Welcome to Night Vale
FX and Sony Pictures Television are teaming to develop a TV series based on the popular spooky novel and podcast series “Welcome to Night Vale”. Gennifer Hutchison (“Better Call Saul”) will adapt and executive produce the series alongside creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.
The podcast takes place in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. [Source: Deadline]
Showtimeis developing the new drama series “Kilroy County” to be produced by filmmaker Alexander Payne, “The Brink” co-creator Roberto Benabib, and the likes of Miguel Arteta (who will helm), Jim Taylor and Jim Burke with the latter two writing.
Based on the Dutch series “Holland’s Hoop,” the story follows a forensic psychiatrist struggling to treat the criminally insane at a high security facility near Chicago. When his estranged father dies, Simon hopes the ensuing visit to the family farm will allow him to confront his own issues. One problem? A former patient and charming psychopath have followed him there. [Source: Deadline]
Estelle Parsons and Sandra Bernhard are set to reprise their roles from the original sitcom “Roseanne” for its upcoming revival on ABC. Parsons played Roseanne and Jackie’s late-in-life-lesbian mother Beverly Harris, Bernhard played the pair’s lesbian pal Nancy Bartlett.
Parsons is set to appear in two of the nine new episodes, Bernhard will show up in just one. A premiere date is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. [Source: TV Line]
Inherit the Viper
Paramount Television has signed an overall deal with writer-producer Patrick Somerville (“The Leftovers,” “The Bridge”) with him to develop new TV and digital projects. The first will be the TV series adaptation of Alissa Nutting’s novel” Made For Love”. Nutting and Dean Bakopoulos are attached to write the story which delves into the complexities and impossible expectations of modern relationships. [Source: Deadline]
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
The much maligned “Frozen” short film that was inappropriately shoved in front of screenings of “Coco” recently, and was subsequently pulled, is now set to debut where it was originally supposed to – on television.
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” is set to premiere on ABC as past of Disney and ABC Television Group’s ’25 Days of Christmas’ celebration on December 14th. We’ll see if it gets a warmer reception next week. [Source: ABC]