Snowfall lands on FX

The rise of the crack cocaine epidemic in 1981 Los Angeles is the subject of a new drama pilot ordered by US cable channel FX.

FX

FX

Snowfall follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, a young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller, a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow.

The pilot is produced by FX Productions.

John Singleton directs from a script he wrote with Eric Amadio. Both executive produce with Dave Andron, Michael London of Groundswell Productions, and Trevor Engelson of Underground.

Production will begin this summer.

E! makes an Arrangement

E! is looking to build its drama content after ordering a new drama pilot.

E!

E!

The Arrangement, written by Jonathan Abrahams, is described as a Cinderella story for modern times. It follows Megan Morrison, a beautiful young actress who auditions for the female lead in a summer blockbuster playing opposite Kyle West, the hottest actor of the moment.

After an amazing audition segues into a dream-like first date, Megan’s Cinderella story takes a turn to the bizarre when she is presented with a contract that details an entire relationship with Kyle. Megan must weigh her options and the benefits and consequences to her career and her life overall… and decide whether or not she will accept ‘the arrangement’.

Abrahams executive produces with Jimmy Fox, Stephen Lambert, and Eli Holzman.

It is produced by Universal Cable Productions, and Objective Productions USA.

The Arrangement comes on the heels of E!’s first scripted series, The Royals, which has been ordered for a second season.

USA reveals latest development slate

It’s that time of year when USA Network unveils its development slate for the forthcoming year.

USA Network

USA Network

Here they are:

Paradise Pictures: Ambitious people strive to get to the top in 1940s Hollywood. From Universal Cable Productions, it is written by Rick Muirragui, who executive produces with Aaron Korsh.

Starchitects: A workplace drama set in the world of architecture and design, following a young architect taking on the cutthroat competition at a top firm in Los Angeles. Produced by Endemol Shine Studios and Universal Cable Productions, writer Mark Steilen executive produces with Christina Wayne, Catherine Hardwicke, and co-executive producer Miura Kite.

Amped: A neurotic family man buys an online ‘smart pill’ to increase his focus – but gets more than he bargained for. Based on a new DC Entertainment comic book by writer Eric Kripke, who executive produces for Kripke Enterprises in association with Warner Horizon Television.

The Tap: Set at Yale University in 1969, a student is recruited into the country’s two most secretive and powerful organisations – the CIA, and Skull and Bones. From Universal Cable Productions, writers Andrew Lenchewski and Aaron Tracy executive produce with Rob Reiner, Alan Greisman, and Charlie Ebersol.

Mythos: A man is caught in the middle of two opposing groups when his wife mysteriously disappears. Produced by Universal Cable Productions and Denver & Delilah Productions, it is written by Spenser Cohen and executive produced by Charlize Theron, Laverne McKinnon, and Anna Halberg.

AWOL: An ex-military operative experiences trouble re-entering the real world and providing for his family, leading him into Los Angeles’ criminal underworld. Writers Carey and Shane Van Dyke executive produce with Len Wiseman, Mike Connolly, and Andrew Plotkin for Fox 21 Television Studios.

Swamplandia: Based on Karen Russell’s book, this is an offbeat drama about the owners of Florida’s top alligator-wrestling theme park. Writer Liz Tigelaar executive produces with Barry Sonnenfeld for Tigelaar’s Best Day Ever, in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Cooley & The Tank: The series goes behind the secnes of the fictional 1981 detective drama of the same name to explore the lives of its two feuding stars. From Universal Cable Productions and Rain Management, writers Daniel Arkin and Anton Cropper executive produce with Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken.

Mile High: Two best friends – a Wall Street broker and a struggling entrepreneur – team up to capitalise on the newly legalised cannabis enterprise in Colorado. Produced by Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, writer Josh Parkinson executive produces with Lorenzo di Boneventura and Dan McDermott.

The Recessionistas: A limited series based on Alexandra Lebenthal’s book, a group of elite Manhattan women and their ruthless Wall Street husbands must adjust to a new world order after the 2008 financial collapse. From Universal Cable Productions, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen executive produce, with writer Melissa London Hilfers as the co-executive producer.

USA has previously announced the pilot for Shooter, based on the Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter and the 2007 film of the same name. The series follows a highly decorated Marine sniper who is on the run after falsely accused of trying to kill the president. Written by John Hlavin, it is coproduced by Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions, with executive producers Mark Wahlberg of Closest to the Hole Productions, Stephen Levinson of Leverage Entertainment, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

USA has also ordered to pilot Falling Water, while Queen of the South remains in contention for a series order.

Syfy pilots Incorporated

Syfy is piloting a futuristic espionage thriller from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Syfy

Syfy

Set in a future where companies have unlimited power, Incorporated follows executive Ben Larson, who is forced to change his identity to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world and save the woman he loves.

It is created by David and Alex Pastor, who will write and direct the pilot. Showrunner Ted Humphrey will executive produce with Damon, Affleck, and Jennifer Todd. Margaret Chernin is an associate producer.

Incorporated is produced by Damon and Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions, CBS Television Studios, and Universal Cable Productions.

DR’s Nikolaj og Julie gets US remake

US broadcaster NBC is piloting a remake of Danish drama Nikolaj and Julie (aka Nikolaj og Julie).

Nikolaj og Julie

Nikolaj og Julie

The DR series, which debuted 13 years ago, has been renamed Love is a Four Letter Word, with Diana Son writing the series based on Søren Sveistrup‘s original show.

The series follows three couples whose modern marriages are put to the test.

The remake is produced by 20th Television and Fabrik Entertainment, with Mikkel Bondesen, Henrik Bastin and Kristen Campo executive producing.
Nikolaj og Julie won the Best International Drama Series Emmy in 2003.

Supergirl breaks out on CBS

Here’s the first image from US network CBS’s new pilot Supergirl.

Supergirl

Supergirl

Melissa Benoist plays Kara Zor-El, from the planet Krypton, who escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin as Kara Danvers. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was destined to be.

The pilot is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros Television, based on the characters from DC Comics.

It is executive produced by writers Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, and Andrew Kreisberg, and Sarah Schecter.

Production on the pilot began this week and CBS will reveal whether it has picked up the show for the 2015/16 series during its Upfronts in May.

Supergirl

Supergirl

USA builds Mr Robot

USA Network is going to series with its hacker drama Mr Robot (working title).

USA Network

USA Network

The cable network has placed a ten-part order for the show, which is produced by Universal Cable Productions.

The story follows a young programmer who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about.

Writer Sam Esmail executive produces with Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton.

The series stars Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, and Martin Wallstrom.

Mr Robot is the first series pick-up from USA’s 2015/16 pilot slate. Other pilots under consideration include Colony, from Carlton Cuse; Stanistan, from Universal Cable Productions; Queen of the South, based on La Reina del Sur; and Evil Men.

AMC pilots Preacher

AMC has ordered a pilot based on the comic book series Preacher.

Preacher

Preacher

Based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s 1990s comic book series, the story follows Jesse Custer, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy, the three embark on a journey to literally find God.

Sam Caitlin, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg developed the project, which will be coproduced by Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios.

Rogen and Goldberg will produce through their Point Grey Pictures label, with Neal Moritz’s Original Film.

The pilot was written by Caitlin.Rogen and Goldberg will direct.

It will be produced next summer for series consideration in 2016.

Amazon takes flight with new pilots

Amazon Studios has unveiled details for its first pilot season of 2015, including a US adaptation of UK series Mad Dogs.

Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios

There are four new dramas among the seven pilots, which will launch on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany next year.

Viewers will again have their say on which should be given full season orders.

Cocked, created by Sam Baum and Sam Shaw, stars Sam Trammell as a family man and corporate lap dog who left his family in rural Virginia 20 years before and vowed never to go back. But after some unfortunate circumstances, he is forced to leave the big city and return home to help his family’s gun business. The cast also includes Jason Lee, Brian Bennehy, Laura Fraser, and Dreama Walker, while Erwin Stoff, Shaw, and Baum are executive producers.

Mad Dogs, based on the UK series, follows the twisted reunion of a group of underachieving 40-something friends – a mixture of single, married and recently divorced – who are all at different crossroads in their lives. The pilot stars Steve Zahn, Billy Zane, Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, and Ben Chaplin. It is created by Cris Cole, who executive produces with Shawn Ryan, Marney Hochman, Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie, and Charles McDougall. Sony Pictures Television is coproducing.

Mag Dogs UK

Mag Dogs UK

The Man in the High Castle, based on Philip K Dick’s novel, considers what would have happened if the Allied powers had lost World War Two. It stars Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel De La Fuente, and DJ Qualls. Writer Frank Spotnitz executive produces with David Semel, Ridley Scott, and David W Zucker, with co-executive producer Jordan Sheehan of Scott Free Productions, and executive producers Stewart Mackinnon and Christian Baute of Headline Pictures. Isa Dick Hackett executive produces and Kalen Egan is co-executive producer for Electric Shepherd, with executive producer Christopher Tricarico.

The final drama pilot, Point of Honor, is set at the start of the Civil War when a Virginia family makes the controversial decision to defend the South while freeing their slaves. It stars Nathan Parsons, Christopher O’Shea, Annabelle Stephenson, Riley Voelkel, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Patrick Heusinger, Luke Benward, Adrienne Warren, Lucien Laviscount, and James Harvey Ward. Writers Carlton Cuse and Randall Wallace executive produce with Barry Jossen. ABC Signature Studios coproduces.