or


[04/18/03 - 12:00 AM]
Pilot Update: April 18
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

The Family Friendly Programming Forum is considering 15 scripts from four of the major broadcast networks for funding through its Family Friendly Script Development Fund. The Forum, which consists of 40 major national advertisers, is designed to encourage the broadcast networks to, as you might have guessed, develop more family friendly programming. Previous recipients include the WB's "Gilmore Girls" and "Family Affair," NBC's "American Dreams," as well as ABC's "Eight Simple Rules" and "Veritas: The Quest."

The fund works by giving seed money to the broadcast networks to purchase family friendly scripts deemed worthy by the Programming Forum. Those scripts that get pilot orders then return the money to the fund for the following development season. Those that then make it to series then have the group's seal of approval of being "safe" for viewers to watch with their families. The idea is that since the Programming Fund eats the cost of any failed family-friendly scripts, networks are more likely to develop programming that fits the group's profile.

Among the submitted scripts:

The WB: "Immediate Family" (Spelling TV), "Eddie's Father" (Warner Bros. TV/Pariah), "Run of the House" (Warner Bros. TV/The Tannenbaum Co.), "Exit 9" (Warner Bros. TV) and "Like Family" (Warner Bros. TV), all of which have pilot orders for fall 2003 consideration. Also submitted was "Mr. Logan" (Paramount Pictures TV), starring Bow Wow, which has been pushed back to midseason.

CBS: "Family Show" (Sony) and "Untitled Rob Long/Dan Staley Project," about a widower with two kids who works at the family bar (Paramount). Both are cast-contigent pilot orders.

NBC: "Untitled Tracy Morgan Project" (Carsey-Werner-Mandabach/NBC Studios/SNL Studios), which has received a pilot order.

While there is no limit to the number of scripts the group would deem family friendly, the amount of reimbursement money is limited to how many advertisers participate in the Fund. This year, 16 companies are participating. Previous contributors include AT&T, FedEX, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg, PepsiCo., Sears, Sprint and Verizon.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [april 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· AMERICAN DREAMS (NBC)
· EDDIE'S FATHER (WB)
· EIGHT SIMPLE RULES (ABC)
· EXIT 9 (WB)
· FAMILY AFFAIR (WB)
· FAMILY SHOW (CBS)
· GILMORE GIRLS (CW)
· LIKE FAMILY (WB)
· RUN OF THE HOUSE (WB)
· SAVING JASON (WB)
· SUMMERLAND (WB)
· TRACY MORGAN SHOW, THE (NBC)
· UNTITLED LONG & STALEY PROJECT (CBS)
· VERITAS: THE QUEST (ABC)









[04/17/15 - 01:16 PM]
NBC's "The Night Shift" Collaborates with First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Joining Forces
The First Lady and Dr. Biden will also appear in the show's episode airing on Monday, May 4.

[04/17/15 - 11:47 AM]
CBS Announces 2014-2015 Season Finale Storylines, Featuring Dramatic Conclusions, Big Reveals and a Couple of Weddings
The Eye details its May sweeps programming highlights (SPOILERS!).

[04/17/15 - 10:20 AM]
Spike TV Partners with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Horizon Television to Develop Family Drama "Harvest"
The project centers on a mild-mannered cemetery caretaker who finds his small town life in jeopardy when his estranged, criminal father tracks him down.

[04/17/15 - 09:04 AM]
The Black Eyed Peas & ESPN Collaborate to Make 2015 NBA Playoffs "Awesome"
The broadcast open stars The Black Eyed Peas members' will.i.am, Taboo and apl.de.ap and features their hit single "Awesome," which they wrote for the NBA Playoffs and to capture the energy and excitement of the action.

[04/17/15 - 09:01 AM]
Live + 3 Day Ratings: ABC's "Secrets and Lies" Spikes 62% to Move Ahead of NBC's "A.D." in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Sunday, April 12.

[04/17/15 - 08:55 AM]
"Dateline" Delivers NBC's Top Total-Viewer Result in the Thursday 10 P.M. Hour in 11 Weeks
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, April 16.

[04/17/15 - 08:37 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Bang Theory" Keeps CBS on Top
The Eye once again leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[04/17/15 - 08:33 AM]
ABC's "Scandal" Returns Up and Wins Its Hour Among Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, April 16.

[04/17/15 - 08:22 AM]
LION BABE Covers Legendary Chicago Artist Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up" for ESPN's NFL Draft
"Chicago has such a great music tradition and since the draft is here for the first time, we really wanted to use the song of a legendary artist from this city," said Kevin Wilson.

[04/17/15 - 08:04 AM]
TLC's "My 600-lb Life" Renewed for Season Four Following Highest Rated Season Ever
Currently in production for season four, the series will return to TLC with ten all new episodes and compelling weight loss stories in 1Q 2016.

[04/17/15 - 06:32 AM]
Early Look at BBC America's New Drama "The Last Kingdom" Coming in 2015
The project is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series of novels "The Saxon Stories," by award-winning writer Stephen Butchard.

[04/16/15 - 03:20 PM]
Jennifer Lopez to Be Honored with the Hero Award at the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards
Additionally, Rachel Platten will perform her single "Fight Song" as the RDMA Heroes for Change award is presented to two Radio Disney listeners in recognition of their efforts to make a difference in their communities.

[04/16/15 - 02:43 PM]
CMT Announces Plans to Produce Its First-Ever Music Video for an Artist
At a CMT event today in Nashville, the brand announced it will produce the music video for Chris Janson's summer anthem, "Buy Me A Boat," with plans to add the video to heavy rotation.

[04/16/15 - 01:26 PM]
Netflix's "The Get Down" - Baz Luhrmann Discovers His New Leading Lady
Herizen Guardiola will star as "Mylene Cruz," a shining, tenacious girl with a voice from God who dreams of disco stardom from the confines of her family's fiercely religious church walls.

[04/16/15 - 12:20 PM]
Pop Announces Initial Line-Up of Presenters for 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
The line-up of presenters will include Regis Philbin, Steve Harvey, Marie Osmond, Craig Ferguson, Deidre Hall, Nancy O'Dell, Shemar Moore and Alex Trebek.