[03/22/13 - 11:02 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 22
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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DOUBT (ABC/Sony; W: David Shore; D: Thomas Schlamme) - Carla Gugino, John Pankow and Mercedes Ruehl have all been cast in the drama pilot, about Vincent J. Calzonetti (Steve Coogan), a cunning but charming ex-cop who's now a low-rent lawyer that uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons. Gugino will play his ex-wife, District Attorney Linda Chapman ("decent and honest"), who has little patience for him in the courtroom but still holds an affection in private. Pankow and Ruehl then will play Mr. & Mrs. Syd Newman, married defense attorneys who rent space from Vince and likewise are frustrated by/beholden to him. (Deadline.com)

FRIENDS WITH BETTER LIVES (CBS/20th; W: Dana Klein; D: James Burrows) - Zoe Lister-Jones ("Whitney") will round out the cast of the comedy pilot, about six 30-something friends who each think the other has it better. She'll play Kate McLean ("competitive, smart, defensive, impatient, narcissistic, tough"), the Chief Operating Officer of a thriving social media company but a mess in her dating life. Said role is in second position to her duties on the NBC comedy. Brooklyn Decker, James Van Der Beek, Kevin Connolly, Majandra Delfino, Rick Donald also star in the multi-camera project. (Deadline.com)

HOT PROPERTY (ABC Family, New!) - Michele, Sabrina and Samantha Kleier's book of the same name is being developed as a drama at the cable channel. The potential hour will center on Elizabeth Chase and her daughters, Kate and Isabel, "who live and work together but their lives are so intertwined that outsiders, including their own boyfriends, question if there is room for anything besides business and each other." Said trio are fixtures on HGTV's "Selling New York." Melissa Carter ("The Lying Game") will pen the project and executive produce alongside Richard Shepard, Sean Furst and Bryan Furst via their Olé banner. (THR.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - VH1 has ordered seven additional episodes of the recently launched "The Jenny McCarthy Show" (Deadline.com); Jesse Tyler Ferguson will also guest star on the just announced "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" reunion episode of "Hot in Cleveland" (TVLine.com); Reg E. Cathey is bound for two episodes of "Grimm" as Baron Samedi, a legend of Loa lore (TVLine.com); Bethany Joy Lenz will recur on "Dexter" as the title character's new next door neighbor, "an attractive former finance executive looking for a quieter life" (TVGuide.com); and Zeljko Ivanek have booked a three-episode arc on "Banshee" as "a chain smoking, renegade FBI agent who has been tracking Rabbit for 15 years" (TVLine.com).

  [november 2015]  


[11/25/15 - 11:01 AM]
Disney Channel Orders a Third Season of "Girl Meets World"
Production resumes in Los Angeles in January with season three scheduled to premiere in spring 2016.

[11/25/15 - 11:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Debut Date for Animated Adult Comedy Series "Animals"
The 10-episode series will launch on Friday, February 5 at 11:30/10:30c.

[11/25/15 - 10:35 AM]
American Hero and Fan Favorite Alek Skarlatos to Join "Dancing With The Stars: Live! -- Dance All Night Tour"
Skarlatos made headlines around the world in August 2015 when he and his friends heroically overpowered a man that opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

[11/25/15 - 10:04 AM]
Gwen Stefani and Sia to Perform on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 Telecasts of NBC's Emmy Award-Winning Series "The Voice"
Sia will perform the single "Alive" from her upcoming album "This Is Acting" while Stefani will sing her current single "Used to Love You."

[11/25/15 - 09:01 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front with "Dancing with the Stars" Finale
The Alphabet leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/25/15 - 08:42 AM]
New Debut Date for "Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists"
The exclusive HBO presentation is now slated to debut Monday, December 14.

[11/25/15 - 08:36 AM]
Week Two of "Chicago Med" Is Up 50% vs. Last Season's Slot Average
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/25/15 - 08:33 AM]
ABC Wins the Final Tuesday of November with a Season-High Performance
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/24/15 - 04:45 PM]
Video: First Promo for "Grease: Live" to Air During "Scream Queens" Tonight
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[11/24/15 - 02:44 PM]
Michigan State at Ohio State: Highest-Rated Game of Season across All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 02:41 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 01:48 PM]
Spike TV Unwraps Big Ratings for "Lip Sync Battle" Holiday Special
Spike TV further spins the numbers for Thursday, November 19.

[11/24/15 - 01:40 PM]
The CW Extends "The Flash/Arrow" Crossover by Four Minutes
Lead outs "iZombie" and "Supernatural" will air in their entirety following said event.

[11/24/15 - 01:26 PM]
"48 Hours: The Strange Case of Kurt Sonnenfeld" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 01:01 PM]
NBC's Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Celebrates the Music of the Holidays Live on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City's Rockefeller Center.