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ABC Family Shifts to Focus on Younger Viewers with Sexier Programming

ABC Family wants to make sure advertisers understand its programming isn’t the sort that might be watched by, well, the unit that is part of its name.

The Walt Disney-owned cable outlet unveiled plans Tuesday to focus on a group of viewers it calls “becomers” who interested in romance, even sex, and on their way to becoming big-spending consumers ready to sign up for credit cards and financial investments. In doing so, executives hope to scrap a long-held notion that its original shows are aimed at parents and younger children watching together.

“That’s not who are. It is not who we are going to be,” said Tom Ascheim, president of ABC Family, in an interview. “We are seeking a shift in the perception, and that’s what we are working very hard on.”

The shift is a nod to the aging of a generation with which the network has previously been linked.
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ABC Family Developing Projects From Eva Longoria, Andrea Abbate

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ABC Family is getting to work with Eva Longoria. The network is developing a project, “You’ve Got to Work It,” which hails from “Desperate Housewives” alum Longoria and ITV Studios, the network said Tuesday. The project, adapted from the U.K. show of the same name, will center on eight unemployed girls from diverse backgrounds who vie for seven job opportunities in as many different industries, eventually completing “head-to-toe and emotional makeovers.” Also Read: ABC Family Picks Up Three New Unscripted Series The network is also developing a new project from Andrea Abbate, who’s worked as a writer
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Charlize Theron Inks First-Look Deal With Universal Cable Productions

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Charlize Theron is in business with Universal Cable Productions.

The actress/producer has aligned herself with Ucp via a new first-look deal through her Denver and Delilah production banner, Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, announced at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday.

Also Read: USA Sets Premiere Date for Event Series ‘Dig’ From ‘Homeland,’ ‘Heroes’ Producers

Under the deal, Theron and Ucp are already working on projects for USA Network, Bravo, NBC and Amazon, Wachtel noted.

Along with the new Ucp deal, Denver and Delilah has hired former Epix
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Charlize Theron Inks First-Look Deal With Universal Cable Prods.

Charlize Theron Inks First-Look Deal With Universal Cable Prods.
Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah production banner has inked a first-look deal with Universal Cable Prods. to develop and produce scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s portfolio of networks.

The company has four projects percolating at NBC, USA, Bravo and Amazon.

The announcement was made by Jeff Wachtel, president and chief content officer, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, at Thursday’s Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.

Laverne McKinnon has also joined Denver & Delilah as head of scripted television. McKinnon was formerly exec VP of original programming and development at Epix and senior VP of drama development at CBS.

The pact marks Ucp’s growth in diversified programming development, under the direction of exec VP of development Dawn Olmstead.

“I had the pleasure of working with Charlize recently and was determined to keep working with her once I joined Universal Cable Productions,” said Olmstead. “I’m thrilled that Laverne has joined forces with them.
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Karey Burke, Todd Holland Move to ABC Studios

Todd Holland and Karey Nixon Burke’s Dark Toy Entertainment has signed a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios, Variety has learned.

The producing partners, who had previously been under overall deals with Universal TV, recently finished the pilot “The Pro.” A co-production at ABC Studios for NBC that Holland directed, the project stars Rob Lowe and Rob Riggle. Other shared credits include NBC’s “Go On” and “Free Agents.” They are also developing a scripted comedy for AMC based on the Andrea Abbate play “Random Acts.”

“We had a fantastic experience working with them on ‘The Pro’ and are so excited to work with them developing both comedy and drama projects for the studio,” said ABC Studios head Patrick Moran.

The duo met on ABC’s “Miss/Guided,” which Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg’s Katalyst shingle developed with 20th Century Fox TV. Burke, a former NBC creative exec,
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AMC To Branch Into Scripted Comedy With Random Acts, Sober Buddies And More

With Breaking Bad long gone and Mad Men set to head off the air in spring 2015, the executives at AMC know that they cannot sustain their impressive growth purely through the success of The Walking Dead. That’s why the cable network announced on Wednesday that they will push forward with scripted comedy and are developing around a half-dozen new shows.

Among these potential hits is Random Acts, an adaptation of Andrea Abbate’s play about thirty-something girlfriends Katie and Lisa – who make their living as contract killers. Abbate will write and executive produce the single-camera comedy, which could be on the air as early as 2015. Further, executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad) are helming Sober Buddies, about a pro surfer turned sober coach who has to deal with own problems as he goes off the wagon.

Meanwhile, AMC greenlit its first series pilot, the intriguing We Hate Paul Revere.
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AMC To Develop Scripted Comedy, Latenight Project with Kevin Smith

After striking a vein with scripted dramas like “Mad Men” and “The Walking Dead,” then supplementing those series with reality programming, entertainment cabler AMC will now pursue laughs.

The AMC Networks flagship said it had greenlit a pilot for “We Hate Paul Revere.” Written and exec produced by Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner, the comedy series aims to tell the story of two brothers trying to find their place in colonial Boston. Series is set to shoot in the third quarter of this year in consideration for 2015.

AMC also said it would expand its relationship with director Kevin Smith to include the development of a late night project, “Hollywood Babble-On,” starring Smith and Ralph Garman, co-host of a popular. Series will be produced by Wilshire Studios, and exec produced by Smith, Garman and Gary Auerbach.

The development in a genre new to the network comes as AMC enters the first
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AMC Pushes Into Scripted Comedy With First Order (Exclusive)

AMC Pushes Into Scripted Comedy With First Order (Exclusive)
AMC is pushing into comedy for the first time. The cable network home to Mad Men and The Walking Dead is developing a scripted comedy based on Andrea Abbate's play Random Acts, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Abbate (Accidentally on Purpose, The Office) will write and executive produce the single-camera comedy alongside Todd Holland and Karey Burke of Dark Toy Entertainment and Kenton Allen of Big Talk Productions. Photos: 'The Walking Dead's' Most Shocking Deaths The comedy revolves around Katie and Lisa, single girls in their early 30s who work through issues with relationships, family, and growing up. 

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Fox Buys Male Laverne & Shirley Comedy From Andrea Abbate & 20th TV As Put Pilot

Fox has been very aggressive on the comedy side this season, taking another high-profile half-hour project from sibling 20th Century Fox TV off the market pre-emptively with a major commitment. The network has handed a put pilot commitment to a comedy from writer Andrea Abbate, 20th TV and studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein. Tentatively titled Paroled, the project is described as a male Laverne and Shirley on parole. Wme-repped Abbate executive produces with 21 Laps/Adelstein’s Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements. This is a re-teaming for Abbate, 20th TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein who last year sold a family comedy to ABC with a put pilot commitment. The project went to pilot toplined by Kelly Preston. This is the third comedy project from 20th TV that Fox has bought pre-emptively in a big deal this summer, following pilot production commitments for Nahnatchka Khan, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s Fatrick and
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Andrea Abbate Project Lands at Fox

Andrea Abbate Project Lands at Fox
Andrea Abbate’s “Paroled” project has landed at Fox as a put pilot with a significant penalty.

To be produced by 20th Century Fox TV, “Paroled” follows a male Laverne and Shirley on parole. Project is based on members of Abbate’s own family getting out of prison — again.

Abbate will exec produce with 21 Laps/Adelstein. Her credits include “The Tony Danza Show,” “Rude Awakening” and “Accidentally On Purpose.”

Abbate and Marty Adelstein are repped by Wme. Abbate is also represented by Morris Yorne Barnes, and Adelstein by Ziffren Brettenham.
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Fox Buys Male 'Laverne and Shirley' Comedy From Andrea Abbate

Fox Buys Male 'Laverne and Shirley' Comedy From Andrea Abbate
Fox is looking for the next Laverne and Shirley. In a pre-emptive buy, Fox has handed out a put-pilot order with significant penalty to Paroled, a semi-autobiographical comedy from Accidentally on Purpose's Andrea Abbate, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Paroled is described as a male Laverne and Shirley on parole and is based on members of Abbate's family getting out of prison -- again. The project hails from 21 Laps/Adelstein and 20th Century Fox Television, where the banner is under an overall deal. Abbate will write and executive produce alongside Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. Photos: Fox's 2013-14

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ABC Passes on John Leguizamo Pilot, 2 Others

ABC Passes on John Leguizamo Pilot, 2 Others
John Leguizamo won't be coming to ABC anytime soon. The network has taken a pass on the pilot "King John," which would have starred Leguizamo. Based on the actor's life "as a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York," the pilot also starred Luke Ganalon and Andrea Savage. Also read: ABC Pilots 2013 ABC has also given the thumbs-down to two other pilots, including an untitled project from "Rude Awakening" producer Andrea Abbate, which would have starred Kelly Preston as Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep
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Rhys Darby To Co-Star In ABC Pilot ‘Keep Calm And Karey On’

Flight Of The ConchordsRhys Darby will co-star opposite Kelly Preston in ABC‘s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On, from writer Andrea Abbate, 21 Laps/Adelstein and 20th Century Fox TV. It centers on Karey (Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Actor-comedian Darby, repped by CAA and Principato-Young, will play Karey’s husband. He is best known for playing Murray in HBO’s Conchords and most recently wrote, executive produced and starred in Short Poppies for Tvnz in his native New Zealand. Rhys Wakefield has booked a series regular role on Bravo pilot Rita. He will play Rita’s (Anna Gunn) oldest son who has a close but complex relationship with his mother.
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Mamie Gummer Joins CBS’ ‘Backstrom’, Ashley Williams Cast In ABC’s ‘Keep Calm & Karey On’

Mamie Gummer, star of the freshman CW drama series Emily Owens MD, is staying in the CBS family with a co-starring role opposite Rainn Wilson in drama pilot Backstrom for sister network CBS. Written by Bones creator Hart Hanson, Backstrom centers on Everett Backstrom (Wilson), an overweight, offensive, irascible detective, as he tries, and fails, to change his self-destructive behavior. Gummer will play the female lead Nicole Carlton, a watchful, competent police detective who is a lesbian saddened over her breakup with her longtime partner. 20th TV is producing. Ashley Williams has joined another 20th TV pilot, ABC comedy Keep Calm & Karey On, from Andrea Abbate. The project centers on Karey (Kelly Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve.
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Pilot Scoop: Ashley Williams Cast as Kelly Preston's Sister in ABC's Keep Calm

Pilot Scoop: Ashley Williams Cast as Kelly Preston's Sister in ABC's Keep Calm
Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) has been tapped to replace Majandra Delfino (State of Georgia) in ABC’s untitled comedy from Accidentally on Purpose‘s Andrea Abbate, TVLine has learned.

The project, fka Keep Calm and Karey On, centers on Kelly Preston’s Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve.

Williams will play Karey’s clueless sister Penny, the role initially occupied by
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Kelly Preston as Female Lead in ABC Comedy Pilot Keep Kalm And Karey On

Keep Calm and Karey On is an upcoming ABC’s comedy pilot which comes from director Gail Mancuso and has a pretty good cast on board. We’ve just learned that Kelly Preston is set to star as the female lead which means that she will join previously announced Majandra Delfino and Jane Seymour. So far – so good, hope you agree? Mancuso will direct the single-camera comedy from a script written by Andrea Abbate, which on Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts and narcissists. Her life becomes a mess when her brother is sent to prison and she decides...
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Pilot Scoop: Majandra Delfino Exits ABC Comedy Keep Calm and Karey On

Pilot Scoop: Majandra Delfino Exits ABC Comedy Keep Calm and Karey On
Majandra Delfino (Roswell, State of Georgia) has been let go from ABC’s Keep Calm and Karey On comedy pilot for creative reasons, TVLine has learned.

The project, from Andrea Abbate (Accidentally on Purpose), centers on Karey, the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve.

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Delfino had been cast as Karey’s clueless sister Penny.
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Majandra Delfino Exits ABC Comedy Pilot ‘Keep Calm And Karey On’

Majandra Delfino has departed ABC’s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On, from writer/executive producer Andrea Abbate, 20th Century Fox TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein. The project centers on Karey (Kelly Preston), the clean-nosed black sheep in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she decides to raise his kids along with her adopted black son and give them the normal lives they deserve. Delfino was to play Kaerey’s sister Penny. Delfino is the third actress on an ABC comedy pilot to depart in the final stages of casting this season, joining Mercedes Masohn from Mixology and Mandy Moore from Pulling. In all three cases, the actresses were among the first hired in the projects, and, with casts coming together, the dynamic on the shows and some of the characters changed, leading to the exits. For instance, Delfino was cast long before Preston,
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Jenny Slate To Star In ABC’s ‘Pulling’, ‘Keep Calm’ And ‘Bad Management’ Add To Casts

Jenny Slate To Star In ABC’s ‘Pulling’, ‘Keep Calm’ And ‘Bad Management’ Add To Casts
Saturday Night Live alumna Jenny Slate has been cast as a lead opposite June Diane Raphael in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot Pulling, from ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. The project, written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and directed by Jason Moore, revolves around three dysfunctional women in their 30s living their lives the way they want, even if society tells them they should have it all figured out by this point. Slate plays one of them, Karen, who may be a prim and proper professional during working hours, but once she’s off the clock, look out. Raphael plays the leader of the trio, Donna, while the third role, Louise, became vacant after originally Mandy Moore exited yesterday. Steve Talley (Pretty Little Liars) has been cast is ABC’s comedy pilot Keep Calm And Karey On, from writer/executive producer Andrea Abbate, 20th TV and 21 Laps/Adelstein.
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Kelly Preston starring in ABC comedy pilot 'Keep Calm and Karey On'

Kelly Preston is returning to the world of series TV with the lead role in ABC's comedy pilot "Keep Calm and Karey On."

Preston will star as Karey, the straight arrow in a family of petty thieves, drug addicts and narcissists. When her brother is sent to prison, she adopts his two children in an attempt to give them a better life.

The cast also includes Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") as Karey's mother and Majandra Delfino ("Roswell") as Karey's self-absorbed sister. Andrea Abbate ("Accidentally on Purpose") wrote the script.

If the pilot is picked up to series, it would mark Preston's first full-time TV commitment since her role as an oversexed teenager in NBC's short-lived '80s Army base soap "For Love and Honor." She was in the cast of HBO's 2008 pilot for British TV adaptation "Suburban Shootout," but that was not picked up.

Preston is best known
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