t thank NBC enough for continuing to support our show and this more than makes up for my disappointment in not getting cast in ‘The Wiz,’” said Meyers.
    “As a writer, performer and host, Seth has a rich history at NBC and we are thrilled that he’ll be at the helm of ‘Late Night’ for many more years,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “His knowledge of both current events and pop culture is unparalleled and he brings that expertise to ‘Late Night’ every night. The show couldn’t be in better hands.”
    Meyers will also host a 2016 New Year’s Eve “Late Night” 10 p.m. primetime special that will highlight all the news and current events of the year.

    Legendary Drama Producer Reups With Company as Network Renews New Seasons of “Law & Order: SVU” and “Chicago Med”
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Feb. 1, 2016 – Iconic television creator/producer Dick Wolf has signed a new overall deal with NBCUniversal that extends his relationship with the network through 2020.
    In addition, NBC has given an 18thseason renewal for “Law & Order: SVU” as well as a pickup for the second season of Wolf’s newest drama, “Chicago Med.” Both “Chicago Fire” (season 5) and “Chicago P.D.” (season 4) have previously been renewed.
    Wolf is also in active development for the latest incarnation of the Chicago franchise, “Chicago Law,” as well as the reality series “Law & Order: You the Jury,” where the audience will decide the binding result of a live court case.
    “Dick Wolf is a without a doubt one of the greatest producers in the history of dramatic television,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “The ‘Law & Order’ legacy would have been enough to set him apart from all the rest, but the Chicago franchise now kicks him into the stratosphere. He has been a defining voice of NBC for over a generation, and he is most welcome at this company forever.”
    Added Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment: “I’m personally thrilled to be working so closely with Dick, and on behalf of everyone at NBC and Universal Television we are so happy to extend our relationship with all the incredibly talented people at Wolf Entertainment. His brand is pure quality, and our continuing partnership is not only great for us but even better for broadcast television.”
    “I’ve been in the same office, with the same phone number, for 30 years. I’m glad people won’t have to learn a new one,” Wolf said. “Staying was really a foregone conclusion. My partnership with Bob has been the best relationship I’ve ever had with the head of a network. He has also assembled a great team of executives at both the network and the studio who make it possible for the Wolf Entertainment team to turn out multiple shows. It is truly a synergistic group effort that makes me enormously excited about both the present and the future.”
    So far this season, “Law & Order: SVU” originals have averaged a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.0 million viewers overall in L+7 results from Nielsen Media Research. “SVU” has built on its regular lead-in by an average of +45% in adult 18-49 rating (L+SD) and the Nov. 11 telecast generated “SVU’s” most dominant head-to-head win to date versus time-period rival “Criminal Minds,” a +25% margin.
    “Chicago Med” originals are averaging a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.3 million viewers overall, according to L+7 results from Nielsen Media Research. In the Tuesday 9-10 p.m. ET slot, “Chicago Med” has prevailed over regular competition on the Big 4 networks with five of six telecasts to date in adults 18-49 (L+SD). ”Chicago Med” has improved that time period by +58% versus NBC’s slot average for the prior season, excluding weeks when “The Voice” ran in the slot in 18-49 and by +114% in total viewers.
    Wolf, one of the most successful television producers of all time, is the creator of the “Law & Order”-branded series and is a two-time Emmy Award-winning producer. His company produced the Oscar-winning documentary “Twin Towers” and the Grammy Award-winning documentary on the Doors, titled “When You’re Strange.” Wolf Entertainment currently produces NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med” with Universal Television.

    Pop’s Second Original Scripted Series Set Behind-The-Scenes in the Irreverent, Fast Paced and High Stakes World of a Fictitious Late Night Talk Show
     Jimmy, Jimmy, James, John, Samantha, Stephen, Seth, Conan, Chelsea, Carson, Chris, Larry, Trevor, Andy, Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my. This month, Pop and Lionsgate Television will start production on TRACI FROM NIGHTCAP (working title), a 10-episode, original scripted comedy series featuring the hilarity that ensues behind-the-scenes of a fictitious late night talk show, entitled “The Nightcap With Jimmy.”
    Starring Ali Wentworth (“In Living Color”, “Head Case,” “It’s Complicated”, “Office Space") and produced by Lionsgate Television (Golden Globe-nominated “Orange is the New Black” and “Casual,” “Nashville,” “The Royals” and “Mad Men”), TRACI FROM NIGHTCAP is an edgy, over-the-top, single camera, culture-commentary comedy that will feature a mixed cast of improvisational actors and real-life celebrities. Each half-hour episode covers the hectic 22 minutes prior to a live airing of a late night talk show, which are fraught with insanity, urgency, absurdity, laughter and lip-sync rehearsals. Besides starring as a producer on the fictitious late night show, Wentworth also serves as an executive producer on the new Pop series.
    "It's been a lifelong dream to portray the true unsung hero of late night television, the talent booker! I apologize to all the Hollywood talent bookers who told me their celeb secrets off the record that I will now exploit for money," remarked Ali Wentworth.
    “In the spirit of great workplace comedies in the world of broadcasting – from ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ to ’30 Rock’ – we are excited to take viewers into ‘Traci From Nightcap,’” said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate Television Group Chairman. “Starring Ali Wentworth, we know that this series will have a smart, irreverent voice and reflect Lionsgate’s original, noisy and provocative signature brand of programming."
    “We are in another golden age of late night television with a new guard of buzz-making, digital-innovating, comedic talk show hosts that are driving fandom and the social conversation,” said Paul Adler, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Pop. “‘Traci From Nightcap’ taps into this cultural phenomenon, while Ali’s comedic spirit and New York social scene connections will pave the way for an entertaining comedy that is sharp-witted, celebrity-fueled and engaging.”

  • Showtime(R) Orders Second Season of Provocative Docu-Series "Dark Net"
    Produced and developed by cutting edge media and technology company, Vocativ, the docu-series explores the dangers of the internet's unregulated underbelly known as the deep web.
    On the heels of its season one finale, SHOWTIME has picked up the revelatory documentary series DARK NET for a second season. Produced and developed by cutting edge media and technology company, Vocativ, the docu-series explores the dangers of the internet's unregulated underbelly known as the deep web. Vocativ uses proprietary technology, exclusive to their company, to reveal new voices, emerging trends and surprising data to identify and develop story angles. With this exclusive technology, DARK NET unveils the stories of a dramatically changing digitally connected world.
    Each half-hour episode of DARK NET sheds light on themes such as bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction, the webcam sex trade and more. Originally used as a hidden space for the intelligence community to meet online outside of the general public's eye, the dark web is now being exploited by a dangerous underworld of cyber predators and criminals. Hackers and trolls secretly surf alongside bondage fetishists, virtual lovebirds and life-tracking disciples. With our growing dependence on technology and connectivity, the Internet at large has become indispensable for billions of users, enabling people to connect globally in ways they never could before. But DARK NET unveils the dangers of its unchecked shadow, raising cautionary, thought-provoking conversations about technology, privacy and how new, ever-expanding platforms are changing the way we live for the better and for worse. DARK NET is created by Vocativ Founder Mati Kochavi and is executive produced by Danna Rabin, Vivian Schiller for Vocativ, and David Shadrack Smith for Part2 Pictures.

    NEW YORK — Syfy announced today that it is working with Scott Free Productions and Warner Horizon Television to adapt the Arthur C. Clarke novel 3001: The Final Odyssey into a miniseries. Stuart Beattie (Pirates of the Caribbean, Collateral) will write the adaptation and serve as executive producer along with Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker. Clayton Krueger will serve as co-executive producer.
    An epic story of a man lost in time, Arthur C. Clarke's final "Odyssey" book resolves the tale that was begun in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Beginning with the discovery of Frank Poole's frozen body, floating in space, 3001: The Final Odyssey offers an extraordinary range of complex characters with conflicting agendas, stunning visuals, and dark thematic meditations on the final fate of all Humankind.
    Arthur C. Clarke’s “Odyssey” series spanned over 30 years, with the initial publication of “2001” in 1968, and the final “3001” 1997. The original film, directed by Stanley Kubrick, is an Academy Award winning classic, and “2010” was the only other of the novels to be filmed. The estates of both Kubrick and Clarke have offered their full support for “3001: The Final Odyssey.”

    Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Les Bohem Will Executive Produce Series With Bohem Writing Screenplay Universal Cable Productions to Serve as Studio
    NEW YORK – May 5, 2015 – Adding to its growing roster of major productions featuring science fiction’s most acclaimed franchises, Syfy is reuniting with Emmy® Award-winning Amblin Television to develop a scripted series based on Aldous Huxley’s classic novel Brave New World.
    Syfy and Amblin previously collaborated on Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken, which won a 2003 Emmy® for Best Miniseries, as well as nominations in six other categories.
    Brave New World is set in a world without poverty, war or disease. In this world, humans are given mind-altering drugs, free sex and rampant consumerism are the order of the day, and people no longer reproduce but are genetically engineered in “hatcheries.” Those who won’t conform are forced onto “reservations” – until one of these “savages” challenges the system, threatening the entire social order. First published in 1932, Brave New World was ranked fifth among the 100 best English language novels of the 20th Century by Modern Library.
    Said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller: “Brave New World is one of the most influential genre classics of all time. Its provocative vision of a future gone awry remains as powerful and as timeless as ever. Promising to be a monumental television event, Brave New World is precisely the groundbreaking programming that is becoming the hallmark of Syfy.”

    NEW YORK Syfy announced today it has greenlit to pilot Incorporated, a futuristic espionage thriller from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions. Set in a future where companies have unlimited power, Incorporated tells the story of executive Ben Larson, forced to change his identity in order to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world, to save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system - with deadly consequences.
    Created by David and Alex Pastor (Selfless, The Last Days), who wrote and will direct the pilot, the dystopian future of the show reflects contemporary trends: the growing influence of corporations and private interests in Washington, the slow but steady dismantling of the public sector, and the increase of an amazing amount of wealth by an ever shrinking minority. Incorporated will explore these issues via suspense, action, complex characters and a dark sense of humor, plunging viewers into a future world where the ethical boundaries that we know have been completely redrawn.
    Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing. Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer.
    “Syfy is working with the best talent in the business to develop the most provocative and smart science fiction programming, and we are delighted to be partnering with Matt, Ben and Jennifer, along with the creative minds of the Pastor brothers and Ted on this pilot,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy. “Incorporated is an electrifying example of what science fiction does best: holding a mirror to present realities and projecting forward to a recognizable future in which we face the impact and consequences of our actions.”

    -- 13-Episode First Season Of New Drama Series Produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films with CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions --
    NEW YORK – Feb. 3, 2016 – Syfy announced today it has greenlit to series INCORPORATED, a futuristic thriller from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck & Jennifer Todd’s Pearl Street Films, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions. The 13-episode first season of the new drama series is expected to premiere on Syfy in Fall 2016.
    Set in a near future where corporations have unlimited power, INCORPORATED centers around Ben Larson (Sean Teale, “Reign”), a young executive who conceals his true identity to infiltrate a very dangerous corporate world to save the woman he loves. But he’ll soon learn that he’s not the only one whose secrets may have deadly consequences.
    In addition to Teale, the series will star Eddie Ramos (“Teen Wolf”), Golden Globe nominee Dennis Haysbert (“24”), and Emmy Award winner Julia Ormond (“Mad Men”).
    INCORPORATED is created by David & Alex Pastor (“Selfless”, “The Last Days”), who wrote and directed the pilot. Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing. Pearl Street Films’ Margaret Chernin will serve as co-producer.
    “The most powerful science fiction holds up a mirror to our world,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller. “INCORPORATED is exactly that type of smart, provocative series, delivering a fresh, edge of your seat thriller that challenges notions of the world we live in today. We look forward to working with the stellar teams at Pearl Street Films, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions to bring it to life for Syfy viewers this year."
    INCORPORATED joins a powerhouse Syfy original lineup in 2016 that includes the critically-acclaimed first seasons of THE EXPANSE and THE MAGICIANS; the April 11 premiere of HUNTERS, from “The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd; the second season of the thriller series 12 MONKEYS, set to premiere April 18; and the Halloween anthology series CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE. Additional high profile scripted projects in development at Syfy include Aldous Huxley’s classic novel BRAVE NEW WORLD from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, and HYPERION, with executive producer Bradley Cooper.

  • Dear Diary: TV Land Orders Pilot Script of "Heathers"
    The script is written by Jason Micallef, and Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will executive produce for Lakeshore Entertainment.
    Dating a murderous psychopath and figuring out what to wear to your best friend's suicide are typical teen problems for Veronica Sawyer. With a pilot script order for "Heathers," TV Land is digging into the pitch-black comedy for their first anthology series, based on the cult classic film. Set in the present day, our heroine will be dealing with a very different but equally vicious group of Heathers. The script is written by Jason Micallef ("Butter"), and Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will executive produce for Lakeshore Entertainment.
    The pilot script order for "Heathers" comes on the heels of several development announcements TV Land made at their upfront presentation on March 3rd, including an untitled put pilot based on the life of Kyle Richards ("The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills") with Emmy(R)-winning executive producers John Wells ("Shameless," "ER," "The West Wing") and John Riggi ("The Comeback," "30 Rock," "Will & Grace"), and a pilot order for an adaptation of hit film "The First Wives Club," to be written by Rebecca Addelman ("New Girl") and executive produced by Jenny Bicks ("Sex and the City"). The network also renewed "Teachers" for a 20-episode second season and struck an overall development deal with Darren Star, the creator of the critically-acclaimed show "Younger," which has its second season finale on Wednesday, March 23rd at 10pm ET/PT.

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Universal Cable Productions (UCP) continues to fortify its genre slate signing a first-look deal with horror mastermind, Wes Craven (“A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Scream”). The deal, announced today by Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, will focus on creating unparalleled scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks.
    “Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We're thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television,” said Olmstead.
    “UCP is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and I’m delighted to be working with them,” said Craven. “Fasten your seatbelts.”

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Benderspink today announced they are developing “Mr. Postman,” a crime series by writer/director David Robert Mitchell (“It Follows”). Known for his unique and modern dark flair, Mitchell is the latest to join UCP’s roster of standout auspices perfectly complementing the studio’s growing slate of genre projects in development.
    “David is a true artist with incredible vision that I believe will be a game changer in storytelling both in television and film,” said Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development at UCP. “We are very excited to take out ‘Mr. Postman,’ his first TV project. It's like nothing else out there.”
    “Mr. Postman” follows a mailman who investigates the dark mysteries within his all-American town after a horrific event occurs on his own street. Mitchell is set to direct and executive produce alongside Chris Bender, JC Spink and Jake Weiner of Benderspink.
    “I’m really excited to be working with Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink on this project. It will be very fun to build this world, see these characters come to life, and share this mystery,” said Mitchell.
    Mitchell wrote and directed the award-winning horror feature “It Follows,” currently in theatres. Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week, the only American film in that section, “It Follows” went on to garner various awards around the world, including NIFF in Switzerland, Fantastic Fest in Austin, and was deemed “one of the scariest films in years” to come out of the Sundance Film Festival. The critically acclaimed film had a limited release in March and has since expanded to 1,600 theaters boasting a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

    PLAYING HOUSE Doubled its VOD Audience in Season Two with Innovative Windowing Model
    UNIVERSAL CITY – Jan. 14, 2016 – Universal Cable Productions’ critically-acclaimed PLAYING HOUSE will return to USA Network for a third season. The comedy is from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by series’ stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham.
    "Not only is this a show for the ages, PLAYING HOUSE also represents a whole new way of financing production with its unique partnership of ad sales, Comcast, studio and network," said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
    “Year-over-year we have seen PLAYING HOUSE attract critical acclaim and a loyal fan base that continues to grow,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President Original Programming, USA Network, “The unique relationship between Jessica and Lennon translates into a heart-warming comedy about friendship and we are delighted to have it for a third season.”
    Last season, Comcast and NBCUniversal introduced a new distribution model which allowed viewers to watch every episode of PLAYING HOUSE on Video-On-Demand (VOD) before it aired on USA Network. This not only gave the super fans early access to new episodes, but drove new viewers to the series. As a result, PLAYING HOUSE doubled its VOD audience from season one to season two and, based on the broad partnership with Comcast, the show was #3 on the XFINITY on Demand platform during its premiere month in August, beating all other broadcast and basic cable offerings.
    The VOD episodes offered limited commercial breaks with custom branded spots, which were co-created by, and featured, St. Clair and Lennon. This new model offered the series’ three signature sponsors -- Samsung, Toyota and Comcast -- premium placement across millions of multiplatform-connected homes and engaged the highly passionate community of fans among USA Network subscribers (USA Now apps, web, mobile, connected TV) as well as distribution partners’ VOD and TV Everywhere platforms. The PLAYING HOUSE sponsorship enhanced campaign messaging for all three sponsors and brand favorability increased by as much at 15% among VOD viewers.

    USA Network has tapped Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight,” “Miss You Already”) to direct the first two episodes of the new drama series EYEWITNESS. From Universal Cable Productions (UCP), the US adaptation of the successful Norwegian crime thriller (original title “Øyevitne”) explores a grisly crime from the point of view of the eyewitness. Scott Peters (“V,” “THE 4400”) joins Adi Hasak (Creator, “Shades of Blue”) and Jarl Emsell Larsen as Executive Producer. Peters will also direct multiple episodes of the 10-episode series. The drama will be adapted for American television by Hasak.
    An established filmmaker, Hardwicke most recently directed “Miss You Already,” starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, which premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. She made her directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed film “Thirteen” and continued working on well-known blockbusters such as “Twilight,” which launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise “The Twilight Saga” and earned nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office. Additional credits include “Red Riding Hood,” “Lords of Dogtown,” and “The Nativity Story.” Television credits include “Hell On Wheels,” “Low Winter Sun,” and the pilot of “Reckless.” Hardwicke is represented by Rowena Arguelles and Ann Blanchard at CAA and Dan Halsted at Manage-ment.
    Emmy® Award nominated Peters co-created and executive produced “The 4400” as well as the reboot of the classic sci-fi series “V.” Peters has a long history of directing multiple television series including “The 4400,” “Burn Notice,” and most recently “Queen of the South.” Additional directorial credits include “Colony” and the written adaptation of bestselling author Michael Koryta’s novel “The Ridge.” Peters is represented by Rothman Brecher, Andrea Simon Entertainment and attorney Neil Meyer.
    EYEWITNESS delves into the lives of two innocent teenaged boys after they secretly meet up in the forest, bear witness to a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen and when you witness a horrible event it changes everything, forever. The series will begin production in Canada later this year and is set to premiere in 2016 on USA.

    The Drama is From Universal Cable Productions and Executive Producers Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”), Blake Masters (“Brotherhood”) and Henry Bromell (“Homeland”)
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Jan. 14, 2016 – USA Network announced a series pick-up from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”) of Valhalla Entertainment, Blake Masters (“Brotherhood”) and the late Emmy Award-winner Henry Bromell (“Homeland”) for the drama, FALLING WATER. The pilot was written and co-created by Masters and Bromell and is from Universal Cable Productions (UCP). Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (“28 Weeks Later”) directed the pilot and will also executive produce the series. Bromell and Masters previously teamed up on “Brotherhood” and “Rubicon.” David Ajala (“Fast & Furious 6”), Will Yun Lee (“Hawaii 5-0”) and Lizzie Brochere (“American Horror Story: Asylum”) are set to star in the series.
    “FALLING WATER captivated us with its cinematic journey and unique exploration into the power of the dream world,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President Original Programming, USA Network, “It is an edge-of-your seat thriller that reveals a race to control the collective conscience.”
    “Today’s world demands shows that both challenge and reward the audience in spectacular ways,” said Jeff Wachtel, President and Chief Content Officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “FALLING WATER is the type of show that can move the needle of popular culture with its thrilling exploration of the dark side of the mind.”
    A mind-bending drama, FALLING WATER is the story of three unrelated people, who slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream. Each of them is on a mysterious and highly personal quest — one is searching for his missing girlfriend, one is searching for a lost child, one is looking to cure his catatonic mother — and it is the clues found in their collective dream that come to guide them. The deeper they dig, though, the more they come to realize that their missions touch on stakes that are much larger than their individual agendas. That the visions found in their common dream just might hold the key to the fate of the world.
    Ajala takes on the role of Burton, the head of in-house security for a multinational investment banking firm, whose personal and professional paranoia collide when an investigation into financial malfeasance at the firm leads to a backlash that engulfs his love life. Meanwhile, Lee is Taka, an intuitive NYPD Detective, whose leap-of-faith insights put him on the trail of an obscure dream-obsessed cult; and Brochere plays Tess, a cutting edge trend spotter with an uncanny ability to predict the next big thing, who is haunted by nightly dreams of an absent child.

    Dallas Roberts (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Clifton Collins Jr. (“Pacific Rim”) Are Set to Star in the Drama From CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions
    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – USA Network announced the pilot pick-up of the CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions drama EVIL MEN, starring Dallas Roberts (“Dallas Buyers Club”) and Clifton Collins Jr. (“Pacific Rim”). The pilot is from writer and executive producer Daniel Taplitz (“Breakin’ All the Rules”). Gary Fleder (“Life Unexpected”), Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”) and Mary Beth Basile (“October Road”) also serve as executive producers. Fleder is set to direct.
    “This supernatural drama is a symbolic tale of good versus evil set in the everyday modern world,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President Original Programming, USA Network, "It is a highly relatable story that begs the question of just how far we would go to protect our families."
    EVIL MEN follows an upstanding, middle-class family man whose life is turned upside down when he is approached by a frighteningly powerful entity and commanded to kill “evil men” or see his family – along with his city – utterly destroyed. However, the gleeful psycho who is meant to be his first target, instead begins teaching him how to carry out his new destiny.
    Roberts takes on the role of Harry Killas, the good husband and loving father who is tasked with an unthinkable mandate by the mysterious and vengeful supernatural force. Collins will play Lazlo Kirk, the profoundly evil former war criminal with magnetic charm and a deep, unpredictable violent streak, who forces himself into Harry's life on a twisted mission of personal redemption.
    EVIL MEN is the fifth drama pilot to be picked up by USA this season, joining Carlton Cuse’s (“Bates Motel”) COLONY, starring Josh Holloway (“Lost”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”); MR. ROBOT from Anonymous Content (“True Detective”), starring Christian Slater (“The Adderall Diaries”) and Rami Malek (“24”); Universal Cable Production’s STANISTAN, starring Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter”); and QUEEN OF THE SOUTH based on the international best seller “La Reina del Sur” starring Alice Braga (“City of God”).

  • WE tv Greenlights "My Life Is a Telenovela"
    Set in Miami, the series will follow a group of beautiful and fierce Latina actresses and actors working in this hyper-competitive world, which has captivated hundreds of millions of viewers.
    Series Will Offer The First Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Real Characters And Real Drama That Creates This Enormously Popular TV Genre
    WE tv announced today that it has ordered a new docu-series, "My Life is a Telenovela," focused on the real characters who bring life to this enormously popular television genre. Set in Miami, and produced by Matador, the series will follow a group of beautiful and fierce Latina actresses and actors working in this hyper-competitive world, which has captivated hundreds of millions of viewers.
    "WE tv is a network that was really built on diversity, bringing viewers personalities and programming it has historically been hard to find on the mainstream dial, and this show continues that commitment to new faces and voices," said Marc Juris, WE tv president. "We are so excited to bring this world and the passionate men and women who make these incredibly popular soap operas to our viewers, and proud of a strategic partnership with Telemundo that will bring a high level of credibility and authenticity to our show."

2017 and beyond

  • ABC Schedules Oscars Dates
    LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy and the ABC Television Network today announced the dates for the 88th, 89th and 90th Oscar® presentations. The Academy Awards® will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016, February 26, 2017, and March 4, 2018, respectively.
    Emmy®-winning live television producer David Hill and Oscar®-nominated producer-director Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Oscars telecast, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. It will be their first involvement with the Academy Awards®, which will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016.
    'We're delighted to have this talented team on board,' said Boone Isaacs. 'David is a true innovator with a dynamic personality. His vast experience as a live events producer, coupled with Reggie's energy, creativity and talent as a filmmaker, is sure to make this year's Oscar telecast a memorable one.'
    "What a great and exciting honor! The quest is to honor the year in film, honor the art, and above all, make it fun," said Hill.
    'I'm looking forward to working with the Academy again,' said Hudlin. 'I love every kind of film, and this year's awards will be a celebration of the total range of cinema.'

Sometime in the future

    The CW Will Broadcast a Two-Hour Special Next Season Featuring a Hilarious Lineup from the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival
    CW Seed Acquires a New Digital Series and Library Stand-Up Comedy Content For Online and Mobile Platform May 14, 2015 (New York City, NY) - The CW Network and Just For Laughs announced a new strategic broadcast and digital partnership today during the network’s upfront presentation in New York City. As part of this new deal, The CW will broadcast an exclusive two-hour special next season featuring performances from top comedians and new stars, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Host, airdate and comedians showcased on the special will be announced at a later time.
    In addition, Just For Laughs will supply CW Seed, The CW’s digital studio, with an original digital web series of interviews with comedians from the Festival, plus hours and hours of classic stand-up library content for online ( ) and mobile app. Launch date for the Just For Laughs digital series and the classic material to be announced later.

    TV Land has ordered a pilot for "Nobodies," starring, executive produced and written by Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras ("Mike Tyson Mysteries"), and also to be executive produced by Emmy® winner and Oscar® nominee Melissa McCarthy and acclaimed comedic actor/director Ben Falcone through their production company On The Day. The pilot is inspired by Davidson, Dorf and Ramras, who in their real lives, watched as their friends from The Groundlings went on to star in blockbuster comedies and win Oscars, while they toiled away in Hollywood. The news was announced this morning at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour in Pasadena by Keith Cox, Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming, TV Land.
    "Nobodies" will follow Davidson, Dorf and Ramras, playing themselves, as they try desperately to land one of their famous friends for a feature script that they've developed so that they, too, can rise to fame in Hollywood. The pilot will shoot in Los Angeles in winter of 2016 with McCarthy and Falcone directing and guest-starring – Falcone in the pilot, and McCarthy in a future episode, should the pilot go to series.?
    "Hugh, Larry, and Rachel tell stories that are so funny, you honestly can't believe they're true," said Cox. "It's their unique take on exactly what it's like toiling away in Hollywood – and it is that unfiltered comedy that we're looking for."

  • Dynasty Set To Return on Big Screen
    TV Series Creators Plan Movie Reboot
    Somewhere in the world there is an episode of Dynasty airing right now.
    More than 30 years after its creation, the iconic nighttime soap opera still resonates with audiences, so show creators Richard and Esther Shapiro are following the trend set by the big screen remakes of series like Sex and the City, The A-Team, Charlie’s Angels, Starsky & Hutch and the planned 21 Jump Street film by rebooting Dynasty as a new film franchise.
    “The time is right,” said Esther Shapiro, co-creator of the series with her husband Richard. “Nostalgia has always been big, but we want to take it a step further. We want to go back to the beginning with these characters and use the film to trace their roots. We’re taking Blake Carrington back to his young manhood and when he met Alexis, and setting the movie in the Mad Men era of the 1960s. It will give us the opportunity to start fresh, without the constraints that television placed on our characters in the series.”

    Modern Stone-Age Family Returns to Television in New Animated Series from Seth MacFarlane, 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. Television
    Yabba dabba doo! FOX has picked up THE FLINTSTONES, a 21st century version of the classic animated comedy from executive producer Seth MacFarlane. In a cross-studio collaboration, THE FLINTSTONES will be produced jointly by 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. Television. Warner Bros. is home to THE FLINTSTONES via its ownership of the Hanna-Barbera collection of animated titles. Dan Palladino ("Gilmore Girls") and Kara Vallow (FAMILY GUY) will also serve as executive producers. THE FLINTSTONES will begin production in fall 2011 and will be set in stone on the FOX schedule in 2013.
    UPDATE: This idea has been pushed back and may be scrapped. More news

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