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TV News Roundup: MTV Renews ‘Are You the One,’ Spike Cancels Jerry Bruckheimer’s ‘Harvest’

MTV has renewed dating show “Are You the One” for a fourth season, and Chris Evans’ 2013 flick “Snowpiercer” is being developed as a series. Also in today’s television news roundup, Spike TV has pulled the plug on Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Harvest,” which the Viacom cabler had previously ordered to series . . .

Renewals:

MTV has renewed “Are You the One” for Season 4, the network announced Wednesday. The series hails from Lighthearted Entertainment, and is exec produced by Rob LaPlante, Jeff Spangler and Scott Jeffress.

The pickup comes one week ahead of the Nov. 18 Season 3 finale, and as the match-making dating series is coming off its highest-rated episode of the current season, hitting a 1.42 in the 12-34 demo, according to Nielsen’s “live plus-3” delayed viewing.

‘Are You the One’ is an irresistibly juicy and fun exploration of the thin line between love, infatuation and social experiment, and we’re thrilled to see the audience responding to this season’s dialed up romance and drama,” said Lauren Dolgen, exec vice president of reality series development at MTV. “’AYTO’ fans are gonna flip when they see what goes down in the final two episodes of this season, and we can’t wait to bring it back with a new crew of love-seeking singles in season four.”

Cancellations:

Spike TV has opted not to go forth with “Harvest” from Jerry Bruckheimer, Variety has confirmed. The cabler, which has found much success in the celebrity reality show “Lip Sync Battle,” had ordered 10 episodes of the series, which would have been the first scripted drama for Spike in nearly a decade. Sources close to the network say trouble came about with difficulty finding a top showrunner to oversee the day-to-day, plus casting a lead, as unrealistic offers were put out to high-profile actors, all of whom turned down the project.

“Harvest” is about a hard-working father of a teenage daughter who spends his days as a cemetery caretaker and his nights in nursing school. When his dad tracks him down and threatens to expose a terrible secret, he’s forced to partner with him in a black-market tissue and body parts trade. The Hollywood Reporter first reported on Spike’s decision to pass on the series.

Premiere Dates:

A&E Network will premiere a new original docuseries “Born This Way,” which follows a group of young adults born with Down syndrome, on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

“We are proud to be airing this important and extraordinary series and hope it will inspire meaningful conversations about people with differences. ‘Born This Way’ is a show with honesty, humor and heart that celebrates and embraces diversity,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and head of programming for A&E. Bunim-Murray Production’s Jonathan Murray, who will serve as an exec producer, added, “There is a freshness and honesty in the way these young adults lead their lives; something we could all learn from them. We are enormously thankful to them and their families for participating in this project.”

In addition to the new six-episode series, A&E has partnered with the non-profit Best Buddies International organization for continued support and opportunities to raise awareness for people living with disabilities.

Anthony K. Shriver, founder and chairman of Best Buddies International, commented: “I’m so incredibly proud to see ‘Born This Way’ highlight the outgoing personalities and amazing abilities of Best Buddies participants…It is my hope that this show will demonstrate to society that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are just like everyone else and should be fully included in our communities, our workplaces and our lives.”

HBO has set a premiere date for Whitney Cummings’ comedy special, “Whitney Cummings: I’m You Girlfriend.” The standup special, which previously taped in front of a live audience, will air on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10:00 p.m. The special marks Cummings’ first with the network where she also has a pilot in the works.

Casting News:

“Olive Kitteridge’s” Zoe Kazan has landed the lead in HBO’s Lena Dunham pilot “Max,” after the title character was re-cast, Variety has confirmed. Originally, Lisa Joyce nabbed the role, but since had to drop out, as she’s focusing on her other HBO pilot “Insecure,” starring YouTube’s Issa Rae, which was recently ordered to series.

Kazan, who’s casting was first reported by Deadline, is also pulling double duty with HBO pilots, as she’s part of “The Deuce” cast, alongside James Franco. Hailing from David Simon, the porn-centric project was picked up to pilot this summer.

“Max,” which Dunham will exec produce and direct, is a comedy set in the 1960’s magazine industry, revolving around the stirrings of second-wave feminism, as seen through the eyes of an ambitious magazine writer (Kazan) who stumbles her way into the women’s movement.

Development News:

The 2013 movie “Snowpiercer,” in which Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton starred, is getting a go at the small screen, as Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios has optioned the rights to adapt the sci-fi film. The potential series would be based on the original feature that is set in a post-apocalyptic Ice Age where the only remaining life on the planet survives aboard a train that travels around the globe.

The film’s creator Bong Joon Ho is attached to exec produce the TV project, along with Dooho Choi, Becky Clements and Adelstein. Josh Friedman (“Avatar 3,” “War of the Worlds,” “Sarah Connor Chronicles”) has been tapped to write the series, first reported by THR. The property comes from Asia’s CJ Entertainment & Media.

“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity. Marty and Becky are the perfect partners to help me bring this world to TV. I’m a huge fan of director Bong’s films, especially ‘Snowpiercer.’ It’s great the way the best sci-fi is great — thoughtful, political, funny, scary, and sly,” Friedman said, adding, “And it’s on a train. A big f–king train. What more could you want?”

Adelstein commented, “We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story. As such a prolific and innovative writer he is the ideal person to create a massive new world in this adaptation. This is an expansive, high-concept project and we are thrilled to be a part of reimagining it for television.”

Friedman is repped by UTA and Karl Austen. Boon Ho and Choi are repped by WME and Jonathan Gardner.

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