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NBC has decided not to go forward with half-hour comedy Mail Order Family after the concept was met with disapproval by Asian American groups over possible stereotyping of Filipino women, triggering a Change.org petition to stop the project. “We purchased the pitch with the understanding that it would tell the creator’s real-life experience of being raised by a strong Filipina stepmother after the loss of her own mother,” NBC said in a statement. “The writer and producers…

NBC has given a script plus penalty commitment to A Year to Remember, a drama based on the Telefe telenovela Un Año Para Recordar, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Telefe USA. This marks the first network sale for Telefe USA since the LA-based outpost of Argentina’s largest broadcaster, Telefe, was launched in March. The adaptation, written by Michael Folley (How to Get Away with Murder), is a crime procedural that centers on a Boston homicide detective who’s…

The CW is returning to the primetime soap arena in a big way, taking a shot at rebooting one of the iconic series in the genre, the Aaron Spelling-produced Dynasty. The network has put in development the high-profile project, which hails from the duo behind one of the CW’s biggest soaps, Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, in their return to the network. They have teamed with Revenge writer-producer Sallie Patrick and the original series’ creators…

Veteran showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (Agent Carter) have ramped up development through their pod deal at ABC Studios. The duo’s Fazekas & Butters production company has sold two hourlong projects to ABC — one written by them with a Disney theme parks tie-in and one penned by filmmaker Nisha Ganatra. Additionally, the company has set up projects at Freeform and Amazon with writers Nick Towne and Heath Corson and is developing a series based on Wesley Chu’s…

FX is moving ahead with Snowfall, giving a 10-episode series order to John Singleton’s drama inspired by the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. The series pickup comes after the cable network saw the second pilot for the project, originally piloted last year. The first pilot was written/executive producer by Boyz N The Hood director Singleton and Eric Amadio, and directed by Singleton. Dave Andron was then brought in as executive…

Brian d’Arcy is set to co-star opposite Dylan Minnette,  Katherine Langford and Kate Walsh on Netflix‘s 13-episode series 13 Reasons Why, from producer Selena Gomez, writer Brian Yorkey, director Tom McCarthy, Anonymous Content and Paramount TV. Additionally, d’Arcy has been cast in a recurring role in Civil, TNT‘s modern-day Civil War pilot. Yorkey created and wrote the TV series adaptation of the 2007 New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher, which follows a…

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Zano is joining the cast of the CW’s superhero drama series DC’S Legends of Tomorrow as a new series regular for Season 2. He will play Dr. Nate Heywood, a historian whose grandfather was Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America. In the comics, Nate becomes Steel/Citizen Steel, a former member of the Justice League of America. The producers of the CW series are being ambiguous whether Nate will walk in his grandfather’s super heroic…

As NBC executive indicated at the upfronts, the network is sticking with a traditional fall rollout and not debuting new fall series immediately following its Summer Olympics coverage in August. (NBC will air an original episode of returning comedy Superstore following one night of coverage from the games in Rio.) As usual, Sunday Night Football will lead the way in early September with a September 8 season premiere that will feature the champion Denver Broncos hosting…

Spanish actress Christina Ochoa (Animal Kingdom) is set as the female lead opposite Alan Ritchson in Blood Drive, Syfy‘s 13-episode straight-to-series, grindhouse cinema-inspired drama. The series, from Universal Cable Prods. and executive producers John Hlavin and David Straiton, who will also direct, was created by James Roland who penned the pilot under Hlavin’s supervision. Set in a near-apocalyptic future in Los Angeles, Blood Drive centers on Arthur Bailey…

Emmy winner Bradley Whitford is set as a lead opposite Enrique Murciano in TNT‘s modern-day Civil War pilot Civil. Written and executive produced by A Simple Plan scribe Scott Smith and directed by Allen Coulter (Ray Donovan), Civil threads ominously close to current events. It takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. The series weaves together the personal stories of…