[09/05/13 - 11:11 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, September 5
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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HAPPYLAND (MTV; W: Ben Epstein; D: Lee Toland Krieger) - Bianca Santos, Zulay Henao, Shane Harper, Katherine McNamara and Cameron Moulene have snagged the principal roles on the pilot, a soapy teen comedy which explores the underbelly of one of the country's most popular theme parks and those who work there. Santos will play Lucy, a cynical teen whose mom (Henao) makes a living as a fairy tale princess, faces the realities of growing up and falling in love while living in a make believe world. Harper then is set as Ian, "the handsome son of the park's new president, a new hire at the park who is smitten by feisty Lucy"; with McNamara as Harper, "a resident of the park who goes after Ian despite the fact that she has a boyfriend, Will (Moulene), a character performer at the park." Guest starring are Brady Smith and Ryan Rottman as Ian's father and brother, respectively. Lee Toland Krieger is directing while Craig Zadan and Neil Meron also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)

LINE OF SIGHT (AMC/AMC Studios/FTS; W: Blake Masters; D: Jonathan Demme) - Darren Pettie ("Mad Men") has scored a role on the drama pilot, about Lewis Bernt (David Morrissey), a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator who survives a mysterious plane crash, bringing him on a quest to discover the accident's cause. No details about his character were given. Kai Lennox, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Omar Metwally, Samantha Mathis and Sarah Clarke also star. (TVLine.com)

UNDATEABLE (NBC/Warner Bros.; W: Adam Sztykiel; D: Scott Ellis) - Briga Heelan is returning to the upcoming comedy, about new roommates - man-child Danny (Chris D'Elia) and chronic over-thinker Justin (Brent Morin) - who bond over their foibles with the opposite sex. The actress was originally cast as "the warm-hearted but tough Nicki, the waitress in Justin's bar who feels protective of all the guys who hang out there but doesn't know that Justin has had a sweet spot for her since the day they met." Megan Park was subsequently brought in after Heelan exited the project due to her first position status on TBS's "Ground Floor." Schedules for both shows have since synched up enough for Heelan to do three episodes of the NBC series, replacing Park. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED DAVID HUDGINS PROJECT (CBS, New!) - David Hudgins ("Parenthood") has sold a new drama to the Eye about "an outrageous and irreverent Federal judge with lifetime tenure who bucks the system." Universal Television is behind the hour where Hudgins, a former attorney himself, will executive produce. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED SARAH THORP PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Sarah Thorp (The Bounty Hunter) has booked a potential drama at the Alphabet about "a normal, all-American family that becomes the target of an anonymous stalker, causing the unraveling not only of their lives but the fabric of the community around them." Sony Pictures Television is behind the hour with Shore Z Productions' David Shore and Madhouse Entertainment's Robyn Meisinger and Adam Kolbrenner also serving as executive producers with Erin Gunn producing. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Annie Ilonzeh and Blair Redford are both bound for The CW's "Beauty and the Beast" as "a high school friend of Catherine (Kristin Kreuk) who is a strong-willed, dynamic journalist" and "a long-lost Army buddy of Vincent's (Jay Ryan) who turns out to be a terrifying opponent and a dangerous threat," respectively (TVGuide.com); Keith David has been tapped to voice the Cheshire Cat on "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" while Roger Daltrey is reprising his role from the parent series as the hookah smoking Caterpillar (TVLine.com); and Mircea Monroe will guest on FOX's "Enlisted" as "a civilian liaison who books entertainment for the troops" that used to date Geoff Stults's character (TVLine.com).

  [november 2015]  


[11/30/15 - 12:54 PM]
"Kobe Bryant's Muse" to Re-Air on Showtime(R) Tomorrow Night as Part of the Network's Sports Line-Up
The film includes intimate and exclusive footage in the aftermath of Bryant's shoulder injury which ended his 2014-2015 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

[11/30/15 - 12:32 PM]
CBS Announces Winter and Spring Scheduling Plans
Highlights include the launch of "Angel from Hell" on Thursday, January 7 at 9:30/8:30c.

[11/30/15 - 12:17 PM]
Premiere of Disney Junior's "The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar" Is the #1 Primetime Cable TV Telecast of 2015 in Kids 2-5
Disney Channel further spins the numbers for Sunday, November 22.

[11/30/15 - 11:33 AM]
Hulu's "Seinfeld: The Apartment" Fan Experience to Return in Los Angeles
"Seinfeld: The Apartment" will be located at 8445 Melrose Ave. and will be open to the public from December 16th - 20.

[11/30/15 - 11:32 AM]
ABC Family Announces Fourth Season Pick-up of Hit Drama Series, "The Fosters"
The critically acclaimed family drama will premiere all-new episodes from the third season on Monday, January 25.

[11/30/15 - 11:06 AM]
Bravo Media Walks Down the Aisle with Four New Couples in the Super-Sized Season Three Premiere of "Newlyweds: The First Year" January 3 at 9PM ET/PT
The series will then regularly air Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c beginning January 6.

[11/30/15 - 11:00 AM]
Disney XD Orders a Third Season of Hit Animated Series "Star Wars Rebels"
To date, "Star Wars Rebels" ranks as Disney XD's #2 series in Total Viewers (1.3 million), Kids 6-11, Boys 6-11 and Boys 2-11.

[11/30/15 - 10:05 AM]
E! Announces Season 4 of Hit Series "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" to Debut in 2016
Morgan Stewart and Brendan Fitzpatrick are ready to tie the knot and are taking E!'s cameras along for the luxurious ride.

[11/30/15 - 09:18 AM]
Video: VH1's "Love & Hip Hop New York" Season Six Supertrailer
Season six kicks off Monday, December 14 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.

[11/30/15 - 09:04 AM]
CMT to Honor the Cast of "Nashville" with First-Ever "International Impact Award" Live During "2015 CMT Artists of the Year" Special on December 2 at 8PM ET/PT
Cast members Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Will Chase, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Maisy Stella, Lennon Stella and Audrey Peeples are slated to accept the award on behalf of the entire cast.

[11/30/15 - 09:02 AM]
All the Legends Are True in the ABC Family Series Premiere of "Shadowhunters" on Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00 - 10:00 P.M., EST/PST
Plus: "Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters" will give fans of The Mortal Instruments book series a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of the television show.

[11/30/15 - 09:01 AM]
CBS Announces Two Super Bowl Specials
"Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016" and "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials All-Star Countdown" are both on tap for February.

[11/30/15 - 08:58 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "Sunday Night Football"
The Peacock easily wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/30/15 - 08:58 AM]
ABC Is the Most Watched Network in Late-Night for the 3rd Week Running
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of November 16-20.

[11/30/15 - 08:21 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Correspondent Keith Morrison Joins Investigation Discovery as New Host of "Dateline on ID" and Exclusive "Front Page" Specials
"Keith will bring his distinctive newsmagazine flair and reputation as a trusted news source to tell these stories to ID's audience as only he can with his incredibly unique and arresting delivery," said Henry Schleiff.