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Oprah Brings Sexually Charged Pilot to HBO

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is bringing a sexy new pilot to HBO, according to Variety.

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Oprah's Harpo Films has made a deal with the premium cable network to create an hourlong series about... read more

J.J. Abrams to Direct Pilot of NBC's Undercovers

J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams, the creator of Alias, Felicity, Lost and Fringe, will slide back into the director's chair for Undercovers, a new NBC pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Abrams, who is also executive-producing the married spies project, hasn't directed a TV pilot since the blockbuster, two-hour opening salvo of Lost in 2004. About a year later, he segued into directing such films as Mission: Impossible III and the Star Trek reboot.

Abrams' other TV directing credits include a 2007 episode of The Office and an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2006... read more

Matthew Perry Comedy Lands at ABC

Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry's hotly sought-after new comedy pilot ended up in the hands of ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The deal for the untitled comedy is said to include penalties if the pilot doesn't make it to series, almost guaranteeing that the project will get a green light, THR reports. The Friends alum will star in, co-write and executive-produce the project, which will be produced by Sony Pictures TV.

Perry will play a self-involved manager of a second-rate sports arena who begins to re-evaluate his life on his 40th birthday... read more

Surf's Up: CBS Books Pilot for New Hawaii Five-O

Hawaii Five-O

CBS has given a pilot commitment to a modern version of classic 1970s cop series Hawaii Five-O, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The redo comes from Fringe co-creators and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and CSI: NY executive producer Peter Lenkov. Kurtzman and Orci are creating the story with Lenkov, who will write the script. All three will executive produce.

CBS first tried to launch a Hawaii update last year with Criminal Minds executive producer Ed Bernero. The original series ... read more

Showtime and Laura Linney to Tackle Cancer in New Series

Laura Linney

Multiple Oscar nominee and three-time Emmy winner Laura Linney will give series television a try in Showtime's new half-hour series about cancer, the cable channel announced.

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The series, tentatively titled The C Word, will also be executive produced by Linney, who stars as a suburban wife and mother who explores the emotional ups and downs of a cancer battle. She is, however, able to find the light side of the dark situation.

"Cancer is not usually the subject of half-hour comedy, but Laura saw what we did in this complex show," Robert Greenblatt, Showtime's president of entertainment, said in a statement. "She will no doubt make this character both heartbreaking and disarmingly funny, and we're thrilled that she has chosen this show for her foray into series television."

Linney earned Emmys ... read more

Will Arnett Developing Fox Comedy with Arrested Development Creator

Will Arnett

Will Arnett will re-team with the creative forces behind Arrested Development for a new Fox comedy series.

The project, which will be written by Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, Jim Vallely and Arnett, has received a script commitment, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Arnett will also star as a Beverly Hills man who falls in love with tree-hugging woman who can't stand his lifestyle.

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The trio most recently worked together on Fox's short-lived animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up.

Arnett played ... read more

Piper Perabo Spies Covert Role in New USA Series

Piper Perabo

Piper Perabo has landed the lead role in Covert Affairs, a USA Network spy-thriller pilot expected to be ordered to series later this month.

Perabo will play Annie Walker, a top-shelf CIA trainee who excels at every skill, says the Hollywood Reporter.

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The next key role to be filled is that of ... read more

Tim Minear and SyFy Explore a New Alien Nation

James Caan and Mandy Patinkin in the original Alien Nation

Sci Fi Channel, which on July 6 will relaunch as SyFy, is developing a new take on the 1988 movie Alien Nation. Tim Minear (Angel, Firefly) will pen the series.

Previously adapted in 1989 as a short-lived Fox series (succeeded by five TV-movies), Alien Nation follows a human cop and his alien detective partner, against the backdrop of Earth's begrudging assimilation of ETs banished from their home world, where they served as slaves. The original film starred James Caan and Mandy Patinkin (sporting a prosthetic scalp).

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"It's genre mixed with procedural mixed with funny mixed with big, giant scary," Minear told ... read more

Fall TV: Fox Renews Lie to Me, Sets Sights on Human Target and Sons of Tucson

Tim Roth and Kelli Williams, Lie to Me

Fox, which is set to announce its complete fall plan at its May 18 "upfront" presentation and just recently renewed Fringe, has proactively filled in a few more blanks.

The network on Tuesday ordered a second, 13-episode season of the midseason entry Lie to Me, starring Tim Roth and Kelli Williams.

Lie to Me will undergo one change for its sophomore run ... read more

Fall TV Pilots: What's Hot & What's Not? And Is David E. Kelley's Loss a Win for Chuck?

Lauren Graham, Alex O'Loughlin and Katee Sackhoff

With ABC, CBS, Fox and the CW holding their upfront presentations during the week of May 18 — and NBC set to reveal the rest of its own 2009-10 plan on May 19 — the pilots for a slew of prospective series are getting their final looks.

Among the surprising let-downs? NBC took a pass on David E. Kelley's Legally Mad — and owes Warner Bros. TV a seven-figure penalty payment for doing so. It also turned down Dick Wolf's Lost & Found, a cop drama starring Katee Sackhoff.

Though there has been talk in the trades that NBC might avoid the Legally Mad penalty by instead granting Warner Bros.' Chuck a pick-up, the action-comedy's creator ... read more

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