or


[12/02/03 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: December 2
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

CELEBRITY SPELLING BEE (FOX, New!) - The network has greenlighted production on a two-hour special that will feature, as you might have guessed, celebrities competing in a spelling bee for their favorite charities. Brad Lachman ("World's Funniest") is the executive producer of the special, not to be confused with Phil Gurin's "The Great American Spell-Off," which is currently being shopped around to the networks. Casting is underway on the project which FOX executives hope to have ready to air by early 2004.

COUCH CANYON (FOX, New!) - FOX has bought a drama script from Universal Network Television about a group of young therapists in Beverly Hills, California. No additional details were available.

THE DINNER PARTY (FOX, New!) - Lisa Kudrow ("Friends") will executive produce a new drama project at the network from writer Sandy Isaac. FOX has committed to a pilot script to the Warner Bros. Television-based project, which revolves around a Manhattan dinner party that takes place over the course of 24 episodes. Kudrow's producing partner Dan Bucatinsky will also executive produce through the duo's Is or Isn't Entertainment banner.

THE DOORMAN (HBO, New!) - The pay channel has given a script commitment to a new comedy project from brothers John and Nick Turturro. Nick ("N.Y.P.D. Blue," "Third Watch") will star in the half-hour comedy, which is loosely based on his real-life experience as a doorman in New York City, while John will direct.

DRAGON STORM (Sci Fi) - Sci Fi has scheduled the telefilm, which stars Maxwell Caulfield, John Rhys-Davies and Angel Borris, to air Saturday, January 24 at 9:00/8:00c.

FUTURAMA (FOX) - 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the third volume of the animated comedy on DVD on March 9. The four-disc set includes all 22 episodes from the show's third production cycle, episodes of which appeared in the third, fourth and fifth "broadcast" seasons all in 4:3 full screen transfers and Dolby 2.0 surround. Extras include audio commentary on each episode from the cast and crew, 17 deleted scenes, three easter eggs, storyboard images from the episode "Parasites Lost," alternate animation commentary for the episode "Roswell that Ends Well," still gallery/character art, the animatic from the episode "Anthology of Interest II," international clips, and nine 3D models sequences. The suggested retail price will be $49.95.

THE INSIDER (Syndication) - The "Entertainment Tonight" spin-off has been cleared in 80% of the country, most of which (61%) will air the series in the 7:00/6:00c hour beginning in fall 2004. Of those stations carrying both "ET" and "Insider," 71% will pair both series together. Paramount is expected to rake in close to $1 million per week for the series making it profitable from the start of its run.

MAKING THE BAND 2 (MTV) - The show's upcoming third season will be its last according to a report on MTV.com. The new season will feature the "new" band as they move into P Diddy's house.

NATIONAL LAMPOON'S GREEK GAMES (GSN, New!) - The Game Show Network will partner with the National Lampoon Network to produce a two-hour special that will pit fraternities and sororities against each other in a slew of absurd sports. Network executives are targeting a July or August air date for the special to coincide with the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Scheduled "events" include the pita bread discus toss, the Souvlaki high hurdles and Greek olive oil wrestling.

THE SIMPLE LIFE (FOX) - 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the complete first season of the reality series on DVD on January 20, shortly after the show wraps its seven-episode run on FOX. The single-disc, double-sided disc includes all seven episodes of the series plus five outtakes: "Paris and Nicole Pack For The Trip," "The Taxidermist Job," "Shopping at Buffalo Bill's Store," "Can Opener," and "The Vet." The episodes will be presented in 4:3 full screen and English Stereo sound with a suggested retail price of $19.98.

STEALING (FOX, New!) - Writers David Simkins ("Freakylinks") and Jeff King have landed a script commitment from FOX for a new drama that follows the inner workings of an "Ocean's Eleven"-type heist planned over an entire season. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the project, additional details of which were not available.

UNTITLED AISHA TYLER PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Aisha Tyler will team with her recent "Friends" co-star Lisa Kudrow for a new workplace comedy at the Eye. Kudrow will executive produce the project with Tyler attached to star. Bill Martin and Mike Schiff ("Grounded for Life") will write the pilot, which is described as being along the lines of a 21st century "Mary Tyler Moore Show."

UNTITLED BYER/HANCOCK PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Melissa Byer and Treena Hancock have snagged a script commitment at the Alphabet network for a new drama that tracks the season-long pursuit of a serial killer by an F.B.I. agent. Robert Nathan is attached to executive produce the project, which comes from Universal Network Television.

UNTITLED JUSTIN LIN PROJECT (WB, New!) - Writer/director Justin Lin ("Better Luck Tomorrow") is set to team with uber-producer Aaron Spelling for a new drama at the Frog described as a multicultural take on the college experience. Lin will write and executive produce the Spelling Television project, which has a script commitment from the WB.

UNTITLED MICK FOLEY PROJECT (CBS, New!) - The former WWE star, best known as "Mankind," is reportedly close to being the centerpiece of a new action-adventure drama at the Eye from writer Teddy Tenenbaum ("The Demonologist"). Should it go forward Foley would play a detective in the Tampa Police Department who's just as ruthless as the criminals he hunts down. Fellow WWEers Vince and Linda McMahon as well as Joel Simon and Jed Blaugrund are also attached to the project, described as a 21st century take on "The Rockford Files," which comes from CBS Productions. It's not clear if the entire project is contingent on Foley landing the role or if producers will seek a different actor should his upcoming read for CBS brass not go well.

UNTITLED RICKI LAKE PROJECT (CBS) - Jennifer Crittenden ("Everybody Loves Raymond," "Seinfeld") has signed on to write Ricki Lake's untitled comedy pilot at the network. Crittenden will also executive produce the project, a workplace comedy starring Lake as a human interest reporter. Paramount Network Television, where Crittenden is based, is also on board to produce.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [december 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· COUCH CANYON (FOX)
· DEMONOLOGIST (NBC)
· DINNER PARTY, THE (FOX)
· DOORMAN, THE (HBO)
· DRAGON STORM (SYFY)
· ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT (SYNDICATION)
· EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (CBS)
· FREAKYLINKS (FOX)
· FRIENDS (NBC)
· FUTURAMA (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· GROUNDED FOR LIFE (WB)
· MAKING THE BAND (MTV)
· NYPD BLUE (ABC)
· OMG! INSIDER (SYNDICATION)
· SERIAL (ABC)
· SIMPLE LIFE, THE (E)
· STATE (WB)
· STEALING (FOX)
· THIRD WATCH (NBC)
· UNTITLED AISHA TYLER PROJECT (CBS)
· UNTITLED LONG & STALEY PROJECT (CBS)
· UNTITLED MICK FOLEY PROJECT (CBS)











[05/21/15 - 03:43 PM]
Updated: ABC's 2014-15 Primetime Ratings
ABC further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/21/15 - 03:27 PM]
Kickstarter Sensation "Kung Fury" Delivers Bad to the Bone 80's Action, Artistry and Hilarity... and El Rey Is the Only Place on Your TV Badass Enough to Show It
An official selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the visually spectacular 30-minute action comedy was created by Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg and backed by the Kickstarter community.

[05/21/15 - 02:26 PM]
Update: NBC Wins the 2014-15 Primetime Season in Adults 18-49, Claims Its Second Consecutive September-to-May Crown
NBC further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/21/15 - 02:09 PM]
Final: ABC's 2015 May Sweep Ratings
ABC further spins the numbers for the May sweeps period.

[05/21/15 - 01:40 PM]
Hulu's "The Hotwives of Las Vegas" Cast Announced
The second season is set to premiere exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus with episodes to stream weekly starting on Tuesday, August 18.

[05/21/15 - 01:01 PM]
Video: Watch Your Pack! MTV's "Teen Wolf" Season Five Trailer Has Arrived!
Look for the special two night premiere on Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30.

[05/21/15 - 11:21 AM]
The World Premiere of "Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail" Debuts June 13 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central
For fans that can't wait for Ross' new material, the special will be available on June 13 on CC: Stand-Up Direct.

[05/21/15 - 11:04 AM]
Special Companion Piece Editions of "Extreme Weight Loss" -- "Love Can't Weight" -- To Premiere June 23 on ABC
David Tutera, Rocco DiSpirito and "Duff" Goldman will guest star as part of the couple's "Wedding Dream Team."

[05/21/15 - 10:58 AM]
The Final Broadcast of the "Late Show with David Letterman" Delivers 13.76 Million Viewers - Its Largest Audience Since 1994
CBS spins the late-night numbers for Wednesday, May 20.

[05/21/15 - 10:12 AM]
TLC Signs on for a New Season of "Our Little Family"
The network ordered eight hour-long episodes and a one-hour special with the family answering behind-the-scenes questions, slated to premiere in September 2015.

[05/21/15 - 09:14 AM]
HGTV and DIY Network Renew Five Series
The former's "Island Life" and "Island Hunters" and the latter's "Texas Flip and Move," "Garage Gold" and "Building Alaska" are all due back.

[05/21/15 - 09:02 AM]
USA Network to Air Academy Award(R)-Winning Film "Born on the Fourth of July" with an Introduction by Academy Award-Nominated Actor Tom Cruise
In commemoration of Memorial Day, the groundbreaking film will air on USA Network, Saturday, May 23 at 7/6c and feature a special, new introduction from lead actor Tom Cruise.

[05/21/15 - 08:57 AM]
"Mysteries of Laura" Captures Its Top Results Since February 25
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, May 20.

[05/21/15 - 08:31 AM]
ABC's "500 Questions" Opens Solidly Against CBS' "Survivor" Finale
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, May 20.

[05/21/15 - 08:24 AM]
Fan-Driven Programming Marathon & Twitter Party Planned for "Fixer Upper" on Memorial Day Weekend
In addition, fans of the series can live tweet with stars Chip and Joanna Gaines from 7 p. m. to 8 p.m. ET/PT using #FixerUpper.