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'Manchild' to mature for U.S. auds

Showtime has ordered up its next round of development, greenlighting a trio of series pilots, including an adaptation of the BBC skein “Manchild” from Darren Star.

Star will exec produce “Manchild,” which moves forward with scribes Rob and Mark Cullen (FX’s “Lucky”) after several at bats with different writers (Daily Variety, Jan. 3).

Original U.K. series revolved around a group of Brit males in their late 40s, all undergoing a midlife crisis. Showtime first pacted with Sony Pictures TV, where Star is based, to develop the skein in early 2005.

Network has also picked up to pilot “Insatiable,” about a small town where everyone suffers from some kind of addiction. Project comes from Linda Wallem (“That ’70s Show”) and feature scribe Liz Brixius.

“Californication,” from Tom Kapi-nos (“Dawson’s Creek”), centers on a novelist trying to raise a kid on his own while battling addictions to sex and drugs.

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