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Julie Plec Unveils Expansive Development Slate at Universal TV

Julie Plec, in the wake of the surprising Legacies cancellation, is putting her energy into a sprawling development slate for Universal Television. The prolific showrunner, who already has Vampire Academy due in September on Peacock, has unveiled five new scripted shows in development at the studio where her My So-Called Company has been based since […]

‘Magnum P.I.’ Moving to NBC With Two-Season Order

NBC has closed a deal to pick up Magnum P.I., saving the action-drama series that CBS canceled in May, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. NBC has ordered two more seasons of Magnum P.I., with each season containing 10 episodes. The additional two seasons follow four from the CBS Studios/Universal Television production completed at CBS. NBC […]

Randall Park’s Imminent Collision Signs First-Look Deal With Universal TV (Exclusive)

Imminent Collision, the production company founded by producer Hieu Ho, screenwriter Michael Golamco and actor Randall Park, has inked a first-look deal with Universal Television. Under the pact, the banner, which specializes in comedic, Asian American-centered stories for film and television, will develop and produce projects for a variety of platforms with the studio. “We […]

Chris Noth Out of CBS’ ‘The Equalizer’

Chris Noth is out of CBS’ drama The Equalizer as the actor faces allegations of sexual assault. “Chris Noth will no longer film additional episodes of The Equalizer, effective immediately,” CBS and Universal Television, which produces the series, said in a statement Monday. He will appear in one more episode of the show that has […]

Carol Mendelsohn, Universal TV Land Dramas at NBC, CBS

Former CSI showrunner Carol Mendelsohn has set a pair of drama projects at broadcast networks. Mendelsohn, whose eponymous production company is based at Universal Television, will executive produce a legal thriller called Honor at NBC and a crime drama titled Body Farm at CBS. Universal TV is producing both, and Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz, her […]

Aidy Bryant Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV

Aidy Bryant is extending her relationship with NBCUniversal. Fresh off of a return for her 10th season on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Bryant has closed her first overall deal with studio sibling Universal Television. Under the multiple-year pact, Bryant will develop and produce new projects for the studio. “Aidy has been a beloved member of […]

Former ‘Black-ish’ Showrunner Moves Overall Deal to Universal TV From ABC Signature

Former Black-ish showrunner Kenny Smith has found a new studio home. Smith has signed an overall deal with Universal Studio Group’s Universal TV. The comedy veteran, who recently joined NBC’s Kenan as co-showrunner, will develop and produce projects across all platforms at the studio. “Kenny is one of the most hilarious, collaborative and talented storytellers […]

‘The Endgame’ Co-Creator Jake Coburn Inks Universal TV First-Look Deal

TV writer and producer Jake Coburn is having a pretty good week. Two days after NBC gave a series order for The Endgame, a thriller he co-created with Nicholas Wootton, Coburn has signed a first-look deal with Universal Studio Group’s Universal Television. He’ll develop and produce projects for the studio for all TV platforms while […]

Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions Moves Overall TV Deal to Universal

Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions are moving their TV business. Monkeypaw and Peele have signed a multiyear overall TV deal with Universal Studio Group, bringing it under the same roof as Peele’s film production partnership with Universal Pictures. Monkeypaw previously had a first-look TV deal with Amazon. The deal comes on the heels of […]

‘Hacks’ Co-Creator Renews Universal TV Overall Deal

Universal Television is keeping the Emmy-nominated co-creator of Hacks in house. Jen Statsky, who co-created the breakout HBO Max comedy alongside Lucia Aniello and Paul W. Downs, has renewed her overall deal with the studio behind the Jean Smart starrer. Under the pact, Statsky will continue to serve as a co-showrunner on Hacks and develop […]

‘Rutherford Falls’ Creator Sierra Teller Ornelas Inks New Universal TV Deal

Sierra Teller Ornelas is staying put at Universal TV. The co-creator of Peacock’s ground-breaking Rutherford Falls has renewed her overall deal with the studio behind the recently renewed Ed Helms-led comedy. Under the pact, Ornelas will continue to create and develop new projects for the studio. The Native-American showrunner is currently working with Alan Yang […]

‘Good Girls’ Canceled at NBC as Move to Netflix Falls Apart

It’s a bad ending for NBC’s Good Girls. The beloved but little-watched-on-linear drama series has been canceled after four seasons on NBC. Efforts to move the series to Netflix, which serves as its streaming home after a global rights deal for the series — have imploded, and the series will not make the move to […]