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Netflix to Reboot “Unsolved Mysteries”
True crime series “Unsolved Mysteries” (which aired on NBC from 1987 to 1997, CBS from 1997 to 1999, Lifetime in the 2001-02 season, and on former network Spike TV from 2008-10) will be revived by Netflix. The return of “Unsolved Mysteries” is from the original creators (Cosgrove/Meurer Productions) amd the producers of “Stranger Things” (21 Laps). The logline: This modern take on the classic series will maintain the chilling feeling viewers loved about the original, while also telling the stories through the lens of a premium Netflix documentary series. Each episode will focus on one mystery and once again will look to viewers to help aid investigators in closing the book on long outstanding cases.
Terry Dunn Meurer is the show on this all-new version of the show she co-created with fellow EP John Cosgrove. Shawn Levy and Josh Barry are executive producing for 21 Laps.
NBC Orders Comedy Pilots “Saving Kenan” and “Like Magic”
“Saturday Night Live’s” Kenan Thompson could be heading to NBC in primetime. The network has picked up his single camera comedy pilot, “Saving Kenan” (formerly known as “Saving Larry”), which center on a newly widowed dad (Thompson) determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives.
“Saving Kenan” comes from “SNL” creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels and his Broadway Video and “Superstore” executive producer Jackie Clarke.
The Peacock net also ordered single-camera comedy pilot “Like Magic,” a workplace comedy that follows an optimistic young woman pursuing her dreams in the mysterious world of the Magic Palace. It comes from “Superstore” writers Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu, “Forever” co-creator Matt Hubbard, Julie Anne Robinson’s CannyLads Productions and Universal TV.
A+E Networks Partners with PPI Releasing for Syndication Launch of “Intervention”
A+E Networks is partnering with distributor PPI Releasing for the U.S. broadcast syndication launch of its “Intervention,” which in each episode follows addicts through their daily life and the devastation their dependency has brought to their family and friends. Upon reaching the brink, their loved ones stage a surprise intervention conducted by one of four specialists. In the end, they are pushed to get the help they so desperately need with the hope of turning their lives around before it’s too late.
Launching next season in off-network syndication, 175 episodes of the Emmy Award winning “Intervention” will be available.
“What makes this series incredibly effective television is the emotional conflict at the heart of every “Intervention,” said PPI Releasing co-founder Ritch Colbert. “This conflict is real, it’s passionate, and it touches every family in America today. We applaud GRB and A+E Networks for their singular achievement, and we are humbled by the opportunity to launch ‘Intervention’ in syndication.”
“Intervention” is produced by GRB Entertainment for A&E Network. Gary R. Benz, Michael Branton and Dan Partland are executive producers. Sam Mettler is executive consultant.