or


[02/02/04 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: February 2
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

AWFULLY PRETTY (UPN, New!) - The netlet is developing a new reality series which follows a group of men as they are transformed into women by their wives or girlfriends. Bruce Nash and his Nash Entertainment ("For Love or Money," "Who Wants to Marry My Dad?") are behind the project, which tracks the men as they live together in a house and are forced to live as women 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The project will also have a competitive aspect as each week the players will be put into various scenarios where they'll learn what it's like to live as a woman. Those that don't pass said tests will be eliminated, one by one, for an undetermined prize.

CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (A.K.A. UNTITLED JOHN GOODMAN PROJECT) (CBS) - John Goodman's comedy project at the Eye has been given a title and a green light to produce a pilot. The series stars Goodman as a family man who tries to keep the peace with his extended Chicago kin. Mitchel Katlin and Nat Bernstein (of the short-lived UPN comedy "Abby") will write and executive produce the project, which comes from Eric and Kim Tannenbaum's the Tannenbaum Co., Warner Bros. Television and CBS Productions.

THE GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW (ABC) - The Alphabet has ramped up its commitment to the comedy, ordering four additional episodes of the series. The pick-up brings its third season total to 28 episodes. ABC previously extended the show's season to 24 installments back in December (read the story).

EMPIRE (ABC) - Jonathan Cake ("The American Embassy") and Santiago Cabrera ("MI-5") have been cast in the lead roles of the upcoming drama series, which chronicles the power struggle in Rome following the murder of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. Cake will play Teranus, a disgraced gladiator who has sworn to protect Caesar's 17-year-old great-nephew Gaius Octavius (Cabrera) as they battle general Marc Antony for control of Rome. According to ancient history, Octavius was the grandson of Caesar's sister Julia and eventually became the famed Roman emperor Augustus in 27 B.C. Thomas Wheeler created the series and will executive produce along with Chip Johannessen ("Millennuium") and Storyline's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron ("The Music Man").

GOING DOWN: THE RISE AND FALL OF HEIDI FLEISS (USA) - The cable channel has scheduled its biopic of the famed Hollywood madam (played by "The Sopranos'" Jamie-Lynn DiScala) for Monday, March 29 at 9:00/8:00c.

HOLLYWOOD DIVISION (FOX) - Nathan Fillion ("Firefly") has been tapped to replace Matthew Settle as Det. Tommy Garrett in the drama pilot, which revolves around young detectives who infiltrate a Hollywood high school as well as go undercover inside the seedy side of young show business. James Foley ("At Close Range") has also come on board to direct the pilot, which comes from Universal Television and executive producers Barry Schindel ("Robbery Homicide Division") and Rob Port ("10-8").

HOME & HARDWARE (NBC) - Eric Christian Olsen ("Dumb and Dumberer") has been cast opposite Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") in comedy pilot, which revolves around the relationship between a brother and sister who haven't spoken in 18 months.

HUB (NBC) - David Paetkau ("Final Destination 2") is set to join Blair Underwood in the pilot, an ensemble drama set behind the scenes at an international airport.

LIFE & STYLE (Syndication) - The WB 100+ Station Group has cleared the Sony Pictures Television-produced talk show for its fall 2004 schedule. The station group represents 109 stations reaching 9 million households and exclusively serves markets ranked 100-210 by Nielsen Media Research. "Life & Style" will air along with "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" as part of its WB Daytime block. Sony recently cleared the talk show on stations in the Viacom, Tribune and Gannett groups, among others.

MISTER ED (FOX) - David Alan Basche ("Three Sisters") is set as Wilbur Post in FOX's update of the 1961-66 CBS comedy. The project, which has been in development for over a year, was given a green light to produce a pilot last week. Marty Adelstein, Dawn Parouse and Neal Moritz of the 20th Century Fox Television-based Original Television are behind the project, which will be written and executive produced by Jack Handey ("Saturday Night Live").

THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW (Syndication) - Oprah's 50th birthday bash delivered an impressive 11.4 rating and 25 share across the metered markets on Friday, its best score since 1996. "Oprah" also won its time period in 54 of the 55 metered markets.

SAINT LOUIE (A.K.A. UNTITLED LOUIS C.K. PROJECT) (CBS) - The Eye has greenlighted a pilot for its comedy project starring comedian Louis C.K. "Saint Louie," which comes from Warner Bros. Television and Mohawk Productions. The project centers on the lives of a bright New York couple who overcomplicate the raising of their 2-year-old child. Bruce Rasmussen ("The Drew Carey Show," "Norm") will serve as executive producer/showrunner of the series along with Mohawk's Bruce Helford and Deborah Oppenheimer. Louie C.K. ("Cedric the Entertainer Presents") himself will write the pilot along with Helford and Rasmussen.

THE SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW (Syndication) - While an official statement has yet to be released by distributor Warner Bros. Television, various sources have indicated the freshman talk show will not return this fall. The news comes on the heels of the announcement that the show's original station launch group, Tribune, will not renew the show for next season. "Osbourne" has averaged a 1.4 household rating since its premiere, where it has done especially well among adults 18-34 (1.3 rating).

SIXTEEN TO LIFE (CBS) - The failed WB comedy pilot is being redeveloped by CBS as a possible vehicle for teen star Hilary Duff. The project revolves around a blue-collar teenage girl who takes care of her father, a la "Pretty in Pink." Sprague grayden ("John Doe") and Jon Tenney ("Get Real") played the lead roles in the WB version, which was written by Rob Lotterstein ("Grosse Pointe") and the late Ellen Idelson. Lotterstein will continue to develop the new version along with Acme Productions' Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel ("Reba") and 20th Century Fox Television.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [february 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· 10-8 (ABC)
· ABBY (UPN)
· AMERICAN EMBASSY, THE (FOX)
· AMERICANA (NBC)
· AWFULLY PRETTY (UPN)
· BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (UPN)
· CALL ME: THE RISE AND FALL OF HEIDI FLEISS (USA)
· CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER PRESENTS (FOX)
· CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (CBS)
· DREW CAREY SHOW, THE (ABC)
· ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· EMPIRE (ABC)
· FIREFLY (FOX)
· FOR LOVE OR MONEY (NBC)
· GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW, THE (ABC)
· GET REAL (FOX)
· GROSSE POINTE (WB)
· HOLLYWOOD DIVISION (FOX)
· JOHN DOE (FOX)
· LAX (NBC)
· LIFE & STYLE (SYNDICATION)
· MEREDITH WILSON'S THE MUSIC MAN (ABC)
· MI-5 (BBC AMERICA)
· MR. ED (FOX)
· NORM (ABC)
· OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· REBA (CW)
· ROBBERY HOMICIDE DIVISION (CBS)
· SAINT LOUIE (CBS)
· SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· SIXTEEN TO LIFE (CBS)
· SOPRANOS, THE (HBO)
· THREE SISTERS (NBC)
· UNTITLED HILARY DUFF PROJECT (CBS)
· WHO WANTS TO MARRY MY DAD? (NBC)











[01/29/15 - 04:13 PM]
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Cast as a Series Regular on the CBS Summer Drama Series "Extant" for Season Two
Morgan will play JD Richter, a roguish womanizer and a cop of the future who is a mercenary/bounty hunter.

[01/29/15 - 04:07 PM]
Video: E! Unveils Super Bowl Spot for "The Royals"
The spot offers a glimpse inside the high stakes, decadent world of the show's fictional British royal family, including leading cast members Elizabeth Hurley, Alexandra Park and William Moseley.

[01/29/15 - 03:45 PM]
FOX Fires Up February with All-New Episodes, Season Finales and Special Guest Stars
Highlights include the "Mulaney" (February 15), "Sleepy Hollow" (February 23) and "MasterChef Junior" (February 24) season finales.

[01/29/15 - 01:20 PM]
Video: First MTV Movie Awards Promo with Amy Schumer and Anna Kendrick
The 24th annual "2015 MTV Movie Awards" will air live on Sunday, April 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

[01/29/15 - 01:00 PM]
Rachael Taylor the Latest to Join "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones"
She'll play Patricia "Trish" Walker, a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as "Patsy" Walker.

[01/29/15 - 11:34 AM]
ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to Debut Musical "Mash Up Mondays" Starting February 2
Every Monday in February, once-in-a-lifetime musical performances will be created showcasing two artists paired up to form one unlikely supergroup.

[01/29/15 - 11:23 AM]
VH1 Moves "Mob Wives" and "Hindsight" to New Times on Wednesday Nights
Both series will now air one hour earlier at 8:00/7:00c and 9:00/8:00c, respectively.

[01/29/15 - 10:35 AM]
"The Tonight Show" and "Late Night" Dominate ABC, CBS Timeslot Competition for Week of Jan. 19-23
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of January 19-23.

[01/29/15 - 10:13 AM]
"Nightline" Is #1 for the Week - Ranks #1 in Total Viewers 13 of Last 14 Weeks
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of January 19-23.

[01/29/15 - 10:12 AM]
Five Greenlights, Two Renewals, And a Premiere! Comedy Central(R) Announces CC:Studios Development Slate
Available now on cc.com is "Roustabout," a comedic travelogue that follows Kurt Braunohler as he jet skis from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money for charity.

[01/29/15 - 10:00 AM]
A Disney Princess Inspired by Latin Cultures, "Elena of Avalor," Will Be Introduced in 2016 on Disney Junior Channels and Programming Blocks Around the World
The role of 16-year-old Princess Elena, the bold, caring, funny and clever ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor, will be voiced by Aimee Carrero.

[01/29/15 - 09:50 AM]
Debut Episode of Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect Mobile Game Premieres Today on the App Store
Said Kurt Sutter, "It's finally fucking here. It's awesome. Play it. Live it. Be the prospect."

[01/29/15 - 08:47 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Continues Its Reign for FOX
The network's newcomer equals last week's series high among adults 18-49.

[01/29/15 - 08:47 AM]
"Chicago P.D." Captures Its Biggest Overall Audience for a Rebroadcast Since April 16, Its Second-Biggest to Date
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, January 28.

[01/29/15 - 08:15 AM]
"Shark Week" Returns to Discovery Channel on July 5
A summer long celebration of all things shark, this year's edition will deliver more hours of all new, visually-stunning and informative shark-filled specials than ever before.