TV Buzz: Reese Witherspoon to Executive Produce Modern-Day ‘Great Expectations’ Series; ‘Neighbors’ Gets Order for 3 New Scripts

By: Gabrielle Chung / October 8, 2012

Reese Gives Birth
Reese Witherspoon welcomes son Tennessee James.
A modern-day TV series based on Charles Dickens‘ famous novel Great Expectations has been bought by The CW. The show will center on a small town girl who’s disillusioned by the harsh reality of trying to make it big San Francisco, until her fortunes unexpectedly turn around thanks to an anonymous benefactor. Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon has been named one of the show’s five executive producers. [Deadline]

ABC’s freshman series ‘The Neighbors’ is also getting some exciting and unexpected news…

New comedy The Neighbors received an order for three more scripts from its network. After a solid premiere behind TV juggernaut Modern Family, The Neighbors logged a 1.9 adults 18-49 rating last week, tying with ABC’s new drama Last Resort. [Deadline]

Upright Citizens Brigade alum Amy Poehler will act as producer on a Comedy Central pilot based on Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer‘s web series, Broad City. The pilot will follow two girls, played by Jacobson and Glazer, through their mundane-yet-hysterical daily lives in New York City. [Deadline]

The world premiere of Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias — a television adaptation of the iconic play and 1989 film — premiered big, averaging 6.5 million total viewers. It’s now currently the network’s third most-watched original telecast ever and has become Lifetime’s most-watched movie among women 25-54 with 2.5 million viewers tuning into the debut Sunday night. [Deadline]

With The CW’s Arrow premiere just days away, the network has announced that it will release a digital comic book as a companion to the show’s mythology. Chapters will be released each Wednesday and will be made available at readdcentertainment.com and the DC Comics app for 99 cents each. Print editions will be on sale in comic book stores starting November. [TV Guide]

Emmy winner Judith Light will be joining the second season of TNT’s Dallas as a recurring character. The TV veteran’s new role is described as “an authoritative and controlling battle-ax who will fight to the death to protect the people she loves.” [TV Line]

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