[07/15/09 - 06:23 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, July 15
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ALIAS (ABC) - Jennifer Garner has signed a first-look deal with former producer ABC Studios. The pact gives the studio first crack at her and partner Juliana Janes Vandalia Films' TV output. The company already has a similar arrangement on the feature side with Warner Bros.

GARY UNMARRIED (CBS) - Keegan Michael Key ("MADtv") has joined the cast of the show's second season. He'll play Clean, an old high school friend of Jay Mohr's character, "a former minor-league baseball player who had a promising career until sidelined by a knee injury." It's understood the pair will pick up where they left off "alternating between best buddies and competitors."

GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC) - Martha Plimpton ("ER") has signed on for a multi-episode arc on the upcoming season of the popular Alphabet drama. She'll play the mother of a young patient beginning in the show's September 24 season premiere. No other specifics about her character were released.

THE LEAGUE (FX, New!) - Jeff Schaffer ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") has landed a pilot order from the cable channel for a new partially scripted comedy about a group of thirtysomething guys in Chicago who are part of the same fantasy football league. Mark Duplass, Steve Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Katie Aselton, Jon Lajoie and Alina Foley all star in the half-hour, which will focus on their respective marriages, friendships and family as a result of their involvement in Pete's (Duplass) - a married man pondering whether to have a baby - league. Schaffer will helm the FX Productions-based project from a script he penned alongside his wife Jackie Marcus Schaffer, both of whom are executive producing. Production is underway with Leslie Bibb also on board as an unspecified guest star.

NATHAN VS. NATURE (NBC, New!) - David Guarascio and Moses Port have scored a script commitment from the Peacock for a new comedy about Griffin Jennings, "a successful 35-year-old heart surgeon, who decides to search for his biological parents" only to find they had three more kids and kept them. The show's title comes from the fact said character was originally supposed to be named Nathan after his biological grandfather. It's understood Griffin will initially clash with his new "less-than-impressive" siblings, before ultimately learning "that he may have more in common with his slacker siblings than it seems." The project is set up at Sony Pictures Television where Guarascio and Port have an overall deal and has a significant penalty attached should it not go to pilot.

UNTITLED CHRIS ALBRECHT/ROB LEE PROJECT (Starz, New!) - Former HBO topper Chris Albrecht is set to team with IMG Global Media alum Rob Lee for a new drama the pay channel set in the New York fashion world. The pair are currently searching for a writer for the project, which would revolve around "the personal and professional trials of a femme photog trying to make her mark in the cutthroat couture biz." No other details were given.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

  [november 2015]  

· ER (NBC)

[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.