or


[04/12/06 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: April 11-12
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!

10.5: APOCALYPSE (NBC) - The Peacock has booked the "10.5" sequel for Sunday, May 21 at 9:00/8:00c with part two airing Tuesday, May 23 at 9:00/8:00c. Here's how the network describes the project: "Two years ago, the west cost crumbled... the rest of the country is next. Beau Bridges and Kim Delaney star in an explosive, action-packed sequel to the movie that chilled a nation. Now, a desperate bid to save the entire country might be too little, too late when a series of catastrophic events leads to one, inescapable conclusion... the apocalypse is at hand."

20 GOOD YEARS (NBC) - Jake Sandvig (Lash on "Sky High") and Heather Burns (Cheryl on "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous") have both scored roles on the comedy pilot, about two New York men (John Lithgow, Jeffrey Tambor) in their 50s who decide to make the most of the next 20 years of their lives. Sandvig will play Hugh, the son of Tambor's character, while Burns's role wasn't specified. Marsh McCall and Michael Leeson are behind the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, which Terry Hughes is directing. Eric Gold, Jimmy Miller, Mike Clements and Tom Werner also serve as executive producers.

A.K.A. (A.K.A. EDISON) (CBS) - The John Leguizamo-led drama pilot, about an L.A. detective who relies on impersonations and disguises to solve crimes, is now apparently running under the title "A.K.A." Arija Bareikis, Currie Graham, Deidrie Henry, Jake T. Austin and Joe Manganiello also star in the CBS Paramount Network Television/Touchstone Television-based hour, which comes from creators Ron Milbauer and Terri Hughes. Kevin Rodney Sullivan is directing while Mandeville Films's David Hoberman and Leguizamo himself also serve as executive producers.

CABLE RATINGS ROUND-UP (Various) - HBO's "The Sopranos" once again led all cable programs for the week of April 3-9 with 8.6 million viewers tuning in while lead-out "Big Love" (4.2 million, #5) posted its best numbers since its premiere (4.6 million on 3/12/06). Two original movies - TNT's "Avenger" (3.5 million, #8) and Lifetime's "Fatal Desire" (3.1 million, #T9) - also finished in the top 15 as did a new "South Park" (3.0 million, #11) on Comedy Central and Sunday's repeat of "Family Guy" on Adult Swim (2.9 million, #T14). Over on FX, week two of "Thief" tumbled to 1.34 million viewers, where it lost nearly half of its premiere audience (2.54 million on 3/28/06).

DRIVE (FOX) - Filming on the drama pilot, about an underground road race across America, reportedly won't begin until June, likely bumping its series consideration until midseason 2007 at the earliest. Ben Queen and Tim Minear are behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour, which stars Alan Ruck, Emily Stone and Melanie Lynskey. Greg Yaitanes is directing.

FLIRT (The CW) - Tamala Jones (Tonya on "One on One") and Bree Turner (Marjorie on "Good Girls Don't...") have both joined the cast of the pilot, a workplace comedy about the sole man (Wayne Brady) working at a women's magazine. They'll play two of Brady's co-workers. Touchstone Television is behind the half-hour, which comes from creator Barry Wernick and executive producers Claudia Lonow, Kevin Kelly Brown and Lawrence Bender. Gary Halvorson is directing.

FREE RIDE (FOX) - Rob Roy Thomas, the show's creator, has inked a multi-year, seven-figure overall deal with producer Fox 21. The pact will keep Thomas aboard the series should it return for a second season as well as give him the option to develop new projects for the 20th Century Fox Television sibling.

UNTITLED SHANA GOLDBERG-MEEHAN PROJECT (ABC) - Andrew W. Walker (Scott on "Hot Properties") is the latest addition to the comedy pilot, about two sisters (Marisa Coughlan, Kaley Cuoco) who live together, despite having grown up under different circumstances. No details on his character were given. Brad Raider and Jane Lynch also star in the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, which Andy Ackerman is directing from a script by creator Shana Goldberg-Meehan.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE GYM (CBS) - Nadia Dajani (Reilly on "Emily's Reasons Why Not") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about three best friends with young kids - all with very different attitudes toward marriage, motherhood and their careers. She'll join Teri Polo and Jennifer Aspen as one of said moms in the Warner Bros. Television-based project, which John Pasquin is directing from a script by creator Gabrielle Allan.

YOU'VE REACHED THE ELLIOTTS (CBS) - Kyle Kaplan (Chad the Chomper on "Hannah Montana") is set to play son to Chris Elliott in his semi-autobiographical comedy pilot, which also stars Danielle Savre, Christopher McDonald and Cynthia Stevenson. Rob Des Hotel is behind the half-hour, which comes from Warner Bros. Television-based producers Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [april 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· 10.5 (NBC)
· 10.5: APOCALYPSE (NBC)
· 20 GOOD YEARS (NBC)
· AKA (CBS)
· AVENGER (TNT)
· BIG LOVE (HBO)
· DRIVE (FOX)
· EMILY'S REASONS WHY NOT (ABC)
· FAMILY GUY (FOX)
· FATAL DESIRE (LIFETIME)
· FLIRT (CW)
· FREE RIDE (FOX)
· GOOD GIRLS DON'T (OXYGEN)
· HOT PROPERTIES (ABC)
· ONE ON ONE (UPN)
· SEPARATED AT WORTH (ABC)
· SOPRANOS, THE (HBO)
· SOUTH PARK (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· THIEF (FX)
· WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE GYM (CBS)
· YOU'VE REACHED THE ELLIOTTS (CBS)





[12/17/18 - 02:16 PM]
Statement from CBS Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of CBS has completed its investigation of former Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS News, and cultural issues at CBS.

[12/17/18 - 01:54 PM]
HGTV Digital Platforms Offer Fans Exclusive In-Depth Coverage of "A Very Brady Renovation"
New installments will be uploaded weekly and will offer a glimpse of the full series which premieres in 2019.

[12/17/18 - 12:00 PM]
TBS Announces Season Premiere of "American Dad!"
New episodes resume Monday, February 11 at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/17/18 - 11:01 AM]
TNT and Cadence13 Announce "Root of Evil," A True Story Podcast Series and Companion to TNT's Suspense Drama "I Am the Night"
The podcast series will premiere Wednesday, February 13 and joins Turner Podcast Network's portfolio of podcasts available on Apple Podcasts and many other podcast platforms.

[12/17/18 - 11:00 AM]
CBS All Access Renews "Tell Me a Story" for a Second Season
Season two will explore a whole new set of fairy tales and characters.

[12/17/18 - 10:47 AM]
Fan Favorite "Say Yes to the Dress" Returns to TLC, Followed by a Special Crossover Premiere Episode of HGTV's New Series "Say Yes to the Nest"
The six-episode season of "Say Yes to the Nest" premieres on HGTV in March 2019.

[12/17/18 - 10:10 AM]
Make Your Friday Night Special with Jena Friedman on January 25th
Friedman is back in the second installment of "Soft Focus" that features a segment on sexual harassment in gaming and an interview with Presidential hopeful and Belizian fugitive, John McAfee.

[12/17/18 - 09:50 AM]
"Impossible Enginnering" Returns to Science Channel for Season Four Beginning January 3
The new season shines a light on the brilliant minds behind these marvels and the remarkable level of detail that goes into building these amazing feats of modern day engineering.

[12/17/18 - 09:05 AM]
ABC News Presents a Two-Hour Documentary on John F. Kennedy Jr.'s Life and Last Days, Thursday, Jan. 3
The ABC News documentary explores not only John's life but also the stressors that he was facing in his final days, from apparent turmoil in his marriage to keeping his magazine George afloat.

[12/17/18 - 09:04 AM]
"Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" Donates House to El Refugio for "Christmas on I.C.E." Holiday Special
El Refugio provides visitation to immigrants at Stewart Detention Center in the remote town of Lumpkin, Georgia, as well as free lodging and meals to friends and family members visiting their loved ones.

[12/17/18 - 08:26 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Sunday Night Football" Take Top Honors
The Peacock once again wins the evening among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[12/17/18 - 08:15 AM]
Staying in Is the New Going Out! Ring in the New Year by Watching 14 Family Friendly Countdowns on Netflix
This new batch of tween content countdowns reflects Netflix's overall investment in the genre.

[12/17/18 - 07:45 AM]
Winter Heats Up With MTV's "Siesta Key"
Season two premieres Tuesday, January 22 at 9:00/8:00c with back-to-back episodes.

[12/17/18 - 07:31 AM]
It's a Wrap on "Don't Try This at Home"
Lead actors on the Netflix series include Maximilian Mundt, Lena Klenke, Danilo Kamperidis, Damian Hardung, Luna Schaller, and Bjarne M├Ądel.

[12/17/18 - 07:00 AM]
Netflix Original Series "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" Announces Stellar Voice Cast for the Return to Jim Henson's Beloved Classic
Leading the voice cast are Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel, as Rian, Brea and Deet, three Gelfling heroes.