E! puts new scripts into development

It hasn’t greenlit a scripted series since putting its first round of original dramas into development last year, but that hasn’t stopped US entertainment network E! announcing a new slate of projects.



Laurel Canyon is about a young woman who returns to her dysfunctional family in the eponymous town with her son when her rock star father dies. From Fake Empire and Warner Horizon Television, it is executive produced by Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, writer Karen Croner and Len Goldstein.

The Stand-In, described as a re-telling of The Prince & the Pauper, goes behind the scenes with a Hollywood actress who runs away in search of a normal life while her family secretly hires a look-alike to step in and replace her. It is written by Craig Chester, executive produced by Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass and Adam Sher, and produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Universal Cable Productions.

Songbyrd tells the story of a young love songwriter who struggles to find love after her inspiration is revealed to be a lie. With songs from Diance Warren, who executive produces with Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and writer Krista Vernoff, it is produced by Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions.

Expectations, written by Oscar-winning Ron Bass, is inspired by the Charles Dickens book Great Expectations and follows a morally corrupt family in the diamond business in New York City. CBS Television Studios produces, with executive producer Dan Jinks.

The Shoreline is about a child from a small coastal town in South Carolina who returns home to find a major Hollywood soap, The Shore Line Yacht Club, is the biggest employer, creating a class divide between the townspeople and the cast and producers. From Fox Television Studios, it is written by Carolyn Ingber and executive produced by Becky Hartman Edwards.

Dirty/Pretty is about a blue collar guy from south Boston who gets scouted to be a model in Miami, only for his two best friends to see his new life as a way to expand their criminal activities. From Jason Markarian, John Mirabella, Universal Cable Productions and Valhalla Entertainment, it is executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd.

Fortunate Son tells the story of a society golden boy who, after being framed for a drug deal, becomes a criminal informant and is forced to live between his privileged life in Los Angeles and the case is working on in the slums. It is produced by Universal Cable Productions and executive produced by Kevin Spacey, Michael DeLuca, Dana Brunetti and co-executive produced by writer Joey Falco.

The Royals is a family drama based on the British monarchy about men and women corrupted by power, wealth and desire while looking at celebrity from a Royal’s point of view. From Lionsgate, it is executive produced by writer March Schwahn, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola.

Source: E! / Futon Critic