or


[04/06/05 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: April 6
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our newly revamped "Series in Development" charts. Visitors can now filter our listings by network, genre and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!

14 HOURS (TNT) - The telefilm, which stars Rick Schroder and JoBeth Williams, was seen by 3.9 million viewers during its premiere on Sunday.

BRAVO MAY EVENTS (Bravo) - Bravo has released its preliminary May schedule, which includes a mix of premieres, finales and marathons. Kicking off things is the season finale of "Project Greenlight" on Thursday, May 12 at 10:00/9:00c. Earlier in the week, viewers can catch a previously unaired episode of "Queer Eye for the Straight Girl" on a special night and time: Sunday, May 8 at 11:00/10:00c. Later in May, fans of "Blow Out" can gear up for the show's return in June with two marathons of its six-episode freshman run (Sunday, May 22 starting at 11:00 a.m. eastern and Friday, May 27 beginning at noon eastern). Finally, "Sports Kids Moms & Dads," the third installment in the network's "Moms & Dads's" franchise," is set to launch on Tuesday, May 31 at 11:00/10:00c.

CRUMBS (ABC) - The comedy pilot, about two estranged brothers - one gay, one straight (Eddie McClintock, Fred Savage) - who are forced to come together and run the family business when their parents (Jane Curtin, William Devane) get divorced, is scheduled to tape on Tuesday, April 26 at the CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles. In addition, Ted Wass ("I'm With Her") has been tapped to direct the project, which comes from creator Marco Pennette and Touchstone Television-based producers Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin. Maggie Lawson also stars.

HBO MAY EVENTS (HBO) - The pay channel has confirmed various dates and events on its May schedule. First up, viewers can look for the spring finale of "Real Time With Bill Maher" on Friday, May 13 at 11:00/10:00c. Not to worry, "Maher" returns with 11 new episodes beginning Friday, August 19. That same night at 9:00/8:00c sees the launch of "Costas Now," the revamped monthly version of "On the Record With Bob Costas." Later that month, "Deadwood" wraps its season on Sunday, May 22 at 9:00/8:00c with the two-night, two-part mini-series "Empire Falls" on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 (both beginning at 9:00/8:00c.

HOME INTERVENTION (A.K.A. DESIGN INTERVENTION) (NBC) - The backdoor pilot special has been slated to air on Sunday, April 17 at 7:00/6:00c. Here's how NBC's press materials describe the project: "In this new special, Vern Yip ("Trading Spaces") comes to the rescue of a family that has lost all hope -- and become nearly bankrupt in their quest to build a home. Yip meets Randy Rutledge, who bought a piece of land with his wife a decade earlier and intended to build their dream house. Since that initial purchase, life got in the way and the house was never finished. Meanwhile, the Rutledge family expanded to include two children and their pets, all attempting to live in a house with gaping holes, no bathroom doors and no kitchen. Yip arrives with his team of contractors and builders to help Rutledge finally finish the house of his dreams and regain some self-respect in the process. Rutledge must still do the work -- but now he has a much larger team supporting him. With the help of Yip, the family has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get his project back on track."

NEWLYWEDS: NICK & JESSICA (MTV) - 3.43 million viewers tuned into the show's swan song last Wednesday, including a strong 1.9 rating/5 share among adults 18-49.

UNTITLED DAVID ISAACS/KEN LEVINE PROJECTS (New!) - Writer/producers David Isaacs and Ken Levine ("Frasier," "The Simpsons") have signed a premium two-script deal with HBO Independent Productions. The pact calls for the duo to develop two half-hour comedy projects, one featuring British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili for FOX and another unspecified project for HBO itself.

USA MAY EVENTS (USA) - USA's latest original series "Kojak" is set to wrap its first season on Sunday, May 22 at 10:00/9:00c while a marathon of all 10 hours of the show's freshman run has been slated for Monday, May 30 starting at 11:00 a.m. eastern. Meanwhile, fans of "The 4,400" can count down the weeks until its June 5 return with repeats of its first season on Saturday nights starting May 7. And as reported previously, "Rapid Fire," USA's fourth "true crime" original, will debut on Tuesday, May 24 at 9:30/8:30c.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters and Audiences Unlimited





  [april 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· 14 HOURS (TNT)
· 4400, THE (USA)
· BLOW OUT (BRAVO)
· CRUMBS (ABC)
· DEADWOOD (HBO)
· EMPIRE FALLS (HBO)
· FRASIER (NBC)
· HOME INTERVENTION (NBC)
· I'M WITH HER (ABC)
· KOJAK (USA)
· NEWLYWEDS: NICK & JESSICA (MTV)
· ON THE RECORD WITH BOB COSTAS (HBO)
· PROJECT GREENLIGHT (HBO)
· QUEER EYE (BRAVO)
· RAPID FIRE (USA)
· REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER (HBO)
· SIMPSONS, THE (FOX)
· UNTITLED ISAACS & LEVINE PROJECT (HBO)
· UNTITLED OMID DJALILI PROJECT (FOX)





[05/04/16 - 04:31 PM]
ABC Announces the Teams Competing on the "Battlebots: The Gears Awaken" Preview Special, Airing Tuesday, May 10
The epic robot-fighting tournament "BattleBots" is back for season two this summer on Thursday, June 23.

[05/04/16 - 04:00 PM]
GSN Celebrates Mother's Day with Special Mom-Themed Marathon of "Family Feud," Sunday, May 8
Each of the 10 specially selected half-hour shows features questions designed to remind viewers about the woman they love the most - their mom - on her special day.

[05/04/16 - 02:15 PM]
Seth MacFarlane to Create, Executive-Produce and Star in New Hour-Long, Live-Action Comedic Drama Series for FOX
Set 300 years in the future, the series follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar Fleet.

[05/04/16 - 02:11 PM]
Geniuses Face Off in an Intense Test of Knowledge and Stamina on the Season Premiere of ABC's "500 Questions"
The five-night event series concludes with a two-hour season finale on Wednesday, June 1.

[05/04/16 - 01:03 PM]
"Saturday Night Live" Returns in May with Three Back-to-Back Shows
Brie Larson (May 7), Drake (May 14) and Fred Armisen (May 21) will close out the show's season.

[05/04/16 - 01:01 PM]
Megyn Kelly to Sit Down with Laverne Cox during "MEGYN KELLY presents," Airing Tuesday, May 17, on FOX
As previously announced, the special also will feature Kelly's first extensive sit-down interview with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

[05/04/16 - 12:02 PM]
"Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule" Season 4 Premieres Friday, June 17th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim
The new season will be followed by "Decker: Unclassified," starring Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington.

[05/04/16 - 12:00 PM]
Start Your Summer with an Animated Adventure During Freeform's "Funday" Weekend Programming Event on May 14 and 15
Experience college through Mike Wazowski's eye, whip up recipes with Remy, and cheer on Wreck-It Ralph and Aladdin as they attempt to prove themselves as heroes.

[05/04/16 - 11:57 AM]
GSN to Launch First Spinoff Series from "Skin Wars" Franchise; "Skin Wars: Fresh Paint" Debuts Wednesday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT
The series features three of "Skin Wars" top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week.

[05/04/16 - 10:49 AM]
National Geographic Launches a Covert Investigation Into the Disappearance of Adventurer Cody Dial in Riveting True-Crime Series, "Missing Dial"
The six-part series launches Sunday, May 22 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.

[05/04/16 - 10:25 AM]
Valerie Bertinelli Entertains Friends & Family on the Return of "Valerie's Home Cooking"
Valerie is back in the kitchen sharing her tips for easy-to-make, delicious dishes and homemade recipes, adding her own signature touches and flavor along the way.

[05/04/16 - 10:08 AM]
TNT Teams Up with E4 on "Foreign Bodies"
The series is the story of a motley gang of travellers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia.

[05/04/16 - 10:01 AM]
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion Abby Wambach Joins ESPN
Wambach will cover international sporting events for the network later this summer at the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 in France and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

[05/04/16 - 09:39 AM]
E! Announces Four New Unscripted Series as the Pop Culture Powerhouse Continues to Expand on Successful Primetime Slate
Highlights include a spin-off of hit franchise "WAGS" (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) set against the sunny, sexy backdrop of South Florida.

[05/04/16 - 09:34 AM]
Netflix Celebrates "Marseille"
In advance of the series launch on May 5, Netflix surprised the residents of Marseille today in true Hollywood fashion when a french twist of the original "Hollywood" sign was erected to overlook the city.