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[09/01/11 - 10:50 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, September 1
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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AUDRINA (VH1) - The cable channel has reportedly passed on a second season of its Audrina Patridge-led reality series. The show's nine-episode freshman run averaged a modest 610,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49. Patridge also executive produced the half-hour alongside Dave Fleming, Mark Burnett and Michael Bloom. (THR.com)


BAD DOG (NBC, New!) - "The Big C" creator Darlene Hunt has snagged a script order at the Peacock for a comedy about "a guy who takes his wild and crazy dog to a trainer only to be told the dog is perfect but he's a mess." Said half-hour, from her "Big C" partners Sony Pictures Television and Original Film, is based on Martin Kihn's book of the same name. Neal Moritz and Vivian Cannon then will executive produce alongside Hunt. (Variety.com)


BIG DEAD PLACE (HBO, New!) - James Gandolfini has booked another project at the pay channel, this time a small screen take on Nicholas Johnson's memoir about his stint working for the U.S. Antarctic Program. Peter Gould ("Breaking Bad") is spearheading the potential Gandolfini vehicle, "a tragicomic eye view of the fear and loathing, arrogance and insanity of the people living and working the last untamed frontier on the planet - the research base at McMurdo Station, Antarctica." Gandolfini and Gould will also executive produce alongside Brian Swibel, Mosaic's Jimmy Miller and Gandolfini's managers Nancy Sanders and Mark Armstrong with Sam Hansen serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


COSMOS: A SPACE-TIME ODYSSEY (FOX) - David Semel has been tapped as an executive producer on Seth MacFarlane's successor to the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning original series. He'll also direct all 13 episodes of the series as well as the potential IMAX feature component. Allan Butler, Ann Druyan and Mitchell Cannold also serve as executive producers while Neil deGrasse Tyson serves as host. (Deadline.com)


HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (ABC, New!) - Claudia Lonow ("Accidentally on Purpose") has snagged a put pilot order from the Alphabet for a semi-autobiographical comedy about "a single mom who moves in with her parents to help raise her daughter." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the single-camera half-hour with Imagine Television's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo executive producing alongside Lonow. (Deadline.com)


PREGNANT IN HEELS (Bravo) - The cable channel is reportedly moving forward with a second season of the Rosie Pope-led reality series. Hud:son Media is behind the project, which averaged just under 600,000 viewers and a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49 during its eight-episode debut season. Danielle King, Gerette Allegra, Megan Estrada and Michael Rourke are the executive producers. (THR.com)


UNTITLED KAL PENN PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Raphael Bob-Waksberg has been tapped to write Kal Penn's workplace comedy for the Peacock. The untitled single-camera project will be set at the United Nations, with Penn playing a key assistant to the U.S. ambassador. The duo will also executive produce alongside American Work's Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan as well as Penn's manager Dan Spilo. Universal Media Studios is behind the half-hour, the development deal for which was originally set up prior to the current NBC regime. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Teddy Sears will play the Zachary Quinto's partner/co-owner of the haunted house in FX's upcoming "American Horror Story" (Deadline.com); Ike Barinholtz has booked a five-episode arc on "Eastbound & Down" as a Russian superstar pitcher whom Kenny (Danny McBride) tries to take under his wing (THR.com); Gage Golightly will recur on The CW's "Ringer" as a tough teenager who tangles with Bridget's (Sarah Michelle Gellar) step-daughter (Deadline.com); Justin Long will appear in three episodes of FOX's "New Girl" as a music teacher/potential love interest for Zooey Deschanel's character (Deadline.com); plus Jason George will return to "Grey's Anatomy" as Bailey's (Chandra Wilson) anesthesiologist ex (TVLine.com).






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· ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE (CBS)
· AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX)
· AUDRINA (VH1)
· BAD DOG (NBC)
· BIG C, THE (SHOWTIME)
· BIG DEAD PLACE (HBO)
· BREAKING BAD (AMC)
· COSMOS - A SPACETIME ODYSSEY (FOX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EASTBOUND & DOWN (HBO)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS (FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE) (ABC)
· NEW GIRL (FOX)
· PREGNANT IN HEELS (BRAVO)
· RINGER (CW)
· UNTITLED KAL PENN PROJECT (NBC)











[09/22/14 - 09:21 AM]
ESPN's MLB Postseason Impact Games: Orioles-Yankees, Giants-Dodgers Full National Telecasts Added to Schedule
The network announced today it has added two additional Major League Baseball Postseason Impact Games to its schedule.

[09/22/14 - 09:14 AM]
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[09/22/14 - 09:06 AM]
Spike TV Presents an Evening of Eddie Alvarez's Greatest Fights
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[09/22/14 - 09:04 AM]
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Jonny Gray and Jake Goodman star in the series, airing weeknights at 7:30/6:30c.

[09/22/14 - 09:02 AM]
Paul Simon Joins Beck, Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison & Friends for This Week's George Harrison Celebration on "Conan"
The celebration, which begins tonight, also features previously announced performances of Harrison songs by Beck, Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison & Friends.

[09/22/14 - 08:44 AM]
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[09/22/14 - 08:43 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Puts CBS, NBC on Top in Viewers, Demos
The Eye's "Madam Secretary" opens to 14 million viewers and a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49.

[09/22/14 - 08:27 AM]
NBC Is Currently #1 for the Night in Every Key Demographic - Adults, Men and Women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, September 21.

[09/22/14 - 08:26 AM]
"Jerrod Carmichael: Love at the Store," His First Stand-Up Comedy Special for HBO, Debuts Oct. 4; Spike Lee Directs
Prior to the premiere of his special, Carmichael embarks on a six-city Love at the Store Tour, beginning Sept. 24 in Philadelphia and culminating Sept. 30 in Los Angeles.

[09/22/14 - 07:42 AM]
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Jason Momoa, Martin Henderson and Julianne Nicholson co-star in the new season, due in mid-2015.

[09/22/14 - 07:40 AM]
"The NFL on CBS" Scores Highest-Rated NFL Game of Weekend
CBS spins the numbers for Sunday, September 21.

[09/22/14 - 06:48 AM]
ION Television Invites Viewers to "Get Wrapped Up in the Holidays!" with Five All-New Original Holiday Movies
The new titles, including "Merry Ex-Mas," "A Christmas Mystery," "A Christmas Kiss II," "A Perfect Christmas List" and "Back to Christmas" begin airing Sunday, November 30.

[09/22/14 - 06:00 AM]
Kudos, AMC and Channel 4 Strike New Partnership Deal on "Humans"
The series is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a "Synth" - a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart.

[09/22/14 - 03:01 AM]
OK! TV Produced Special "Ray Rice: Celebrity Bad Behavior" Is an In-Depth Look at Celebrities and Athletes After Their Brushes with the Law
The special premieres this Tuesday, September 23 at 10:00/9:00c on ReelzChannel.

[09/21/14 - 08:40 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Charts with College Football Coverage
The Alphabet leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.