or


[04/11/07 - 06:30 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, April 11
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!


2007-2008 SEASON PILOTS (Various) - New titles have been issued for a quartet of pilots - The CW's drama "I'm Paige Armstrong" is now dubbed "I'm Paige Wilson," Maggie Friedman's previously untitled CW drama is now running under the title "Spellbound," Greg Garcia's comedy "Fugly" for CBS has been rebranded "The Stumps of Hollywood" and Jon Harmon Feldman's "Bedrooms & Boardrooms" for ABC is now reportedly running under the moniker "Perfect Gentlemen."


FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (NBC) - The Peacock has commissioned six additional scripts for the freshman drama as it moves closer toward a second season renewal. The series, which wraps its season tonight, however isn't expected to receive a formal pick up until the network's upfront presentation next month.


LAS VEGAS (NBC) - Tom Selleck ("Boston Legal") is understood to be in talks to join the cast of the series next season. He'd play the smart, powerful, fun-loving new owner of Montecito Resort & Casino, a role designed to fill the void left by the exit of James Caan. No other details were given.


POP DYNASTY (CBS, New!) - Jermaine, Tito and LaToya Jackson are set to team with Jamie Foxx, Marcus King and Greg Shelton for a potential new "American Idol"-esque competition designed to find a new superstar singing family (a la the Jacksons). The project, which is expected to receive an eight-episode order, will follow the performance/elimination format used by "Idol" with an additional focus on the personal aspects of the families and how they interact as a group. The Jacksons will all serve as judges with Foxx, King and Shelton executive producing alongside Halima Rashid, Steve Kroopnick and Triage Entertainment's Stu Schreiberg.

Commitment: Ordered to series (eight episodes)
Cast: Jermaine Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Tito Jackson
Writer: TBA
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Greg Shelton, Halima Rashid, Jamie Foxx, Jermaine Jackson, Marcus King, Steve Kroopnick, Stu Schreiberg
Studio: Triage Entertainment


REUNITED: THE REAL WORLD (MTV, New!) - The cable channel reportedly has ordered six episodes of a "Real World" reunion series featuring the Las Vegas cast members. Production is set to begin at the Palms Casino Resort next week for a potential spring premiere. Bunim-Murray Productions is behind the project with Jon Murray and Jim Johnston serving as executive producers. Ken Chien will also serve as a supervising producer.

Commitment: Ordered to series (six episodes)
Cast: Alton Williams, Arissa Hill, Brynn Smith, Frank Roessler, Irulan Wilson, Steven Hill, Trishelle Cannatella
Writer: TBA
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Jim Johnston, Jon Murray
Supervising Producer: Ken Chien
Studio: Bunim-Murray Productions


SWINGTOWN (CBS) - Kyle Searles ("7th Heaven") and newcomer Aaron Howles have both landed roles on the drama pilot, about the effect that developments like wife swapping and key parties had on American families in the 1970s. Searles will play Logan Rhode, a stoner friend of Shanna Collins's character, while Howles is set as Bruce "B.J." Miller, Jr., the son of Jack Davenport's character.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: Aaron Howles (Bruce "B.J." Miller, Jr.), Brittany Robertson (Samantha Saxton), Grant Show (Tom Decker), Jack Davenport (Bruce Miller), Josh Hopkins (Roger Thompson), Kyle Searles (Logan Rhode), Lana Parrilla (Trina Decker), Miriam Shor (Jill Thompson), Molly Parker (Gail Sexton), Shanna Collins (Laurie Miller)
Writer: Mike Kelley
Director: Alan Poul
Executive Producers: Mike Kelley
Studio: CBS Paramount Network Television


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [april 2007]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· AMERICAN IDOL (FOX)
· BIG SHOTS (ABC)
· BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DIRECTV)
· I'M PAIGE WILSON (CW)
· LAS VEGAS (NBC)
· POP DYNASTY (CBS)
· REAL WORLD, THE (MTV)
· REUNITED: REAL WORLD, THE (MTV)
· SEVENTH HEAVEN (CW)
· SPELLBOUND (CW)
· STUMPS OF HOLLYWOOD, THE (CBS)
· SWINGTOWN (CBS)





[08/01/14 - 01:49 PM]
DIY Network Achieved Most-Watched July Primetime Ever Among P25-54 Viewers in July
DIY Network spins the numbers for the month of July.

[08/01/14 - 01:18 PM]
ESPN Goes to Portland for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game
ESPN media platforms will combine to provide unprecedented coverage of the game, between a team of Major League Soccer All-Stars and Bayern Munich on Wednesday, August 6.

[08/01/14 - 01:15 PM]
HGTV Scores Best July Ever
HGTV spins the numbers for the month of July.

[08/01/14 - 11:01 AM]
The Walt Disney Company and the National Cable Television Cooperative Announce Robust Long-Term Distribution Agreement
As part of the new multi-year deal, the NCTC will introduce several new services, including the full suite of authenticated WATCH and video-on-demand products.

[08/01/14 - 10:55 AM]
Live Twitter(R) Chat with "The Quest" Executive Producers and the First Eliminated Contestant, Friday, August 1
Join Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming, Rob Eric and the first Paladin banished from Everealm as they answer your questions about last night's exciting series premiere.

[08/01/14 - 10:20 AM]
Dierks Bentley Brings a Special Performance from His Headlining Riser Tour to CMT's "Hot 20 Countdown" This Weekend as Part of the Mountain Dew(R) CMT Summer Concert Series
Bentley has invited the series on the road of his tour, making special appearances in all four installments and bringing fans new videos along with a behind-the-scenes look from the road.

[08/01/14 - 09:01 AM]
Sarah Hyland to Co-Host "Teen Choice 2014" Sunday, August 10, Live on FOX
Also scheduled to appear: Taylor Swift, Ansel Elgort, Victoria Justice, Collins Key, Laura and Vanessa Marano, Ian Somerhalder, Odeya Rush, Brenton Thwaites and Ariana Grande.

[08/01/14 - 08:48 AM]
"Last Comic Standing" Matches a Six-Week High in 18-49 Rating
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, July 31.

[08/01/14 - 08:32 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Continues Win Streak in Both Viewers, Demos
The Eye was the top draw among total viewers and adults 18-49 for the fifth consecutive week.

[08/01/14 - 08:30 AM]
ABC's "The Quest" Debut Ties a Summer Time-Slot High and "NY Med" Wins at 10pm with a Best-Since-Premiere Number
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, July 31.

[08/01/14 - 07:46 AM]
Escape Acquires Rights to More Than 500 Episodes of Three Popular True Crime Television Series
"Snapped," "Unsolved Mysteries" and "Forensic Files" have all been licensed to the fledgling network.

[08/01/14 - 07:43 AM]
ESPN to Follow Path of USA Basketball Men's National Team to the "2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup"
The USA Basketball National team is coached by legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and potentially headlined by superstars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Paul George, Derrick Rose and James Harden, among others.

[08/01/14 - 07:23 AM]
HBO Confirms Debut Date of "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" - Series to Launch Its Eight-Episode Season Friday, Oct. 17
Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, each one-hour episode of the unprecedented documentary series is devoted to a different American musical landmark.

[08/01/14 - 07:03 AM]
FOX Sports 1 Kicks Off August with Big Week of Boxing
Sammy Vasquez Jr. and James Stevenson square off in a main event IBF/USBA Welterweight title bout presented by Mike Tyson's Iron Mike Productions on Friday, August 8.

[08/01/14 - 07:00 AM]
Science Channel's "Man vs. the Universe" Delves Into Mankind's New Race to Tame the Cosmos
The three-part series launches Wednesday, August 13 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.