or


[03/13/14 - 11:42 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, March 13
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!


BABYLON FIELDS (NBC/20th; W: Gerald Cuesta & Michael Atkinson; D: Michael Cuesta) - S. Epatha Merkerson ("Law & Order") has snagged a role on the drama pilot, in which the dead are resurrected and try to resume their former lives. She'll recur as Pearl Montoya, Janine's (Meagan Good) stepmother. The project also stars Kyle Schmid, Ritchie Coster, Skeet Ulrich, Virginia Madsen and Yul Vazquez. (Deadline.com)


CUZ-BROS (CBS/CTS/Sony; W: David Caspe & Erik Sommers; D: Pamela Fryman) - Geoff Stults ("Enlisted") has been tapped for the lead role on the multi-camera comedy pilot, about a successful, suave ladies' man whose perfect life gets turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay. He'll play said fellow, Nick, in the project, with his involvement in second position to the FOX comedy. (Deadline.com)


DAMAGED GOODS (ABC/Warner Bros.; W: Lauren Iungerich; D: Declan Lowney) - Newcomer Kyle Jones has booked a role on the comedy pilot, about three damaged women and two damaged men who explore the minutiae of love and relationships. He's set as Kyle, "the group's loyal best friend who just might be gay, but if he is, he doesn't know it." Anna Camp, Ben Lawson, Jennifer Aspen, Justin Hartley, Kellee Stewart and Steve Talley also star. (Deadline.com)


IDENTITY (The CW/CBS; W: Corinne Brinkerhoff; D: Gary Fleder) - Manish Dayal ("Switched at Birth") is the latest to board the drama pilot, about Mia Lawrence (Ahna O'Reilly), a young New Yorker who is recruited by the CIA to infiltrate her recently discovered biological family, a wealthy and powerful dynasty in Texas suspected of having criminal alliances across the globe. He'll play Mia's boyfriend Mike Trenton, a freelance writer/stand-up comic. Matt Barr, Mehcad Brooks and Stephen Hagan also star. (Deadline.com)


JANE THE VIRGIN (The CW/CTS; W: Jennie Snyder Urman; D: Brad Silberling) - Justin Baldoni ("Single Ladies") has been cast in the drama pilot, about Jane Gloriana Garcia (Gina Rodriguez), a hardworking religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated. He'll play Rafael Solano, a former playboy who is forced to reexamine everything after his sperm is mistakenly used to impregnate Jane. Andrea Navedo, Brett Dier, Jaime Camil and Yael Grobglas also star. (Deadline.com)


MYSTERIES OF LAURA, THE (NBC/Warner Bros.; W: Jeff Rake; D: McG) - Janina Gavankar ("The Vampire Diaries") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about Laura Diamond (Debra Messing), a female homicide detective who's great at her job but struggles to deal with her cheating husband and five-year-old identical twin boys. She'll play her rival, Meredith Martinez, a sexy, tightly-wound, perfectly coiffed and outfitted detective. Laz Alonso also stars. (Deadline.com)


ODD COUPLE, THE (CBS/CTS; W: Joe Keenan & Matthew Perry; D: TBA) - Thomas Lennon ("Sean Saves the World") is set to star opposite Matthew Perry in the comedy pilot, an updated take on Neil Simon's classic play, about two mismatched roommates, the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and the neat freak Felix Unger (Lennon). Sarah Baker also stars in the multi-camera project. (Deadline.com)


ONE BIG HAPPY (NBC/Warner Bros.; W: Liz Feldman; D: Scott Ellis) - Brandon Smith ("So Random!") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert), a lesbian, and Luke (Nick Zano), her straight male best friend, who get pregnant just as he meets and marries the love of his life, Prudence (yet to be cast). He's on board as Marcus, "a close friend of Luke and a star bowler who supplements his meager income by working at a local bowling alley." (Deadline.com)


PRO, THE (NBC/ABC Studios/Universal; W: Alex Gregory & Pete Huyck; D: Todd Holland) - Jared Gilman (Moonrise Kingdom) has been tapped for a role on the comedy pilot, about Ben Bertrahm (Rob Lowe), a former doubles champion who is reunited with his ex-partner Bobby Welch (Rob Riggle) after a public feud that left them both floundering in life. He'll play Than (short for Nathaniel), Margot Slocum's (Rebecca Romijn) geeky tween son who worships Ben. Andrea Savage, Colton Dunn and Rosa Salazar also star. (Deadline.com)


SAINT FRANCIS (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Christopher Moynihan; D: TBA) - Jeremy Luke ("Mob City") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about Francis Quinlan (Michael Imperioli), a blue-collar, no-nonsense Long Island cop and family man who butts heads with the modern, liberal world when his 29-year-old sister (Spencer Grammer) gets pregnant out of wedlock. He'll play Tommy, "Francis' easy-going younger brother who's very protective of his sister." The multi-camera project also stars Henry Simmons and Paget Brewster. (Deadline.com)


SELFIE (ABC/Warner Bros.; W: Emily Kapnek; D: Julie Anne Robinson) - John Cho (Star Trek Into Darkness) has booked the male lead on the comedy pilot, about Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a self-obsessed 20-something woman who enlists the help of Henry Higenbottam, a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image after she becomes the subject of a viral video. He's set as the aforementioned Henry in the project, which also stars Allyn Rachel, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, David Harewood and Tim Peper. (Deadline.com)


TEXAS RISING (History; W: Ted Mann; D: Roland Joffé) - Christopher McDonald and Trevor Donovan are the latest additions to the mini-series, which will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. The former will play Henry Karnes, "a grizzled, tough taskmaster of the ranging company"; with Donovan as Kit Acklin, "a handsome, wise-ass, expert horseman whose chivalry and equestrian skills are matched only by his gun-fighting prowess." Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez, Chad Michael Murray, Michael Rapaport and Max Thieriot also star. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED RICHARD LAGRAVENESE PROJECT (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Richard LaGravenese; D: Taylor Hackford) - Oded Fehr ("Covert Affairs") is the latest to be cast in the drama pilot, about the love and rivalry between Philip Fitzgerald Julien (Rufus Sewell) and Margot Worth Cole (yet to be cast), two equally matched, powerful socialites who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others. He'll play Anderson Cole, "Margot's ex-husband and one of the Forbes 500 whose power has resulted in expanding a multimillion-dollar company into a multibillion-dollar corporation." Katie Holmes and Daphne Rubin-Vega also star. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED WALL STREET PILOT (CBS/CTS; W: Ben Cavell, John Cusack, Kevin McCabe & Taylor Elmore; D: Niels Arden Oplev) - David Morse and Sophie Okonedo have both booked roles on the drama pilot, about Jackson Holliday (Charlie Cox), a smart, sophisticated, hedge fund trader trying to keep his integrity in the world of Wall Street power and money. He'll play J.D. Conklin, "a powerful and authoritative hedge fund genius, worth billions himself and always planning his next move to consolidate his power and wealth"; while she's set as Alicia Bryce, "an Assistant Attorney General who's deeply committed to her work of heading a task force investigating Wall Street." Maggie Grace also stars. (Deadline.com)


YOUR FAMILY OR MINE (TBS/Sony; W: Greg Malins; D: Gail Mancuso) - Kyle Howard, Danny Comden and Kat Foster have all been cast in the pilot, a family comedy with an unusual structure: each episode focuses on a different side of the family. Howard will play Oliver, who's geeky-attractive, prone to panic and a gadget freak, with Foster as his wife Kelli, who's cute with a quick wit. Comden then is set as Oliver's brother Jason, the middle son, cocky, smart but really doesn't give a shit about anyone but himself. Andrew Lees also stars. (THR.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Ben Koldyke has joined the cast of NBC's upcoming comedy "Mr. Robinson" as a gym teacher at the school (Deadline.com); Emily Bergl's Sammi Gallagher is being upped to series regular for the fifth season of "Shameless" (Deadline.com); Andrea Bogart will recur on "Ray Donovan" as the wife of FBI agent Volcheck (Kip Pardue), who also will return as recurring (Deadline.com); John Kapelos and Lindsey Haun are both bound for the new season of USA's "Graceland" (Deadline.com); "The Big Bang Theory" showrunner Steve Molaro has inked a massive three-year overall deal with producer Warner Bros. Television (THR.com); and Jorge Garcia's Jerry Ortega likewise has been named a regular on CBS's "Hawaii Five-0" beginning next season (THR.com).






  [august 2017]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· BABYLON FIELDS (NBC)
· BIG BANG THEORY, THE (CBS)
· COVERT AFFAIRS (USA)
· CUZ-BROS (CBS)
· DAMAGED GOODS (ABC)
· DANGEROUS LIAISONS (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· ENLISTED (FOX)
· GRACELAND (USA)
· HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
· IDENTITY (CW)
· JANE THE VIRGIN (CW)
· LAW & ORDER (NBC)
· MOB CITY (TNT)
· MR ROBINSON (NBC)
· MYSTERIES OF LAURA, THE (NBC)
· ODD COUPLE, THE (CBS)
· ONE BIG HAPPY (NBC)
· PRO, THE (NBC)
· RAY DONOVAN (SHOWTIME)
· SAINT FRANCIS (ABC)
· SEAN SAVES THE WORLD (NBC)
· SELFIE (ABC)
· SHAMELESS (SHOWTIME)
· SINGLE LADIES (CENTRIC)
· SO RANDOM (DISNEY)
· SWITCHED AT BIRTH (FREEFORM)
· TEXAS RISING (HISTORY)
· UNTITLED WALL STREET PILOT (CBS)
· VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE (CW)
· YOUR FAMILY OR MINE (TBS)





[08/23/17 - 01:07 PM]
EPIX(R) Gets More "Get Shorty" - Original Series from MGM Television Renewed for Season Two
The dark comedy, based in part on the 1990's bestselling Elmore Leonard novel of the same name and created for television by Davey Holmes, will return in 2018 with 10 all-new episodes.

[08/23/17 - 12:59 PM]
Science Channel's Live Coverage of the "Great American Eclipse" Shines Through to One Million Total Viewers
Science Channel spins the numbers for Monday, August 21.

[08/23/17 - 11:21 AM]
A&E Network's Emmy-Winning Original Docuseries "Born This Way" Renewed for Fourth Season
The 2017 Emmy(R) nominee and 2016 Emmy(R) winner for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Series will return for eight brand-new episodes that will continue to follow the lives of an inspiring group of young men and women born with Down syndrome.

[08/23/17 - 10:47 AM]
"South Park" Takes Over Comedy Central with an Historic Eight-Day Marathon Including More Than 250 Back-to-Back Episodes Leading Up to the Season 21 Premiere
Kicking off on Wednesday, September 6, the eight-day marathon will feature 254 episodes airing all-day, every day until the season 21 premiere on Wednesday, September 13.

[08/23/17 - 10:24 AM]
Netflix Announces Original Documentaries "Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold" and "Voyeur"
Both films will premiere at the 55th New York Film Festival.

[08/23/17 - 10:13 AM]
E! Renews Breakout Series "Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry" for Season Three
The series follows Tyler Henry, one of Hollywood's go-to mediums, as he connects celebrities with their deceased loved ones through profound validations in hopes of coming to terms with their passing.

[08/23/17 - 09:33 AM]
Showtime(R) Acquires Rare Prince Concert Film "Sign O' the Times"
The film will air on American television for the first time in more than a decade, premiering September 16 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/23/17 - 09:30 AM]
BBC America's "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" Returns October 14
Max Landis created and executive produces the series with Robert Cooper serving as executive producer and showrunner.

[08/23/17 - 09:24 AM]
Welcome to No Man's Land - "Godless" Premieres November 22 on Netflix
Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery and Jack O'Connell star in the seven-episode series, from Steven Soderbergh, Casey Silver and Scott Frank.

[08/23/17 - 08:22 AM]
It's a Full House on Season Six of Bravo Media's "Don't Be Tardy..." Premiering Back-to-Back Episodes on Friday, October 6th at 8PM ET/PT
Through marital bliss, teenage drama, a family trip and a horrifying brush with danger, the Biermann's family bond is as solid as a rock.

[08/23/17 - 08:20 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Got Talent" Cruise to Another Win
The Peacock easily wins the night among adults 18-49 as well as total viewers.

[08/23/17 - 07:05 AM]
Video: First Look at Netflix's Upcoming Adult Animated Comedy "Big Mouth"
"Big Mouth" is a 10-episode, half-hour edgy adult animated comedy from real-life best friends Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg about the glorious nightmare that is teenaged puberty.

[08/23/17 - 06:24 AM]
BBC America's New Thriller "Killing Eve" Commences Filming Across Europe
Starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer, the series - a combination of brutal mischief making and pathos - is filled with sharp humor, originality and high stakes action.

[08/23/17 - 06:02 AM]
Hallmark Hall of Fame Original "The Christmas Train" Begins Production Today
Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Joan Cusack and Danny Glover co-star in the project, due on Saturday, November 25.

[08/23/17 - 05:31 AM]
Maria Menounos and Former Miss America Nina Davuluri Added to Celebrity Judges Panel for the Final Night of "The 2018 Miss America Competition" on ABC
The judges panel will evaluate the contestants' performances in Lifestyle and Fitness, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview and On-Stage questions during "The 2018 Miss America Competition."