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TV News Roundup: Sylvester Stallone to Star in First TV Series & More

In today’s TV news roundup, Sylvester Stallone has landed his first television gig on a mafia drama from “The Godfather” author and Antoine Fuqua.

CASTING:

Sylvester Stallone, the TV star?

The “Rocky” icon has been attached to star in the television adaptation of Mario Puzo’s “Omerta,” which is being developed by “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua. No network is attached, but the hot project is currently being shopped around, eyeing a straight-to-series order, likely from cable networks and streaming services.

“Omerta” is the third book in the mafia trilogy that started with “The Godfather.”

The pilot script and series outline are already in place, according to Deadline who reports that a writers room is being put together, suggesting a quick turnaround for production to begin. Justin Herber and Adam Hoff wrote the pilot script, and the search for a showrunner is on.

With Stallone attached, the project is packed with star power, but a female lead will be cast in the drama to co-star with Stallone. “Omerta” marks the first scripted TV series for Stallone, who most recently received rave reviews for “Creed,” which won him a Golden Globe. On the TV front, he is currently an exec producer on NBC’s reality competition show “Strong.”

PREMIERE DATES:

Season 4 of “Are You the One?” will premiere June 13 on MTV.

This round of the hit matchmaking show, which promises a shocking twist, will place 20 single men and women in a house in Hawaii.  After all contestants are introduced they’ll each begin a quest to discover which of the housemates is their predetermined “perfect match,” which is decided by a rigorous matchmaking process that involves compatibility testing as well as in-depth interviews with the contestants’ family, friends and exes.  If all 10 couples are successfully paired by the season’s end, each contestant will walk away with a share of $1 million.

Season 4’s relationship hopefuls were announced Thursday via the “Are You the One?” official Snapchat account.

GREENLIGHTS:

Beefing up its slate of health-oriented programming, Z Living has greenlit four original series: “Finding Fido,” “Altar’d,” “The Big Fat Truth” and “Yoga Girls.”

The four titles are the first to be ordered under Z Living’s new general manager Rafe Oller and executive VP/head of programming Tim Krubsack, who both joined the wellness network last fall.

“Finding Fido” and “Altar’d” are slated to premiere later this year, with “The Big Fat Truth” and “Yoga Girls” debuting in early 2017.

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