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TV Projects In The Works: Kids Are All Right, Underground Gambling, Diamond Trading, Nuclear Bomb

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 14, 2011 at 5:40AM

Movies and moviemakers are heading in increasing numbers to the small screen. Here's a smattering of recently announced in-the-works TV projects, from HBO's The Kids Are All Right spin-off to a diamond-trading drama at AMC. Some look more promising than others, and many will never see the light of day.
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Movies and moviemakers are heading in increasing numbers to the small screen. Here's a smattering of recently announced in-the-works TV projects, from HBO's The Kids Are All Right spin-off to a diamond-trading drama at AMC. Some look more promising than others, and many will never see the light of day.

The Kids Are All Right is heading to an HBO series, with director Lisa Cholodenko writing the pilot, and serving as exec producer should the project achieve lift-off. This is the latest of a number of films, including The Lincoln Lawyer and Source Code, to nspire episodic treatment. The series would pick up where the film left off, though we doubt any of the film's A-list cast (Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) will return. But these days, you never know.

John Dahl (director, Rounders) will direct the pilot of a new FX series, Raising Blind, about underground gambling. Vin Diesel's One Race Films is producing, and Boiler Room writer Ben Younger is penning the pilot with Jay Longino, based on story they co-wrote with Josh Marchette.

As Katherine Heigl's movie career continues to ebb, the actress is exec producing new drama Trending, which just sold to the CW. The series is based on Cynthia Langston's novel Bi-Coastal Babe, about a woman who keeps track of "the newest and hottest emerging trends in order to keep her corporate clients ahead of the curve, but who finds it difficult to predict the trends in her love life as well." We'll skip it, thank you.

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead writer Kelly Masterson is writing and exec producing a diamond trading drama -- one of three new projects at AMC -- with Scott Free Productions.

Boardwalk Empire's Howard Korder is penning a potential HBO series about a 1950s Santa Monica-set RAND-like think tank mission to prohibit the launch of a nuclear bomb. Allan Coulter will direct; Dick Wolf is producing.

Merry Go Round (tentative title), written by Wedding Crashers's Steve Faber, has been bought by Fox. Exec produced by Faber, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen for Sony Pictures TV, the comedy revolves around a group of college friends who reunite ten years later and revert back to their college personae.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.