[10/02/13 - 11:32 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 2
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BROADCHURCH (FOX; W: Chris Chibnall; D: TBA) - David Tennant is set to reprise his role on the network's import of the U.K. series, which follows the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen. Although the cause of his death remains unsolved, the picturesque seaside town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy. He played Detective Inspector Alec Hardy in the original. In addition, Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein ("In Treatment") have been tapped as showrunners of the project. (Deadline.com)

EXP (A.K.A. UNTITLED JARRETT CONAWAY/ZACH CRALEY PROJECT) (The CW/Warner Bros.; W: Jarrett Conaway & Zach Craley; D: TBA) - Jarrett Conaway and Zach Craley's drama has been further detailed as revolving around "what happens when a foreign designer drug - engineered to make you faster, smarter, stronger and better in every way - is trafficked illegally into American high schools, weaving a morally and socially complex web that entangles politicians, law enforcement and teenagers looking for an edge in an ever-competitive and fast-paced world." Warner Bros. Television is behind the hour with Tim Kring, Zak Kadison and Bradley Thomas executive producing. Conaway and Craley then will serve as co-executive producers. (Deadline.com)

FARGO (FX/FX Productions/MGM; W: Noah Hawley; D: Adam Bernstein) - Colin Hanks ("Dexter") is the latest addition to the limited series, an adaptation of the classic Academy Award winning feature film of the same title by Joel & Ethan Coen. Hanks will play Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, "a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer." Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman also star in the series. (Deadline.com)

THE MONEY (HBO; W: David Milch; D: Justin Chadwick) - Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) and David Harewood ("Homeland") have both been cast in the drama pilot, about "wealth and corruption among the super elite, focusing on American mogul and patriarch James Castman (Brendan Gleeson), who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his family." She'll play Anna Elkin, "Oxford educated and a self-made success who is an editor at a top NY newspaper." Harewood then is set as Kurt Corbitt, "a grandiose, boisterous, irascible ideologue and the CEO of the parent company to Castman's holdings." Nathan Lane also stars. (Deadline.com, THR.com)

THE ROYALS (E!/Lionsgate; W: Mark Schwahn; D: TBA) - Jim Piddock ("Family Tree") and Vincent Regan ("Strike Back") have both scored a role in the drama pilot, a contemporary family ensemble steeped in all of the regal opulence of the British Monarchy and framed by Shakespeare's "Hamlet." The latter will play King Simon with Piddock as his butler, Truman. Elizabeth Hurley also stars as Queen Helena with William Moseley as Prince Liam, Alexandra Park as Princess Eleanor, Haley Lo Richardson as Ophelia and Tom Austen as Jasper. (Deadline.com)

THESE THINGS HAPPEN (HBO, New!) - Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions is developing a comedy at the pay channel based on Richard Kramer's novel "set in present day Manhattan and focuses on two couples - one gay, one straight. They share a 15-year-old son, who lives on the upper East Side with his mother and doctor stepfather. Trying to get to know his impressive, distant father better, he moves in for a semester with him and his long-time partner who forms an instant friendship with the boy." Kramer will pen the script himself and executive produce alongside Winfrey. (Deadline.com)

WORK MOM (ABC Family; W: Grant Levy & Dominik Rothbard; D: TBA) - Emily Rutherfurd ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") is the first to be cast in the comedy pilot, about Heather, who finally gets promoted at her digital marketing firm and winds up hiring her recently unemployed mother. Her vivacious mother, Eden, mixes up the office in a way no one could have predicted. She'll play the aforementioned Eden in the project. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - A.J. Buckley is set to recur on "Justified" as crime lord Dale Crowe's (Michael Rapaport) younger brother Danny, "the romantic sociopath of the Crowe family who is a damn good man with a knife" (Deadline.com); Sherry Stringfield will visit "CSI" as "a likable, blue-collar swing shift CSI who joins Morgan (Elisabeth Harnois) in investigating a serial rapist case" (TVLine.com); Bailey Buntain is bound for "Baby Daddy" as "a fast-talking, vivacious spitfire who is dating Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau)" (TVGuide.com); and Julie White has scored an arc on "Nurse Jackie" as "a ballsy Southern realtor who becomes an AA sponsor to a downward-spiraling Jackie" (THR.com).

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[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."