or


[10/21/03 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: October 21
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

AMBUSH MAKEOVER (Syndication) - Banyan Productions ("Trading Spaces") has been given the go ahead to produce 40 additional episodes of the series. "Ambush," a makeover series currently airing on a select group of Fox owned-and-operated stations, bowed in June.

COMMANDO NANNY (WB, New!) - "Survivor" executive producer Mark Burnett is once again trying to get into the scripted game, landing a put pilot commitment for a new comedy at the Frog. The project is inspired by Burnett's real life experience as a young ex-British commando who moved to the U.S. and became the nanny of a posh Beverly Hills family. The Warner Bros. Television-based producer hasn't yet found a writer for the pilot which will rely heavily on the "fish out of water" aspect to the story. Burnett, who will executive produce the project with partner Conrad Riggs, spent the past development season on the reality/scripted hybrid "Are We There Yet?"

GLOBAL FREQUENCY (WB, New!) - Mark Burnett ("Survivor") and John Rogers ("The Core") are set to team for a small screen adaptation of Warren Ellis' DC/Wildstorm comic book of the same name. The comic revolves around "an independent defense intelligence organization connected by a worldwide telecommunications web that uses ordinary individuals as agents around the world to fight black ops projects, unexplained phenomena and other problems the government agencies have struggled with," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Warner Bros. Television is behind the project, which has a script commitment at the network.

NOWHERE (ABC, New!) - Feature writer Jeff Lieber ("Tuck Everlasting") and producer Aaron Spelling are set to team for a new drama project that focuses on what happens when 35 people survive a horrific plane crash, find themselves stranded on a Pacific island and are forced to build a new society. Lieber will write and executive produce the project, which has a premium script commitment, for Spelling and Touchstone Television. The series, which is targeted for fall 2004, plans to focus heavily on nine of the survivors, particularly two half-brothers who have recently met after the death of their father.

THE REAGANS (CBS) - The Eye has scheduled the four-hour mini-series for Sunday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 18 at 9:00/8:00c.

SMALLVILLE/FEARLESS (WB) - "Fearless" regular Ian Somerhalder has signed on to appear in six episodes of "Smallville" this season while the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama is being retooled. He'll play Adam, a young man that lost his parents in a fire who winds up bonding with Kristin Kreuk's character. Somerhalder's first episode is likely to air in January. (Special thanks to the folks at KryptonSite.com for this news.)

THE SURREAL LIFE (WB) - The Frog has revealed the cast for the second season of its reality series. Among those involved are former televangelist's wife Tammy Faye Messner, porn legend Ron Jeremy, rapper Vanilla Ice, "ChiPs" icon Erik Estrada, former "Baywatch" actress Traci Bingham and "Real World: Las Vegas" cast member Trishelle. Six episodes are set to be produced for the new season, each of which will feature a weekly celebrity guest star. Cris Abrego, Rick Telles, Mark Cronin, Jay Renfroe and David Garfinkle are the executive producers of the series, which comes from Mindless Entertainment and Brass Ring Entertainment.

UNTITLED GLENN GORDON CARON PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Glenn Gordon Caron ("Now & Again") has set up his first-ever project at the Peacock, a drama series about a woman with psychic abilities. Caron will write and executive produce the project, which is based on the life of Allison DuBois, a self-described "research medium and criminal profiler" based in Arizona. The series will then explore how an ordinary woman comes to balance her "gift" with being a wife (to a scientist no less) and mother. Kelsey Grammer and Steve Stark of the former's Paramount-based Grammnet Productions are also on board as executive producers of the project, which has a premium script commitment with a small penalty attached should it not go to pilot.

UNTITLED GODFREY DANCHIMAH PROJECT (ABC, New!) - 7UP pitchman and comedian Godfrey Danchimah has signed a talent holding deal with Alphabet network to topline a comedy project for the network targeted for fall 2004.

UNTITLED LYNDA LOPEZ PROJECT (Syndication, New!) - Universal Domestic Television is looking to develop a new syndicated vehicle for Lynda Lopez, the sister of pop diva/actress Jennifer Lopez. The project will feature four hosts who will discuss pop culture, news, lifestyle, celebrities, beauty and fashion. Casting is underway to round out the rest of the hosts. Jennifer Lopez herself (through her Nuyorican production banner) will produce the project along the company's Julio Caro. It's expected the series will be pitched to the various NBC owned-and-operated stations however UDT, the talent agency that packaged the deal, also has a pact with Tribune Entertainment to co-develop at least one first-run project for the Tribune stations for fall 2004.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [october 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· AMBUSH MAKEOVER (SYNDICATION)
· ARE WE THERE YET? (WB)
· BAYWATCH (SYNDICATION)
· COMMANDO NANNY (WB)
· FEARLESS (WB)
· GLOBAL FREQUENCY (WB)
· LOST (ABC)
· MEDIUM (CBS)
· NOW & AGAIN (CBS)
· REAGANS, THE (SHOWTIME)
· REAL WORLD, THE (MTV)
· SMALLVILLE (CW)
· SURREAL LIFE, THE (VH1)
· SURVIVOR (CBS)
· UNTITLED GODFREY DANCHIMAN PROJECT (ABC)
· UNTITLED LYNDA LOPEZ PROJECT (SYNDICATION)





[07/26/17 - 09:02 AM]
Award-Winning Filmmaker Ava DuVernay Expands Creative Partnership with Oprah Winfrey Via First-Look Deal with Harpo Films for Television and Digital Media
Additionally, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced it has renewed for a third season DuVernay's critically acclaimed original drama series "Queen Sugar."

[07/26/17 - 09:00 AM]
Lynn Sadofsky Joins Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel Programming Teams
Sadofsky will work with programmers to develop new series, manage show production and cultivate new talent.

[07/26/17 - 08:30 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Got Talent" Coast to Victory
The Peacock once again eclipses the competition in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[07/26/17 - 06:02 AM]
AMC Launches The Walking Dead Fan Rewards Club and The Walking Dead Subscription Box (Working Title) in September
The latter service will be $49.99 each quarter and fans can begin signing up in late September.

[07/25/17 - 02:33 PM]
Video: National Geographic Summer TCA Trailers
Get your first look at scripted entries "The Long Road Home," "The State" and more!

[07/25/17 - 01:09 PM]
Legendary Survivalist Les Stroud Set to Return to TV in "Alaska's Grizzly Gauntlet" on Nat Geo WILD
"Les Stroud has inspired millions of people to explore the wild like no one else," said Geoff Daniels.

[07/25/17 - 01:08 PM]
National Geographic Begins Filming Season 2 of the Critically Acclaimed Series "Mars"
This second season's six-part arc jumps ahead several years into the future after the Daedalus astronauts have built a full-fledged colony - Olympus Town.

[07/25/17 - 01:07 PM]
National Geographic and Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron Mark 20th Anniversary of Blockbuster Film Titanic with One-Hour Documentary Global Event Special
"Titanic: 20th Anniversary" will look back at all the critical choices made during the film and put them to the test against a wealth of new sources - including new underwater footage, computer-generated simulation and scholarly research.

[07/25/17 - 01:06 PM]
National Geographic Honors Pioneering Primatologist's Legacy in "Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist," with Journal Entries Read by Sigourney Weaver
This is the story of one woman's extraordinary destiny, new insights into her murder and her battle to save the greatest primate on Earth.

[07/25/17 - 01:05 PM]
National Geographic Announces New Season of "StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson" Following Third Emmy(R) Nomination to Return in October
Each episode features an intimate interview between Tyson and a guest from pop culture, politics, sports or news, in which they discuss how science and technology have affected their lives and careers.

[07/25/17 - 01:04 PM]
Nat Geo WILD Unleashes the Wild Side of Costa Rica in New Season of Digital Series "Untamed"
In its second season, "Untamed" will give audiences an immersive experience into the most unique and unimaginable wildlife stories that Costa Rica has to offer.

[07/25/17 - 01:03 PM]
Nat Geo WILD Greenlights "The Road to Westminster," An All-Access Look at What It Takes to Be Best in Show
This is a peek behind the curtain of the Super Bowl for dogs.

[07/25/17 - 01:02 PM]
National Geographic, Martha Raddatz, and Lincoln Square Productions Announce Greenlight of Companion Documentary Special to Upcoming Drama "The Long Road Home"
"The Long Road Home" scripted series and its companion documentary special will air globally in November.

[07/25/17 - 01:01 PM]
National Geographic Documentary Films Presents "Diana: In Her Own Words"
The special weaves archival footage and photography with these rarely heard recordings and is the latest presentation under the National Geographic Documentary Films banner.

[07/25/17 - 11:04 AM]
Season Four of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's "Broad City" Premieres Wednesday, September 13 at 10:30 P.M. ET/PT on Comedy Central(R)
The series moves back from its previously announced Wednesday, August 23 premiere.