[05/14/12 - 11:07 PM]
Development Update: Monday, May 14
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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1600 PENN (NBC) - Mike Royce ("Men of a Certain Age") has signed on to serve as showrunner on the midseason comedy, which envisions a First Family - including Bill Pullman as the President and Jenna Elfman as the First Lady - as just the average American clan dealing with all the everyday issues. Jason Winer, Jon Lovett and Josh Gad co-created the half-hour, which comes from 20th Century Fox Television. (Variety.com)

BEN & KATE (FOX) - Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman ("Community") have been tapped to oversee the newcomer, about an exuberant, irresponsible dreamer (Nat Faxon) who moves in with his overly responsible little sister (Dakota Johnson) to help raise her five-year-old daughter (Maggie Jones). They'll serve as executive producers alongside Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Jake Kasdan and creator Dana Fox. Donovan and Goldman recently inked an overall deal with the show's producer 20th Century Fox Television. (Variety.com)

UNTITLED ROB RIGGLE PROJECT (HBO, New!) - Rob Riggle is set to star and produce a potential comedy at the pay channel about "a successful, hard-living boss (Riggle) who lives a dark, self-centered, unhealthy life" during Wall Street's heydays of the 1980s. Adam McKay and Chris Henchy will pen the single-camera half-hour, based on an idea by Riggle, which they'll executive produce alongside Will Ferrell of Gary Sanchez Productions, Mark Wahlberg of Closest to the Hole Productions, Stephen Levinson of Leverage Management and Peter Principato and Paul Young of Principato-Young Entertainment. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - FOX Entertainment President Kevin Reilly revealed during the network's upfront presentation that Maria Bello will be a series regular on "Touch" next season; FOX's scheduling chief Preston Beckman likewise confirmed "Bones" will return for 24 episodes next season (@MaskedScheduler); and Richard Burgi will guest on "Burn Notice" as "a duplicitous, backstabbing loan shark with a vile temper who's looking to move up the criminal ladder" in the show's seventh episode this season (TVLine.com).

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· 1600 PENN (NBC)

[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 - 01:26 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.

[11/24/15 - 12:30 PM]
"Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Star Wars Special" to Air Wednesday, November 25 on ABC
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[11/24/15 - 12:29 PM]
TV One's Hit Scripted Comedy "Born Again Virgin" Returns with All-New Episodes Tuesday, December 8 at 9 P.M. ET/PT
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[11/24/15 - 11:30 AM]
Music Icon and Animal Activist Emmylou Harris to Be Honored on "The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration" Thanksgiving Night, Thursday, November 26, On FOX
Eugene Bostick and Michael Schoepf also will be honored as ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things to better the lives of rescue animals.

[11/24/15 - 11:18 AM]
Showtime(R) Documentary Series "Dark Net" to Premiere Thursday, January 21st at 11 PM ET/PT
Each half-hour episode will shed light on themes such as bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction, the webcam sex trade and more.

[11/24/15 - 11:04 AM]
ABC Family Announces Winter Premiere Dates
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[11/24/15 - 11:01 AM]
Hallmark Channel Is the Most-Watched Network for the 3rd Consecutive Weekend Among Households, W25-54 and Total Viewers
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the week of November 16-22.

[11/24/15 - 10:38 AM]
With the Cast of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Kimmel" Draws Its 4th-Biggest-Ever Monday Audience
ABC spins the late-night numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 10:16 AM]
New Year, New You! TLC Amps Up Friday Nights with the Return of Fan-Favorite TLC Talent
Fan-favorite talent including Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, Devyn Simone, Monte Durham and Lori Allen come together to make Friday nights bigger and better than ever.

[11/24/15 - 10:00 AM]
Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster Are Back as "Sesame Street" Debuts Its 46th Season Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 on HBO
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[11/24/15 - 09:01 AM]
LL Cool J to Host the 17th Annual "A Home for the Holidays," An Entertainment Special Celebrating Families, To Be Broadcast Friday, Dec. 18 on the CBS Television Network
Special performances are dedicated to these children and their new adoptive families, whose stories are featured in pre-taped segments to help raise awareness of this important social issue.

[11/24/15 - 08:51 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Holds Off Surging ABC in Demo Race
The Peacock leads the night among adults 18-49 while the Alphabet is the most-watched network.

[11/24/15 - 08:37 AM]
NBC Sweeps 6 of 6 Monday Half-Hours Among the Big 4 in 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.