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Pilot Season: Female Creators, Directors Break Through

The 2018 pilot season is shaping up to be a landmark year for women behind the camera.

Female creators and directors saw gains virtually across the board, as networks ramp up efforts to include more women in the pilot process. As Variety previously reported, the Time’s Up and Me Too movements have played important roles this season, with the networks all looking for ways to increase female representation.

According to multiple TV literary agents who spoke with Variety, there was a clear shift within the networks this year to increase the number of women behind the camera, particularly in the director’s chair.
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Jennifer Mudge Joins CBS’ ‘Murder’ Pilot; ABC’s ‘Staties’ Books Ava Capri

Jennifer Mudge (Boss) is set as a series regular opposite Michael Chiklis and Teyonah Parris in CBS drama pilot Murder, from Lin Pictures and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Amanda Green based on the British miniseries and directed by Anthony Hemingway, this new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Mudge will play Beth Garrity, an ER nurse who’s seen…
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‘Murder’: Leonard Roberts & Andrea Demetriades Cast In CBS Drama Pilot

Leonard Roberts (Major Crimes) and Australian actress Andrea Demetriades (Pulse) have been cast as series regulars opposite Michael Chiklis and Teyonah Parris in CBS drama pilot Murder, from Lin Pictures and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Amanda Green based on the British miniseries and directed by Anthony Hemingway, this new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims…
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Michael Chiklis set for crime drama pilot Murder at CBS

The Shield and Gotham star Michael Chiklis has signed on to a new drama pilot at CBS, with the actor set for the release role in Murder, which is being produced by Lin Pictures and Warner Bros. TV.

Based on the British miniseries, Murder sees Anthony Hemingway directing from a script by Amanda Green, and is described as “investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family.”

Chiklis will play Detective Mason “Mace” Garrity, “a veteran NYPD detective whose deep empathy and sharp instincts have been the foundation of an exemplary career. But now, his usual style is disrupted by his new partner, outspoken rookie Detective Ayana Lake (Teyonah Parris), who will challenge all his assumptions.”

Chiklis won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role as Lapd detective Vic Mackey in The Shield, and recently returned to the
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‘Murder’: Luna Lauren Velez & Pallavi Sharda Cast In CBS Drama Pilot

Dexter alumna Luna Lauren Velez and Pallavi Sharda (Pulse) have booked series-regular roles opposite Michael Chiklis and Teyonah Parris in CBS drama pilot Murder, from Lin Pictures and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Amanda Green based on the British miniseries and directed by Anthony Hemingway, this new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like…
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Michael Chiklis Joins Teyonah Parris in CBS Pilot ‘Murder’

Michael Chiklis Joins Teyonah Parris in CBS Pilot ‘Murder’
Michael Chiklis is returning to the cop genre.

Chiklis has been cast in one of the lead roles opposite Teyonah Parris in the CBS drama pilot “Murder,” Variety has confirmed.

The series explores crime through the unique and often conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.

Chiklis will play Detective Mason “Mace” Garrity, described as a veteran NYPD detective with deep empathy and sharp instincts, which have been the foundation of an exemplary career. But now, his usual style is disrupted by his new partner, outspoken rookie Detective Ayana Lake (Parris), who will challenge all his assumptions.

Chiklis is best known for his role as Vic Mackey on the critically-acclaimed FX cop drama “The Shield,” for which he
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Emmy Winner Michael Chiklis to Star in CBS Cop Drama Pilot Murder

Emmy Winner Michael Chiklis to Star in CBS Cop Drama Pilot Murder
Michael Chiklis is back on the TV beat again.

The Emmy-winning actor has signed on to star in the CBS drama pilot Murder, our sister site Deadline is reporting. He’ll play Mason “Mace” Garrity, a veteran NYPD detective whose feathers are ruffled when he’s assigned an outspoken rookie partner, played by Empire and Mad Men veteran Teyonah Parris.

Based on a British miniseries, Murder will be shot like a true-crime documentary and follow a single investigation through the perspective of the cops, the suspects, the witnesses and the victims. Amanda Green (Lethal Weapon, Law & Order: Svu) will pen the pilot,
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Michael Chiklis To Star In ‘Murder’ CBS Drama Pilot

Exclusive: Emmy winner Michael Chiklis has been tapped as the male lead in CBS drama pilot Murder, from Lin Pictures and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Amanda Green based on the British miniseries and directed by Anthony Hemingway, this new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series, which centers on…
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Anthony Hemingway To Direct CBS Drama Pilot ‘Murder’

Prolific helmer Anthony Hemingway is set to direct and executive produce CBS’ drama pilot Murder, from producer Dan Lin. Written by Amanda Green based on the BBC miniseries, this new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing…
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Teyonah Parris to Star in CBS Pilot ‘Murder’

Teyonah Parris to Star in CBS Pilot ‘Murder’
Teyonah Parris has been cast in one of the lead roles in the CBS drama pilot “Murder.”

The series explores crime through the unique and often conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.

Parris will star as Det. Ayana Lake, a rising star in the NYPD whose keen intellect and quick, analytic mind are the keys to her success. But when she’s partnered with instinctive, intuitive Det. Jack Garrity, styles and personalities sometimes clash.

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Parris is known for her roles in films like Spike Lee’s “Chiraq” and Justin Simien’s “Dear White People. She has also appeared in hit TV shows like AMC’s “Mad Men,” Fox’s “[link
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‘Murder’: Teyonah Parris Cast As Female Lead In CBS Drama Pilot

Former Survivor’s Remorse star Teyonah Parris is set as the female lead in CBS drama pilot Murder, based on the BBC miniseries, from producer Dan Lin. Written by Amanda Green, this new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing…
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ABC Orders Comedy Pilots from Liz Meriwether and Kristin Newman

Meriwether: Instagram

Liz Meriwether has yet another comedy pilot on the way. “Single Parents,” a single cam project from the “New Girl” creator/Ep and J.J. Philbin, received a pilot order at ABC. This marks Meriwether’s second pilot for the 2018–19 season. Deadline confirms that ABC also ordered “Steps” from Kristin Newman.

Written by Philbin, “Single Parents” was previously given a put pilot commitment. The project, which “revolves around a group of dysfunctional single parents who lean on each other as they raise their kids, look for love, and ultimately realize survival is only possible with the help of each other,” is based on a story by Meriwether and Philbin. The duo will exec produce with “New Girl” Ep Katherine Pope.

Daddy Issues,” Meriwether’s other pilot, received an order from Fox earlier this week. Erin Foster (“Barely Famous”) writes and stars, and Meriwether is producing.

Philbin writes for “New Girl.
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“Murphy Brown” Revival on the Way, Candice Bergen to Star

“Murphy Brown”: CBS Photo Archive

Murphy Brown will soon be back at the Fyi desk. Deadline reports that CBS has ordered a 13-episode revival of Diane English’s “Murphy Brown.” The sitcom, which centers on Candice Bergen’s titular journalist, originally ran for 10 seasons from 1988–98 on CBS. The revival will air to coincide with the original’s 30th anniversary.

English, who created the original series, will write and exec produce the revival. Bergen will topline and many of “Murphy Brown’s” original writers and co-stars are also expected to return.

During its first run “Murphy Brown” made headlines when Vice President Dan Quayle referenced its supposed lack of morals during a 1992 campaign speech. Referring to the main character’s decision to carry an unplanned pregnancy to term and become a single mother, Quayle said: “It doesn’t help matters when prime-time TV has Murphy Brown — a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent,
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CBS Orders ‘Murphy Brown’ Revival With Candice Bergen

CBS has given a 13-episode order to a revival of the classic sitcom “Murphy Brown.” Original star Candice Bergen is set to reprise her role as the titular broadcast journalist. The multi-camera comedy will be part of CBS’ 2018-19 season and will see Bergen’s character returning to television news at a time of political and cultural upheaval.

The revival hails from Warner Bros. Television, which also produced the original series. Original series creator Diane English, represented by ICM, will serve as writer and executive producer through her Bend in the Road Productions. Bergen will also exec produce.

The original “Murphy Brown” aired on CBS from 1988 to 1998. The series was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards and won 18; was nominated for 15 Golden Globe awards and won three; was nominated for three Screen Actors Guild awards; was nominated for five Directors Guild Awards and won two; and was nominated for four Writers Guild Awards and won two. Bergen won five
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CBS Orders Greg Berlanti Drama Pilot ‘God Friended Me’

Divine intervention has come to CBS in the form of a drama pilot order for Greg Berlanti and “Gotham” scribes Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt.

“God Friended Me” revolves around an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he’s friended by God on Facebook. The proximity to the Holy Spirit makes him an agent of change in the lives of those around him.

The pilot hails from Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Lilien and Wynbrandt penned the script and Marcos Siega will direct. Sarah Schechter, head of Berlanti Productions, will executive produce along with Berlanti.

The prolific Berlanti has a raft of projects in development as well as on air across multiple networks, including the CW’s superhero series “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Supergirl,” and new entry “Black Lightning”; crime drama “Deception” at ABC; drama “You” at Lifetime, and NBC’s “Blindspot,” among others.

CBS previously ordered three pilots — two comedies and one drama
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CBS’ First 2018–19 Pilot Orders Are All from Female Creators

Gloria Calderon Kellett’s “History of Them” received a pilot order: Instagram

CBS has made its first pilot orders for the 2018–19 season and each of the three projects is from a woman creator. According to Variety, the network has tapped two comedies, Gloria Calderon Kellett’s “History of Them” and Michelle Nader’s “I Mom So Hard,” and a drama, Amanda Green’s “Murder.”

“History of Them” is “a multicultural ensemble about how two friends, Luna and Adam, meet and fall in love, using the couple’s social media as a guide.” Calderon Kellett (“One Day at a Time”) writes and serves as Ep. Pamela Fryman, Calderon Kellett’s “How I Met Your Mother” collaborator, will direct and exec produce.

Based on the web series of the same name, “I Mom So Hard” centers on two women who depend on each other’s friendship in order to get through the absurdities of marriage and motherhood.
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CBS Orders Pilots From Gloria Calderon Kellett, Amanda Green, Michelle Nader

CBS has ordered three pilots, its first orders for the 2018-19 season. Each of the three pilots — two comedies and one drama — hails from a female creator.

From writer exec producer Gloria Calderon Kellet and her company Glo Nation, “History of Them” is a multicamera hybrid comedy. The show is a multicultural ensemble about how two friends, Luna and Adam, meet and fall in love, using the couple’s social media as a guide. Pamela Fryman will direct and also exec produce alongside Marc Provissiero of Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment. Sony Pictures Television Studio and CBS Television Studios will produce.

Amanda Green’s drama “Murder” explores crime through the unique and often conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves. “[link
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Delayed Viewing Ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Winter Premiere Starts 2018 Strong

Delayed Viewing Ratings: ‘Big Bang Theory’ Winter Premiere Starts 2018 Strong
The Season 11 winter premiere of “The Big Bang Theory” stood head and shoulders above the competition in delayed viewing for Week 15 of the 2017-2018 broadcast season, which began on Jan 1.

The Big Bang Theory” went from a 3.1 rating in adults 18-49 in Live+Same Day viewing to a 5.0 in Live+7, a rise of 61 percent. The megahit CBS sitcom also went from 16.1 million viewers to 21.1 million, for a rise in that measure of 31 percent. It’s nearest competition in the demo was the prequel series “Young Sheldon,” which rose to a 3.7 in delayed viewing. In total viewers, fellow CBS series “NCIS” came the closest with 17.98 million.

Elsewhere on broadcast, the series premiere of “9-1-1” on Fox put up solid numbers, cracking the top 10 in both measures. In the demo, “9-1-1” went from a 1.8 to a 3.0 for a rise of 67 percent. In total viewers, it went from 6.8 million to 10.7 million, a rise of
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CBS Developing Crime Drama ‘The Source’ From Dr. Phil & Jay McGraw

CBS has put in development crime drama The Source, from Dr. Phil and Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions and CBS Television Studios. Written by Amanda Green (Lethal Weapon, The Mysteries of Laura), The Source centers on a millennial investigative reporter who teams with an Lapd detective and together they make use of her dogged brand of investigating outside the bounds of the law in order to expose crime and wrongdoing. Green executive produces with Stage 29 Productions
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