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Tig Notaro Siblings Dramedy Set At ABC With Pilot Production Commitment

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ABC has given a pilot production commitment to Thicker Than Water, a one-hour dramedy from One Mississippi co-creator/executive producer/star Tig Notaro and co-executive producer Cara Dipaolo, producer Michael McDonald (American Crime) and ABC Studios, where his Stearns Castle is based.

Written by Notaro and Dipaolo loosely inspired by personal experiences, Thicker Than Water centers on a single mother who returns to her Tennessee hometown for her estranged father’s funeral, and finds herself graveside with several strangers who happen to be her half-siblings.

Notaro and partner Stephanie Allynne executive produce via Something Fierce Productions, alongside McDonald via Stearns Castle and Dipaolo.

Notaro and McDonald both hail from Middle America — Notaro grew up in Mississippi and Texas — and had been looking to do a show together that was true to the American experience, not a reflection of the coastal elites. That also is an area ABC has been keen on exploring more of.
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Tig Notaro, Cara Dipaolo Land Production Commitment at ABC for Dramedy Series

  • Variety
Tig Notaro, Cara Dipaolo Land Production Commitment at ABC for Dramedy Series
ABC has given a pilot production commitment to a one-hour dramedy that is co-created by Tig Notaro, Variety has learned.

Notaro and Cara Dipaolo are writers and executive producers on the project, which is currently titled “Thicker Than Water.” In the series, a single mother returns to her Tennessee hometown for her estranged father’s funeral, and finds herself graveside with several strangers who happen to be her half-siblings.

Michael McDonald of Stearns Castle will also executive produce, along with Stephanie Allynne of Notaro’s Something Fierce Productions banner. ABC Studios will produce.

Notaro and Dipaolo previously worked together on Notaro’s semi-autobiographical Amazon series “One Mississippi,” which Notaro co-created, starred in, and executive produce. Dipaolo was a writer and co-executive producer on the series.

Notaro is also a celebrated stand up comedian and is set to appear in the second season of “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 2. She also previously appeared on shows like “Transparent,
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ITV Studios America To Develop Nina Sadowsky’s ‘The Burial Society’ As Series

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In a competitive situation, ITV Studios America has acquired the rights to Nina Sadowsky’s novel The Burial Society to develop as a television series with Scream producer Cathy Konrad and Epidemic Pictures and Management’s Darryl Taja (The Perfect Guy).

The Burial Society, published by Ballantine/Random House in January, is the first in a series of books about a mysterious, damaged, but highly-skilled woman, Catherine (with no last name), who rescues people from intolerable, abusive and dangerous situations. Her dark-net based “witness protection program”, The Burial Society, is the last hope for people who desperately need to disappear.

Konrad, who brought the project to the studio, and Taja will executive produce the project alongside Sadowsky.

Sadowsky, who has a multi-book deal with Ballantine/Random House Publishing, most recently developed a TV adaptation of her debut thriller novel, Just Fall, with Starz, which acquired the rights to the book preemptively,
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Lionsgate TV Sets Overall Deal With ‘Divorce’ Showrunner Jenny Bicks

  • Variety
Lionsgate TV has set an overall deal with showrunner Jenny Bicks.

The pact calls for Bicks to develop series for the studio. Bicks at present is showrunner of HBO’s Sarah Jessica Parker comedy “Divorce.” Bicks previously worked with Parker on HBO’s “Sex and the City.”

“Jenny has helmed some of the most iconic television series and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to our creative team,” said Chris Selak, Lionsgate’s executive VP and worldwide head of scripted television. “She’s an incredibly talented multi-hyphenate, and we look forward to working with her on premium, breakthrough original programming for our television slate.”

Bicks’ long TV resume includes serving as creator and showrunner of the ABC dramedy “Men in Trees.” She’s worked on such shows as the WB’s “Dawson’s Creek” and Showtime’s “The Big C.” More recently, she was a screenwriter on
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Jenny Bicks Signs Overall Deal With Lionsgate TV

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Sex and the City alumna Jenny Bicks has signed an overall deal with Lionsgate TV. Under the pact, she will develop and produce original television series for the studio.

Bicks served as executive producer on HBO’s signature comedy Sex and the City and executive producer/showrunner on the Showtime dark comedy seriesThe Big C. She created and executive produced the ABC dramedy Men in Trees and the NBC comedy Leap of Faith.

Bicks most recently served as executive producer/showrunner on season 2 of HBO’s Divorce, starring Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker. HBO has yet to make a renewal decision on the dark comedy series, but Liz Tuccillo replaced Bicks as showrunner as scripts are being written for a potential third season. Bicks also worked on Dawson’s Creek and co-wrote the screenplays for Oscar-nominated The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, and Rio 2.

“Jenny has
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 6)

1979:The Edge of Night's Louise attacked Paige.

1980: Gh's Luke & Laura spent the night in Wyndham's.

1987: Bold and Beautiful's Thorne considered a career move.

1993: Oltl's Nora made closing arguments in Todd's case."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1928: Real Folks from Thompkins Corner, one of the earliest documented radio serials, premiered on NBC.

1968: On Another World, Liz Matthews (Audra Lindley) cried to Bill and Missy that they would have been happier if she had died of her heart attack.

1968: On Dark Shadows, Victoria (Alexandra Moltke) recognized Adam (Robert Rodan), who took
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Today in Soap Opera History (August 4)

1980: Another World spin-off Texas premiered on NBC,

starring Beverlee McKinsey as Iris."The best prophet of the future is the past."

― Lord Byron

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: Donald Briscoe assumed the role of Tony Merritt in Days of our Lives. A message appeared on the screen to explain the recast: "The part of Tony Merritt will be played by Donald Briscoe."

1980: Another World returned to 60 minutes daily, after more than a year of 90-minute episodes, to make room for Texas. Russ (David Bailey) and Tracy began their honeymoon, and Jamie (Richard Bekins) had dinner with Mac and Rachel.

1980: Texas ("starring Beverlee McKinsey" as Iris) premiered on NBC.
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Chicago Pd: Anne Heche Lands Major Recurring Role

Anne Heche is sticking with NBC during the 2018-19 season. 

According to Deadline, the actress has landed a significant recurring role on Chicago P.D. Season 6 as Dep. Superintendent Katherine Brennan. 

The character is described as someone who is intelligent, to the point, and most importantly, a formidable opponent to whomever she goes up against. 

Chicago P.D. Season 5 ended with Voight being put in the firing line for the shooting he was involved in after the death of Olinsky, and it resulted in him being questioned by his superiors. 

If you watch Chicago P.D. online, you know that Voight has never been one to mince words, but it will surely make for more layers to be pulled back as he is put in a position in which his power and influence will not help him. 

Related: NBC Fall Schedule: Where's Brooklyn Nine-Nine?

While there's no confirmation whether Voight
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Big Little Lies' James Tupper to Co-Star With Katie Holmes in Fox FBI Pilot

Fox has found the new man in Katie Holmes’ (fictional) life: James Tupper (Big Little Lies) has signed on to play the male lead in the network’s untitled FBI drama pilot starring Holmes, our sister site Deadline reports.

In the drama, created by Ilene Chaiken (Empire) and Melissa Scrivner-Love (Person of Interest), Holmes plays a married FBI agent whose career is nearly derailed after her affair with a prominent four-star general is exposed. Tupper will play that general, Moses Fallon, who now serves as the President’s national security advisor.

Additionally, the show has cast Paul Walter Hauser — recently
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The Brave: James Tupper Set for Arc Opposite Wife Anne Heche

The Brave: James Tupper Set for Arc Opposite Wife Anne Heche
It’s the (sorta) Men in Trees revival we always wanted but were afraid to ask for: James Tupper is reteaming with his sometime leading lady (and real-life wife) Anne Heche via an arc on her freshman NBC drama The Brave, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Related2018 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Tupper will play Alex Hoffman, a brilliant CIA field officer who in the past formed a partnership of opportunity with Heche’s Patricia as they rose through the ranks together. The two reconnect after years apart when Hoffman finds
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‘Bold And The Beautiful’ Bill Is About To Get Help For Another Big Scandal

Alright, so according to a new report from Soaps.com,we're about to see Bill plot out a new, big scandal. If this scandal works, it could definitely put him back in the driver's seat at Spencer Publications. This is why Bill is going to needs some very specialized help to pull it off. That's where this new guy Ken will come into play. It's being reported by both Soaps.com and TVinsider.com that Bill is going to hire a tech wiz guy named Ken to hack into the Spencer Publications computer files in an effort to retrieve the incriminating recording that Liam has of Bill confessing to setting the Spectra building on fire. Obviously, if Bill can get his hands on it, Liam would have nothing to continue blackmailing Bill with. That would set the stage for Bill to return and take back his company. The big question
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Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films

Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films
Even though the worlds of film and TV are converging more than ever before, it’s interesting to note just how many of the people behind the biggest films of the year have tried their hand at TV work in the past.

Get Out” director Jordan Peele never officially directed an episode of his long-running Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele,” but his debut film currently sits at No. 7 on the year’s domestic box office list. Go up and down the rest of that chart and you’ll find movies from directors who’ve made valuable contributions to TV comedies and dramas alike.

Most of these episodes were pilots or season premieres, ways for directors to help establish a template or shorthand for what governs life in front of and behind the camera for the duration of these series. While some of these filmmakers took multiple opportunities in the TV director’s seat,
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Fall TV First Impression: The Brave

Fall TV First Impression: The Brave
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including CBS’ S.W.A.T. reboot, the maiden space voyage of Fox’s Orville and The CW’s soapy new Dynasty. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.

Next up on our list….

The Show | NBC’s The Brave (Mondays at 10/9c, premiere date Tba)

The Competition | CBS’ Scorpion and ABC’s The Good Doctor (new)

Related Read Our First Impressions of ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley, CBS’ S.W.A.T., The CW’s Dynasty and More

The
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Exclusive: James Tupper on Mastering Mystery With Hallmark and 'Big Little Lies'

Exclusive: James Tupper on Mastering Mystery With Hallmark and 'Big Little Lies'
James Tupper's got a knack for mystery.

The 51-year-old actor, who gained notoriety on medical dramas like Mercy and Grey's Anatomy, seems to have hit his stride in the mystery genre with roles in Revenge and Big Little Lies.

Watch: James Tupper's Two Week Rule

Most recently, however, Tupper has transitioned from covering up crimes to solving them, with his latest role as an FBI agent working with an archaeologist (Courtney Thorne-Smith) to solve a murder in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery.

"I think Hallmark is doing this really exciting thing right now, where they buy a series of books, they're books for young adults, or adolescents, and they're really fun Agatha Christie-style mysteries," the Canadian actor excitedly told Et over the phone earlier this month. "I actually signed on for three of them."

Though Site Unseen has yet to premiere, Tupper said he hopes to work on the next
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Jason Katims' Rise, Anne Heche Military Drama Get Series Orders at NBC

Jason Katims' Rise, Anne Heche Military Drama Get Series Orders at NBC
Jason Katims is officially going back to high school.

NBC has given a series order to the Friday Night Lights‘ showrunner’s Rise, a drama about an inspirational theater teacher in a small town, TVLine has learned.

RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

The series, which stars Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) and Rosie Perez (Search Party), is based on Michael Sokolove’s book Drama High — which was the show’s original title — about real-life instructor Lou Volpe.

The Peacock Net also greenlit the drama For God & Country, which
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Anne Heche Nabs Lead in NBC Military Drama Pilot For God and Country

Anne Heche Nabs Lead in NBC Military Drama Pilot For God and Country
Anne Heche is ready to serve again at NBC.

The Hung grad — who previously toplined the Peacock network’s Save Me and recurred on The Michael J. Fox Show — will star opposite Mike Vogel in NBC’s military-themed pilot For God and Country, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

The drama, penned by Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life), is said to take an in-depth look into the complicated world of our bravest military heroes, who make personal sacrifices while executing the
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Anne Heche Talks Playing Husband and Wife with Real-Life Partner James Tupper in New TV Series: We're 'Family People'

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Anne Heche Talks Playing Husband and Wife with Real-Life Partner James Tupper in New TV Series: We're 'Family People'
For Anne Heche, her career in Hollywood has become a family affair. In the new Syfy series Aftermath, Heche and her longtime partner James Tupper star as a husband-wife duo navigating their family through a post-apocalyptic world full of supernatural scares. And the actress says her real-life relationship with Tupper informed the one that plays out on screen. "We're very strong family people, and we felt a connection to this story," Heche, 47, says in the new issue of People."Our sense of commitment helped us get into character," she adds. Of course, this isn't the first time the couple has
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Anne Heche Talks Playing Husband and Wife with Real-Life Partner James Tupper in New TV Series: We're 'Family People'

Anne Heche Talks Playing Husband and Wife with Real-Life Partner James Tupper in New TV Series: We're 'Family People'
For Anne Heche, her career in Hollywood has become a family affair.

In the new Syfy series Aftermath, Heche and her longtime partner James Tupper star as a husband-wife duo navigating their family through a post-apocalyptic world full of supernatural scares.

And the actress says her real-life relationship with Tupper informed the one that plays out on screen.

"We're very strong family people, and we felt a connection to this story," Heche, 47, says in the new issue of People.

"Our sense of commitment helped us get into character," she adds.

Of course, this isn't the first time the couple has
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Anne Heche Talks Playing Husband and Wife with Real-Life Partner James Tupper in New TV Series: We're 'Family People'

  • PEOPLE.com
Anne Heche Talks Playing Husband and Wife with Real-Life Partner James Tupper in New TV Series: We're 'Family People'
For Anne Heche, her career in Hollywood has become a family affair. In the new Syfy series Aftermath, Heche and her longtime partner James Tupper star as a husband-wife duo navigating their family through a post-apocalyptic world full of supernatural scares. And the actress says her real-life relationship with Tupper informed the one that plays out on screen. "We're very strong family people, and we felt a connection to this story," Heche, 47, says in the new issue of People."Our sense of commitment helped us get into character," she adds. Of course, this isn't the first time the couple has
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

Z Nation Season 3, Van Helsing and Other New Series Get Syfy Dates

Z Nation Season 3, Van Helsing and Other New Series Get Syfy Dates
Syfy’s fall slate is robust and features both the familiar and new, as revealed at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Wednesday.

RelatedSyfy’s Krypton: Meet Superman’s Grandpa and Other Key Characters

Kicking things off on Friday, Sept. 16 at 8/7c is the two-hour Season 3 premiere of Z Nation, in which Warren’s group is taken prisoner by a new foe, setting up a showdown. (Z Nation claims its usual Fridays-at-9 time slot the following week.)

On Friday, Sept. 23 at 10 pm is the series premiere of Van Helsing, “a twist on the classic vampire adventure tale” in
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