or


[02/01/07 - 12:34 AM]
Development Update: Thursday, February 1
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 signature "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!


THE BEAST (FOX) - Tucker Cawley's sitcom project, based on the British series of the same name, has been ordered to pilot. The workplace comedy centers on a charming and womanizing veterinarian who hates animals but loves the perks his job provides. Cawley penned the pilot script and is executive producing the hour for CBS Paramount Network Television and FremantleMedia North America, who holds the rights to the U.K. original.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot (previously put pilot)
Cast: TBA
Writer: Tucker Cawley
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Tucker Cawley
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television, FremantleMedia North America


CANTERBURY'S LAW (FOX) - Feature helmer Mike Figgis ("Leaving Las Vegas") has been tapped to direct the hour, about a rebellious female defense attorney who pushes the boundaries of the law to protect innocent clients. The news mark Figgis' first pilot for television.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: Dave Erickson
Director: Mike Figgis
Executive Producers: Denis Leary (Apostle Productions), Jim Serpico (Apostle Productions)
Co-Executive Producer: Dave Erickson
Studio: Sony Pictures Television


JUDY'S GOT A GUN (ABC) - Sheree Folkson ("Ugly Betty") has signed on to direct the drama pilot, about Judy Lemen, a detective who struggles to balance her personal life as a single mother with her job investigating the unusual crimes that take place in suburbia.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writers: Michelle King, Robert King
Director: Sheree Folkson
Executive Producers: Michelle King, Robert King, Stu Bloomberg (Cabloom!)
Studio: Touchstone Television


MR. & MRS. SMITH (ABC) - Jordana Brewster ("The Fast and the Furious") has been cast as Jane Smith in the network's small screen take on the feature film, about a married couple who are spies. Her character is described as "cool, tough and smart as she is gorgeous and can disarm a horde of thugs without breaking a sweat."

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Jordana Brewster (Jane Smith)
Writer: Simon Kinberg
Director: Doug Liman
Executive Producers: Dave Bartis (Dutch Oven Productions), Doug Liman (Dutch Oven Productions), Simon Kinberg
Studio: Regency Television


THE OFFICE (NBC) - Ed Helms ("The Daily Show with Jon Stewart") has been upped to series regular on the Emmy-winning comedy. He'll continue in his role of Andy Bernard, an employee of paper supply company Dundler Mifflin's now-defunct Stamford, Connecticut, office. Said development is tied to a talent holding the deal the actor has with producer NBC Universal Television.


PLAYING CHICKEN (FOX) - John Pasquin ("Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous") has come aboard to direct the comedy pilot, about a loud-mouthed conservative and his brother, an intellectual leftie, who are forced to live together after the former suffers an accident that leaves him wheelchair-bound.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writers: John Morris, Sean Anders
Director: John Pasquin
Executive Producers: Eric Gold (Werner-Gold-Miller), Jimmy Miller (Werner-Gold-Miller), Tom Werner (Werner-Gold-Miller)
Co-Executive Producers: John Morris, Sean Anders
Studio: Warner Bros. Television


SEE JAYNE RUN (ABC, New!) - The Alphabet has booked a pilot order for a new comedy about a tough and accomplished investment banker who tries to balance her career and motherhood. Alana Sanko ("Just for Kicks") is behind the single-camera half-hour, which is based at Peter Traugott's Brillstein-Grey Television and Touchstone Television.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: Alana Sanko
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Alana Sanko, Peter Traugott (Brillstein-Grey Television)
Studio: Touchstone Television


UNTITLED ELIZABETH MERIWETHER PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Newcomer Elizabeth Meriwether has scored a pilot commitment from FOX for a new single-camera half-hour about four single women as they adjust to life after college. The 20th Century Fox Television-based project, which was developed through the network's Creative Writer Development Initiative, will be executive produced by Dawn Parouse and Jeff Richman with Meriwether serving as a supervising producer.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: Elizabeth Meriwether
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Dawn Parouse, Jeff Richman
Supervising Producer: Elizabeth Meriwether
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television


UNTITLED SHANA GOLDBERG-MEEHAN PROJECT (ABC) - "Joey" alum Shana Goldberg-Meehan's latest comedy project has received a pilot order from the network. The Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour revolves around a man and woman who fall in love, despite working for rival Democrat and Republican congressmen who attempt to keep the lovebirds apart.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot (previously put pilot)
Cast: TBA
Writer: Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Shana Goldberg-Meehan
Studio: Warner Bros. Television


THE VIRGIN OF AKRON, OHIO (Lifetime) - Laurie Metcalf ("Desperate Housewives") is the first to be cast in the drama pilot, about a model who returns home to Ohio and her dysfunctional family before surviving a brutal car crash leading townspeople to believe she was sent from God. She'll play Lydia, the girl's mother. In addition, Randy Zisk ("Prison Break") has come aboard to direct the hour.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Laurie Metcalf (Lydia)
Writer: Jordan Budde
Director: Randy Zisk
Executive Producers: Cary Brokaw, Jordan Budde
Co-Executive Producer: Aaron Geller
Studio: Fox Television Studios


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [february 2007]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· BEAST, THE (FOX)
· CANTERBURY'S LAW (FOX)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HILL, THE (ABC)
· HOT YEARS, THE (FOX)
· JOEY (NBC)
· JUDY'S GOT A GUN (ABC)
· MR. & MRS. SMITH (ABC)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· PLAYING CHICKEN (FOX)
· PRISON BREAK (FOX)
· SEE JAYNE RUN (ABC)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)
· VIRGIN OF AKRON, OHIO (LIFETIME)





[10/16/18 - 12:02 PM]
Video: Trailer Debut - "The Final Table" - A Global Cooking Competition
The Netflix series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India and Italy.

[10/16/18 - 11:31 AM]
Oscar(R) Nominee Bruce Dern, Melissa Rauch and Horatio Sanz Join New Showtime(R) Comedy Series "Black Monday"
Julie Hagerty and Vanessa Bell Calloway are also on tap for the newcomer, premiering in January.

[10/16/18 - 11:11 AM]
Golden Globe(R) and Emmy(R) Nominees Christina Ricci and Judith Light Star in "Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story" Premiering January 19
Ricci plays 19th century pioneering journalist Elizabeth Cochran Seaman who published under the name of Nellie Bly.

[10/16/18 - 10:35 AM]
Country Music Icon Martina McBride Entertains from the Kitchen on New Food Network Series "Martina's Table"
McBride is giving Food Network viewers a glimpse of how she entertains at home, sharing her recipes and cooking tips that make her the queen of the kitchen.

[10/16/18 - 10:24 AM]
Pierce Brosnan to Host 7th Annual "Breakthrough Prize" Ceremony on Sunday, November 4 Live on National Geographic
Hosted by Brosnan, the program will include a tribute to the late, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in March 2018.

[10/16/18 - 10:05 AM]
Ovation Acquires U.S. Rights to "Travel Man" from All3Media International for Ovation TV, Ovation NOW, and Travel-Focused AVOD Service, JOURNY
Other titles for Ovation TV and Ovation NOW include "Stealing Van Gogh," "The KAWS Effect," and the arts-themed reality series "Fake or Fortune," "Antiques to the Rescue."

[10/16/18 - 09:18 AM]
Ryan Fletcher and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett Set as Series Regulars in "Pennyworth" for Epix and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Based on the Characters from DC
Fletcher and Bennett will portray "Dave Boy" and "Bazza," respectively; both are lifelong friends of Alfred's from their army days serving in the same corps.

[10/16/18 - 09:09 AM]
Ovation Locks in U.S. Broadcast and Digital Rights to Seven Arts & Culture Titles from Sky Vision
The series will air on Ovation's linear arts network Ovation TV, its digital platform Ovation NOW, and/or on the company's cultural-travel streaming service JOURNY.

[10/16/18 - 09:03 AM]
Netflix Original Series "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City" Adds to the Vibrant and Diverse World of Modern-Day Barbary Lane
Paul Gross returns to reprise his role with additional series regulars Murray Bartlett, Charlie Barnett, Josiah Victoria Garcia and May Hong.

[10/16/18 - 08:41 AM]
Animal Planet Launches New Global Brand Identity with Global Series Premiere of "Crikey! It's The Irwins" on October 28
The Animal Planet global brand identity will provide a multi-platform experience for every member of the family and begins as a phased rollout on October 28 in the U.S.

[10/16/18 - 08:16 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Once Again Tops Charts for NBC
The Peacock leads the evening in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/16/18 - 08:03 AM]
Video: Featurette Debut - Inside the Bewitching World of Sabrina Spellman
The 10-episode Netflix original series premieres October 26.

[10/16/18 - 07:17 AM]
ESPN's "Monday Night Football": 49ers-Packers Up 38 Percent Year-Over-Year
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, October 15.

[10/16/18 - 06:30 AM]
E! News Gets Candid and Unfiltered with All-New Topical Series "Nightly Pop" Premiering Every Monday Beginning October 29th at 10:30PM ET/PT, Immediately Following "Busy Tonight"
The half hour-long weekly series is hosted by E! personalities Morgan Stewart and Nina Parker, along with social influencer Hunter March.

[10/15/18 - 04:04 PM]
Netflix Orders New Series "Trinkets" Based on Young Adult Novel by Kirsten Smith
When three teenage girls from different corners of the high school cafeteria find themselves in the same mandated Shoplifter's Anonymous meeting, an unlikely friendship forms.