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‘Bel-Air’ Showrunner to Adapt Novel ‘Black Candle Women’ for Universal TV

Universal Television has snagged rights to the latest selection in Today host Jenna Bush Hager’s book club. The studio will develop Diane Marie Brown’s debut novel, Black Candle Women, with Bel-Air showrunner Carla Banks Waddles writing the adaptation. Hager, who has a first-look deal at UTV parent Universal Studio Group via her Thousand Voices banner, […]

Robin Thede Scripted Comedy in the Works at HBO

Robin Thede is branching out at HBO. The creator and star of A Black Lady Sketch Show is developing a half-hour comedy series for the premium cable outlet. It’s called Disengagement and will track a prominent family’s fall from grace. The project falls under the overall deal Thede signed with HBO in 2022, under which […]

LGBTQ Pioneer Eve Adams to Be Subject of Universal TV Drama (Exclusive)

The life of author and activist Eve Adams, an early chronicler of LGBTQ people in New York City, will be the subject of a TV drama in the works at Universal Television. Gabe Dunn (Big Mouth) and Arika Lisanne Mittman (La Brea, The Irrational) are developing a drama based on The Daring Life and Dangerous […]

‘From Blood and Ash’ Fantasy Drama in the Works at Amazon (Exclusive)

Amazon Studios is expanding its fantasy realm. The studio, which already produces The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and The Wheel of Time (the latter with Sony Pictures Television), is developing Jennifer L. Armentrout’s From Blood and Ash novels as a TV series. The Boys and Star Trek: Discovery writer and producer […]

David Chase Heads to FX for Next TV Project

The Sopranos creator David Chase is getting into business with FX. Chase and A Teacher creator Hannah Fidell are co-writing and co-creating a drama for the Disney-owned outlet. Details are being kept quiet, but it’s based on a previously unproduced script of Chase’s, with a contemporary take by Fidell. FX Productions is behind the project, […]

Wiip Nabs ‘Immortal King Rao’ Novel to Adapt for TV (Exclusive)

Author Vauhini Vara’s acclaimed debut novel, The Immortal King Rao, is being adapted for television. Independent studio Wiip (Mare of Easttown, Dickinson) has acquired rights to the novel — which made several best-books-of-2022 lists — and will develop it as a TV series. Playwright and screenwriter Madhuri Shekar is set to adapt the story and […]

‘The Resident,’ ‘Burn Notice’ Creators Team for Fox Crime Show

Two veteran producers with ties to Fox are teaming up for a drama project at the broadcast network. The Resident co-creator and executive producer Amy Holden Jones and Matt Nix (Burn Notice) — who just signed a broadcast direct deal with Fox — are behind Archie & Pete, a buddy-cop drama whose logline reads a bit […]

‘Starsky & Hutch’ Remake in the Works at Fox (Exclusive)

Fire up the Gran Torino: An update of the 1970s cop show Starsky & Hutch is in the offing. Fox is developing the project, which will be feature two female characters in the title roles, via its script-to-series model. Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn told The Hollywood Reporter he expects to have at least two […]

Broadcast TV Pilots 2023: The Complete Guide

If broadcast Pilot Season is any indicator, the Peak TV numbers are in for a rude awakening. A decade ago, ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC collectively ordered an eye-popping 98 comedies and dramas during Pilot Season 2013. That figure, the most since THR began tracking overall volume in 2012, is now considered a […]

Sandy Hook Gun Lawsuit to Be Dramatized in Limited Series

A lawsuit brought by families of Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting victims against a gun manufacturer will be the subject of a limited series project. Echo Lake Entertainment (Hulu’s The Great, The Girl From Plainville) is producing the project from Robin Swicord (When They See Us, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Sarah Koskoff […]

Heather McMahan Comedy in the Works at NBC (Exclusive)

NBC is getting into business with Heather McMahan. The comedian and podcast host (and recent Hollywood Reporter Next Big Thing subject) is developing a comedy for the network. She has sold a script for I Can’t Right Now, based loosely on her own life, and is attached to star as well. Universal Television and Annapurna […]

Wiip Snags Rights to Novel ‘The Lemon,’ Will Adapt for TV (Exclusive)

Independent studio Wiip has snagged rights to the critically hailed novel The Lemon. The Mare of Easttown and The Summer I Turned Pretty producer has optioned the novel by S.E. Boyd — a pen name for the trio of Alessandra Lusardi, Kevin Alexander and Joe Keohane — and will develop it for television. The authors, who […]