TV News: Stamos, Leguizamo Pilots; Scorsese’s Clinton Doc Cancelled, Another ‘Serial’ TV Knockoff, and more

Pilot Season! Duck Season! Pilot Seaon! Rabbit Season!

Life in Pieces. CBS has ordered a pilot for this single-camera Modern Family knock off from Justin Adler (Better Off Ted). (THR)

Studio City. John Wells‘ (ER) production house has sold this pilot to FOX. It’s a coming-of-age drama “about a young singer’s path to stardom as she lives with her songwriter father — who happens to be a drug dealer to the stars.” (TV Line)

Untitled John Stamos Comedy. FOX has also moved from put pilot commitment to full on development for this single-camera comedy with John Stamos as a bachelor who discovers he’s a father and a grandfather. (TV Line)

In Development

Rosewood. FOX‘s recently greenlit close-ended procedural pilot will be directed by Richard Shepard (Ugly Betty).  (Deadline)

Taxi-22. A year after CBS ordered to pilot this single-camera comedy from James Gandolfini, they’ve cast John Leguizamo in the lead. He’ll play an un-PC NY cab driver (Deadline)

Breed. TNT has set the female leads for its drama pilot from novelist John Scott Shepherd about a series of murders in the Pacific Northwest that turn out, perhaps, to have an other-worldly cause. Nadia HIlker (Spring) will play Ruby, “a powerful assassin born of a long line of Eastern European hunters called Avelytes, whose life’s work is to stalk and kill the dangerous creatures that are secretly infiltrating the population.” Amber Clayton (St. Vincent) will play Mandy, the girlfriend of the lead character, a mentally unstable detective investigating the murders. (Deadline)

Badlands. Orla Brady (Wallander) has been cast in a lead role in AMC’s series about a warrior in feudal China who journeys with a young boy across a “dangerous land to find enlightenment.” She’ll play a baroness named Lydia. (Deadline)

Outsiders. Christina Jackson (Boardwalk Empire) joins the cast of the WGN America drama about a power struggle in Appalachia as Sally-Ann. (Deadline)

True Conviction. NPR’s popular Serial podcast continues to spawn TV copycats. This one is with former detective James Trainum who was a consultant on Serial. One true homicide will be investigated over the course of the season. (Deadline)


Scorsese’s Bill Clinton HBO Doc. Martin Scorsese and HBO couldn’t come to terms on the planned doc about the former president and the project, announced in December 2012, has been shelved. (THR)


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