[11/26/13 - 11:28 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, November 26
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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THE CODE (FX, New!) - James McBride's Harriet Tubman-esque book "Song Yet Sung" is being developed as a limited series at the cable channel. Said effort centers on Liz, "a black woman making a desperate dash to freedom, on the run from a torn white waterman and able slave catcher, who takes on one last job - only to find himself in a war against a notorious female slave stealer." McBride himself will pen the adaptation and serve as a co-executive producer. Brian Taylor then will executive produce alongside Kelsey Grammer, Brian Sher and Stella Bulochnikov of Grammnet NH Productions. (Deadline.com)

DOC FORD (CBS, New!) - Chris Gerolmo ("The Bridge") is looking to bring Randy Wayne White's book series - about "a retired NSA agent-turned-marine biologist who gets justice for those in need on the Gulf Coast of southern Florida" - to the small screen at CBS. Said hour is set up at CBS Television Studios with Gerolmo and Jeffrey Kramer executive producing and Rick Rosenthal as a supervising producer. (Deadline.com)

RUSH (USA/Fox 21; W: Jonathan Levine; D: TBA) - Tom Ellis and Rick Gonzalez are the first to be cast in the drama pilot, about Dr. William Rush (Ellis): not your average on-call doctor - he's not attached to any hospital, he's highly discreet no matter what the ailment as long as the client can pay his cash-only premium and the doctor can party with the best of them. Gonzalez then is set as Manny Maquis, "a well-connected dealer, who considers Rush a friend, as well as a client." (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED NAPOLEON BONAPARTE PROJECT (HBO, New!) - Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) is in talks to helm a mini-series for the pay channel based on an un-produced Stanley Kubrick screenplay about Napoleon Bonaparte. Steven Spielberg is behind the project, additional details of which weren't released. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - John Corbett is the latest "Parenthood" alum set to return to the NBC series (TVGuide.com); Adam Brody will guest on "New Girl" as "a long-ago ex-boyfriend of Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) who's now a married stay-at-home dad" (TVLine.com); Mark Valley is bound for an upcoming crossover between "Hot in Cleveland" and "Kirstie" as the boyfriend of Kirstie Alley's character (TVLine.com); and Pablo Schreiber will reprise his role of sadistic villain William Lewis on "Law & Order: SVU" early next year (TVGuide.com).

  [november 2015]  


[11/25/15 - 11:01 AM]
Disney Channel Orders a Third Season of "Girl Meets World"
Production resumes in Los Angeles in January with season three scheduled to premiere in spring 2016.

[11/25/15 - 11:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Debut Date for Animated Adult Comedy Series "Animals"
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[11/25/15 - 10:35 AM]
American Hero and Fan Favorite Alek Skarlatos to Join "Dancing With The Stars: Live! -- Dance All Night Tour"
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[11/25/15 - 10:04 AM]
Gwen Stefani and Sia to Perform on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 Telecasts of NBC's Emmy Award-Winning Series "The Voice"
Sia will perform the single "Alive" from her upcoming album "This Is Acting" while Stefani will sing her current single "Used to Love You."

[11/25/15 - 09:01 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front with "Dancing with the Stars" Finale
The Alphabet leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/25/15 - 08:42 AM]
New Debut Date for "Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists"
The exclusive HBO presentation is now slated to debut Monday, December 14.

[11/25/15 - 08:36 AM]
Week Two of "Chicago Med" Is Up 50% vs. Last Season's Slot Average
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[11/25/15 - 08:33 AM]
ABC Wins the Final Tuesday of November with a Season-High Performance
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[11/24/15 - 04:45 PM]
Video: First Promo for "Grease: Live" to Air During "Scream Queens" Tonight
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[11/24/15 - 02:44 PM]
Michigan State at Ohio State: Highest-Rated Game of Season across All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 02:41 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 01:48 PM]
Spike TV Unwraps Big Ratings for "Lip Sync Battle" Holiday Special
Spike TV further spins the numbers for Thursday, November 19.

[11/24/15 - 01:40 PM]
The CW Extends "The Flash/Arrow" Crossover by Four Minutes
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[11/24/15 - 01:26 PM]
"48 Hours: The Strange Case of Kurt Sonnenfeld" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 01:01 PM]
NBC's Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Celebrates the Music of the Holidays Live on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City's Rockefeller Center.