[05/09/12 - 11:12 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, May 9
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ANIMAL PRACTICE (NBC) - Gail Lerner ("Happy Endings") have been tapped to serve as showrunner of the recently ordered comedy, about George Coleman (Justin Kirk), a veterinarian who loves animals but usually hates their owners. There she'll supervise co-creators Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka as well as executive produce alongside American Work's Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan and co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)

FAME WHORE/UNTITLED JOHN SCOTT SHEPHERD PROJECT (Showtime/USA, New!) - John Scott Shepherd (NBC's "Save Me") has booked a pair of projects on the cable side. First up is the half-hour comedy "Fame Whore" at Showtime, about "our national obsession with being seen, validated, and adored by strangers, illustrated by a backup singer's determined quest." Shepherd is executive producing alongside Kim and Eric Tannenbaum of CBS Television Studios and John Legend and Mike Jackson of Get Lifted Film Co. Then there's an untitled hour at USA, details of which weren't given. Rich Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz of Prospect Park are executive producing alongside Shepherd. (Variety.com)

THE REPUBLIC OF PIRATES (NBC) - The period drama - about the world's most notorious pirates as they forge their own rogue nation, called New Providence, which became the first democracy in the Americas - is on track for a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes. Neil Cross is in talks to oversee the project, taking over for Tom Fontana. Marc Rosen's Georgeville Television and Reliance Entertainment's Motion Picture Capital have likewise come aboard to co-produce alongside the previously announced Universal Media Studios and Parkes/MacDonald Productions. Jim Hart and Amanda Wells penned the original pilot, which is based on Colin Woodard's book of the same name. Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold then will executive produce alongside Rosen and Cross. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - FOX is reportedly mulling a post-upfront pickup of the Cuba Gooding Jr.-led drama pilot "Guilty" (Deadline.com); "Grey's Anatomy" co-stars Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, James Pickens, Jr. and Chandra Wilson have all re-upped for two more seasons, all but guaranteeing a ninth season (Deadline.com); Britney Spears, after months of negotiations, has reportedly closed an eight-figure to join "The X Factor" next season (EOnline.com); and Josh Hopkins, Kevin Pollak and Christopher Masterson will guest star on the fourth episode of TBS's new comedy "Men at Work" (TVLine.com).

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[10/10/15 - 09:01 AM]
ABC Family's New Saga Series "Shadowhunters" to Premiere on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Plus: ABC Family will be airing "Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters" on Sunday, December 6 at 9:30/8:30c.

[10/10/15 - 08:43 AM]
ABC Leads Friday with the Top Shows - "Dr. Ken" Holds Strong in Week 2
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 9.

[10/10/15 - 08:35 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Holds Onto Demo Crown
"Last Man Standing" grows week-to-week for the Alphabet among adults 18-49.

[10/10/15 - 08:28 AM]
"Blindspot" Grows by 62% in 18-49 in Live + 3 Day Ratings and by 4.3 Million Viewers Overall
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, October 5.

[10/10/15 - 08:27 AM]
Third Season Debut of "Undateable" Matches NBC's Top 18-49 Rating in Its Time Period in the Last 18 Weeks
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 9.

[10/09/15 - 04:00 PM]
NBC Picks Up the Back Nine Episodes of "Blindspot"
The drama has scored as the fall season's #1-rated new series in adults 18-49.

[10/09/15 - 03:50 PM]
MTV's "Teen Wolf" Sinks Teeth Into New York Comic Con, Reveals New Trailer, New Night and a Shocking Return
The series will return to MTV for the second half of season five on a brand new day Tuesday, January 5 at 9:00/8:00c.

[10/09/15 - 02:35 PM]
CBS Orders "American Gothic," A New Drama Series from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and CBS Television Studios, For Broadcast in Summer 2016
Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of Amblin Television, James Frey of Full Fathom Five and Corinne Brinkerhoff, who is writing the script, will serve as executive producers.

[10/09/15 - 01:27 PM]
"Blindspot" Is Television's #1 Gainer in Total Viewers for a 2nd Straight Week
NBC further spins the numbers for Sunday, October 4 and Monday, October 5.

[10/09/15 - 12:51 PM]
Disney XD Orders Second Season of Animated Series "Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy"
"Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy" season two is currently in production and slated to premiere in 2017.

[10/09/15 - 12:36 PM]
Pop on Over to Joy Behar's Place for Some "Late Night Joy" on TLC
The series is produced by True Entertainment and Behar's JoyBee Productions.

[10/09/15 - 12:24 PM]
Academy Award Nominee Bradley Cooper Returns as Sen. Edward Morra, On "Limitless," Tuesday, Oct. 27
The news was announced today by executive producer Craig Sweeny at the series' New York Comic Con panel at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

[10/09/15 - 10:55 AM]
CBS News Continues to Grow in Audiences and Key Demographics
CBS News spins the numbers for the week of September 28-October 4.

[10/09/15 - 10:41 AM]
ABC to Bump "Beyond the Tank" Indefinitely; "Shark Tank" Repeat Set for Tuesday, October 13
The Alphabet will encore the season premiere of the parent series this Tuesday at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/09/15 - 10:18 AM]
Esquire Network Orders New High-Octane Competition Series "Team Ninja Warrior"
For the first time in ninja history, the mother of all obstacle courses is now built for two.