[06/13/13 - 11:07 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, June 13
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS (A&E, New!) - Writer Chad Feehan ("Southland") and director Joe Carnahan ("Those Who Kill") are developing a new serialized drama at the cable channel which centers on the world of amateur bull riding in Texas. CBS Television Studios-based Timberman-Beverly Productions is behind the hour with the company's Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly executive producing alongside Carnahan and Feehan serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)

CHICAGO PD (NBC) - Jesse Lee Soffer ("The Mob Doctor") is in talks to join the cast of the "Chicago Fire" spin-off while Melissa Sagemiller's Julia Willhite won't continue onto the series. Details on Soffer's character are still being sketched out while Sagemiller appeared in the backdoor pilot episode "Let Her Go." J.B. Smoove, Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Kelly Blatz, LaRoyce Hawkins, Mykelti Williamson, Scott Eastwood and Tania Raymonde also star. (TVLine.com)

OPEN (HBO/Fox 21; W: Lauren Gussis & Ryan Murphy; D: TBA) - Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) is the first to be cast in the drama pilot, described as "a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships." He'll play the handsome but arrogant Evan Foster, "a bit of a blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality." Dante Di Loreto of Ryan Murphy Productions also serves as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)

QUARRY (Cinemax; W: Graham Gordy & Michael D. Fuller; D: John Hillcoat) - Stellan Skarsgard (Thor: The Dark World) has boarded the drama pilot, "set in the 1970s and centers on a Marine sniper (Logan Marshall-Green) who, upon his return home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public." He'll play The Broker, "a shadowy figure who approaches Quarry, recruiting him into his criminal ranks." Noah Taylor and Skipp Sudduth also star. (Deadline.com)

SEAN SAVES THE WORLD (NBC) - Megan Hilty ("Smash") has joined the cast of the Sean Hayes-led comedy, about a divorced gay dad (Hayes) juggling the demands of his job and family. She'll succeed Lindsay Sloane as his co-worker/friend Liz, a former therapist who quit because she had too many opinions and couldn't listen to people talk about their problems without telling them what to do. Echo Kellum, Linda Lavin, Samantha Isler and Thomas Lennon also star. (TVLine.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Beth Riesgraf will guest on TNT's "Perception" as "a fiercely loyal woman who is startled when Pierce and Moretti catch her at her boyfriend's motel room" (TVLine.com); Josh Groban will appear as himself on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" in an upcoming episode this season (THR.com); and Eve Best's Eleanor O'Hara won't return for the just ordered sixth season of "Nurse Jackie" (TVLine.com).

  [october 2016]  


[10/26/16 - 03:23 PM]
Lifetime Partners with "The View" for Primetime Event Program, "The View Live Election Special"
The special will feature "The View's" co-hosts from their set with a live studio audience, election-themed Hot Topics, interactive election activities and up-to-the-minute results from key battleground states.

[10/26/16 - 02:01 PM]
Freeform Says Farewell to "Pretty Little Liars" with an Exclusive One-Hour Tell-All Following the Series Finale
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse, as well as executive producer I. Marlene King, will sit down for an hour long unbarred and uncensored tell-all after show.

[10/26/16 - 01:31 PM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases Poster and New "Presidential" Teaser for Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Special
On election night, Colbert will be reacting in real-time to the election results as the state by state returns come in, making it the perfect election night destination for people who want to see all the latest news, without actually having to watch the news.

[10/26/16 - 12:45 PM]
New Comedy "The Mick," Starring Kaitlin Olson, to Premiere Sunday, January 1, After NFL Doubleheader, on FOX
The series will then regularly air Tuesday nights following "New Girl."

[10/26/16 - 11:42 AM]
Samantha Bee Interviews Her First Male President, Barack Obama
Said installment of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" airs Monday, October 31 at 10:30/9:30c on TBS.

[10/26/16 - 11:00 AM]
Starz Adds Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco to Spy Thriller "Counterpart"
The espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist also stars Oscar(R) winner J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
Weinstein Television's Epic Scripted Event Series "Waco," Lands on Spike TV
Previously announced in August, the six-part event series is based on the harrowing true story of the 1993 FBI siege of a religious sect in Waco, Texas that resulted in the deadly shoot out and fire.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
"Broad City" Original Series Soundtrack Available Friday, October 28 via Milan Records in Association with Comedy Central Records
The album artwork and packaging is designed by artist Mike Perry, who is also the creator of the animated show opener for "Broad City," and features an insert with spliff-rolling instructions.

[10/26/16 - 10:23 AM]
The CW Gets Into the Spirit with Its Schedule of Upcoming Holiday Specials
New this holiday season, The CW will broadcast an original holiday special, "Terry Crews Saves Christmas," for five hour-long episodes across four consecutive nights, starting Tuesday, December 20.

[10/26/16 - 10:09 AM]
WGN America's Hit Supernatural Thriller "Salem" Returns Halloween Week Wednesday, November 2 at 9:00 PM ET/PT
In advance of the premiere, the network released a riveting new trailer featuring a gruesome twist on "Cats Cradle."

[10/26/16 - 09:26 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Opens on Top for FOX
The network's coverage is up more than 17% among adults 18-49 from last year.

[10/26/16 - 09:01 AM]
Disney Begins Production on New "Muppet Babies" Series, Slated to Debut in Early 2018
Geared towards kids 4-7, each episode will feature two 11-minute stories that follow the Muppet Babies on various adventures as they let their imaginations take them to the farthest corners of the universe.

[10/26/16 - 09:00 AM]
Esquire Network Teams Up with Nick Offerman and the Movember Foundation to Throw a "'Stache Bash" to Raise Awareness of Men's Health
Take a look at Nick chatting about moustaches and tune in to the marathon to see the best of the beards and flavor savers.

[10/26/16 - 08:56 AM]
Travel Channel Says Week of December 25 Is the Perfect Time for a "Chill-cation"
Travel Channel's favorite experts and explorers - Josh Gates, Jack Maxwell, Anthony Melchiorri, Don Wildman, Andrew Zimmern and Zak Bagans - will lead ultimate chilly escapes with ice-themed episodes of the network's most popular series.

[10/26/16 - 08:32 AM]
ABC Brings You "Home for the Holidays" with Series and Specials from Thanksgiving Through the New Year
Highlights include new seasons of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" and the re-monikered "The Great American Baking Show."