or


[04/06/07 - 04:38 PM]
Development Update: Friday, April 6
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!


ATLANTA (CBS) - Leslie Bibb ("Crossing Jordan") is set to star opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr. in the comedy pilot, about a man and a woman who meet at a funeral and can't seem to stay away from each other. She'll play said woman in the project.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Eric), Leslie Bibb
Writer: Paul Reiser
Director: Harold Ramis
Executive Producers: Craig Knizek (Nuance Productions), Paul Reiser (Nuance Productions)
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television


BEDROOMS & BOARDROOMS (ABC) - Wendy Moniz ("The Guardian") has landed a role on the drama pilot, about four dysfunctional CEOs who will do anything to stay on top. She'll play Stacey, the wife of Michael Vartan's character.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Amy Sloan (Wendy), Christopher Titus (Brody), Dylan McDermott (Duncan), Jessica Collins (Marla), Joshua Malina (Karl), Michael Vartan (James), Nia Long (Katie), Paige Turco (Lisbeth), Peyton List (Cameron), Wendy Moniz (Stacey)
Writer: Jon Harmon Feldman
Director: Charles McDougall
Executive Producers: Jon Harmon Feldman
Studio: Warner Bros. Television


COMPANY MAN (FOX) - Michael Goorjian ("Party of Five") is set to appear on the drama pilot, about a brilliant engineer (Jason Behr) who's thrust into a world of espionage. He'll play Jeff Greenwald, a potentially recurring role.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Annie Wersching (Kate Fisher), Billy Brown (Tom Wicks), Jason Behr (Paul Fisher), Michael Goorjian (Jeff Greenwald), Sarah Brown (Laura Brooks), Stana Katic (Sara Baker)
Writers: David Ehrman, Robert Cochran
Director: Jon Cassar
Executive Producers: David Ehrman, Howard Gordon (Real Time Productions), Joel Surnow (Real Time Productions), Jon Cassar, Robert Cochran (Real Time Productions)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television


EIGHT DAYS A WEEK (The CW) - Christina Milian ("Pulse") has landed one of the lead roles in the comedy pilot, about four friends who work for the elite in New York City. She's set as Olivia, a law school grad currently assisting the owner of a Manhattan art gallery. In addition, Arlene Sanford ("My Boys") has signed on to direct the half-hour.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Anna Chlumsky (Riley), Christina Milian (Olivia), Rosa Blasi (Randi)
Writers: Marcie Ulin, Meredith Lavender
Director: Arlene Sanford
Executive Producers: Marcie Ulin, Meredith Lavender, Sean Hayes (Hazy Mills Productions), Todd Milliner (Hazy Mills Productions)
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television


GOSSIP GIRL (The CW) - Matthew Settle ("Brothers & Sisters") and Ed Westwick ("Children of Men") have both been confirmed as cast members on the drama pilot, about the world of privileged teenagers attending elite private schools in New York City as told through the eyes of an anonymous blogger. They'll play Rufus and Chuck, respectively, two unspecified roles.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Blake Lively (Serena), Chace Crawford (Nate), Ed Westwick (Chuck), Florencia Lozano (Eleanor), Kelly Rutherford (Lily), Leighton Meester (Blair), Matthew Settle (Rufus), Penn Badgley (Dan), Taylor Momsen (Jenny)
Writers: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage
Director: Mark Piznarski
Executive Producers: Bob Levy (Alloy Entertainment), Josh Schwartz, Leslie Morgenstein (Alloy Entertainment), Stephanie Savage
Studio: Warner Bros. Television


HELL ON EARTH (The CW) - Brian Palermo ("Significant Others") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about a not-so-nice girl who gets hit by a bus and gets a second chance in life as a normal girl from the wrong side of the tracks. He'll play Luc, an unspecified role.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Brian Palermo (Luc), Dawnn Lewish (Amber/Jessie), Kim Coles (Sera), Lamont Thompson (David/Dino)
Writers: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler
Director: Dennie Gordon
Executive Producers: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television


THE MASTERSONS OF MANHATTAN (NBC) - Jasika Nicole ("Take the Lead") has been cast in the comedy pilot, about a dysfunctional pair of New York City socialites (Molly Shannon, Natasha Richardson). She's playing Penny, an unspecified character.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Amanda Walsh (Laura), Brian Benben (Joseph), Jasika Nicole (Penny), Jonathan Cake (Roger/Marshall), Molly Shannon (Amanda Masterson), Natasha Richardson (Victoria Masterson)
Writer: Gary Janetti
Director: James Burrows
Executive Producers: Gary Janetti
Studio: NBC Universal Television Studio


M.O.N.Y. (NBC) - Arian Moayed ("Arranged") and Amy Ryan ("The Wire") have both been cast in the drama pilot, about a public advocate (Bobby Cannavale) who becomes mayor of New York after the current one slips into a coma. Moayed is set as Ates Kiliclioglu while Ryan is playing Marcie Futterman. The latter role is further detailed in the casting notice as follows: "30s, attractive, funny with a biting wit, a real New Yorker. She is the Mayor's private secretary, a civil servant who's "been around since the Giuliani administration. She knows everything that's happening in the building." Highly professional, but very warm once the icy veneer is cracked, Marcie had a brief fling with Joe Capanelli about six months back. She claims to be over any feelings she had for him, but now that he's back in her midst, things start heating up a bit."

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Amy Ryan (Marcie Futterman), Arian Moayed (Ates Kiliclioglu), Bobby Cannavale (Joe Capanelli), Carmen Ejogo (Francine Tyson)
Writers: Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana
Director: Spike Lee
Executive Producers: Barry Levinson (The Levinson-Fontana Company), James Finnerty, Tom Fontana (The Levinson-Fontana Company)
Studio: NBC Universal Television Studio


THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BARNES (The CW) - Ravi Patel ("Scrubs") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about two geeky Princeton University students who use their inventive skills to help solve crimes. He'll play Nasser, an unspecified role.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot (14-20 minute presentation)
Cast: Autumn Reeser (Sheri), David Walton (Tyler), Hank Harris (Ronald), Ravi Patel (Nasser), Ryan Devlin (Bobby Barnes), Tim Matheson
Writer: Tom Wheeler
Director: Jason Ensler
Executive Producers: Andrew Plotkin (Class IV Productions), Steve Pearlman (Class IV Productions), Tom Wheeler
Studio: Warner Bros. Television


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [march 2015]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· ATLANTA (CBS)
· BIG SHOTS (ABC)
· BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC)
· COMPANY MAN (FOX)
· CROSSING JORDAN (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EIGHT DAYS A WEEK (CW)
· GOSSIP GIRL (CW)
· GUARDIAN, THE (CBS)
· HELL ON EARTH (CW)
· MASTERSONS OF MANHATTAN, THE (NBC)
· MONY (NBC)
· MY BOYS (TBS)
· PARTY OF FIVE (FOX)
· SCRUBS (ABC)
· SIGNIFICANT OTHERS (BRAVO)
· WIRE, THE (HBO)
· WORLD ACCORDING TO BARNES, THE (CW)









[03/30/15 - 01:34 PM]
The Untold Story of the World's Most Famous Sex Symbol Is Revealed in Lifetime(R)'s Miniseries Event, "The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe" Premiering May 30th and 31st
Kelli Garner stars in the title role of the four-hour event.

[03/30/15 - 01:29 PM]
ABC Family's "The Fosters" and "Chasing Life" Rise to Season Highs in Finales
ABC Family further spins the numbers for Monday, March 23.

[03/30/15 - 01:03 PM]
Venture to the Great Swamplands of the South with a New Season of "Buying the Bayou" on Destination America
The series returns with back-to-back episodes on Monday, April 13 at 9:00/8:00c.

[03/30/15 - 12:45 PM]
NBC Will Ease on Down the Road with Dec. 3 Live Production of "The Wiz" Featuring Production Partner Cirque du Soleil Theatrical
Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and Broadway revival of "The Wiz" in collaboration with Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

[03/30/15 - 12:16 PM]
Animal Planet Goes Behind the Badge of Wildlife's Last Line of Defense with New Series "Lone Star Law"
Also on tap are new seasons of "North Woods Law" and "Rugged Justice."

[03/30/15 - 12:01 PM]
Oxygen Media Increases Original Programming by 25 Percent with Addition of Eight New Series
The newcomers include "Douglas Family Gold," "The Hustle," "Pretty. Strong.," "Player Gets Played," "Boss Nails" and the third installment of the popular franchise, "Preachers of Atlanta."

[03/30/15 - 12:00 PM]
National Geographic Channel's "Killing Jesus" Nabs 3.7 Million Viewers, Scoring Highest Total Viewership in Network History
National Geographic Channel spins the numbers for Sunday, March 29.

[03/30/15 - 11:55 AM]
Bravo Media Expands Diverse Slate with Addition of 10 New and 4 Returning Series Marking Over 40 High-Quality Original Series
New season orders are set for "Ladies of London" season two, "Don't Be Tardy... " season four, "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" season eight and "Manzo'd with Children" season two.

[03/30/15 - 11:46 AM]
"The Walking Dead" Season Five Finale Is Highest-Rated Finale in Series History, Delivering 15.8 Million Viewers and 10.4 Million Adults 18-49
AMC spins the numbers for Sunday, March 29.

[03/30/15 - 11:32 AM]
Esquire Network Unveils 2015 Upfront Lineup Bolstering Original Programming with Five New Series
"This new line-up will present even more of the compelling, dynamic content that is engaging our male audience, setting us up for further momentum," said Matt Hanna.

[03/30/15 - 11:27 AM]
truTV & Top Rank Partner to Exclusively Televise Live Friday Night Primetime Boxing Series
The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

[03/30/15 - 11:27 AM]
Live + 7 Day Ratings: ABC's "Secrets and Lies" and "Fresh Off the Boat" Post Their Biggest Playback Gains Yet
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of March 9-15.

[03/30/15 - 11:07 AM]
New Discovery Channel Series "Sons of Winter" Answers Call of the Wild in the Ultimate Coming-of-Age Survival Tale
The series, from Gurney Productions, premieres Tuesday, April 28 at 10:00/9:00c.

[03/30/15 - 11:01 AM]
NBC's "American Odyssey" & Google Invite Viewers to Tour Key Cities and Uncover New Clues with "Explore American Odyssey" Companion Site
Beginning March 30, curious minds will be challenged to uncover the truth by immersing themselves in the online experience "Explore American Odyssey" at www.exploreamericanodyssey.com.

[03/30/15 - 11:01 AM]
ABC Family Picks Up "Shadowhunters," a Saga Series Based on the Beloved New York Times Bestselling Book Series The Mortal Instruments
The series follows 18-year-old Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters - human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons.