or


[10/26/12 - 11:04 PM]
Development Update: Friday, October 26
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


AFTER HOURS (NBC) - Eoin Macken ("Merlin") is the first to be cast in the drama pilot, which revolves around the graveyard shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center. He'll play T.C. Callahan, "who has returned from the Army to practice his unorthodox brand of medicine, often butting heads with his superiors." Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are behind the Sony Pictures Television-based hour, to be directed by Pierre Morel. (Deadline.com)


ALL GROWN UP (FOX, New!) - Nat Saunders and Chris Hayward ("Misery Bear") have sold a new single-camera comedy to the network about "a young man who gets fired, moves back in with his parents and gets back on his feet with the help of his childhood toys that come to life." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the half-hour, with Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment also serving as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)


BEVERLY HILLS COP (CBS) - Brandon T. Jackson ("Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son") is in final negotiations to play the son of Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) in the Eye's small screen take on the film franchise. Shawn Ryan is behind the hour, which is set up at Sony Pictures Television. Murphy, who will reprise his titular hero, is executive producing alongside Ryan and Marney Hochman. (HumorMillMag.com)


BLINK (The CW, New!) - Newcomer Vera Harbert is developing a new drama at the netlet, billed as "a dark family story about a girl whose father is in a coma." The CBS Television Studios-based Timberman-Beverly Productions is behind the project, with the company's Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly executive producing alongside David Marshall Grant. (Deadline.com)


CITY HALL (ABC, New!) - Gideon Yago ("The Newsroom") has sold a potential drama to the Alphabet which "follows the mayor of Oakland and her irreverent City Hall staff of twenty- and thirtysomethings who take on the political and social establishment of a city in crisis while trying to maintain their own personal and social lives." Robert M. Sertner ("Mistresses") is supervising the hour, which is set up at ABC Studios. (Deadline.com)


COMPLIKATED (ABC, New!) - Bonnie Hunt ("Life with Bonnie") is on track to return to the Alphabet for a new comedy about Kate (Hunt), "a confidently insecure woman with a complicated life." Hunt and her frequent collaborator Don Lake will pen the half-hour, which is set up at ABC Studios. They'll likewise executive produce via their Bob & Alice Produtions banner alongside Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling and Stuart Cornfeld of Red Hour Television. (Deadline.com)


KING & MAXWELL (TNT) - Rebecca Romijn ("Eastwick") has booked the female lead on the drama pilot, about Sean King (Jon Tenney) and Michelle Maxwell (Romijn), secret service agents-turned-private investigators whose unique skill set (not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry) often gives them a leg up on suspects and conventional law enforcement. Michael Katleman is helming the CBS Television Studios-based hour from a script by Shane Brennan, adapted from characters created by bestselling author David Baldacci. (Deadline.com)


LORIMER (HBO, New!) - Michael Lannan is developing a comedy at the pay channel inspired by his short of the same name, about "three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men." Sarah Condon and David Marshall Grant are also on board to executive produce the half-hour with Lannan serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


MY KOREAN DELI (ABC, New!) - Ben Ryder Howe's book - about an American man who buys a deli for his wife's Korean parents and now has to try to find the balance between his new job, his wife, and his overbearing in-laws - is being developed as a comedy at the Alphabet. Geoff Moore and David Posamentier ("Better Living Through Chemistry") will write the adaptation for ABC Studios with Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay of The Mark Gordon Co. and Jason Blum and Gerard Bacaccio of Blumhouse executive producing alongside the duo. (Deadline.com)


RAN QUARTET (CBS, New!) - The Eye is once again looking to import the Israeli drama, about "four siblings who had their entire lives documented by a filmmaker until age 32, when the documentary stops and everyone comes to find the four's real lives are quite different from the way they had been portrayed on TV." Writers Mike and Chris Kelley and director Mimi Leder were behind the previous attempt in 2010, entitled "The Quinn-Tuplets," with Amber Tamblyn, Anna Chlumsky, David Giantoli, Dougray Scott, Molly Parker and Sam Witwer among the ensemble cast. David Marshall Grant ("Smash") then is spearheading the new take, billed as a medical show with more of a procedural element. The CBS Television Studios-based Timberman-Beverly Productions is behind the project, to be executive produced by Grant, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Yona Wiesenthal, Avi Armoza, Eilon Ratzkovsky, Tariq Jalil and Arik Kneller as well as original series creators Giyora Yahalom and Oren Jakobi. (Deadline.com)


TROOPER (TNT) - Mira Sorvino has been tapped to star in the drama pilot, about a recently divorced female state trooper who is as unconventional at work as she is at home raising her three kids. The actress previously toplined the original incarnation at CBS during the past development cycle. Aron Eli Coleite penned the hour, which comes from the Warner Horizon Television-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Jason Ensler will helm the new pilot, taking over for Craig Gillespie. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED STEVE AGEE/ROB SCHRAB PROJECT (FX, New!) - Steve Agee and Rob Schrab ("Channel 101") are developing a new comedy at the cable channel based on the former's childhood experiences at a military academy in the 1980s. The untitled project is set up at Shine America and Electric Dynamite with Jack Black, Carolyn Bernstein and Priyanka Mattoo also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Production on the five-episode final season of "Treme" is set to begin on November 5 (Facebook.com/TremeHBO); Beau Mirchoff will play "a handsome and mysterious wizard who may not be as sweet as he seems" on Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place" special (THR.com); Seth Green will guest as "a creep guy named Daryl" on "How I Met Your Mother" (@CBSTweet); Nancy Lee Grahn, Brendan Ford and Jack Wagner are among the latest faces set to visit "Castle" this season (TVGuide.com, TVLine.com); Broadway actor Kyle Harris is set to recur on "The Carrie Diaries" as "a sweet and nerdy but cute Princeton freshman who dates Carrie's pal Mouse (Ellen Wong)" (THR.com); and Kathleen Quinlan likewise has landed an arc on "Chicago Fire" as the mother of Jesse Spencer's character (THR.com).






  [july 2015]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· ALL GROWN UP (FOX)
· BEVERLY HILLS COP (CBS)
· BLINK (CW)
· CARRIE DIARIES, THE (CW)
· CASTLE (ABC)
· CHANNEL 101 (FX)
· CHICAGO FIRE (NBC)
· CITY HALL (ABC)
· COMPLIKATED (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EASTWICK (ABC)
· HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
· KING & MAXWELL (TNT)
· LIFE WITH BONNIE (ABC)
· LOOKING (HBO)
· MERLIN (SYFY)
· MISTRESSES (ABC)
· MY KOREAN DELI (ABC)
· NEWSROOM, THE (HBO)
· NIGHT SHIFT, THE (NBC)
· ONLY HUMAN (CBS)
· QUINN-TUPLETS, THE (CBS)
· SMASH (NBC)
· TREME (HBO)
· TROOPER (CBS)
· TROOPER (TNT)
· UNTITLED AGEE & SCHRAB PROJECT (FX)
· WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE (DISNEY)









[07/29/15 - 02:18 PM]
Through the Eyes of the Spies: New Documentary Reveals a Unique Perspective on the Life of Fidel Castro
"Castro: The World's Most Watched Man" will premiere on AHC in 4Q 2015 and on Discovery Networks International's factual channels in more than 220 countries and territories this fall.

[07/29/15 - 01:42 PM]
ABC Family to Give Viewers a First Look at "Kevin From Work" on Facebook
The show will premiere on ABC Family on Wednesday, August 12 at 8:00/7:00c with two back-to-back episodes.

[07/29/15 - 01:17 PM]
Travel Channel's "36 Hours" Based on The New York Times' Popular Weekly Column Premieres Monday, August 17th at 8:00PM ET/PT
Co-hosts Kristen Kish and Kyle Martino arrive in a new city each week where they'll have a weekend to meet insiders who will point them to the best restaurants, hot spots and attractions.

[07/29/15 - 12:57 PM]
Discovery Channel's "Alaskan Bush People" Earns Season High and Ranks #1 on All of Television on Friday Night in Persons and Men
Discovery further spins the numbers for Friday, July 24.

[07/29/15 - 12:49 PM]
Grammy(R) and Academy Award(R)-Winning Sensation John Legend and His Get Lifted Production Company to Executive-Produce WGN America's Highly Anticipated Dramatic Thriller, "Underground"
Additionally, Get Lifted will oversee the score, soundtrack and all music aspects of the series.

[07/29/15 - 11:32 AM]
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Announces Fall Premieres
New seasons of "For Better or Worse," "Iyanla: Fix My Life," "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" and "If Loving You is Wrong" will kick things off in September.

[07/29/15 - 11:32 AM]
E! Announces New Series "Hollywood Teen Medium" (Working Title)
Following the life of 19-year old Tyler Henry, the series explores the world of this self-proclaimed clairvoyant medium as he balances his unique abilities with trying to be a regular teenager.

[07/29/15 - 11:01 AM]
Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" Executive Team to Remain with Late-Night Flagship Franchise
"Steve, Jen, Tim, Jill and Adam have been key architects of 'The Daily Show's' success, and we are excited that they will continue at the core of the creative team working with Trevor Noah as the show evolves," said Michele Ganeless.

[07/29/15 - 10:29 AM]
"The Men in Blazers Show" Season Premiere This Mon., Aug. 3 at 11 P.M. ET on NBCSN
The season premiere of the 30-minute show will feature NBC Sports Group's Premier League analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, hosts of The 2 Robbies "Football" Show on NBC Sports Radio, as they preview the 2015-16 season.

[07/29/15 - 10:08 AM]
Nat Geo WILD Highlights the Importance of Big Cat Awareness with Full Lineup of World Lion Day Programming, Aug. 10
The network's programming initiative also draws awareness to the National Geographic Society's Big Cats Initiative with public service announcements and on-air promotional attention, kicking off Wednesday, July 29.

[07/29/15 - 10:02 AM]
MTV Announces Season Two Pick-Up for "Scream" During Summer TCA Presentation
Plus: the network sets return dates for "Finding Carter" and "Ridiculousness."

[07/29/15 - 09:45 AM]
HBO Documentary Films Acquires U.S. Rights to Leah Wolchok's "Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists"
The feature-length documentary debuts Monday, Dec. 7 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) exclusively on HBO, following a limited theatrical run (Nov. 20-Dec. 3).

[07/29/15 - 09:01 AM]
FX Networks Launches Emojis Based on Hit Original Series
"Archer," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "The Strain," "Man Seeking Woman" and "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" are among the initial offerings.

[07/29/15 - 08:40 AM]
"Talent" and "Hollywood Game Night" Are the #1-2 Shows of the Night on the Big 4 in 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, July 28.

[07/29/15 - 08:40 AM]
NBC Confirms "Welcome to Sweden" Exit, "Hollywood Game Night" Repeats to Fill Slot
Plus: look for the "Mr. Robinson" one-hour premiere to rebroadcast Sunday, August 9 at 7:00/6:00c.