[12/12/13 - 11:22 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, December 12
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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AMERICAN DREAM (WGN America, New!) - Wayne Beach (Slow Burn) is developing a new drama at the network which "chronicles the cat-and-mouse game that erupts when a Manhattan homicide cop suspects one of America's top CEOs of being a killer." Sony Pictures Television is behind the hour with the studio-based David Shore executive producing alongside Rick Berg. Beach will serve as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)

AMERICAN STORAGE (IFC; W: Andrew Jay Cohen & Brendan O'Brien; D: Andrew Jay Cohen) - Rob Huebel ("Childrens Hospital") and newcomer John Karna have snagged the lead roles on the comedy pilot, about the unlikely friendship between a storage facility employee and a man who takes up residence in one of the empty units. They'll succeed Steve Carell and David Krumholtz from the original short film that spawned the series. Troy Miller of Dakota Pictures also serves as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)

THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER (FX, New!) - Kurt Sutter ("Sons of Anarchy") has scored a pilot order from the cable channel for a period drama about "a warrior knight in King Edward III's charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. But when that violence finds him again he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all." Said effort comes from FX Productions and Fox 21 with Imagine Television's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo also on board to executive produce. Filming of the pilot is slated to begin late next year after "Anarchy" wraps its upcoming seventh and final season. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Starz has pulled out of licensing the U.K. drama "Fortitude" over "a possibility that [producers] could not meet the delivery dates needed" for a fourth quarter launch next year (Deadline.com); ABC has picked up four more episodes of its Friday hit "Shark Tank," bringing its season total to 28 episodes (THR.com); Showtime has formally passed on its Kyle Chandler-led drama pilot "The Vatican" from writer Paul Attanasio and director Ridley Scott (Deadline.com); AJ Michalka will guest on "The Goldbergs" as "Erica's new wild-child best friend who is not the greatest influence" (TVLine.com); Eddie Matos is set to recur on "Hart of Dixie" as "the gorgeous Latino driver for Grandma Bettie Breeland (Maree Cheatham), who is saving money to attend poetry school" (THR.com); Portia de Rossi has scored a three-episode arc on "Sean Saves the World" as "Sean's smart, high-powered ex-wife who re-enters his life" (EW.com); and Prince is set to appear as himself in the post-Super Bowl episode of "New Girl" (EOnline.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"
The 10-episode series will launch on Friday, February 5 at 11:30/10:30c.

[11/25/15 - 10:35 AM]
American Hero and Fan Favorite Alek Skarlatos to Join "Dancing With The Stars: Live! -- Dance All Night Tour"
Skarlatos made headlines around the world in August 2015 when he and his friends heroically overpowered a man that opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

[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
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/25/15 - 08:33 AM]
ABC Wins the Final Tuesday of November with a Season-High Performance
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/24/15 - 04:45 PM]
Video: First Promo for "Grease: Live" to Air During "Scream Queens" Tonight
Get your first look at the upcoming promo for the much-ballyhooed live event.

[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
Lead outs "iZombie" and "Supernatural" will air in their entirety following said event.

[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.