McG Goes 3-For-3 Pilot-To-Series Back To TV Broadcast – Deadline
McG, who has been busy producing films for Netflix, returned to TV this season with three pilots on three different networks for his Wonderland Sound and Vision banner, true liesbased on the 1994 James Cameron film, on CBS; not dead yet with Gina Rodriguez on ABC; and the film produced by Jensen Ackles Supernatural prequel The Winchesters on the CW. In the past two days, all three have been picked up in series. Plus, BET+ just picked up the Wonderland series average joecreated by Robb Cullen and starring Deon Cole.
The slate of four on-air series recalls Wonderland’s most prolific period on TV a decade ago, when the company also had four series with Supernatural, Nikita, Chuck and Human target. The company’s leadership team includes McG’s longtime partner Mary Viola, who serves as president, and executive vice president Corey Marsh.
true lies, whose pilot was written/executable produced by Matt Nix and directed/executable produced by Anthony Hemingway, had been a passion project for McG who led several previous attempts to develop a series adaptation over the past six years until this that Nix’s take goes to the series.
Single camera comedy Not dead yet starring and produced by Gina Rodriguez, is based on the book “Confessions of a 40-something F up” by Alexandra Potter, which Marsh found and brought to the company. David Windsor and Casey Johnson are the creators/EPs; Dean Holland directed and produced the pilot.
McG is not directly involved in The Winchesters but is an EP because of its role in the mothership series Supernatural, which came out of a big blind kind of commitment that Wonderland got from Warner Bros. TV following the resounding success of the company’s Fox/WBTV hit CO. This led to a juggernaut that operated for 15 years, spanning two networks, the WB and the CW.
The last 7 Wonderland movies on Netflix have all reached number 1 on the service — Vacation, tough love, big girl 1&2, The babysitter 1 & 2, edge of the world – with the first two also ranking among the top 2 best performing romcoms for the streamer.
The company is currently in post-production on its next Netflix movie, Joey King starring ugly, based on the popular book series of the same name. Wonderland is also currently in pre-production on Music with Cami Mendes for Amazon whose filming begins next month.
On the TV side, as Deadline reported, the company is developing the Annie Mumolo-Emily Goldwyn series. Bad habit, with Mumolo featured.