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TV News Roundup: TV Land Orders Pilot Based on Cult Film ‘Heathers’

TV Land is developing a television series based on the cult movie “Heathers,” and Minnie Driver will star in an ABC comedy pilot, in today’s TV news round-up . . .

DEVELOPMENT:

TV Land is developing a comedic anthology series based on the 1989 cult filmHeathers.”

The new TV take is described as a black comedy in the present day. In this iteration of the flick, the Heathers are outcasts that have become royalty — Heather McNamara is a black lesbian; Heather Duke is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath; and Heather Chandler “has a body like Martha Dumptruck.” The script that has been put into development, and was first reported by THR, was written by Jason Micallef, with Tom Resenberg and Gary Lucchesi exec producing.

RENEWALS:

Showtime has renewed its documentary series “Dark Net” for a second season.

“Dark Net” tells the stories of the always changing digital world including bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction, the webcam sex trade and more. The show is created by Vocativ founder Mati Kochavi, who uses his company’s proprietary technology to reveal voices, emerging trends and surprising data to develop the story angles of each episode.

CASTING:

Minnie Driver will star in ABC’s comedy pilot “Speechless.” The potential series is about a family with a special-needs child that is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones. Driver, whose casting was reported by Deadline, will play the female lead in “Speechless,” a mother who is fiercely protective of her non-verbal son JJ. She is repped by CAA.

Nischelle Turner of “Entertainment Tonight” is joining Fox’s live musical event “The Passion,” which airs this Sunday. The correspondent will be reporting live from New Orleans, interview procession-goers who are carrying the cross during the two-hour special that recounts the last hours of the life of Jesus Christ. Tyler Perry will toss to Turner during the telecast, as he is host of a modernized, religious-themed TV event. For more details and behind the scenes photos from “The Passion,” click here.

GREENLIGHTS:

We TV has ordered “My Life Is a Telenovela,” a docu-series that follows the real people who bring the telenovela television genre to life. The show will follow a group of Latina actresses working in the competitive world where they’re employed.

“We are so excited to bring this world and the passionate men and women who make these incredibly popular soap operas to our viewers, and proud of a strategic partnership with Telemundo that will bring a high level of credibility and authenticity to our show,” We TV president Marc Juris commented.

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