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Development Roundup: Fox Nabs TV Version of Will Smith's 'Hitch,' Epix Scraps Nashville Drama and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 6th 2010 5:30PM
Will SmithUsually projects go from TV to the big screen -- see: 'The A Team,' 'Jackass 3D' (and that's just this year) -- but occasionally a successful film will spawn a TV show -- see: 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' According to Deadline Hollywood, that's the case with Will Smith's hit 'Hitch.'

The 2005 film, about Smith's kinda-smarmy but ultimately charming date doctor, is being turned into a TV series by Smith's production company, Overbrook Entertainment. 'The Proposal' writer Pete Chiarelli will write the script for the one-hour show.

Smith has tried to bring the movie to the small screen before -- it was adapted into a half-hour comedy for CBS three seasons ago, but ultimately didn't make it to air.

In other TV development news ...

Premium cable channel Epix has scrapped plans for its first scripted series, 'Tough Trade.' The Nashville-set drama revolved around three generations of a Nashville music dynasty, and a pilot was shot nine months ago. Industry sources are questioning whether Epix is ready to produce its own scripted series. [Deadline]

WEtv is adding to its reality show ranks by ordering a new series about working mother/stand-up comedian Tammy Pescatelli. The network is expected to launch the six-episode show alongside a Joan and Melissa Rivers reality show in January. [The Hollywood Reporter]

ABC News and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have teamed up for a new series called 'Be the Change: Save a Life.' The show will start in September, and will be hosted by Diane Sawyer with contributions from ABC News anchors. [Variety]

NBC is developing a half-hour family comedy called 'Man of the House.' The series, from 'Due Date' co-writer Adam Sztykiel, is being described as a "Mr. Mom role reversal" show. [Deadline]

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