TV News: Woods, Crime, Belles, Dying, Monkeys

The Woods
Universal Cable Productions has picked up the rights to James Tynion IV’s 2014 sci-fi-horror comic series “The Woods” with plans to adapt it for television. Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will executive produce.

The story follows what happens when 500 students and staff from a preparatory high school in suburban Milwaukee vanish without a trace – re-appearing light years away in the primordial forest of another planet. [Source: Heat Vision]

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
FOX has released the first trailer for Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the first of his new anthology series exploring famous legal cases.

The ten-episode limited FX series stars off with the infamous O.J. Simpson case and will chronicle the murder and subsequent court trial told from the perspective of the lawyers . The new series premieres on FX in February.

Belles and Whistles
Alex McAulay (“Eastbound and Down”) is se to pen the script for the single-camera half-hour family comedy “Belles and Whistles” at FOX with Jack Black and Dwight Yoakam set to produce.

Set in the world of country music, the story centers on an unfulfilled father who, after being fired from his comfortable tech job in Silicon Valley, decides to move his dysfunctional family to Nashville in order to pursue his lifelong dream of music stardom. [Source The Live Feed]

I’m Dying Up Here
Ari Graynor (“For a Good Time Call”) has joined the ensemble cast of Showtime’s Jim Carrey-led dark dramedy “I’m Dying Up Here”. Erik Griffin, Andrew Santino and Stephen Guarino also star.

The story centers on L.A.’s celebrated and infamous stand-up comedy scene of the 1970s. The pilot will delve into the inspired and damaged psyches that inhabit the business. Graynor plays an ambitious comedian from Texas who wants to be taken as seriously as her male comic contemporaries. [Source The Live Feed]

12 Monkeys
Syfy has released a new trailer for the second season of its time-hopping sci-fi drama “12 Monkeys”. First premiering at New York Comic-Con, the clip shows Railly (Amanda Schull) and Cole (Aaron Stanford) facing off, bouncing through time and what looks like Cole being destroyed by the time machine. “12 Monkeys” returns in April.