With the CW’s Jane The Virgin, based on the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, emerging as one of the best reviewed new shows this fall, the network is betting on another adaptation of a Latin American telenovela. The CW has put in development drama First Lady, executive produced by Jennifer Garner and Tariq Jalil.
The project touches on the hot-button immigration issue as it asks the question, What if the next First Lady of the United States is a former illegal alien? Written by Jenni Ross based on the Chilean series Primera Dama, First Lady chronicles one woman’s rags-to-riches journey from illegal immigrant to the White House, where she battles injustice and her own sordid past which has come back to haunt her. Garner’s Vandalia Films is producing with Warner Bros. TV where the company has a deal. Garner, Jalil and Ross executive produce, with Juliana Janes producing.
In addition to First Lady, Vandalia recently sold parenthood comedy Half Full to Fox. Garner, repped by WME, Management 360 and Jason, Sloane has Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children opening following its premiere in Toronto.
Fox is looking to executive producer Jennifer Garner for its next family comedy.
The network has handed out a script commitment to the actress-producer for a half-hour comedy called Half Full, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The single-camera comedy centers on a newlywed couple forced to put on hold their dream of moving to New York City because of impending (unexpected) parenthood. Instead, they have no choice but to stay at home in “beautiful” Agawam, Mass., keeping themselves within a 5-mile radius of the husband’s five bitter older siblings.
Matthew Nicklaw will pen the script and co-executive produce the comedy, which hails from Warner Bros. Television and Garner’s studio-based Vandalia Films banner. Garner will executive produce, with Vandalia’s Juliana Janes on board to produce.
Last season, Garner teamed with Butter screenwriter Jason Micallef for a strip club drama set up at Fox, and now she is prepping mystery dramedy All the Pretty Faces at Bravo.
Jennifer Garner is heading to Bravo.
The actress-producer is set to exec produce murder dramedy All the Pretty Faces for the NBCUniversal-owned cable network, Bravo announced Wednesday.
All the Pretty Faces is set in the bucolic beach town of Half Moon Bay, Calif., and centers on two warring families engaged in an epic, decades-long feud. The death of one of their own brings both families together in search of the secret to the affliction that has plagued them for generations: immortality.
J. Mills Goodloe (Pride, A Gentleman’s Game, The Best of Me, Wonderful Tonight) will pen the script and executive produce the dramedy, which hails from Garner’s Vandalia Films and Warner Horizon Television. Juliana Janes will produce.
“All the Pretty Faces tracks with Bravo’s tradition of presenting strong, relatable characters and tackling provocative subjects in an entertaining way,” said Andrew Wang, vp scripted development and production at Bravo. “By teaming up with the incredibly talented Jennifer Garner, we can bring fans a compelling family drama with a fun, mystical twist.”
The project comes as Bravo picked up its first two scripted series: Marti Noxon drama Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce and comedy Odd Mom Out, starring Jill Kargman.
The network’s previous pilot Rita, did not move forward.
EW has learned exclusively that Time of My Life author Allison Winn Scotch’s first venture into self-publishing comes with her fifth novel The Theory of Opposites.
“The book industry is constantly changing, and at this time in my professional life, I’m committed to taking greater risks,” Scotch said in a statement. “I won’t deny that it’s overwhelming to venture out on my own, away from the power of publishing houses, but the knowledge gained in being involved in every step of the process is rewarding.”
The book, about a woman’s journey to end her self-doubt by taking a two-month break from her husband and finding herself, has also been picked up by Jennifer Garner’s production company Vandalia Films to produce a film adaptation, according to a press release.
Jason Micallef will pen the drama about a single soccer mom who inherits a male strip club from Warner Bros. Television.
Fox is getting into the strip club business.
The network has given a hefty put pilot commitment to The Whole Shebang, a drama from Jennifer Garner and Butter screenwriter Jason Micallef, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Shebang revolves around a newly single soccer mom who inherits a rundown male strip club and unexpectedly finds herself at the center of a dysfunctional, makeshift family that helps her take charge of her life.
Micallef will reteam with Garner and will pen the script. Garner will executive produce the drama via her Vandalia Films banner for Warner Bros. Television, where in June she inked a two-year overall development pact. Shebang reunites Butter screenwriter with star Garner, who starred in the 2011 comedy. Garner is not expected to have an on-screen role in the comedy should the project move forward.
This marks the latest small-screen venture for Micallef, who last year had family comedy Bastards set up at Fox with Seth Gordon as well as Amazon’s supernatural cartoon comedy Supa Natural.
For Garner, Shebang marks her latest foray into television. Last development season, she had a comedy with Ellen Rapoport set up at NBC. Repped by WME and Management 360, she next will be seen in Dallas Buyers Club.
Jennifer Garner‘s Vandalia Films has signed a two-year overall deal with Warner Bros. TV to develop and executive produce series projects for the studio. The company most recently had a deal with Universal TV and previously was based at ABC Studios. Garner got her big break on TV with the ABC drama Alias, from J.J. Abrams whose Bad Robot banner also is at Warner Bros. TV. On the feature side, Vandalia, where Garner is joined by executive Juliana Janes, produced Butter and is developing several other projects. Garner, repped by Management 360 and WME, will next be seen in Dallas Buyers Club with Matthew McConaughey, currently is shooting Draft Day with Kevin Costner and just signed on for Alexander And The No Good, Very Bad Day with Steve Carell.
Jennifer Garner‘s Vandalia Films has signed a first-look deal with Universal Television. The first project to come out of the pact is an untitled comedy from writer Ellen Rapoport, which has sold to NBC.
Rapoport will write the semi-autobiographical comedy, which was put together by Television 360 (Game Of Thrones), the TV division of Management 360. It tells the story of Allie, a nerdy, twentysomething overachiever who is befriended and taken in by two promiscuous party girls. They give her the adolescence she never had, while she teaches them how to grow up. Rapoport will executive produce with Television 360?s Daniel Rappaport and Meghan Lyvers and Vandalia’s Garner and Juliana Janes.
Rapoport, repped by CAA and Management 360, is currently rewriting feature The Pool for Chernin and Fox, which Will Speck and Josh Gordon are attached to direct. Her feature spec Desperados landed on the Black List in 2010 and has Mark Gordon producing. On the TV side, she wrote the ABC comedy pilot script Hot Mess last season.
The Ellen Rapoport comedy joins Television 360?s development slate, which includes the CW drama Expectations, written by J. Mills Goodloe and exec produced with Reese Witherspoon; Fox comedy Wendy & Peter, also exec produced by Witherspoon; HBO comedy Royal, written by Nick Schenk and exec produced by Peter Tolan; and Showtime drama The Oath, from Mark Heyman.
Vandalia Films previously had a deal with ABC Studios. On the feature side, the company produced the recently released Butter, starring Garner, Ty Burrell and Olivia Wilde, and is developing the Agatha Christie adaptation Miss Marple at Disney with Mark Frost penning. Garner is with Management 360 and WME.
ABC has picked up a pair of comedy pitches from two very different voices.
Cartoon Marriage, is a family comedy executive produced by former Alias star Jennifer Garner and based on the book by married New Yorker cartoonists Michael Maslin and Liza Donnelly. Garner and her producing partner Juliana Janes will executive produce through their Vandalia Films shingle. Less Than Perfect creator Terri Minsky will adapt the project.
ABC Studios is behind projects.
Jennifer Garner’s Vandalia Films is developing a half-hour comedy at ABC Studios based on the book “The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth.”
Tome, by writer Alexandra Robbins (“Pledged,” “The Overachievers”), follows seven different students with distinct quirks and how those personalities will prove valuable in adulthood.
Bert Royal, who penned the bigscreen laffer “Easy A,” will write the pilot. Donna Roth and Susan Arnold will produce.
Garner, who runs Vandalia with parter Juliana Janes, is set to co-star in the indie film “Butter,” which screened at the Telluride Film Festival and will unspool next week at the Toronto Film Festival.
Garner has history with ABC, toplining the Alphabet’s J.J. Abrams spy drama “Alias” for five years (2001-06).
Jennifer Garner has sealed a first-look production deal with ABC Studios, reports Variety. She starred for five seasons on ABC’s “Alias” as Sydney Bristow.
The deal covers her Vandalia Films production company, which is looking to get into the TV business. Garner runs Vandalia with Juliana Janes; the duo has a first-look pact with Warner Bros. for feature films.
The duo said they hope to bring feature writers to the TV side and also work with writers they had met during Garner’s stints on “Alias” and “Felicity.”
Garner and Janes said they’re looking toward developing female-driven material such as “Grey’s Anatomy.”
“(ABC Entertainment topper) Steve McPherson and I have a great relationship and have been talking about doing something together for some time now. It’s been over three years since the finale of ‘Alias,’ ” Garner said, adding that she was looking forward “to have the opportunity to get back into television wearing my producer hat.”