TV news and notes:
– Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green have teamed for a new Amazon comedy pilot. Soderbergh will executive produce and David Gordon Green will direct the pilot for “Red Oaks,” a coming-of-age story set in 1985 starring Craig Roberts. The pilot, written by Gregory Jacobs and Joe Gangemi, also stars Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser and Richard Kind.
– “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn’s first novel, “Sharp Objects,” is being adapted into a television series by Marti Noxon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Glee,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and EOne. Flynn will be an executive producer on the one-hour drama series, about a reporter who returns to her hometown after a stay in a mental hospital to investigate the murders of two young girls. [Deadline]
– “Wicked Tuna”
is returning to National Geographic Channel for a fourth season in
2015. The network has also set a premiere date for the show’s spinoff:
“Wicked Tuna North Vs. South” will debut on Aug. 17. [Deadline]
– The “Spoils” aren’t over for IFC. The network ordered a sequel series to “The Spoils of Babylon,” titled “The Spoils Before Dying.” The six-episode season will premiere in summer 2015. Will Ferrell will return as Eric Jonrosh, but beyond that there will be a new cast. “The Spoils Before Dying” will “take viewers into the seedy underbelly of the 1950s jazz scene, in a detective story positively buzzing with erotic charge. It follows a jazz-pianist turned private eye who becomes embroiled in a murder investigation that spins out of control and leads him down paths — romantic and otherwise — he never expected.”
– Sportsman Channel has renewed “Amazing America with Sarah Palin,” the network announced Monday (July 7). The second season will return in early 2015 and will be comprised of 12 episodes featuring exciting stories about American outdoor
enthusiasts and craftsmen. Host Sarah Palin says, “We’re working on stories about people that go above and beyond to help others, really inspirational stuff that will encourage the entire nation.”
– Lifetime is going live with its brand new talk show, “Undone with @AmandadeCadenet,” premiering July 24. The British television personality will explore pop culture and social media hot topics with her weekly half-hour series, and in the eight live episodes she’ll engage with viewers across all platforms during the primetime talk show.
– Long-running Australian soap “Neighbours” — you know, the one on which about half of your favorite Aussie actors got their start (the other being “Home and Away”) — is finally making its U.S. debut. Beginning on Monday, July 14, new episodes will debut every day, four weeks after their Australian broadcast. The show has been running Down Under since 1985.