Drama Development Off to a Slow Start Deadline

The marketplace for network dramas has been "very sluggish" so far this development season, aside from a bidding frenzy over the sci-fi project "Extant," reports Nellie Andreeva at

"I hear there is a sense of quiet panic at some of the networks over the dearth of drama pitches. Word is some of them, like NBC, have only bought about a couple so far, with a couple more in the deal-making process," Andreeva writes.

"Besides 'Extant,' which is headed to next summer with a series order at CBS, there has been only one significant commitment to an hourlong project so far this season, Fox’s put pilot buy of Michael Green’s adaptation of 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' right after Independence Day," she adds.

"There is fear that there may not be too many other marquee projects from seasoned showrunners this year as many of them are tied up in staff jobs," the piece notes.