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Peacock seeks home run in ‘Field Of Dreams’ series

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has ordered a new series based on the feature film Field Of Dreams. Produced by Universal Television, the series will be written and executive produced by Michael Schur, while Lawrence Gordon, David Miner and Morgan Sackett will also exec produce. Universal Pictures’ original 1989 film stars Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer […]

NBC cancels ‘Good Girls’ as potential Netflix deal scuppered

US broadcaster NBC has cancelled Christina Hendricks-starring drama Good Girls after moves to save the show failed. The series, which also starred Retta and Mae Whitman, was produced by NBC sibling Universal Television and had been initially part-funded via a global deal with Netflix that saw the show branded as an ‘original’. The streamer took […]

Peacock seeks scripted music duo with contest comedy & 50 Cent-produced hip hop drama

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock is working on two music-related scripted projects; comedy series Take Note and a drama adaptation of the 2019 Tiffany Jackson novel Let Me Hear A Rhyme. The streamer has handed a series order to Lambur Productions, which is behind Hulu’s Hardy Boys, for the 10 x 30-minute Take Note, about a group […]

Universal TV hires Quibi scripted exec Kate Hoenigsberg

Kate Hoenigsberg has returned to NBCUniversal, which has hired her as SVP of drama development for Universal Television, following a stint at failed short-form streamer Quibi. Hoenigsberg will report to Vivian Cannon, EVP of drama development, who previously served in the SVP role, until she was upped to head the department last year, following Erin […]

Peacock to adapt YA fantasy ‘Red Queen’, with Elizabeth Banks

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock is developing an adaptation of Victoria Aveyard’s young adult fantasy novel Red Queen, with Elizabeth Banks attached to co-star and executive produce. Aveyard is co-writing the series alongside former Arrow showrunner Beth Schwartz, who will also showrun here, while Mrs America star Banks and Max Handelman will exec produce via Brownstone Productions, […]

Peacock to adapt ‘Vampire Academy’ novels with ‘Vampire Diaries’ exec Julie Plec

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has ordered Vampire Academy, a young adult series adapted from the paranormal romance novels by Richelle Mead. The 10-episode series is being produced by Universal Television, with Julie Plec and longtime collaborator Marguerite MacIntyre co-writing, co-showrunning and exec producing, alongside Emily Cummins, Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Deepak Nayer and Jillian DeFrehn. Plec, […]

Amazon’s IMDb TV unveils huge development push across unscripted & drama

Amazon-owned AVOD IMDb TV has unveiled a slew of original scripted and unscripted programming in development, following the retail giant’s first-ever NewFronts presentation. Unscripted shows in the works include Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, a five-part mini-series following the country music star along the road to success. Michael Monaco directs the series, which is […]

Apple TV+ orders new scripted comedy series, with Maya Rudolph

Apple TV+ has ordered a new half-hour comedy series from Alan Yang (Master Of None) and Matt Hubbard (30 Rock), starring Maya Rudolph. The new series will be created, written and executive produced by Yang and Hubbard, with star Rudolph also exec producing through her production company, Animal Pictures, alongside partners Natasha Lyonne and Danielle […]

ABC orders US remake of Australian drama ‘Total Control’ with Universal & Keshet Studios

ABC in the US has ordered a pilot based on Australian drama Total Control, with NBCUniversal-owned Universal Television and Keshet Studios attached. The remake, known as Dark Horse, is being written by William Jehu Garroutte and has Jessica Goldberg (The Path) attached as showrunner. Universal TV and Disney’s ABC Signature produce in association with Keshet Studios, whose parent Keshet International […]

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