or


[05/26/05 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update Special: Who's in and Who's Out
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- With only a week behind us since the broadcast networks wrapped their upfront presentations, several cast changes have already been revealed for next season. Here's a breakdown of the affected series, culled from recent wire reports:

BOSTON LEGAL (ABC) - Julie Bowen, who played the female lead in the ABC comedy pilot "love life," is moving over to "Boston Legal," where she'll join the cast next season. In addition, both Monica Potter and Rhona Mitra will not return next season. With five episodes from its first season yet to air however, it may be several weeks before the exit of Potter and Mitra and the addition of Bowen are addressed. No details on either character's exit or Bowen's character were specified. The producers are also understood to be looking to add another female character to help balance out the loss of both Potter and Mitra. "Boston Legal" moves to Tuesdays at 10:00/9:00c on ABC beginning this fall.

E-RING (NBC) - Sarah Clarke ("24") and Leonor Varela ("Blade 2") are both reportedly exiting their respective roles on the freshman drama, which will air on Wednesdays at 9:00/8:00c on NBC this fall. Clarke plays Sharon Tisnewski, the wife of Benjamin Bratt's character - a former C.I.A. agent who left the job to be a stay-at-home mother, while Varela plays Catherine "Cat" Rodriquez, a Military Assistant at the Pentagon who has a romantic and professional history with Bratt's character. No reason was given for why either actress is being recast. Dennis Hopper and Aunjanue Ellis also star.

FOUR KINGS (NBC) - The producers are said to be considering adding one or more female cast members to the midseason comedy. Seth Green, Shane McRae, Josh Cooke and Todd Grinnell all star in the project, about four lifelong friends on the cusp of adulthood. Kiele Sanchez plays the only female cast member, the girlfriend of Josh Cooke's character.

HEAD CASES (FOX) - Rachael Leigh Cook ("She's All That") is departing her role on the freshman drama. She played Kate, a troubled young woman Chris O'Donnell's character befriends after being checked into a wellness center after his nervous breakdown. No details were given about why Cook left the series. Krista Allen, Adam Goldberg, Rockmond Dunbar and Jake Cherry also star in the project, which will air on Wednesday nights at 9:00/8:00c beginning this fall on FOX.

THE LOOP (FOX) - Becki Newton, who plays the female lead in the upcoming comedy series, is no longer involved with the project. Casting is understood to be underway for a replacement on the series, about the first in a group of slacker friends (Bret Harrison) to get a real job. Eric Christian Olsen, Philip Baker Hall, Joy Osmanski and Mimi Rogers also star in the comedy, which will air on Wednesday nights at 9:30/8:30c beginning next year.

LOVE, INC. (UPN) - Shannen Doherty ("Charmed") has been dropped as the lead of the netlet's new comedy. "Shannen is a terrific actress," a UPN spokeswoman said in a statement. "We simply decided to take the show in a different creative direction." She played Denise Johnson in the project, who's described in the network's press materials as: "an energetic, pragmatic young woman who takes pride in her success as a full-service dating consultant. As the female version of a 'wingman,' this savvy matchmaker and her quirky co-workers help lovelorn single men, and even women, present the best image possible to just the right prospects. Skilled at helping her clients find their seemingly unattainable soulmates, Denise continues to grapple with her inability to find one herself." Casting is currently underway for a replacement. It's understood said development won't affect the rest of the cast, which includes Holly Robinson Peete, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Vince Vieluf and Ion Overman. "Love, Inc." will air on Thursday nights at 9:30/8:30c on UPN this fall.

N.C.I.S. (CBS) - The death of Sasha Alexander's character in the show's season finale has not surprisingly lead to a search for a new female lead on the drama series. Executive producer Donald Bellisario told USA Today that he's looking for a foreign-born actress for the still unannounced character. As for why Alexander exited the series, Bellisario said she decided she didn't want to stay for what will likely be a run of many seasons, adding: "She worked like a trouper to the very end."

NUMB3RS (CBS) - Sabrina Lloyd will not be returning for the show's second season after not appearing in the show's final installments this season. The producers released a statement to TV Guide which said: "Sabrina Lloyd will not be returning for the 2005/2006 season of Numbers. Her contract allowed her the option of leaving following the first season. Everyone at Numbers obviously wishes her well. In addition, her character of Terry Lake will not be recast. However, new principal cast members will be added to the FBI world."

RELATED (The WB) - Laura San Giacomo ("Just Shoot Me") is no longer part of the cast of the upcoming drama, which will air on Wednesdays at 9:00/8:00c on the WB this fall. Her character, Ann, is described in the network's press materials as a "33-year-old legal aid lawyer and the nurturing mother hen of the group. Ann works out of a run-down office, helping people who have no voice." Casting is underway for a replacement on the series, about four adult sisters in New York. Jennifer Esposito, Lizzy Caplan and Laura Breckenridge play the other sisters.

SOUTH BEACH (UPN) - Sara Foster ("D.E.B.S."), who co-starred in show's pilot, apparently will not continue as a series regular when the show launches next year. No reason for her exit from the series, about best friends (Marcus Coloma, Chris Johnson) who get caught up in "the dangerous and possibly seedy underbelly of South Beach," was given. Foster plays the fashion-model ex-girlfriend of Coloma's character whom he remains preoccupied with. Lee Thompson Young and Vanessa L. Williams also star in the project.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [may 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· 24 (FOX)
· BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
· CHARMED (WB)
· E-RING (NBC)
· FOUR KINGS (NBC)
· HEAD CASES (FOX)
· JUST SHOOT ME (NBC)
· LOOP, THE (FOX)
· LOVE LIFE (ABC)
· LOVE, INC. (UPN)
· NCIS (CBS)
· NUMB3RS (CBS)
· RELATED (WB)
· SOUTH BEACH (UPN)









[08/03/15 - 10:00 AM]
Syfy and Universal Cable Productions Announce Start of Production for "Hunters"
The series stars Nathan Phillips as Flynn, a headstrong Baltimore FBI agent with a dark past trying to piece together the disappearance of his wife.

[08/03/15 - 10:00 AM]
"Ferrell Takes the Field" to Screen Sept. 5 at Petco Park in San Diego, One Week Before the Comedy Special Debuts on HBO
As part of Baseball Night in San Diego, all fans in attendance at that night's game will have the opportunity to stay and watch the screening.

[08/03/15 - 08:43 AM]
ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" Delivers Strong Numbers for Mets-Nationals
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, August 2.

[08/03/15 - 08:39 AM]
ABC Ranks No. 1 on Sunday in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Sunday, August 2.

[08/03/15 - 08:38 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Brother" Holds Off "Bachelor in Paradise" Return
CBS and ABC however split the adults 18-49 crown last night.

[08/03/15 - 08:31 AM]
"American Ninja Warrior" Rebroadcast Ties for #1 Among the Big 4 Networks in Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, August 2.

[08/03/15 - 08:02 AM]
NBCUniversal Celebrates One Year Out from 2016 Rio Olympics on August 5
NBCUniversal will celebrate the occasion with a host of promotional and editorial initiatives that span the company's unprecedented portfolio of broadcast, cable, digital, regional, local, radio, and theme park assets.

[08/03/15 - 07:51 AM]
ESPN Signs Award-Winning Senior News Correspondent Jeremy Schaap To Long-Term Extension
Schaap, who joined ESPN full-time in 1994, will continue to serve as a correspondent for ESPN's award-winning, prime-time newsmagazine "E:60."

[08/03/15 - 07:36 AM]
Crown Media Family Networks and Ford Motor Company Announce Hallmark Channel to Be a Key 2015 Broadcast Partner of Ford Warriors in Pink(R)
The multi-faceted on- and off-air buy centers primarily around Season 3 of the network's original scripted series, "Cedar Cove."

[08/03/15 - 07:07 AM]
"Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church" to Make Its World Television Premiere on Showtime(R)
The film chronicles his largest ever U.S. performance at the massive Atlanta Pop Music Festival in July 1970 with never-before-seen concert footage of the icon in action.

[08/03/15 - 06:03 AM]
Country Star Brett Eldredge Is the First Celebrity Judge Tapped for the 95th Anniversary Broadcast of Miss America
"I get to judge Miss America. Are you kidding me?!" said Eldredge. "Talk about a dream come true! I can't wait to be a part of this."

[08/02/15 - 08:50 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: "Celebrity Family Feud" Repeats Power Demo Victory for ABC
The Alphabet leads the night among adults 18-49.

[08/02/15 - 08:36 AM]
"Aquarius" Grows by 50% Week to Week in Adult 18-49 for Its Top Rating to Date Among Three Saturday Telecasts
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, August 1.

[08/01/15 - 11:35 AM]
2015 PBS Arts Fall Festival Celebrates Fifth Anniversary Season
The 2015 PBS Arts Fall Festival returns October 9 at 9:00/8:00c, celebrating its fifth season, with eight new weekly programs.

[08/01/15 - 11:25 AM]
Disney's "Descendants" Waves Magic Ratings Wand for Disney Channel with 6.6 Million Total Viewers
Disney Channel spins the numbers for Friday, July 31.