or


[07/21/03 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: July 21
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

CAVEDWELLER (Showtime) - Aidan Quinn, singer Jill Scott and Sherilyn Fenn will join Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon in the pay channel's latest original movie. The project, an adaptation of Dorothy Allison's novel of the same name, centers on Delia (Sedgwick), a woman who leaves her abusive husband (Quinn) and their two young daughters to join a rock group as a singer-songwriter and starts a new life. Grammy-nominated Scott will play another member of the rock group and a close friend of Delia's while Fenn will play Delia's hometown friend. Lisa Cholodenko is set to direct "Cavedweller" from a script by Anne Meredith. Sedgwick is executive producing the film with Orly Adelson and David Yudain.

HACK (CBS) - Matt Czuchry ("Young Americans") and Jacqueline Torres ("F/X: The Series") have joined the cast of the drama, both in recurring roles. Czuchry will play a young hustler who occasionally helps Mike Olshansky (David Morse) with his investigations while Torres will play Olshansky's next-door neighbor, a nun-turned-probation officer.

LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (NBC) - Samantha Buck ("Third Watch") is set to appear in six episodes of the series' upcoming third season. She'll take over for Kathryn Erbe as Vincent D'Onofrio's partner on the "Law & Order" spin-off while the actress takes time off to give birth to her second child. Erbe's pregnancy will be worked into the storyline and the actress has already filmed four episodes of the new season. Buck will then make her debut in the fifth episode this season as Det. Bishop, an ambitious detective who sees the Major Case Squad as a stepping stone in her career. It follows then that Erbe will return for the 11th installment this season.

THE RESTAURANT (NBC) - American Express, Mitsubishi Motors and Coors Brewing Co. will all be featured advertisers on the Peacock's latest reality series as their products will be integrated into the on-camera proceedings. The arrangement allowed NBC to produce the show at no cost and half of its ad revenue will go straight to the Peacock.

UNTITLED JOHN STAMOS PROJECT - Actor John Stamos ("Thieves") has inked a one-year development deal with Brad Gray TV and 20th Century Fox Television to star in and possibly produce a comedy show developed for him targeted for a fall 2004 launch.

UNTITLED RYAN SEACREST PROJECT (Syndication) - The "American Idol" host's upcoming syndicated talk show has been cleared in all the top markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, raising its overall clearance rate to 65% of the country. The project, from 20 Century Fox Television, is set for a January launch. The company also announced it has added Adam Freeman ("Total Request Live") as a co-executive producer on the series.

THE WINNING SEASON (A.K.A. HONUS AND ME) (TNT) - Matthew Modine ("Expert Witness") is set to play Honus Wager in the cable channel's latest partnership with Johnson & Johnson. Based on Dan Gutman's book "Honus and Me," the project centers on a 12-year-old baseball fan who finds a magic, mint-condition Honus Wagner baseball card. Through it, Wagner visits the boy in the present, and the two go back in time to the 1909 World Series. John Kent Harrison ("You Know My Name") is on board to direct the movie from a script by Steven L. Bloom. The project, from Rosemont Prods., Magna Global Entertainment and Viacom Prods., is scheduled to premiere in the spring.

UNTITLED WWII PACIFIC THEATRE PROJECT (HBO) - The "Band of Brothers" team of Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are close to finalizing a deal for a new 10-hour mini-series about World War II's battles in the Pacific theater. The project, expected to have a $100 million plus budget, is still in the early stages of development at the network. Screenwriter Bruce McKenna, who wrote several installments of "Band of Brothers," is said to be interested in rejoining the "Brothers'" team. The new mini-series is not based on any existing source material but is expected to follow a company of soldiers through the island campaign, much like the European campaign in "Brothers."

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [july 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
· BAND OF BROTHERS (HBO)
· CAVEDWELLER (SHOWTIME)
· EXPERT WITNESS (CBS)
· HACK (CBS)
· LAW & ORDER (NBC)
· LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (USA)
· ON AIR WITH RYAN SEACREST (SYNDICATION)
· PACIFIC, THE (HBO)
· RESTAURANT, THE (NBC)
· THIEVES (ABC)
· THIRD WATCH (NBC)
· WINNING SEASON, THE (TNT)
· YOUNG AMERICANS (WB)





[05/24/16 - 12:57 PM]
Esquire Network Kicks Off Summer with Four-Day "Ninjathon" Over Memorial Day Weekend Begining Friday, May 27 at 7:00AM ET/PT
Fans can relive back-to-back episodes of almost all of seasons five, six and seven of "American Ninja Warrior" as well as all of season one of Esquire Network's record-breaking new show "Team Ninja Warrior."

[05/24/16 - 12:51 PM]
History(R) Supports The Freedmen's Bureau Project Through Partnership with The Smithsonian's NMAAHC and FamilySearch International
The social initiative, "Reading for Roots," is a call to action to encourage viewers to volunteer to transcribe post-Civil War documents.

[05/24/16 - 12:24 PM]
"20/20: In an Instant" - Two-Hour Docudrama Series Returns for Second Season, Premieres June 18 on ABC
"In an Instant" does more than just re-tell heart-pounding first-person accounts of the world's most harrowing tales of survival; it brings them to life with breathtaking dramatizations of the moments before and after life was forever changed.

[05/24/16 - 12:23 PM]
Award-Winning "What Would You Do?" Returns This Summer - New Shows Begin Airing Friday, June 17, on ABC
Hidden-camera fan-favorite "What Would You Do?" returns for 13 weeks this summer with all-new scenarios capturing unsuspecting people's reactions to everyday situations.

[05/24/16 - 10:37 AM]
Elton John, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Blake Shelton, Kobe Bryant and More Join NBC Charity Event "The Red Nose Day Special" May 26
The star-studded charity event, which helps raise awareness and money for kids in need here at home and around the world, will be hosted by Craig Ferguson and features comedy, music and more.

[05/24/16 - 10:31 AM]
"Big Jay Oakerson: Live at Webster Hall" Premieres with Limited Commercial Interruption on Friday, June 17 at Midnight ET/PT on Comedy Central(R)
Leading up to the on-air premiere, Comedy Central Stand-Up and cc.com/BigJay will feature preview clips from the special.

[05/24/16 - 10:16 AM]
Greg Yaitanes Tapped as Showrunner of Discovery's Unabomber Drama "Manifesto"
Lionsgate is teaming with Discovery Channel, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti's Trigger Street for the limited series.

[05/24/16 - 10:10 AM]
New Episodes of CNBC's Hit Series "West Texas Investors Club" Debut Tuesday, June 7th at 10PM ET/PT
The 10 original hour-long episodes feature self-made multimillionaires - Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam who have chosen to pass on their success by investing in promising entrepreneurs - but only on their turf and their terms.

[05/24/16 - 10:04 AM]
"Fargo's" Stunning Second Chapter Gets Marathon on FX
The Saturday, June 4 marathon features all 10 episodes in consecutive order and will run from 10 AM ET/PT to 8 PM ET/PT presented with limited commercial interruption.

[05/24/16 - 09:32 AM]
HGTV's "Flip or Flop" Returns For Season Five on June 9
The 15-episode series follows Tarek and Christina El Moussa as they buy dilapidated houses and turn them into beautiful family homes.

[05/24/16 - 09:30 AM]
LeVar Burton, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Frakes and Ginger Zee Guest Star in Season Two of Disney Junior's Acclaimed Series "Miles from Tomorrowland" Launching Monday, June 20 on Disney Channel
The series charts the outer space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family as they work together to help connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

[05/24/16 - 09:27 AM]
Ovation to Premiere "Hanksy Presents: Surplus Candy" Across Linear, Digital & Social Platforms on June 26
The documentary and digital series capture Hanksy, a well-known street artist, as he and over 50 other street artists transform an abandoned mansion in Los Angeles into a magnificent, and temporary, showcase of graffiti art.

[05/24/16 - 09:07 AM]
More Than 9.4 Million Watched Exaggerator Win Preakness Stakes on NBC - Up 6% from American Pharoah's 2015 Victory
NBC further spins the numbers for Saturday, May 21.

[05/24/16 - 09:02 AM]
BBC America Begins Production on Original Series "Dirk Gently's Holisitic Detective Agency," Starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett
The series is a comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric "holistic" detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Elijah Wood).

[05/24/16 - 09:00 AM]
Spike Toasts Mankind with the Party of the Decade at the 10th Annual "Guys Choice"
The A-list, ultimate guys night out, tapes Saturday, June 4 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA and premieres Thursday, June 9.