or


[02/16/06 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: February 16
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 branded "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!

20 QUESTIONS (ABC) - Ben Shenkman ("Angels in America") has been cast in the drama pilot, about an idealistic young State Department employee who inadvertently stumbles onto a deadline conspiracy to undermine the United States. He'll play Brian in the Touchstone Television-based hour, which comes from executive producers Matthew Gross, Thomas Hines and John Wirth. Michael Engler is directing the pilot from a script by Hines.

BOY'S LIFE (TBS) - Daryl Sabara ("Spy Kids") and Nancy Travis ("Almost Perfect") have been tapped for the lead roles in the comedy pilot, about the relationship between an eighth grader (Sabara) and his slightly eccentric single mom (Travis), as told from the perspective of the middle-schooler, who loves his mom but winces when she starts dating his gym teacher, the father of his class rival. Rob Ulin is behind the single-camera half-hour, which comes from TBS Superstation Productions.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (NBC) - Connie Britton ("24") is set to reprise her feature role in the drama pilot, about a small-town high school football team in Texas. She'll play the wife of Kyle Chandler's character, who's taking over for Billy Bob Thornton from the movie. Gaius Charles and Scott Porter also star in the NBC Universal/Imagine Television/Film 44-based hour, which comes from executive producers Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, John Cameron, Brian Grazer and David Nevins.

THE GUYS (ABC, New!) - Writer/producers Craig Doyle ("The Andy Dick Show") and Al Higgins ("Malcolm in the Middle") have booked a pilot order for a new comedy about five men who become pals after their kids become friends. The pair will write and executive produce the half-hour project, which is set up at Eric and Kim Tannenbaum's Warner Bros. Television-based Tannenbaum Co. banner.

LOST (ABC) - "Alias" alums Drew Goddard, Monica Breen and Alison Schapker are all set to join the writing staff of fellow Bad Robot-produced "Lost" next season as part of two-year, seven-figure overall deals each has signed with Touchstone Television. Breen and Schapker, who write as a team, will also serve as supervising producers with the option to be upped to co-executive producers in the second half of next season. As for Goddard, he'll likewise join the "Lost" crew as a supervising producer. Last season, he penned the episode "Outlaws" on a freelance basis.

OUR THIRTIES (ABC) - Rachel Blanchard ("7th Heaven") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about a group of San Francisco-based thirtysomethings dealing with adulthood. No details about her character, Jessica, were released. Touchstone Television is behind the half-hour project, which comes from creator Dave Walpert and executive producer Warren Littlefield.

THE WAY (CBS) - Riley Smith ("24") is the first to be cast in the drama pilot, about a New England family that copes with the death of the powerful clan's matriarch by using witchcraft to hurt their rivals and build a successful business empire. He'll play Karl in the Sony Pictures Television-based hour, which comes from creator Adam Kulakow and executive producer Michael de Luca.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE GYM (CBS) - Teri Polo ("The West Wing") has been tapped for the lead role in the comedy pilot, about three best friends with young kids - all with very different attitudes toward marriage, motherhood and their careers. She'll play a working mom in the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, which comes from creator Gabrielle Allan. Polo's involvement lifts the cast-contingency off the pilot's production.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [february 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· 20 QUESTIONS (ABC)
· 24 (FOX)
· ALIAS (ABC)
· AMERICAN MEN (ABC)
· ANDY DICK SHOW, THE (MTV)
· ANGELS IN AMERICA (HBO)
· BOY'S LIFE (TBS)
· FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DIRECTV)
· LOST (ABC)
· MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE (FOX)
· OUR THIRTIES (ABC)
· SEVENTH HEAVEN (CW)
· WAY, THE (CBS)
· WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE GYM (CBS)
· WEST WING, THE (NBC)





[05/27/16 - 10:31 AM]
AMC Is Now Home to Five of the Top 10 Shows on Cable TV and Two of the Top Three Cable Premieres This Television Season
AMC spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/27/16 - 10:07 AM]
Pittsburgh Penguins Host San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day - at 8 P.M. ET on NBC
The Sharks advanced to their first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history with a 5-2 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final vs. St. Louis, while Pittsburgh advanced with a 2-1 win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

[05/27/16 - 08:28 AM]
Night 1 of "500 Questions" Dominates Its Thursday Unscripted Competition
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 26.

[05/27/16 - 08:23 AM]
NBC's "The Red Nose Day Special" Draws a 0.6/2 and 2.155 Million Viewers Overall
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 26.

[05/27/16 - 07:11 AM]
Destination America Steps Into the Darkest Town in America in the All-New Series "Ghosts of Shepherdstown"
The six-part series launches Sunday, June 12 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[05/27/16 - 06:00 AM]
2nd Annual Red Nose Day Raises Over $31.5 Million for Kids in Need, Over 70 Stars Join NBC for Live Charity Event "The Red Nose Day Special"
Elton John, Julia Roberts, Jack Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Tracy Morgan, Blake Shelton, Will Ferrell and Zac Efron were among the many celebrities who appeared in the live, two-hour charity television event.

[05/26/16 - 03:11 PM]
ITV and Hulu Commission Exciting Eight-Part Drama Series "Harlots"
Acclaimed actresses Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay are set to star in the series, which will be produced by Monumental Pictures.

[05/26/16 - 02:37 PM]
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" Gets "Weird" with a One-Week Free Preview of This Season's Premiere Episode
IFC is previewing the first episode of this upcoming season free on IFC.com, through the IFC mobile app, On Demand and wherever the internet lives one week before it premieres on IFC on Friday, June 3.

[05/26/16 - 02:32 PM]
"Brett Gelman's Dinner in America" Special Premieres Friday, July 1st at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim
The premise is simple: A roundtable discussion in which Brett attempts to engage four distinguished actors - Loretta Devine, Shareeka Epps, Joe Morton and Mack Wilds - in an open forum on racism.

[05/26/16 - 01:43 PM]
AMC.com Releases the Director's Commentary on the "Preacher" Pilot
Series executive producers and directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg give viewers an exclusive inside look at the premiere episode.

[05/26/16 - 12:52 PM]
CBS to Finish "Angel from Hell," "Rush Hour" Runs on Saturday Nights
Look for the former to return on Saturday, July 2 while the latter will resume on Saturday, July 23.

[05/26/16 - 12:41 PM]
Video: Showtime(R) Drops the New Trailer for Its Music Series "Roadies," The First Original Series from Oscar(R) Winner Cameron Crowe
The series gives an insider's look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of roadies who live for music and the de facto family they've formed along the way.

[05/26/16 - 12:07 PM]
Michael Bloom Joins TBS & TNT as Senior Vice President of Unscripted Series and Specials
Most recently, Bloom was instrumental in forging the architecture for ELeague, the new eSports co-venture between Turner and WME | IMG.

[05/26/16 - 12:03 PM]
Kobe Bryant Named "Athlete of the Decade" by Spike TV
Spike TV proudly honors the Lakers' iconic superstar with its first ever "Athlete of the Decade" award to be presented at the network's 10th Annual "Guys Choice" event.

[05/26/16 - 12:02 PM]
WGN America's "Outsiders" Star David Morse Throws Out First Pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Game, In Celebration of the Start of Production on the Hit Series' Season Two
Morse's first pitch comes on the heels of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto declaring Wednesday, May 18 "Outsiders Day," with a proclamation ceremony at City Hall.