or


[10/28/13 - 11:34 PM]
Development Update: Monday, October 28
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


HAPPY FACE (Lifetime, New!) - David Arquette is set to star in a new original movie at the cable channel, about 1990s serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson, who claims "to have killed 160 people, but only eight victims have been confirmed, including his girlfriend, which led to his 1995 capture." Rick Bota is directing the project from a script by Richard Christian Matheson with Tom Patricia and Harvey Kahn executive producing for Front Street Pictures. Production is on track to begin next month in Vancouver. (Deadline.com)


LAW MAN (NBC, New!) - Mark Gibson and Philip Halprin (They Call Me Cuervo) have set up a potential drama at the Peacock inspired by Shon Hopwood's memoir and chronicles "the journey of a small-town basketball star who goes from young bank robber to federal prison inmate, during which time he became the greatest jailhouse lawyer in American history." CBS Television Studios-based Carol Mendelsohn Productions is behind the hour with the company's Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz executive producing alongside said duo. Hopwood himself will also serve as a consultant. (Deadline.com)


THE OUTLAWS (Amazon; W: Jeremy Garelick & Jon Weinbach; D: Jay Chandrasekhar) - Hayes MacArthur ("Go On") and Josh Peck ("Drake & Josh") have both scored roles on the comedy pilot, about the ins and outs of a professional football team from the perspective of both the players and the back office. MacArthur will play Nick, "a burned-out and desperate veteran quarterback who gets recruited by The Los Angeles Rebels"; while Peck is set as Danny, "the team's newly-promoted general manager." Natalie Zea also stars in the project, which begins production this week. (TVLine.com)


SALEM (WGN/Fox 21; W: Adam Simon & Brannon Braga; D: Richard Shepard) - Janet Montgomery ("Made in Jersey") and Xander Berkeley ("Nikita") are the latest to board the drama series, which explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. She'll play Mary Sibley, "the beautiful, ruthless and vulnerable at the same time wife of the ancient, ailing but very wealthy George Sibley, one of the Salem town Selectmen"; while he's set as Magistrate Hale, "one of the Salem's Selectmen, a company man who believes in pomp and circumstance." Ashley Madekwe and Seth Gabel also star. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED 33ANDOUT PRODUCTIONS PROJECT (A&E, New!) - Actor Channing Tatum is developing a reality series at the cable channel which "follows the entertainers of New Orleans burlesque club Saints and Sinners, which Tatum opened with friend and biz partner Keith Kurtz in 2012." Original Media's Charlie Corwin is also behind the project, which has a pilot commitment. Tatum and Kurtz will likewise executive produce via their 33andOut Productions banner. (Variety.com)


UNTITLED GABE MILLER/JONATHAN GREEN PROJECTS (CBS/NBC, New!) - "The Office" alums Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green have sold a pair of single-camera comedies. First up is an untitled half-hour at CBS and Warner Bros. Television about "an intense lifestyle design expert who's figured out the perfect way to do everything except connect with people, and the free-spirited woman who falls for him." Then there's another untitled effort at NBC and Universal Television about "two young overachievers who reignite their childhood rivalry when they're both hired at the same HuffPo-esque website." Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan of TBD Entertainment are also on board to executive produce the latter. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED LIZ FELDMAN PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Liz Feldman ("2 Broke Girls") has sold a multi-camera comedy to the Peacock about "a lesbian and her straight male best friend who get pregnant just as he meets and marries the love of his life." Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will likewise executive produce the half-hour via their Warner Bros. Television-based A Very Good Production. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin has confirmed the show's much-ballyhooed feature film is "a go" (@mrdougellin); Netflix is in discussions to order a third season of its flagship drama "House of Cards" (Deadline.com); FOX reportedly has given its import of the U.K. drama "Broadchurch" the new moniker of "Gracepoint" (@prodweek); Andrew Rannells is set to return to "Girls" as Elijah, Hannah's gay ex-boyfriend, a role that has the option to become a series regular (Deadline.com); Robert Karjel's novel "De Redan Döda" is being developed as a TV drama by the 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment (Deadline.com);

Max Minghella has been cast as Danny's younger brother Richie on "The Mindy Project" (TVLine.com); Michael Imperioli will guest on FOX's "Rake" as "a successful three-star restaurateur and father of five who is charged with bigamy" (TVLine.com); Alana De La Garza will reprise her role of Connie Rubirosa on "Law & Order: SVU" later this season (TVLine.com); and Lee Tergesen is bound for "The Following" as "a normal family man whom Ryan Hardy suspects may harbor a dark secret" (THR.com).






  [september 2014]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· 2 BROKE GIRLS (CBS)
· BROADCHURCH (BBC AMERICA)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· ENTOURAGE (HBO)
· FOLLOWING, THE (FOX)
· GIRLS (HBO)
· GO ON (NBC)
· GRACEPOINT (FOX)
· HAPPY FACE KILLER (LIFETIME)
· HOUSE OF CARDS (NETFLIX)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· LAW MAN (NBC)
· MADE IN JERSEY (CBS)
· MINDY PROJECT, THE (FOX)
· NIKITA (CW)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· ONE BIG HAPPY (NBC)
· RAKE (FOX)
· REBELS, THE (AMAZON)
· SALEM (WGN)
· UNTITLED 33ANDOUT PRODUCTIONS PROJECT (A AND E)
· UNTITLED MILLER & GREEN PROJECT (CBS)
· UNTITLED MILLER & GREEN PROJECT (NBC)





[09/17/14 - 08:30 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Holds Onto Top Spot with "America's Got Talent"
Plus: FOX's "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" return down more than 30% from a year ago among adults 18-49.

[09/17/14 - 08:17 AM]
New Season of Animal Planet's "Monsters Inside Me" Premieres October 9
Dan Riskin provides scientific perspective throughout this 10-part series that vividly recounts the stories of people tormented by sinister creatures that have invaded their bodies.

[09/17/14 - 08:12 AM]
"The Boss of the Moss" Is Back on National Geographic Channel with New Season of "The Legend of Mick Dodge"
New episodes return Tuesday, September 30 at 9:00/8:00c on the network.

[09/17/14 - 08:11 AM]
One of America's "Hottest" Entertainment Brands, TMZ, Comes to Reelz
"TMZ Hollywood Sports" will anchor the network's weekday primetime line up beginning Monday, September 29 at 8:00/7:00c.

[09/17/14 - 08:10 AM]
"Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink" Premieres Sunday, November 30 at 8PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel
Jeffrey Wright narrates the one-hour special, produced by Tangled Bank Studios, the film and television unit of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

[09/17/14 - 07:31 AM]
CBS Aligns with Georgetown Cupcake to Promote the Network's New Drama Series "Madam Secretary"
This Saturday, locations in Georgetown, SoHo, Los Angeles and Boston will give away free red velvet cupcakes with a special fondant topper adorned with the CBS series' logo.

[09/17/14 - 07:30 AM]
"Untold with Maria Menounos" Airs Thursday, September 18 at 8:00PM ET/PT Only on E!
This time Menounos goes behind the shocking headlines of celebrity deaths like Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith to reveal what is becoming a much-publicized epidemic: "Hollywood & Heroin."

[09/17/14 - 06:15 AM]
"The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" Returns to CBS, Tuesday, Dec. 9 on the CBS Television Network
The show, seen in approximately 200 countries, will include musical performances, pink carpet interviews, model profiles and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the world's most celebrated fashion show.

[09/17/14 - 06:05 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" Unwraps Blockbuster Holiday Schedule
The 24/7 holiday schedule will also feature the world premiere of two brand-new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries originals, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas" and "The Christmas Secret."

[09/16/14 - 03:07 PM]
Lifetime Announces Premiere Dates for "Project Runway All Stars" and "Project Runway: Threads"
Alyssa Milano hosts the former series, which returns Thursday, October 30 at 9:00/8:00c.

[09/16/14 - 03:06 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, September 15.

[09/16/14 - 02:31 PM]
GSN and Jerry Springer Taking "Baggage on the Road" in New Traveling Spinoff of Hit Dating Game Show "Baggage"
"It's hard to be shocked in my line of work, but I'm continually amazed at how revealing the contestants on the show have been," says Springer.

[09/16/14 - 02:00 PM]
Nomination Period for Fourth Annual "Fox Writer's Intensive" Begins Today
Nominations can be submitted by one of the FWI's partnering organizations or through submission by talent agents and management companies.

[09/16/14 - 01:20 PM]
Equestrian Coverage on NBCSN Highlighted by Central Park Grand Prix Live Thurs., Sept. 18 at 7 PM ET
The event features some of the world's top show jumpers including U.S. Champion Kent Farrington and Olympic gold medalists McLain Ward and Laura Kraut in a $200,000 FEI world ranking class.

[09/16/14 - 01:18 PM]
"Ray Donovan" Delivers Highest Rated Episode & Night Ever!
Showtime spins the numbers for Sunday, September 14.