TV Briefs: CW Gets Musical with THE PRICKLY SPHERES, Fox Has a Comedic FREE RIDE, ABC Heads to CITY OF DREAMS and More

     December 7, 2010

Fox’s musical series Glee is about to have company in the song and dance arena as Deadline reports (with a whole slew of new series tidbits) that The CW recently picked up the hour long musical series The Prickly Spheres. The potential series would follow a talented teen who forgoes classical music scholarship to Julliard to joins a new indie alternative rock band whose quirky but talented members are barely adults themselves. Matt Goldman (The Wizards of Waverly Place) will write the pilot while an unfamiliar, but musically experienced name is shepherding the series. Jeff Kwatinetz, who once managed Britney Spears, and now helps oversee the careers of Ice Cube, Backstreet Boys, and R. Kelly, is executive producing. But without Jane Lynch do they have a hope? Remember they’re not the only new musical series in development as The CW is also working on Acting Out for next season too. Likely only one will survive.

More information on several new series in development after the jump.

Fox-logoIn addition, Fox has two more potential series in development. In an effort to keep their animated programming growing, the network is teaming with comedian/actor and former 7-Up spokesperson Godfrey for a new animated comedy. Based on Godfrey’s stand-up comedy, the series will be your typical story following the people in Godfrey’s life, including his relationship with his father, a conservative Nigerian immigrant. Not to discredit his comedy, but it seems like all the series developed out of stand-up comedy routines are exactly the same. I guess we’ll find out. The other series, another half-hour comedy called Free Ride will have veteran comedy director Michael Patrick Jann (Reno 911!, The State) helm the pilot which will follow a middle aged man at the end of his rope, who accidentally falls to his death and wakes up as himself at 18 on his first day of college and has the opportunity to relive his live differently. Essentially, it’s 17 Again in series form.

Finally, ABC has two new drama series in development for next season. The first, an adaptation of William Martin’s book City of Dreams has inspired an action adventure series not unlike National Treasure. Here’s a summary of the book:

Peter Fallon and his fiancée, Evangeline Carrington, return in another page-turning adventure that spans the centuries from the creation of the U.S. to the present. To help the cause of freedom, Alexander Hamilton and others issued a series of bonds called New Emission Money, most of which was either destroyed or used. In the present, during the height of the financial crisis, it appears that a stash of these bonds exists. If true, the value, with more than 200 years of compound interest, would be immense. Fallon and Carrington race to find the bonds by following the historical trail, while the contemporary Supreme Court makes a decision as to the true value of the currency.

The other series, Headhunter, is being adapted from the 2009 Danish film of the same name. Here’s a synopsis of the recent foreign film:

Martin Vinge, former notorious journalist, now successful headhunter with a complicated personal life, is in all confidentiality contacted by 85 year-old N.F. Sieger, S.E.O. of Denmark’s largest shipping company and oil empire. Sieger hires Martin to find an alternative heir to the firm instead of his son, Daniel Sieger, who for a long time has been destined to take the company into the next era. Martin starts coming up with suitable names for the position, but discovers that he has actually been entangled in a larger impenetrable power game aimed at deciding what is really going to happen to the company; a brutal power struggle that puts an intense pressure on Martin and his private life and relationships.

Eric Heisserer, the writer behind the remakes of A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing is scripting the adaptation, but no director or cast has been set yet. Both sound like potential winners for ABC who is desperately trying to fill the void left by the end of Lost.

Like the sound of any of these new series?