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A&E unveils latest skein slate

'Coma,' 'Storage Wars' spinoff on tap for cabler

A&E announced five new series and a development slate heavy on big-name producers including Ryan Murphy and Mark Burnett ahead of its Wednesday upfront.

Net will spin its popular “Storage Wars” series into “Storage Wars: Dallas,” following four storage unit resellers based in Dallas. Series, produced by FremantleMedia shingle Original Productions for A&E, is set for the third quarter.

Other new series include “In-Laws,” which tracks conflict between beleaguered marrieds and their spouses’ parents, and “Boar Hunters,” which follows a family hog-hunting business. Both are set for the third quarter; “Hunters” is produced by Fremantle’s Original Prods., “In-Laws” by Leftfield Pictures. For the fourth quarter there’s “Ship Happens,” from Megalomedia, about the independent trucking biz and the strange cargo (goats, houses, airplanes) that indie shippers find themselves saddled with. All three are working titles.

Unscripted skeins in the development hopper include “Model Apartment” from “Glee” producer Ryan Murphy (producing for his own shingle alongside Fox 21), about the lives of fashion models rooming together; “Profilers,” a show about elite FBI agents from reality TV multihyphenate Mark Burnett; and “Hands On,” a reality show with a similar premise to cult docu “Hands on a Hard Body.” Contestants must touch the prize for longer than any of the others in order to win it. That series is from Sony Pictures TV division Embassy Row; Michael Davies (“Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”) and Andrew Fried produce.

Detective drama “Big Mike” is in development from Sony Pictures Television and Happy Madison, with Greg Grunberg starring. The other scripted entry is “Longmire,” based on Craig Johnson’s “The Walt Longmire Mystery Novels” and starring Aussie thesp Robert Taylor (Agent Jones in “The Matrix”) as a Wyoming sheriff. Pilot is produced by Warner Horizon Television and Shephard/Robin Co.

“Coma,” adapted from the 1977 Robin Cook novel and 1978 Michael Crichton pic, will air in two two-hour parts. Thriller, about a doctor who sees an unusual number of patients lapse into comas, is from Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Prods., and produced by the Scotts and David W. Zucker. Script was written by “Black Swan” scribe John J. McLaughlin.

Renewals include scripted Florida crime drama “The Glades” (previously announced, but officially set for June 5, as of Wednesday), along with net mainstays such as “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” renewed for a ninth season; “Hoarders,” now set for season four; and a 10-year anniversary on the way for “Intervention.” Crime scene investigation show “The First 48” will come back for season 11.

Freshman action-drama “Breakout Kings” was conspicuously absent from A&E’s list of renewals. A source familiar with the show pointed out that the network rarely greenlights a second season before the end of the first.

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