New Television Projects

Variety reports that Netflix has set two middle grade series for 2017.  One of the projects will focus on a girl whose love for a horse helps her deal with difficult family issues.  The other project is based on The Worst Witch books by Jill Murphy, the first of which was published in 1974.  The series follows clumsy protagonist Mildred Hubble, as she makes her way through Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches.  The series will be the fifth adaptation of the book series, one of which, a 1998 television series, included a young Felicity Jones as Mildred’s rival Ethel Hallow.

SpoilerTV continues to keep an eye on the broadcast networks, and the projects they are picking up for next fall, including this announcement that The Ark has docked at NBC.  A modern day Noah’s Ark, this show focuses on an engineer who builds a spaceship as the world comes to an end.

NBC also has a modern take on Oliver Twist, following a female version of the character who works with a group of outcasts to take down criminals.

Fox is also looking to modernize a classic story, picking up a police procedural show about Camelot, though it’s set in Manhattan.  The will follow Art and his best friend Lance, as they work with a cop who also happens to be Art’s ex (named Gwen, of course), as they fight against evil magical forces.

Marvel and ABC Studios are developing a New Warriors comedy series, focusing on the character Squirrel Girl.  The series is being shopped to cable and streaming networks.

Another superhero series has landed at Fox. Greg Berlanti’s latest DC project focuses on an African-American superhero named Black Lightning.  The show will see the retired hero pulled back into his vigilante work.

Former Chuck and Heroes Reborn star Zachary Levi is trying his hand at producing, selling a project to his old home at NBC. Unidentified focuses on a CIA operative trying to protect his family from secrets, and is described as a thriller with science fiction elements.

Finally, Deadline reports that one of Sarah J. Maas’s epic fantasy series’ will be getting the small screen treatment. Hulu is developing a series based on the Throne of Glass books, though the show will apparently be titled Queen of Shadows.

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