[03/05/07 - 12:59 AM]
Development Update: Monday, March 5
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW (TBS) - Tim Meadows ("Help Me Help You") has joined the cast of the upcoming comedy, about a family counselor (Bill Engvall) whose own family could maybe use a dose of counseling. He'll play a friend of Engvall's character, a doctor.

Commitment: Ordered to series (eight episodes)
Cast: Bill Engvall (Will Pearson), Graham Patrick Martin (Trent Pearson), Jennifer Lawrence (Lauren Pearson), Nancy Travis (Susan Pearson), Skyler Gisondo (Bryan Pearson), Steve Hytner (Bob), Tim Meadows
Writers: Bill Engvall, Michael Leeson
Director: James Widdoes
Executive Producers: Bill Engvall, J.P. Williams (Parallel Entertainment), Michael Leeson (Welladay)
Studio: TBA

GAME SHOW IN MY HEAD (CBS, New!) - Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg ("Beauty and the Geek") have booked a pilot order from the Eye for a new game show in which contestants take on crazy tasks while competing for $1 million. The Fox 21-based project, which itself is based on a yet-to-debut U.K. format, will be executive produced by the duo via their Katalyst banner alongside Hat Trick's Jimmy Mulville and Leon Wilde ("Whose Line is it Anyway?").

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: TBA
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Ashton Kutcher (Katalyst Films), Jason Goldberg (Katalyst Films), Jimmy Mulville (Hat Trick Productions), Leon Wilde (Hat Trick Productions)
Studio: Fox 21

GRAVITY (The CW) - Matt Czuchry ("Gilmore Girls") has scored a role on the drama pilot, about the daily lives of a sexy ensemble of rookie cops and their training officers in Los Angeles. He'll play Ray, an unspecified character. Czuchry's involvement is in second position to his duties on "Girls."

Commitment: Ordered to pilot (14-20 minute presentation)
Cast: Matt Czuchry (Ray), Brooke Nevin (Hilary), Ryan Merriman (Will)
Writer: Caleb Kane
Directors: Jonas Pate, Josh Pate
Executive Producers: Darryl Frank (DreamWorks Television), Justin Falvey (DreamWorks Television)
Co-Executive Producer: Caleb Kane
Consulting Producer: Charles Segars
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television

THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (FOX) - Owain Yeoman ("The Nine") has been confirmed as a cast member on the drama pilot, which is based on the "Terminator" franchise. He'll play Cromartie, one of the two Terminators on the series (the other played by Summer Glau) - one of which is "good."

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Lena Headey (Sarah Connor), Owain Yeoman (Cromartie), Richard T. Jones (Van Meter), Summer Glau (Cameron), Thomas Dekker (John Connor)
Writer: Josh Friedman
Director: David Nutter
Executive Producers: Andrew G. Vajna (C2 Pictures), David Nutter, Josh Friedman, Mario Kassar (C2 Pictures)
Producer: James Middleton
Studio: Warner Bros. Television

UNFIT KIDS (ABC, New!) - Shaquille O'Neal is set to be the focus of a new reality series at the Alphabet. The hourlong project, which is based on the Channel 4 series "Ian Wright's Unfit Kids," focuses on the Miami Heat center as he embarks on a campaign to help Florida elementary and junior high school kids lose weight. Production is currently underway on the show's six-episode order in Broward County, Florida for a potential summer launch. O'Neal, Rick Ringbakk, Perry Rogers, Chris Handy and Mike Perris then are executive producing for RDF Media.

Commitment: Ordered to series (six episodes)
Cast: Shaquille O'Neal
Writer: TBA
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Chris Handy, Mike Perris, Perry Rogers, Rick Ringbakk, Shaquille O'Neal
Studio: RDF Media

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

  [march 2007]  


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