This fall's network development frenzy has led to a slew of bigger-than-usual deals with some of the hottest names in TV. But that doesn't mean all of these projects will actually get made.
The price tag for hot pitches has escalated thanks to the emergence of new competitors with hefty wallets, such as Netflix, plus cable networks (including WGN America, Discovery Channel and E!) spending heavily to get into the scripted business.
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Jessica Fletcher is back on the case!
NBC is developing a Murder, She Wrote reboot starring Octavia Spencer as an amateur detective who publishes a mystery novel, Deadline reports. Spencer will take over the role originated by Angela Lansbury in the series, which ran for 12 seasons beginning in 1984.
MTV is staying in business with Snooki & JWoww.
The Jersey Shore spin-off has been renewed for a second season, the network announced Friday at the Television Critics Association's fall TV previews. The series debuted in June to 2.4 million viewers, a big drop from Jersey Shore's Season 5 premiere, which drew 7.6 million viewers.
MTV is getting back into the late night comedy game, greenlighting a new series starring up-and-coming comedians Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer. The Nikki and Sara Show will air weekly at 11 p.m. on a night to be determined; the series is expected to launch later this year.
Glaser and Schaefer aren't household names yet, but they're developing a following online via their popular podcast You Had to Be There. Schaefer was formerly the head blogger for NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (yielding her two Emmy Awards), while Glaser was a contestant on Last Comic Standing, where she advanced to the semifinals.
MTV is heading to the hills of West Virginia for Buck Wild, a new docu-series centering on recent high school graduates living in a rural Appalachian town.