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[05/27/14 - 11:20 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, May 27
Updates include: E! passes on its drama pilot "Songbyrd"; Melora Hardin joins the cast of Amazon's "Transparent"; and John Wesley Shipp's character on "The Flash" is revealed.

[03/26/14 - 07:03 AM]
E! Delivers Original Programming Seven Days a Week, 365 Days a Year with Diverse Mix of Reality, Comedy, News, Live Events and Now Scripted
Highlights include "The Royals," a one-hour drama about a fictional British Royal family set in modern day London.

[01/06/14 - 11:28 PM]
Development Update: Monday, January 6
Updates include: Wes Brown joins E!'s "Songbyrd"; Jimmy Dunn to return to CBS's "The McCarthys"; and Jack Cutmore-Scott is cast in Matt Hubbard's FOX comedy pilot.

[12/04/13 - 11:16 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, December 4
Updates include: Robert Wisdom joins Paul Giamatti in FX's "Hoke"; Alan Ruck, Byron Mann report to "The Novice" at USA; and Nate Mooney first to board NBC's "Odyssey."

[10/24/13 - 11:13 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, October 24
Updates include: Octavia Spencer eyed for "Murder, She Wrote" revival at NBC; ABC gives 10-episode order to "Secrets & Lies" import; and The CW adds another period drama in "Players."

[10/21/13 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Monday, October 21
Updates include: Nickelodeon renews "The Haunted Hathaways," "See Dad Run"; Nick Zano, Dan St. Germain land comedy pilots; and Renee Olstead to star in ABC Family's "Work Mom."

[09/25/13 - 11:55 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, September 25
Updates include: Robert De Niro to succeed James Gandolfini on HBO's "Criminal Justice"; Emily Osment to star in ABC Family's "Young & Hungry"; and TBS gives pilot order to "Mostly Likely."

[09/23/13 - 11:08 PM]
Development Update: Monday, September 23
Updates include: CBS eyes "NCIS" spin-off set in New Orleans; Bethany Joy Lenz to topline E!'s "Songbyrd"; and Maulik Pancholy cast in Lifetime's "HR."

[06/25/13 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, June 25
Updates include: Amy Brenneman boards HBO's "The Leftovers"; Syfy postpones Jamie Foxx's horror anthology; and E! nears cast-contingent pilot orders.

[04/22/13 - 06:01 AM]
E! Unveils Dynamic Slate of Original Programming, Including New Series, Specials and Returning Favorites
New series include "The Wanted Life," "Total Divas," "Love and Other Contact Sports: Eric and Jessie," "Pop Innovators," "Hello Ross" and "The Trend."







SONGBYRD (E)
DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:
4/22/13 - 5/27/14
STATUS:
currently in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE:
ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES:
network passed on 5/27/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from E!'s press release, March 2014) One of today's most prolific writers of hit love songs, Lauren Byrd, can't seem to figure out her own love life. She employs a small staff, including her sister, to enable and manage her eccentric yet wildly successful process. But when her ex-fiancé reveals himself to be less than the man she remembers, she realizes that she can no longer live in the past and must find a new, true inspiration for her sake and those around her. The ensemble cast includes Bethany Joy Lenz, Rumer Willis, Robert Hoffman, Wes Brown and Tracie Thoms. From Universal Cable Productions,"Songbyrd" is from writer Krista Vernoff (Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Shameless) and executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (The 2013 Academy Awards, Chicago, Smash). "Songbyrd" features the experiences of Grammy winner Diane Warren, who serves as a consulting producer. Director is Andrew McCarthy.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bethany Joy Lenz as Lauren Byrd
· Robert Hoffman as Chris Spencer
· Rumer Willis as Mickey
· Wes Brown as Justin
CREW INFORMATION:
· Andrew McCarthy as DIR (Pilot)
· Craig Zadan as EP
· Diane Warren as EP
· Krista Vernoff as CRTR/EP
· Neil Meron as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Storyline Entertainment
· Universal Cable Productions