or


[03/14/03 - 12:00 AM]
Pilot Update: March 14
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from various wire reports each morning:

ABOUT A BOY (FOX) - Patrick Dempsey ("Once & Again") will star in FOX's adaptation of the Hugh Grant film. The project, which has a pilot presentation commitment, comes from Tribeca, Working Title and Universal Network TV. Matthew Carlson ("God, the Devil and Bob") will write and executive produce. Dempsey will play the lead character of trust fund slacker Will, who winds up befriending an unusual 12-year-old. Producers are still scouting for an actor to play the boy.

CRAZY LOVE (CBS) - Emmy winner Peter MacNicol has been tapped to star in the CBS comedy pilot "Crazy Love," from Touchstone Television and CBS Prods. The casting of MacNicol lifts the cast-contingency on the project, which revolves around a baby-boomer couple who adopt a girl from China. Bob Stevens has penned the pilot and will executive produce alongside Jamie Tarses. MacNicol will serve as a producer.

CRIMINOLOGY 101 (CBS) - Gary Cole ("Family Affair") has signed on as Roy Franks in the 20th/Spyglass produced CBS drama pilot. Nell Scovell, Roger Birnbaum, Bery Berber and Meghan Wolpert are the prodcuers.

EXPERT WITNESS (CBS) - Anna Deavere Smith ("The West Wing," "Presidio Med") will have a recurring role in the Eye drama pilot. Hart Hanson and Keith Ablov are executive producers.

HAPPY FAMILY (NBC) - Tyler Andrews ("American Dreams") will play Tim in NBC's comedy pilot.

KAREN SISCO (ABC) - Bill Duke ("National Security") has joined the cast of ABC's "Karen Sisco" as Amos, a U.S. Marshal and Sisco's boss.

THE LAW & HENRY LEE (CBS) - Bill Smitrovich ("Life Goes On") is on board the Danny Glover led project from Spelling TV and Cheyenne Enterprises. The actor, who will continue his recurring role on "The Practice," plays Sgt. Bobby Pasternak, a vet homicide detective and Glover's partner.

LINES OF DUTY (A.K.A. UNTITLED YOUNG F.B.I. AGENT PROJECT) (ABC) - ABC has greenlit its first new scripted series of the 2003-04 fall season, ordering 13 episodes of scribe-helmer Rod Lurie's crime drama, now tentatively titled "Lines of Duty."

RAVENS (WB) - James Lafferty ("Emeril") will play Nathan on the WB drama pilot.

SWEET POTATO QUEENS (WB) - Allison Munn ("That '70s Show") has joined the cast of the WB's "Sweet Potato Queens."

UNTITLED FRATERNAL TWINS PROJECT (FOX) - Carrie Butler ("Hairspray") has joined FOX's untitled Glouberman/Orenstein pilot from Warner Bros. TV as Molly.

UNTITLED JENNY MCCARTHY PROJECT (ABC) - Missi Pyle ("The Wayne Brady Show"), Robin Bartlett ("Mad About You"), Geoff Stults ("7th Heaven") and Dan Lauria ("The Wonder Years") have joined the cast of Touchstone's Jenny McCarthy project at ABC. The half-hour stars McCarthy as a spoiled, rich socialite who discovers what life is like for everyday people when her father is jailed for embezzlement and their money disappears overnight. Don Beck is scribe-executive producer, and Gil Junger is directing.

UNTITLED TRACY MORGAN PROJECT (NBC) - Tamala Jones ("Head of State") will play the loving and funny wife to Morgan, whose character incurs a series of mishaps as he tries to land a huge ambulance account for his automotive repair shop. Jim O'Doherty, David Israel, Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner, Caryn Mandabach, Lorne Michaels, Dave Becky and David Miner are executive producers.

VIOLENT CRIME (CBS) - Theresa Randle ("Bad Boys 2") and Paul Adelstein ("Breaking News") have joined the CBS drama pilot. Randle is on board as a Boston detective who is partners with the character portrayed by Jennifer Esposito. Adelstein ("Breaking News") plays the boss of the violent-crimes unit. The project is executive produced by Samantha Howard Corbin, Ian Sander and Kim Moses.

WEAPON X (UPN) - Matt Czuchry ("Eight Legged Freaks") was added to the cast of UPN's nanobot drama pilot.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [march 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· ABOUT A BOY (FOX)
· AMERICAN DREAMS (NBC)
· BREAKING NEWS (BRAVO)
· CRAZY LOVE (CBS)
· EMERIL (NBC)
· EXPERT WITNESS (CBS)
· FAMILY AFFAIR (WB)
· GOD, THE DEVIL AND BOB (NBC)
· HAPPY FAMILY (NBC)
· JAKE 2.0 (UPN)
· KAREN SISCO (ABC)
· LAW AND HENRY LEE, THE (CBS)
· LINE OF FIRE (ABC)
· NOT A CLUE (CBS)
· ONCE & AGAIN (ABC)
· ONE TREE HILL (CW)
· PARTNERS IN CRIME (CBS)
· PRACTICE, THE (ABC)
· PRESIDIO MED (CBS)
· SEVENTH HEAVEN (CW)
· SWEET POTATO QUEENS (WB)
· THAT '70S SHOW (FOX)
· TRACY MORGAN SHOW, THE (NBC)
· UNTITLED FRATERNAL TWINS PROJECT (FOX)
· UNTITLED JENNY MCCARTHY PROJECT (ABC)
· WAYNE BRADY SHOW, THE (ABC)
· WEST WING, THE (NBC)





[09/25/20 - 10:05 AM]
Norah O'Donnell Will Anchor CBS News' Primetime Coverage of the Upcoming Political Debates with Gayle King and John Dickerson, from 9:00-11:00 PM, ET
Coverage begins this Tuesday, September 29 in Cleveland, Ohio.

[09/25/20 - 10:00 AM]
"The Perfect Weapon," A Compelling Overview of Worldwide Cyber Conflict, Debuts October 16
Directed by John Maggio, the film explores the rise of cyber conflict as a primary way in which nations now compete with and sabotage one another.

[09/25/20 - 09:00 AM]
Video: Trailer for Max Original "A World of Calm," Launching October 1 on HBO Max
A timely antidote for our modern lives, each half-hour episode takes audiences on an immersive visual journey into another world.

[09/25/20 - 08:58 AM]
The "Ghost Nation" Stars - Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango - Are Back to the Haunt This Ghostober
Each one-hour episode spotlights locations with bigger, edgier mysteries, the danger is more in focus and the mission and what's at stake are always in the forefront for the team.

[09/25/20 - 08:16 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Viewers, Splits Demos with CBS
The Eye's "Big Brother" is the only series to post year-to-year gains among adults 18-49.

[09/25/20 - 08:01 AM]
Video: "A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting" - Official Trailer - Netflix
When high school freshman Kelly Ferguson reluctantly agrees to babysit on Halloween, she is recruited into a secret society of babysitters who protect kids with special powers from monsters.

[09/25/20 - 07:04 AM]
Video: "Someone Has to Die" - Lazaro's Dance - Netflix
In conservative 1950s Spain, the alleged relationship between a young man and a Mexican ballerino creates an uproar of harrowing consequences.

[09/25/20 - 05:08 AM]
Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Verdict in the Trial of the Century, ID Sheds New Light on the O.J. Simpson Case in "O.J. & Nicole: An American Tragedy"
The two-hour documentary film premieres Monday, October 5 at 10:00/9:00c.

[09/25/20 - 02:11 AM]
Video: "Lupin" - Official Teaser - Netflix
Omar Sy is gentleman-thief Assane Diop, coming in January on Netflix.

[09/24/20 - 11:35 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, September 24
Updates include: Amazon plots "The Boys" spin-off series; Barry Jenkins, André Holland look to revive "The Knick"; and Alex Désert is the new voice of Carl Carlson on FOX's "The Simpsons."

[09/24/20 - 09:00 PM]
ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night" Episodes Return for the 2020 NBA Finals
These special-edition episodes will air during primetime every night of the NBA Finals, beginning with Game One.

[09/24/20 - 06:23 PM]
Netflix Confirms Production of "So Not Worth It," Joining Hands with Korea's Top Sitcom Creators
The sitcom is about the youthful adventures of students with multicultural backgrounds who live in a college dorm.

[09/24/20 - 02:01 PM]
Amblin Television and HBO Max Sign Development Deal for an Original Series Inspired by "Rashomon"
Billy Ray and Virgil Williams will pen the project, which will not be an adaptation but will retain the key plot device of the groundbreaking Kurosawa film.

[09/24/20 - 01:34 PM]
Bravo's "Southern Charm" Returns Amid the Pandemic and Cultural Shift in Charleston When the New Season Premieres Thursday, October 29 at 9PM ET/PT
Returning for season seven are charmers Craig Conover, Kathryn Dennis, Austen Kroll, and Shep Rose.

[09/24/20 - 12:31 PM]
TLC's "90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?" Season Five "Tell All" Episodes Premiere After Record Season Ratings
Other upcoming premieres include "HEA Strikes Back!" on Monday, October 5 and "The Family Chantel" on Monday, October 12.