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NBC and Fox Announce New Dramas in Development; Ken Jennings Named the First Interim Host of “Jeopardy!”

NEW PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

Supernatural Crime Drama Procedural Based on the Life of Medium Tina Powers in the Works at Fox

Fox is developing a crime drama procedural for 2021 based on the true-life experiences of Tina Powers, a former news anchor and reporter at the CBS affiliated station in Arizona who now works as a professional medium. The potential scripted series comes from Michael Alaimo (“Fear the Walking Dead”), Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Tracy Katsky’s KatCo. Written by Alaimo, the potential untitled series is described as a “breezy procedural, in which a quirky TV news crime reporter starts listening to the voices she hears from beyond the grave in order to help Miami’s finest solve crimes.”

Alaimo will executive produce with Kaplan and Dana Honor for Kapital Entertainment and Katsky for KatCo. Powers and Jenni Pulos also executive produce.

NBC to Develop Drama “Finding Forrester”
NBC is developing potential scripted drama “Finding Forrester” for 2021 based on the 2000 Sean Connery theatrical. The film followed a high school basketball star (Rob Brown) with a secret passion for writing who develops a friendship with a reclusive author (Connery) who published a hit novel years before but then disappeared from public life. The NBC version will explore the unique bond between two gifted black writers: a homeless 16-year-old orphan who leverages his basketball skills to hustle his way into an ultra-competitive elite boarding school, and a reclusive lesbian author whose career was ruined by a public scandal.

TJ Brady and Rasheed Newson from Showtime’s “The Chi”  are writing and executive producing the project. Tim Story is attached to direct and executive produce, with Sharla Sumpter Bridgett of The Story Co. also executive producing. Stephen Curry and Erick Peyton will executive produce via Unanimous Media. Sony Pictures Television will produce.

TV AND STREAMING TIDBITS

Ken Jennings Named the First Interim Host of “Jeopardy!”
What is…Ken Jennings. As speculation grows that “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings will replace the late Alex Trebek as host of the veteran game show, production company Sony Pictures Television has announced that he will be the first of a series of guest hosts effective in January 2021. Jennings holds the all-time record for the most consecutive games won at 74, and he won the Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time tournament opposite former champions James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter last January.

Production on “Jeopardy!” will resume on November 30, and the plan is to feature a rotation of guest hosts until the decision is made on a permanent replacement. For more, click here

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Syfy drama “Resident Alien, which follows Harry, an alien played by Alan Tudyk (“Rogue One,” “Firefly”) that crash lands on Earth and passes himself off as a small-town human doctor, will premiere on Wednesday, January 27 at 10 p.m. ET. The logline: Arriving with a secret mission to kill all humans, Harry starts off living a simple life but things get a bit rocky when he’s roped into solving a local murder and realizes he needs to assimilate into his new world. As he does so, he begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his mission.