E! Entertainment is delivering on its promise to expand into scripted programming with the announcement of the network's first slate of projects in active development. The projects offer unique points of view on the world of pop culture from some of the industry's established players, as well as some of the most talented new voices. Multiple Emmy award winner John Wells, two time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, Academy Award nominee Michael Deluca, Phillip Noyce, Emily Whitesell and Josh Reims are among the renowned creative minds executive producing projects in development. E!'s first scripted series will make its debut in 2013.
"We are extremely pleased with the projects currently in development as we extend E! into the scripted space," said Lisa Berger, President, Entertainment Programming, E! "Our strategy is centered on telling compelling stories that reflect pop culture relevancy in unique and irreverent ways, and these scripted series will complement E!'s already diverse mix of reality, topical, news and comedy franchises. The response from the creative community has been incredibly positive and we are excited to be in business with such high-caliber writers, producers and directors."
One-hour series in development include:
AMY DEVLIN MYSTERIES – A modern take on procedural storytelling, Amy Devlin is a late 20something, culturally-obsessed detective who brings her own style and POV to police work. Based on the graphic novel of the same name. From writer Daniel Barnz, who wrote and directed "Won't Back Down," starring Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter which hits theaters in September. Executive Producers are Daniel Barnz, Eric Gitter from Oni Press and Andy Bourne from CBS Productions.
ANNE OF HOLLYWOOD –Based on the bestselling novel by Carol Wolper, the story of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII is reset in present-day Hollywood ... "the flashiest, most treacherous court of all." The elements of Anne's true story -- love, passion, intrigue, betrayal, infidelity and conspiracy -- remain fully intact, and become truly relatable to today's audience. From John Wells Productions and Warner Horizon Television.
DOROTHY – Inspired by the books "Dorothy" and "The Wizard of Oz," a girl from Kansas City falls for a man and moves with him to the Emerald City to work at his Emerald Hotel. From writer Natalie Krinsky ("Gossip Girl," "Grey's Anatomy") and Warner Horizon Television.
FASCINATION STREET – A then-and-now look at the tumultuous relationship between two brothers as they work to make their band a success in the past and struggle to find who is behind the disappearance of the lead singer in the present. From executive producers Phillip Noyce (directed the feature films "Salt," "Clear and Present Danger," "Patriot Games"), Josh Reims ("Brothers & Sisters," "Dirty, Sexy Money," "Felicity"), Ross Fineman ("Lights Out"), and writer Steven Kijak (documentary director of "Stones In Exile," "Scott Walker: 30
Century Man"). From Fox Television Studios.
THE 400 – The rise of the Vanderbilt dynasty is chronicled in this sprawling, stylized and fast-paced drama set in NY society of the 1890s, where "Society" was defined by the number of people who could fit into Mrs. Astor's ballroom. From prolific writer Emily Whitesell ("Once and Again," "Crossing Jordan," "Brothers & Sisters," "Life Unexpected") and Executive Producer Anne Thomopoulos ("Borgia," "Camelot," "Rome"). From Fox Television Studios.