Bestselling author Patricia Cornwell, New Girl star Zooey Deschanel, and Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan are among several women who recently announced development deals with the networks.
A roundup of what’s happening in TV:
--Patricia Cornwell, best known for her Kay Scarpetta series, has sold a TV show about a female detective to ABC. Co-written by Cornwell and Stephanie Sengupta (Law and Order), Greta Stone will be about a "young, orphaned, highly skilled female cop who has an uncanny ability to solve crime," according to Deadline. Greta Stone is an original creation by Cornwell, whose books have sold over 100 million copies.
--Actress Zooey Deschanel and her producing partner Rivka Sophia Rossi have two comedies in the works. Fox bought a sitcom called Freelancers, which Deadline reports as centering on "a disgraced and newly single lawyer who, after getting fired from his corporate job, has to start over at age 30. He sets up shop at one of those modern, shared office spaces that are suddenly everywhere, where he’s forced to interact with a diverse group of oddball freelancers." Deschanel and Rossi also sold a comedy to NBC called And Lies I Tell My Daughter. Written by Girls’ Deb Schoeneman, the show is about "an unconventional mom finds that honesty is not always the best policy when it comes to her new family."
--Nahnatchka Khan’s new sitcom Fatrick is the first comedy pilot to be picked up for Fox’s 2014-15 season. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Fatrick will center on "Patrick, a 30-something man who realizes that his life isn't quite where it should be. The former fat kid is forced to face the damage caused by years of being 'Fatrick' -- a cubby little kid just trying to survive. The comedy will take place both in the past -- showing "Fatrick" at school and at home -- as well as in the present." Khan has another project in development this season, Fresh Off the Boat, an adaptation of chef Eddie Huang’s memoir about his Chinese-American childhood.
--Anne Heche reunites with Hung co-creator Colette Burson to potentially star in a single-camera comedy on NBC. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the untitled project revolves around a "beauty department sales manager Poppy Blake, 43, who questions everything about love and relationships. With the help of her hilariously opinionated sister Chelsea, her romantically deprived co-workers and an array of department store clients, Poppy turns a comic yet anthropological eye on what love and sex really mean for women."
--CSI: Crime Scene Investigation showrunner Carol Mendelsohn and Scandal inspiration Judy Smith have sold a "medical crisis drama" to CBS, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Advocate, written by Ayelet Waldman, is about a "former doctor who has found her calling as a medical advocate, where she works on behalf of patients and their loved ones, solving medical crises and mysteries and guaranteeing people the care they deserve." THR also notes that this is Mendelsohn also has "an untitled 1960s surf drama in the works at The CW with 90210's Rebecca Sinclair and an adaption of legal memoir Law Man in the works at NBC."
--Laura Gutin (Enlisted, 1600 Penn) will write and co-produce a multi-cam comedy called Olivia Jones Is My Girlfriend. Deadline reports that the NBC show will be about "the unlikely friendship between a girl who’s never had a boyfriend and a girl who has never had any girl friends."
--Laura Solon has an ABC comedy in the works, a project that will center on "an uncompromising blue-collar nanny who finds the biggest challenge of caring for an 8-year-old boy is living with his self-assured bachelor dad," per Deadline.