[04/10/13 - 11:16 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, April 10
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CHICAGO FIRE (NBC) - Kelly Blatz ("Glory Daze") and Melissa Sagemiller ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") are the latest additions to the show's backdoor pilot about the Chicago Police Department. He'll play the young but seasoned Officer Elam while she's set as Detective Willhite, "a member of the Chicago PD Intelligence Unit." They join the recently cast Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood in the project, which will air as the season finale of the parent series on May 15. Derek Haas and Michael Brandt are behind the hour with Joe Chappelle directing. (Deadline.com)

HOUDINI (History, New!) - Oscar-winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) is set to star in a potential mini-series at the cable channel that tracks the ascent of master magician Harry Houdini from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Gerald W. Abrams is executive producing the project, additional details of which weren't released. (EW.com)

OPEN (HBO, New!) - Ryan Murphy ("American Horror Story") and Lauren Gussis's ("Dexter") racy relationship drama has found a home at the pay channel where it has received a pilot order. Said effort revolves around five lead characters, including "a married couple of thirtysomethings, the husband's male co-worker and a woman in her 40s who is a yoga professional." Fox 21 is behind the hour with Murphy and Gussis executive producing alongside Ryan Murphy Productions' Dante Di Loreto. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Yvonne Strahovski will reprise her role as Hannah McKay on the upcoming season of "Dexter" (EW.com); Carter MacIntyre's Luke conversely won't be back as a series regular this season on "Drop Dead Diva" (TVLine.com); Mark Hamill will guest star in the two-part season finale of "Criminal Minds" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (TVGuide.com); Colin Hanks likewise will turn up on the final two episodes of "NCIS" this season as a Department of Defense investigator (TVLine.com); and Lisa Ann Walter has been cast as Haskell's (Wayne Knight) never-before-seen ex-wife on "The Exes" (TVGuide.com).

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[10/25/16 - 10:01 AM]
History's New Military Drama Series "Six" Premieres Wednesday, January 18 at 10PM ET/PT
The eight episode first season follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists.

[10/25/16 - 08:48 AM]
Bravo Media Goes Behind the Scenes of the Ultra Exclusive "Timber Creek Lodge" Premiering Monday, December 5 at 10PM ET/PT
It's all work and a lot of play at "Timber Creek Lodge," where viewers will go behind the doors of a five-star mountain retreat to see the on-and-off duty shenanigans of the resort staff working around the clock to provide the ultimate vacation experience.

[10/25/16 - 08:46 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "The Voice"
The Peacock stakes claim to the most-watched network among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/25/16 - 08:00 AM]
Video: Oy with the Poodles Already! Netflix's "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" Trailer Is Here!
"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" launches Friday, November 25, everywhere that Netflix is available.

[10/25/16 - 07:31 AM]
BBC America Confirms Casting for Final Season of "Orphan Black"
Returning guest stars include Evelyne Brochu, Calwyn Shurgold and James Frain.

[10/25/16 - 07:10 AM]
The CW Network and Tough Mudder to Launch New Multi-Platform Series to Debut on CW Seed and The CW in 2017
Episodes one through five will debut on CW Seed, The CW's digital network.

[10/25/16 - 04:31 AM]
The Ringing of the (Door) Bells - Why Netflix Pausing Surges on Halloween Night and Peaks at 7:29 p.m.
Today, the crack team of Netflix data scientists in the Candy and Confections Division announced that pause rates across the country increase up to 30 percent during trick-or-treating.

[10/24/16 - 02:45 PM]
"Frozen," Walt Disney Animation Studios' Blockbuster Film, Makes Its Network Broadcast Premiere on ABC This Holiday Season
Look for "The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle" that same night, Sunday, December 11 on the Alphabet.

[10/24/16 - 02:19 PM]
Video: MTV's "Sweet/Vicious" First Look Promos!
MTV's new series starring Eliza Bennett and Taylor Dearden and created by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson premieres November 15.

[10/24/16 - 01:21 PM]
TLC & Discovery Family to Premiere "Unichef: Uniting Through Food" on Thursday, November 17
The special will premiere at 7/6c on TLC followed by an encore presentation at 9/8c on Discovery Family Channel.

[10/24/16 - 01:20 PM]
Louis C.K., Ryan Reynolds, Tracy Morgan and More Join the Guest List as TBS's "Conan" Heads to New York for a Week of Shows
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[10/24/16 - 12:38 PM]
Food Network Gets Festive for the Holidays with the Return of "Cake Wars: Christmas"
Jonathan Bennett hosts the six hour-long episodes filled with the most over-the-top Christmas cake confections ever seen.

[10/24/16 - 11:21 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" 2016 Original Movie Premieres
"Love Always, Santa" will kick things off Sunday, November 6 on the cable channel.

[10/24/16 - 11:15 AM]
National Geographic Channel Announces Unprecedented and Historic Global Release of "Before the Flood"
"In our minds, there is no more important story to tell, no more important issue facing our planet than that of climate change," said Courteney Monroe.

[10/24/16 - 10:26 AM]
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The film chronicles the life and vision of this remarkable man, exploring how photography defines the way the public perceives armed conflict, and revealing the sheer difficulty of survival while taking photos in a war zone.