'Suburgatory' creator scores a new ABC pilot; Mark Burnett wants to take you to space
Kapnek's new project is called "Selfie," and it's a take on "My Fair Lady," according to The Hollywood Reporter. It focuses on a self-centered young woman who becomes Internet-infamous and asks a marketing expert at her company to help fix her image.
"Suburgatory," meanwhile, is slated to begin its third season on ABC early next year.
More TV news and notes:
- Producer Mark Burnett and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson are joining forces for a competition series called "Space Race" that will take winner on board a Virgin Galactic flight. There's no airdate set for the series yet, partly because Virgin's passenger vehicles have yet to actually reach space. The first flight into orbit is currently scheduled for late December.
- TNT has renewed its true-crime series "Cold Justice" for a second season. The show has been a rare unscripted success for the cable channel, averaging 2.5 million viewers over its first five episodes (including DVR viewing). Season 2 is scheduled for early 2014.
- Elmo and Cookie Monster are headed overseas. The "Sesame Street" characters will be featured in a U.K. kids' series called "The Furchester," about a family of monsters that runs a London hotel. The show is a collaboration between Sesame Workshop and the BBC's preschool channel, CBeebies. [ LA Times]
- Jeri Ryan, late of ABC's "Body of Proof," is joining Syfy's new series "Helix" in a recurring part. The former "Star Trek: Voyager" actress will play the COO of a biotech company that may be responsible for a virus outbreak.
- Rapper and actor T.I. ("Boss") is joining Season 3 of "House of Lies." He'll have a recurring part on the Showtime series as the co-owner of a clothing company who asks Marty ( Don Cheadle) for help expanding the business. Daniel Stern will also guest-star as the CEO of a Whole Foods-like grocery chain.
- "Arrow" and "The Tomorrow People" executive producer Greg Berlanti has a new project lined up at CBS. It's a comedy about three mothers who live in the same Brooklyn apartment building and rely on one another. Elisa Zuritsky and Julie Rottenberg ("Smash," "Sex and the City") are writing the pilot, which is based on an Israeli show called "Little Mom." [ Hollywood Reporter]
- Cable channel Up has renewed its docu-series "Bulloch Family Ranch" for a second season. The show chronicles Florida ranchers Julie and Rusty Bulloch, their two biological kids and the as many as 30 at-risk teens and young adults they've taken in with the hope of helping them turn their lives around.