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Starz Orders ‘Shining Vale’ Horror Comedy Pilot From Sharon Horgan, Jeff Astrof & Kapital Entertainment

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Starz Orders ‘Shining Vale’ Horror Comedy Pilot From Sharon Horgan, Jeff Astrof & Kapital Entertainment
Exclusive: Shining Vale, a half-hour horror-comedy from Divorce creator Sharon Horgan, Trial & Error co-creator Jeff Astrof and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, has landed at Starz with a pilot order.

The single-camera project, from Warner Bros. TV, where Astrof is under an overall deal, was originally set up at Showtime with a pilot production commitment. I hear the CBS-owned network greenlighted the script contingent on Catastrophe co-creator/co-lead Horgan starring. She was not available, and the project was put in turnaround with multiple outlets interested. I hear Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch was instrumental in bringing the comedy to the premium network. Starz’s sibling Lionsgate TV will co-produce with Warner bros. TV.

This is the third pilot for Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman this year, joining the animated Therapy Dog at Fox, starring Lisa Kudrow with Horgan among the voice cast, and Delilah at HBO Max, headlined by Jessica Rothe.
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‘Motherland’ Review: Sharon Horgan’s Sundance Now Cringe Comedy Is an Accurate But Taxing Glimpse at Motherhood

‘Motherland’ Review: Sharon Horgan’s Sundance Now Cringe Comedy Is an Accurate But Taxing Glimpse at Motherhood
Cringe comedy isn’t for everyone, but the best forms of it — “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Comeback,” “Peep Show” — find a way to make the awkward situations their characters go through feel necessary. It helps make that discomfort relatable and cathartic for the audience.

The Sundance Now acquisition “Motherland” has the perfect set-up: What’s more socially awkward than the passive aggressive, gossip-filled, and cliquey world of parenting? Though creators Sharon Horgan (“Catastrophe”), Graham Linehan (“The It Crowd”), Helen Linehan, and Holly Walsh (“Dead Boss”) build this chaotic existence well, they also shoot themselves in the foot by making their main characters self-destructive instead of self-sustaining. They don’t survive the madness so much as they consciously perpetuate it and then complain about the problems they’ve created.

Following one working mom who’s trying to balance her professional and familial responsibilities, “Motherland” begins on a particularly panicked day when
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Sharon Horgan’s “Motherland” Comedy Series Coming to the U.S.

Motherland

Motherland” is already two seasons into its run on BBC in the UK, but it won’t be long before Sharon Horgan’s BAFTA-nominated series is available for U.S. viewers. Deadline reports that the sitcom has been acquired by Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ premium video streaming service, and is scheduled to make its exclusive U.S. debut on May 10.

Created and written by “Catastrophe” co-creator and star Horgan along with Holly Walsh (“Dead Boss”) and Helen and Graham Linehan (“The It Crowd”), the comedy centers on Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), “who always wanted her kids to be brought up like she was — by her mother. But instead her mom has abandoned her, so now she is thrown head first into the Motherland, where it’s sink or swim. While she struggles with work and life she meets a full array of hands-on parents,” including Alpha Moms and stay-at-home dads.
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Divorce First Look: Sarah Jessica Parker Is Newly Single in the City

Divorce First Look: Sarah Jessica Parker Is Newly Single in the City
Sarah Jessica Parker is making divorce look, well, pretty stylish.

The Sex and the City star has begun production in New York City on the new HBO comedy Divorce, and we’ve got a first-look photo of Parker in character.

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The actress, who is also serving as an executive producer, is playing Frances, “a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.”

Other stars of
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Sarah Jessica Parker Comedy Divorce Lands Series Order at HBO

Sarah Jessica Parker Comedy Divorce Lands Series Order at HBO
We couldn’t help but wonder: Will Sarah Jessica Parker‘s second HBO series be as popular as her first?

The Sex and the City star is officially re-teaming with the premium cabler, which greenlit her new comedy, Divorce, on Thursday, our sister site Deadline reports.

The actress will star in and executive produce the single camera comedy, which follows a married couple — Frances (Parker) and Robert (Wings‘ Thomas Haden Church) — through an extremely protracted uncoupling.

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The cast also includes Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) and Talia Balsam (Mad Men) as Frances’ friends.
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Sharon Horgan & Rob Delaney interview: Catastrophe

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney's new Channel 4 sitcom Catastrophe is a deeply funny, down-to-earth look at relationships...

Sick of honey-sweet TV portrayals of relationships and hackneyed sitcom clichés about the drudgery of marriage, Sharon Horan (Pulling, Dead Boss, Free Agents) and stand-up Rob Delaney (Burning Love, Larry King, basically the king of Twitter) wrote and star in Catastrophe. It’s a deeply funny, down-to-earth story of two people whose strings-free hook-up is fast-tracked due to an unplanned pregnancy, and their attempts to stay their accelerated course.

Deftly balancing sharp humour with naturalistic performances and genuine warmth spiked by the odd disgusting moment, Catastrophe is a solid addition to Channel 4’s comedy line-up. We chatted to writer/actors Horgan and Delaney about avoiding schmaltz, working with Carrie Fisher, the influence of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, and discover that Rob Delaney can’t pronounce the word ‘treacle’…

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Fox Cancels Four Shows, Picks Up Two More

With the TV upfronts next week, the major networks are clearing house in time for the arrival of the new kids.

Following their series pickup of "Gotham" earlier this week, Fox has also given series orders for two more new dramas. One is the hospital set, Octavia Spencer-led, coming-of-age dramedy "Red Band Society".

The other is the hip-hop dynasty drama "Empire" with "Hustle and Flow" stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson re-teaming on the project.

The three new shows are coming at the cost of four others. The remake of the Aussie legal dramedy "Rake" and a trio freshman comedies "Dads," "Enlisted" and "Surviving Jack" have all been cancelled.

The axings follow in the wake of Fox's recent "Almost Human" cancellation. The network has also confirmed it will not be picking up new comedy pilots "Fatrick," "Dead Boss" and "No Place Like Home" to series.

Source: TV Line
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‘Rake’ Canceled by Fox

‘Rake’ Canceled by Fox
Rake” got the rake: the Greg Kinnear series was the fourth Fox show canceled on Wednesday. While Fox would not confirm that the show was canceled, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap that two of the leads have been let out of their contracts, signaling the cancelation. Also read: ‘Dads,’ ‘Enlisted’ and ‘Surviving Jack’ Canceled by Fox The legal drama was cut shortly after after the cancelation of “Dads,” “Enlisted” and “Surviving Jack.” Earlier, the network also passed on comedy pilots “No Place Like Home,” “Fatrick” and “Dead Boss.” There has yet to be a decision made on the future of comedies.
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Fox Cancels Enlisted, Dads, Surviving Jack, and Rake

Fresh off last night’s drama pilot pick-up news from Fox, the network has announced a trio of cancellations along with news of pilots that it will be passing on (via THR). Briefly: Enlisted – The freshman comedy series revolving around a Rear Detachment unit has been canceled. The show hailed from Cougar Town producer Kevin Biegel and garnered positive reviews, but it failed to build an audience on Friday nights after its midseason debut. Dads – In a slightly surprising move, executive producer Seth MacFarlane’s live-action multi-cam comedy starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green has been given the ax. Though the show never caught on like MacFarlane’s animated shows, some thought Fox might give it a pass given how lucrative MacFarlane has been for the network. Surviving Jack – The shortest-lived series of the bunch, this Christopher Meloni-fronted comedy only debuted at the end of March but is being canceled after six episodes.
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Fox Cancels Enlisted, Dads, and Surviving Jack

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Fox Cancels Enlisted, Dads, and Surviving Jack
R.I.P. Dads, Enlisted, and Surviving Jack: Fox has confirmed that it won’t be ordering second seasons of any of those three first-year comedies. The network is also not moving forward with three comedies for which it had filmed pilots: Fatrick, Dead Boss, and writer Ricky Blitt’s No Place Like Home. But back to the cancellations. The death of Enlisted is not all shocking, give the network’s decision to bury season one on Fridays (and the resulting low ratings.) There had been some speculation that Fox execs were giving the show a serious second look, but as of now, it’s dead at Fox. Studio 20th Century Fox TV is expected to try to sell the series elsewhere. Meanwhile, Fox chief Kevin Reilly seemed to be laying the groundwork for a second year of Dads, telling Vulture and other outlets that he believed in multi-camera comedies
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Fox Cancels ‘Dads’, ‘Surviving Jack’ & ‘Enlisted’, Passes On Comedy Pilots ‘Fatrick’, ‘No Place Like Home’, ‘Dead Boss’

Fox cleaned the comedy deck today, pulling the plug on freshman series Dads, Enlisted and Surviving Jack and passing on half-hour pilots Fatrick, Dead Boss and No Place Like Home. The two Fox comedy pilots that had been considered strongest, Sober Companion and Cabot College, remain in contention as Fox is said to be mulling a change in its comedy strategy for next season, likely abandoning the two-hour comedy block, which had been struggling mightily. On the hourlong side, there will be no second season for Rake though it has not been officially cancelled. Related: Fox Ups Order For Multi-Camera Comedy ‘Mulaney’ To 16 Episodes, May Be Done With Comedy Pickups The cancellation of Dads, Enlisted and Surviving Jack leaves Brooklyn Nine-Nine as the only freshman Fox comedy to make it to a second season. There had been talk as recently as several days ago about Dads possibly getting a reprieve.
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Fox cancels 'Dads' and 2 other comedies

Fox cancels 'Dads' and 2 other comedies
Fox has canceled three freshman comedies, including the most critically bashed sitcom of the season.

The network confirms that Seth MacFarlane’s Dads is dead. This is actually a bit surprising. The industry tom-toms began to drum in recent weeks that the series starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green was, against the odds, looking very likely for a renewal. Recently, however, the caustic comedy’s fortune suddenly reversed. The axing is win for the critics — Dads only averaged a score of 15 of of 100 on Metacritic.

In addition, Surviving Jack is canceled too — that’s firmly not a surprise. The single-camera
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‘Dads,’ ‘Enlisted’ and ‘Surviving Jack’ Canceled by Fox

‘Dads,’ ‘Enlisted’ and ‘Surviving Jack’ Canceled by Fox
Fox brought down the humor hammer on Wednesday, canceling “Dads,” “Enlisted” and “Surviving Jack” in one fell swoop. Additionally, the network passed on comedy pilots “No Place Like Home,” “Fatrick” and “Dead Boss.” Discussion continues around remaining pilots “Sober Companion” and “Cabot College,” the network said. ”Sober Companion” stars Justin Long and Nick Frost, “Cabot College” is produced by Tina Fey. Also read: Fox's ‘Dads’ Semen Joke Draws Explosive Outpouring From PTC Seth MacFarlane's “Dads,” which starred Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi, started off with controversy before the pilot even aired, and ended with series low ratings — including a 1.0 in the advertiser-sought.
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Update: Fox Picks Drama Pilots ‘Empire’ & ‘Red Band Society’ To Series

Update: Fox Picks Drama Pilots ‘Empire’ & ‘Red Band Society’ To Series
Update: Fox has made it 3-for-3, picking up all three of its drama pilots with a series order to Red Band Society, starring Octavia Spencer, from Amblin TV and ABC Studios. The adaptation of the acclaimed Spanish hospital series Polseres Vermelles was written by Margaret Nagle. Red Band Society, which has been a favorite staffing choice for writers this season, is a coming-of-age drama with humor set at a big-city hospital. It explores with dark humor the daily life of a group of teenage kids living in a hospital who become unlikely friends. Nagle is exec producing with Amblin’s Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank as well as Sergio Aguero; Carlos and Julio Fernandez of Filmax co-executive produce. The newly picked-up Fox drama series Red Band Society, Empire and Gotham join previously ordered Backstrom and Hieroglyph. On the comedy side, Sober Companion and Cabot College have been garnering buzz — I hear Sober Companion possibly for fall,
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BBC First brings out the stars

Helena Bonham Carter, Daniel Radcliffe, David Tennant, Emma Thompson, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan and Jennifer Saunders are among the stars whose shows will screen on BBC First, the premium drama and comedy channel which launches on Foxtel in August.

The BBC Worldwide-owned channel will be part of Foxtel.s drama and lifestyle tier and will screen shows at least 12 months before they are available to terrestrial broadcasters.

Bbcww programmes that aired on the ABC, including New Tricks and Call the Midwife, will migrate to BBC First in 2015. The notable exception is Doctor Who for which the ABC has a life-of-series deal.

At a launch held at the Hall of Industries in Sydney on Wednesday night, Bbcww director of TV Natalie Edgar said as many shows as possible will be fast tracked to BBC First after their UK premieres.

The initial line-up will include The Musketeers; The Politician.s Husband
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David Cross Set For Fox’s ‘Dead Boss’; ABC’s Richard Lagravenese & CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ Add To Casts

Coming off his directorial debut on Sundance pic Hits, David Cross has been tapped as a guest star on Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from Wbtv and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Jane Krakowski), who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and is forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Cross will play Derek Bridges, the narcissistic, credit-stealing, misogynistic “dead boss”. He is with UTA, Bep and attorney Harris Hartman. Ravenswood alum Britne Oldford is set as a series regular on ABC’s Richard Lagravenese drama pilot. In the vein of Dangerous Liaisons, the untitled project is set in New York and revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites — Philip Fitzgerald Julien
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Rachel Dratch Joins Fox Pilot ‘Dead Boss’; Katharine McPhee, Ari Stidham In CBS’ ‘Scorpion’

Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch has signed on as a series regular in Fox‘s half-hour pilot Dead Boss, from Wbtv and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. An adaptation of the BBC3 series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh, Dead Boss is a comedic mystery that finds overachiever Helen Stephens (Jane Krakowski), who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and is forced to rely on her train wreck of a sister to prove her innocence. Paradigm-repped Dratch will play Christine, Helen’s cellmate, a sunny but emotionally needy arsonist who will help Helen out of anything, except prison. Related: 2014 Fox Pilots Updated: Katharine McPhee (Smash) and Ari Stidham (Anyplace) have joined the cast of CBS‘ drama pilot Scorpion, from writer Nick Santora, director Justin Lin, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. It centers on Walter (Elyes Gabel), an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses who form
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Amy Sedaris Joins Jane Krakowski on Dead Boss Pilot

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Amy Sedaris Joins Jane Krakowski on Dead Boss Pilot
Amy Sedaris has signed on to Fox sitcom pilot Dead Boss, the Hollywood Reporter reports. The show, which is based on a British comedy, stars Krakowski as a woman wrongfully accused of killing her boss and "forced to rely on her trainwreck sister to prove her innocence." Unfortunately, Sedaris won't be doing the trackwreck sister role — she's been cast at Krakowski's meddling who co-worker, who just happens to be in love with the murdered guy. Let the battle of the funny, endearing blondes begin!
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Amy Sedaris joins Jane Krakowski's Fox comedy pilot 'Dead Boss'

Amy Sedaris just teamed up with Jane Krakowski.

The comedian has joined Fox's "Dead Boss" pilot, THR reports.

The half-hour single-camera comedy pilot starring "30 Rock" alum Krakowski is reportedly close to being ordered as a series production. It is based on the British series created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh.

"Dead Boss" is a mystery about overachiever Helen Stephens (Krakowski), who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss. She is forced to rely on her "train wreck of a sister" to prove her innocence.

Sedaris take on the role of Mary, one of Helen's nosy, fault-finding co-workers and the gatekeeper to their boss. She secretly loves their boss and openly hates Helen.

Are you excited to see these two funnywomen together in one pilot?
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Indian-origin actor Ravi Patel to join Fox's comedic mystery 'Dead Boss'

Indian-origin actor Ravi Patel to join Fox's comedic mystery 'Dead Boss'
Washington, March 4: Indian-origin actor Ravi Patel, along with Justine Lupe, is all set to star opposite Jane Krakowski in Fox's comedic mystery 'Dead Boss'.

According to Deadline.com, 'Dead Boss' revolves around overachiever Helen Stephens, played by Krakowski, who is wrongfully convicted of murdering her boss and forced to rely on her sister Laura, played by Lupe, to prove she is not guilty.

While the show sees Laura enjoying living Helen's life after taking over her condo and job, Patel, plays Henry, Helen's co-worker who is obsessed with her and is devastated when she receives a guilty verdict. (Ani)
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