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‘Cruel Intentions’ NBC Pilot Sets Becky Hartman Edwards As Showrunner

Former Switched at Birth executive producer Becky Hartman Edwards is set as showrunner of Cruel Intentions, NBC‘s pilot that reboots the cult 1999 movie, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon. The TV series followup, toplined by Gellar, was co-written by the film's writer-director Roger Kumble and Lindsey Rosin & Jordan Ross, the duo behind the The Unauthorized Musical Parody Of Cruel Intentions, whose staging at Los Angeles' Rockwell…
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Ruben Fleischer, Becky Hartman Edwards Sell Thriller to Fox

An eco-terrorist thriller from Becky Hartman Edwards and Ruben Fleischer has landed at Fox.

Hailing from 20th Century Fox TV, “Far From the Tree” is an hourlong drama that centers on an all-American family whose lives are turned upside down when their eldest son is involved in a large-scale eco-terrorist attack. Project will follow the family and siblings as they deal with the FBI, media and community while trying to figure out how one of their own became so radicalized.

Hartman Edwards will pen the project and exec produce alongside Fleischer. Her credits include ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth,” NBC’s “Parenthood” and HBO’s “Sex and the City.”

Both Fleischer and Hartman Edwards are repped by UTA. Fleischer is also repped by attorney Warren Dern at Sloane Offer, and Hartman Edwards by Nina Shaw at Del Shaw.
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Fox Buys Thriller From Becky Hartman Edwards & Ruben Fleischer

Thriller seems to be the drama genre du jeur so far this development season, with the broadcast networks stocking up on conspiracy/mystery serialized drama projects. The latest is Far From The Tree, from Switched At Birth executive producer Becky Hartman Edwards and Ruben Fleischer, which has sold to Fox through 20th Century Fox Television where Fleischer has a deal. Written by Edwards, it is a character-based thriller focusing on the members of an all-American family whose lives are turned upside down when their eldest son is involved in a large scale eco-terrorist attack. The show centers on the parents and siblings of the eco-terrorist as they deal with the FBI, media and community at large, all while unraveling the complex mystery as to how and why one of their own became so radicalized.
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Fox Developing Terrorism Drama From 'Switched at Birth,' 'Gangster Squad' Duo

Fox Developing Terrorism Drama From 'Switched at Birth,' 'Gangster Squad' Duo
Fox has picked up a script for Far From the Tree, a character-based thriller focusing on the family of a terrorist, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From Switched at Birth executive producer Becky Hartman Edwards and Gangster Squad director Ruben Fleischer, the drama will concentrate on the family members whose lives are turned upside down when their eldest son is involved in a large-scale eco-terrorism attack. The show centers on the parents and siblings of the eco-terrorist as they deal with the FBI, media and community at large, all while unraveling the complex mystery of how

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American Dreams @ Atx Festival: Scoop on the Emotional, Time-Jumping Ending You Never Saw

American Dreams @ Atx Festival: Scoop on the Emotional, Time-Jumping Ending You Never Saw
It was a TV lover’s “dream” come true on Sunday when, at the 2nd annual Atx Television Festival, the cast, writers and creator of NBC’s criminally underrated American Dreams reunited before fans’ eyes.

The jam-packed panel — moderated by yours truly and comprised of Brittany Snow (who played Meg), Sarah Ramos (Patty), Tom Verica (Jack) , Ethan Dampf (Will), Rachel Boston (Beth), Vanessa Lengies (Roxanne), Arlen Escarpeta (Sam) and Jamie Elman (Luke), as well as showrunner Jonathan Prince, writer/producers Liz Tigelaar, David Semel, Becky Hartman Edwards and Jason Wilborn — consisted of walks down memory lane, tales from the audition
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E! developing Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage's next, 'Laurel Canyon'

E! is trying its hand at scripted series, and one of the projects it has on the docket is the latest from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. The "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C." creators teamed up once again on the series "Laurel Canyon," another Southern California-based television show that E! is looking to air.

The project is described as being about "a young woman who returns to her Hollywood family after her rock-star dad dies," and is one of eight scripted shows E! has in development. Among the others is a "darkly psychological retelling" of "The Prince and the Pauper" called "The Stand-In," a modern retelling of "Great Expectations" about a "morally corrupt family in the diamond business in New York City" called "Expectations" and series produced by Gale Anne Hurd and Kevin Spacey.

These aren't the only new series E! is looking to create. The network is still staying
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E! unveils glitzy programming slate filled with boy bands, lady wrestlers, blinged-out babies

E! unveils glitzy programming slate filled with boy bands, lady wrestlers, blinged-out babies
E! certainly knows its niche. At its upfront presentation today, the network that spawned a thousand Kardashian series will unveil a programming slate filled with shows united by three Gs: glitz, glamor, and gobs of cash.

Highlights include The Wanted Life, which documents the lives of One Direction rivals and Lindsay Lohan accessories The Wanted; Blinging Up Baby, a special designed to make normal people envy celebrity toddlers; a one-off peek behind the curtain of Hollywood’s “cults, cabals and underground clubs”; and 50 Hours with 50 Cent, which answers one of history’s age-old questions: “What is it like to be 50 Cent?
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Boy Meets World, Fnl, Scandal, Hart of Dixie Casts Set to Headline the 2013 Atx Festival

Boy Meets World, Fnl, Scandal, Hart of Dixie Casts Set to Headline the 2013 Atx Festival
As Disney Channel readies its buzzy Girl Meets World spin-off, the beloved cast of Boy Meets World will come together for their first-ever reunion at the 2nd Annual Atx Television Festival.

Taking place in Austin, Texas from June 6-9, the weekend-long event celebrates outstanding television past, present and future. In typical festival fashion, screenings and Q&As will be all the rage. But what sets Atx apart is an intimate environment in which attendees can interact with the industry folks — both onscreen and off — they admire most.

Related | Girl Meets World Cast — William Daniels Returns as Mr. Feeny!

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E! Buys Small-Town Drama From ‘Switched At Birth’ Ep Becky Hartman Edwards

Exclusive: E! has put in development another scripted project as the network is preparing to greenlight its first scripted pilots. Shoreline, which has an Upstairs, Downstairs feel to it, is being written by Carolyn Ingber (The Mentalist) and executive produced by Switched At Birth exec producer Becky Hartman Edwards. It centers on the golden child of a small coastal town in South Carolina who, after a scandal in New York, returns home to see that a major Hollywood primetime soap, The Shore Line Yacht Club, is the biggest employer in town. An enormous class divide separates the cast and producers from the townspeople, yet their lives are continuously and irrevocably intertwined — for better or worse. Fox TV Studios is producing. In addition to Shoreline, Edwards has another small-town soap in contention at E! sibling NBC, which she is writing. Sony TV and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment produce. Expanding E!
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Exclusive: American Dreams Reunion at Atx Festival – Which of Your Faves Will Be There?

Exclusive: American Dreams Reunion at Atx Festival – Which of Your Faves Will Be There?
This summer’s 2nd Annual Atx Festival is setting the stage for many a TV reunion, including the late, great American Dreams — but will your favorite Pryors be there?

TVLine has learned exclusively which actors, writers and producers behind the acclaimed ’60s-set drama are headed to Austin in June — and rest assured, you will not be disappointed.

But before we reveal the Dream-y panelists (Spoiler Alert: Brittany Snow!), here’s a quick recap on what Atx is all about: Launched last summer by two entertainment biz vets — and TV-loving gals – Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, the weekend-long event celebrates great television: past,
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Drama From Becky Hartman Edwards & Will Gluck, Matt Hubbard Comedy Go To NBC

NBC has bought a drama from Switched At Birth executive producer Becky Hartman Edwards, Sony TV and Will Gluck’s studio-based TV production company Olive Bridge Entertainment. The untitled project is described as a character-driven soap set in a small isolated Colorado town where the residents slowly discover that their lives are being manipulated by forces beyond their control. Edwards is writing and is executive producing with Gluck, while Richard Schwartz is co-exec producing. This marks UTA-repped Edwards’ return to NBC where she did a stint as a co-executive producer on Parenthood. This is the second project at NBC for Sony and Olive Bridge this season after landing a 22-episode commitment for a comedy starring Michael J. Fox. On the comedy side, NBC is hammering outg a deal for a put pilot commitment to a single-camera project written by Emmy-winning 30 Rock co-executive producer Matt Hubbard. Community co-star Donald Glover is
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USA Network Orders 7 Pilot Scripts; Which Will Make It To Air?

With the pilot season almost upon us, USA Network, celebrating the fifth year of their “Characters Welcome” motto, has announced the development of seven new pilot scripts. Unfortunately, the majority of the pilots do little to differentiate themselves from the typical “big man helps out small man” scenarios that Burn Notice and White Collar have become known for.

One has to wonder, with USA ordering these pilots, whether the cable network is looking to expand the imaginative original programming that viewers continue to tune in for, or simply replicate current series that have already proven to be hits.

Ultimately, USA settled on a couple of FBI-centric series, a lawyer drama “with a twist,” a modern day take on Robin Hood, an angry NHL player with a heart, a mom turned mob “fixer” and a Steve Carell-produced insurance adjuster comedy. But which – if any – of those shows will make it to air?
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The USA Network Unveils Their 2010-2011 Line-Up

The USA Network unveils their 2010-2011 Line-Up The USA Network has reveled its line-up of new potential series. Read the full press release below.

A Legal Mind: One of Manhattan's top corporate lawyers goes on a recruiting trip and hires the only guy that impresses him, a brilliant but unmotivated college dropout. This early twenty something has barely coasted through life on his natural intelligence and copious amounts of marijuana. Now, as he impersonates a bright young professional, he might even become a real adult. from writer Aaron KorshThe Deep End). David Bartis and Gene Klein exec produce. From Universal Cable Productions.

Robyn:&#8232 After her financier father's fraudulent dealings are exposed, a young woman realizes she's done nothing substantial with her own life. Initially attempting to be a do-gooder, she finds it much more satisfying (and effective) to rip off the decadent upper class. Rather than keep the proceeds for herself,
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USA Network development slate includes Steve Carell project

USA is gearing up for its biggest summer yet, with five original series set to premiere in June and July. On Monday April 5, the network announced its development slate which includes a project executive produced by Steve Carell.

The show, which is as of yet untitled, teams up Carell and John Michael Higgins behind-the-scenes for a show "about a middle-class insurance investigator who finds high-stakes drama on dull jobs," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

USA is also working on "Robyn," an updated version of "Robin Hood" with a female in the lead role. Becky Hartman Edwards, producer of "Parenthood" and "Life on Mars," is at the helm.

In new series "A Legal Mind," a college drop-out with an affinity for marijuana teams up with a heavy-hitter lawyer. "Stick" is about a former hockey player who now devotes his time to charitable endeavors.

The network has also ordered two FBI projects.
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USA Developing Seven New Series

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USA, hot off its 15th-consecutive quarterly win, has become basic cable's number-one network -- and it's not about to rest on its laurels.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network is getting ready to launch seven new shows, and for them, it's all about quality programming. "These new projects all combine strong characters and superior storytelling, offering viewers the kind of exceptionally written, aspirational originals they won't find anywhere else," said President of Original Programming Jeff Wachtel in a statement.

So what does it have in the hopper? First up is 'Robyn,' a modern-day Robin Hood with a bit of a twist: This time, it'll be a woman stealing from the rich to give to the poor in this update from Becky Hartman Edwards ('Parenthood').

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USA lines up original series projects

USA lines up original series projects
USA is developing a series about a modern-day Robin Hood in addition to its usual crop of crime procedurals and legal dramas.

The network announced seven projects in development on Monday, including content from Steve Carell ("The Office"), Anthony Edwards ("ER") and John Michael Higgins ("Best in Show").

"With the proven power of the 'Characters Welcome' brand guiding our development, USA has produced a stunning track record of No. 1 new original series for four consecutive years, and has grown the network into a trusted destination for quality programming," said Jeff Wachtel, president of original programming at USA. "These new projects all combine strong characters and superior storytelling, offering viewers the kind of exceptionally written, aspirational originals they won't find anywhere else."

In "Robyn," an updated gender-twist on "Robin Hood," a young woman who decides she has done nothing with her life commits to rob from the upper class and giving to the poor.
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The Writers Guild Awards Nominations! "The Dark Knight" Among Nominees

"The Dark Knight," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Doubt," "Frost/Nixon," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" are among the nominees in the Adapted Screenplay category for the WGA's (Writers Guild Awards) 61st Anniversary awards show.

Winners will be announced February 7th, and will be held simultaneously between two ceremonies -- West Coast at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, and the East Coast at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.

What about "Milk" or "The Wrestler?" Click Read More to see full list of nominees!

Original Screenplay

Burn After Reading, Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Focus Features

Milk, Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features

Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Written by Woody Allen, The Weinstein Company

The Visitor, Written by Tom McCarthy, Overture Films

The Wrestler, Written by Robert Siegel, Fox Searchlight Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Screenplay
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Writer's Guild Nominates Best Writing

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Genre vets Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone), Drew Goddard, Brian K. Vaughan (Lost), Marti Noxon, Zack Whedon, and Danny Strong (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) have been nominated by their peers. The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East announced their nominees for outstanding achievement in television, radio, news, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2008 season to be honored at the upcoming 2009 Writers Guild Awards on February 7, 2009, in Los Angeles and New York.

Television Nominees

Dramatic Series

Dexter, Written by Scott Buck, Daniel Cerone, Charles H. Eglee, Adam E. Fiero, Lauren Gussis, Clyde Phillips, Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, Tim Schlattmann; Showtime

Friday Night Lights, Written by Bridget Carpenter, Kerry Ehrin, Brent Fletcher, Jason Gavin, Carter Harris, Elizabeth Heldens, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Patrick Massett, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, John Zinman; NBC

Lost, Written by Carlton Cuse, Drew Goddard, Adam Horowitz, Christina M. Kim, Edward Kitsis, Damon L.
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Feldman pilot to ABC; Fox on 'Line'

Feldman pilot to ABC; Fox on 'Line'
An untitled drama from Reunion co-creator Jon Feldman is said to have landed at ABC with a put pilot commitment. Meanwhile, Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Fault Line, a drama from Becky Hartman-Edwards. Both projects hail from Warner Bros. TV. Details on the Jon Feldman project were sketchy Wednesday, but it is said to revolve around CEOs gone wild. Feldman is the writer/executive producer. Fault Line (working title) centers on a top orthopedic surgeon and mother who faces the challenges of re-entering the dating scene and co-parenting after a separation.

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