|NEW PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Hulu Orders Dramas “Marvel’s Runaways” and “The First”
Hulu is jumping on the growing comic book to series bandwagon with the pickup of “Marvel’s Runaways,” its first series order with Marvel Television. “Marvel’s Runaways,” from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the team behind “The O.C.” and “Gossip Girl,” is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. The series will explore the younger side of the Marvel Universe in a coming of age, new action series that will premiere on Hulu in the winter.
In addition, Hulu announced a straight-to-series order for “The First” (working title), which is set in the near future and is about the first human mission to Mars. The series is created and written by Beau Willimon (“House of Cards” “Ides of March”), who also serves as executive producer alongside his producing partner Jordan Tappis.
Danny DeVito and Jeff Goldblum Team for Amazon Comedy Series
Danny DeVito and Jeff Goldblum are teaming for a proposed untitled sitcom on Amazon featuring the pair as an iconic music duo from the past who are forced to reunited despite their longstanding hatred for one another. The logline: As the talented but strong-willed pair attempt to reconcile, they turn to the people who somehow manage to love these two incandescent idiots — their wives, ex-wives, children, managers, friends and lovers — all of whom turn out to be as brilliant, infuriating, and frustratingly lovable as Matt and Arlo themselves.
Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo will serve as executive producers alongside DeVito and Goldblum. Imagine TV’s Jon Radler brought in the project and will oversee for Imagine, which is also behind “Empire,” “Arrested Development” and “24: Legacy.”
CBS News Launches “CBS Evening News – Unchartered”
CBS News is launching “CBS Evening News – Unchartered,” a new editorial initiative and digital series that will explore important topics in American culture, science and the arts and feature interviews and analysis from key experts and newsmakers. The first installment of “CBS Evening News – Uncharted,” which debuted yesterday on CBSNews.com and the CBS News’ social media platforms, is called “State of Mind” and will provide an in-depth focus on all aspects of mental health in America.
New episodes for “State of Mind” will be released every Wednesday in May, which is also Mental Health Awareness Month. Additional footage and interviews from the digital-first series will also be broadcast on the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”
Paramount Network Orders Family Drama “Yellowstone”
Paramount Network, which launches in January 2018, has greenlit a new, original, epic, sweeping cinematic scripted family drama series, “Yellowstone.” The series is written and directed by Oscar-nominated and critically-acclaimed screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (“Hell or High Water,” “Sicario,” “Wind River”) and executive produced by The Weinstein Company with John and Art Linson (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Fight Club,” “Heat”).
The logline: “Yellowstone” follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders — land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park. It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny — where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both.
“Yellowstone” is slated to go into production for 10 one-hour episodes this fall and will debut on the network in summer 2018. The executive producers for the series include John Linson, Art Linson, Taylor Sheridan, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser.