Friday, January 30, 2015

Development News - Anna Gunn Books Female Lead on 'Criminal Minds' Spinoff; FOX Orders 2 Comedy Pilots; Plus 3 More Updates!

Development News - January 30, 2015

CBS' Criminal Minds Spinoff & LFE; FOX's DeTour, Fantasy Life & Frankenstein; and NBC's Problem Child.

  • NBC has given a pilot order to single camera comedy Problem Child, inspired by the 1990 feature film of the same name. Scot Armstrong wrote the pilot, and executive produces with Brian Grazer, Bob Simonds, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan. Universal Television, Imagine Television and TBD Entertainment will produce. The project centers on the cat-and-mouse game between a set of parents and their brilliant but mischievous child.
  • Emmy winner Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad, Gracepoint) has been cast as the female lead opposite Gary Sinise on the planted spinoff of Criminal Minds. She will play Ally Lambert, an international law expert and talented linguist. She's smart, capable and an indispensable part of the team that makes sure bad guys worldwide don't slip through the murky waters of international law.
  • Michael Cuesta has been tapped to direct the drama pilot written by Rand Ravich. His most recent pilot directing credits include Homeland, Dexter, Elementary and Blue Bloods.
  • FOX has given a pilot order to multi-camera comedy Fantasy Life written by Tim McAuliffe and starring Kevin Connolly. Based on Matthew Berry's memoir "Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports From the Guy Who's Lived It," the project focuses on a hard-working guy (Connolly) who lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show and is forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be. Executive producers are McAuliffe, Connolly, Michael Rotenberg, Jonathan Berry, Greg Walter and Troy Zien. 20th Century Fox Television and 3 Arts Entertainment will produce.
  • FOX has also given a pilot order to single camera comedy DeTour loosely inspired by the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Written by Steve Franks, the project centers on a rock star who makes the unexpected choice at age 30 to quit his band and go back to college. Franks and Cuomo will executive produce with Chris Henze, Willie Mercer and Dan Field. 20th Century Fox Television and Tagline Television will produce.
  • CBS seems intent on developing a medical drama for next season, handing out its second pilot order for the genre in LFE, written/co-executive produced by Paul Downs Colaizzo. Dan Jinks executive produces, with CBS Television Studios and The Dan Jinks Company producing. The project is described as a high-octane medical procedural centering on second-year residents at New York City's top hospital as they attempt to balance their god complexes with their humanity.