[10/20/08 - 06:45 PM]
Development Update: Monday, October 20
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC) - Newcomer Luke Grimes is reportedly in final negotiations to play Ryan, the latest long-lost member of the Walker clan. Said character was revealed in the show's second season finale and has subsequently become a hot topic during its current season. It's not clear when Grimes's first episode will air.

IN TREATMENT (HBO) - Hope Davis ("Six Degrees") and John Mahoney ("Frasier") have joined the cast of the show's second season. They'll play two of Paul Weston's (Gabriel Byrne) patients - Mira, a high-powered malpractice lawyer and a former patient of Weston's who blames him for being single and childless; and Bill, a self-confident CEO who finds his life getting away from him. Presumably like the first season, each patient will be the focus of their own weekly installment. No other specifics however were released.

LIVE LIKE YOU'RE DYING (CBS, New!) - "Survivor" host Jeff Probst has booked a pilot order from the Eye for a new reality project which takes a person who has been given a terminal diagnosis and gives them "the last adventure of their life." Probst detailed the "inspirational rather than depressing" project to Entertainment Weekly today, including the fact he'll host and executive produce alongside "Survivor" chief Mark Burnett and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's" Denise Cramsey. Said effort, which will film in January after season 18 of "Survivor" wraps, reportedly will include "reunions with lost friends or formerly feuding family members, a 'legacy moment' that will ensure their name carries on forever, and living out a personal dream."

PRIVILEGED (The CW) - The netlet has quietly ordered two additional scripts of the newcomer, which stars Joanna Garcia as a bright-eyed Yale grad who becomes the live-in tutor to wealthy and spoiled twins in Palm Beach. The show's most recent installment on October 6 drew a modest 2.3 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49 - a growth of over 20% in both categories from its September 30 episode (1.9 million, 0.9 rating among adults 18-49).

SUPERNATURAL (The CW) - Mark Rolston ("CSI: Miami") has been tapped as the show's latest recurring antagonist. He'll play Alastair, a "calm and composed demon with a placid smile that belies his simmering sadism and evil" hell bent on terrorizing the Winchester brothers. His first installment is set to air on November 13.

TIME HEALS (TNT) - Jeffrey Nordling ("24") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about a strong but caring director of nursing (Jada Pinkett Smith) at Charlotte Mercy Hospital in North Carolina. He'll play Tom Wakefield, the director of medicine who is loved by his patients and gets along with Smith's character. Christina Moore and David Julian Hirsh also star in the hour, which comes from Sony Pictures Television and creator John Masius.

UNTITLED ROB RIGGLE PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Rob Riggle is the latest "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" correspondent to ink a talent holding/development deal with CBS and studio sibling CBS Paramount Network Television. The pact calls for the group to develop a new comedy around the actor, which may or may not may touch upon his background as a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Riggle will executive produce any resulting project alongside Principato-Young Entertainment principals Peter Principato and Paul Young. Fellow "Daily Show" colleagues Jason Jones and Samantha Bee inked a similar deal with CBS last week.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters, Entertainment Weekly

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[10/26/16 - 12:45 PM]
New Comedy "The Mick," Starring Kaitlin Olson, to Premiere Sunday, January 1, After NFL Doubleheader, on FOX
The series will then regularly air Tuesday nights following "New Girl."

[10/26/16 - 11:42 AM]
Samantha Bee Interviews Her First Male President, Barack Obama
Said installment of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" airs Monday, October 31 at 10:30/9:30c on TBS.

[10/26/16 - 11:00 AM]
Starz Adds Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco to Spy Thriller "Counterpart"
The espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist also stars Oscar(R) winner J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
Weinstein Television's Epic Scripted Event Series "Waco," Lands on Spike TV
Previously announced in August, the six-part event series is based on the harrowing true story of the 1993 FBI siege of a religious sect in Waco, Texas that resulted in the deadly shoot out and fire.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
"Broad City" Original Series Soundtrack Available Friday, October 28 via Milan Records in Association with Comedy Central Records
The album artwork and packaging is designed by artist Mike Perry, who is also the creator of the animated show opener for "Broad City," and features an insert with spliff-rolling instructions.

[10/26/16 - 10:23 AM]
The CW Gets Into the Spirit with Its Schedule of Upcoming Holiday Specials
New this holiday season, The CW will broadcast an original holiday special, "Terry Crews Saves Christmas," for five hour-long episodes across four consecutive nights, starting Tuesday, December 20.

[10/26/16 - 10:09 AM]
WGN America's Hit Supernatural Thriller "Salem" Returns Halloween Week Wednesday, November 2 at 9:00 PM ET/PT
In advance of the premiere, the network released a riveting new trailer featuring a gruesome twist on "Cats Cradle."

[10/26/16 - 09:26 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Opens on Top for FOX
The network's coverage is up more than 17% among adults 18-49 from last year.

[10/26/16 - 09:01 AM]
Disney Begins Production on New "Muppet Babies" Series, Slated to Debut in Early 2018
Geared towards kids 4-7, each episode will feature two 11-minute stories that follow the Muppet Babies on various adventures as they let their imaginations take them to the farthest corners of the universe.

[10/26/16 - 09:00 AM]
Esquire Network Teams Up with Nick Offerman and the Movember Foundation to Throw a "'Stache Bash" to Raise Awareness of Men's Health
Take a look at Nick chatting about moustaches and tune in to the marathon to see the best of the beards and flavor savers.

[10/26/16 - 08:56 AM]
Travel Channel Says Week of December 25 Is the Perfect Time for a "Chill-cation"
Travel Channel's favorite experts and explorers - Josh Gates, Jack Maxwell, Anthony Melchiorri, Don Wildman, Andrew Zimmern and Zak Bagans - will lead ultimate chilly escapes with ice-themed episodes of the network's most popular series.

[10/26/16 - 08:32 AM]
ABC Brings You "Home for the Holidays" with Series and Specials from Thanksgiving Through the New Year
Highlights include new seasons of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" and the re-monikered "The Great American Baking Show."

[10/26/16 - 08:16 AM]
Cubs vs. Indians Delivers Best Metered Market Rating for Game 1 of the World Series Since 2009
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 25.

[10/26/16 - 07:47 AM]
2016 MTV EMAS Embraces Fans-First Innovation
The 2016 MTV EMAs are the first-ever awards show to launch a Facebook Messenger interactive bot to give fans an exclusive way to engage with the live show.

[10/26/16 - 07:02 AM]
National Geographic Goes "Further" - Company Announces Global Rebrand Extending Across Entire Organization
The rebrand will coincide with the global event series premiere of "Mars," the epic story of mankind's thrilling quest to colonize Mars, from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, on Monday, November 14.