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Both pilots grew out of her previous overall with the studio.
“Jennie’s had a remarkable pilot season, selling a comedy as well as a very unique twist on the most popular genre in the world, the telenovela,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. “There is truly nothing she can’t do. Jennie is one of the most versatile, inventive writers and showrunners working today and we feel very fortunate that CBS will continue to be her home for years and years to come.”
Urman, who created the short-lived CW show “Emily Owens, MD” and penned the romantic comedy feature “Something Borrowed,” expressed similar sentiments, saying “I am thrilled to continue my great relationship with David Stapf, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Wrapping a very strong development season, Jennie Snyder Urman has re-upped her overall deal at CBS Television Studios for three more years. Urman, who previously created the CW drama Emily Owens, MD for the studio, sold three projects this season — two of which, drama Jane The Virgin at the CW, based on the popular telenovela, and comedy Sober Companion at Fox, were picked up to pilot. Both are considered high-profile contenders, with Sober Companion boasting a cast led by Nick Frost and Justin Long. “Jennie’s had a remarkable pilot season, selling a comedy as well as a very unique twist on the most popular genre in the world, the telenovela,” said CBS TV Studios president David Stapf. “There is truly nothing she can’t do. Jennie is one of the most versatile, inventive writers and showrunners working today and we feel very fortunate that CBS will continue to be »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
“Hieroglyph,” set in ancient Egypt, earned a 13-episode straight-to-series order from Fox last October. The adventure drama about a thief plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh was created by scribe Travis Beacham.
“Hieroglyph” is an ambitious high-priority for 20th, which took its time finding a showrunner to aid Beacham in executing the show. It’s expected to lense in Los Angeles and Albuquerque, N.M.
“Anna’s a spectacular writer and showrunner who can literally do it all – from big genre shows like ‘Being Human’ to more intimate character pieces like ‘Men in Trees’—and we are thrilled to be in business with her exclusively,” said 20th TV chairman-ceo Gary Newman. “The combination of Travis Beacham’s very unique vision for this »
- Cynthia Littleton
Anna Fricke has closed a new two-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Under the pact, she is joining the studio’s straight-to-series adventure drama Hieroglyph and will also develop new projects. “Anna’s a spectacular writer and showrunner who can literally do it all – from big genre shows like Being Human to more intimate character pieces like Men In Trees—and we are thrilled to be in business with her exclusively,” said 20th TV chairman Gary Newman. Fricke, repped by UTA and Patti Felker, is coming off Syfy’s Being Human. She developed the adaptation of the British series with her husband, Jeremy Carver, and ran the Syfy drama for the past five years. Her previous credits include ABC’s Men In Trees and the WB’s Everwood. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Anna Fricke is laying down roots at 20th Century Fox Television. The Being Human showrunner has inked a new overall deal at the studio responsible for such shows as Modern Family, Bones and Family Guy. As part of her two-year pact, Fricke will become the showrunner of Fox's ambitious straight-to-series ancient Egypt drama Hieroglyph as well as create, develop and produce new programming for 20th TV. “Anna’s a spectacular writer and showrunner who can literally do it all -- from big genre shows like Being Human to more intimate character pieces like Men in Trees -- and we are thrilled to be
- Lacey Rose
Trevor Hogg chats with Chris Dingess about his fateful encounter with the world of comic books...
“One of my brothers used to paint as a hobby, but that’s about it,” states Chris Dingess when discussing whether or not he comes from an artist family. “However, my parents took in and became guardians to this kid who went to high school with my brother; he had a talent for drawing and painting, and was great at copying comics and mimicking different artists. I was already into comics before he moved into the house, but he really kicked my interest up to the next level. Plus he was way into Conan and Frazetta artwork and got me into that stuff.” The love for comics started early on in life for Dingess who grew up in Accokeek, Maryland. “My folks owned a small market in my town. I’d go there, sit in the back room, »
Genre: Sci-Fi | Horror | Drama
Air Date/Time: January 13 at 9/8c (Episode 1) and January 20 at 9/8c (Episode 2)
Director: Stefan Pleszczynski
Aidan (Sam Witwer) and Nora (Kristen Hager) struggle to save Josh (Sam Huntington) who remains in wolf form. At the same time, visitors from Aidan’s haunted past collide with the present forcing him to make impossible decisions that will affect those closest to him. Sally (Meaghan Rath), having been dragged down into her death spot by witch, Donna (guest star Amy Aquino), finds herself trapped with her foe but newly imbued with her own magical powers that could »
- Erin Willard
Just in case you haven’t checked out the SciFi Mafia calendar (there’s a tab for it above) lately, our Mondays are about to get a lot more crowded. This week marked the return of Almost Human, but next week is when things get crowded, as it is joined by the return of its Fox neighbor Sleepy Hollow, and Syfy unleashes an entire block of programming, with the return of Lost Girl and Being Human and the premiere of Bitten.
We’ll have advance spoiler-free reviews of the Syfy premieres posted here on SciFi Mafia soon, but until then, here’s a TV spot and all the pertinent info:
TV Spot: Syfy’s All New Mondays
New York – January 3, 2014 – Get ready »
- Erin Willard
Who better to craft a plethora of double entendres then an alumna of Sex And The City? Writer and producer Jenny Bicks, also of The Big C and Men in Trees, will adapt the dark French comedy Hard, which might technically qualify as a single entendre. The HBO show will follow a "Brentwood housewife who inherits her husband’s failing porn company." Finally, a chance to use all those Satc one-liners that had to be cut for time. Let no cunnilingus pun go unused, we always say. »
- Halle Kiefer
Dark comedy revolves around a Brentwood housewife who inherits her husband’s failing porn company. She’s challenged to manage a business and her dueling lives, which she shares with her coffee-clatch friends.
Vin Di Bona, exec producer of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” suggested the property was ripe for U.S. adaptation after McPherson, the former ABC Entertainment chief, hung out his producing shingle last spring.
“Hard” is in the early stage of development at HBO. Bicks, McPherson and Di Bona’s Fishbowl Worldwide Media are exec producers. Fishbowl’s senior VP Shaleen Desai is handling the project for the company.
Bicks, who was a key scribe on “Sex and the City, »
- Cynthia Littleton
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