or


[02/15/08 - 05:25 PM]
Development Update: Week of February 11-15
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!


24 (FOX) - Co-creator/executive producer Joel Surnow is departing the series after seven and a half seasons. "I did some soul-searching," Surnow told the trade publications. "I took it as an opportunity to write on my own and do other things." The news comes on the eve of his overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television expiring. Surnow's exit nevertheless won't derail the show's production as fellow executive producer Howard Gordon has served as the day-to-day showrunner in recent years alongside co-creator Robert Cochran.


CW NOW (The CW) - In a follow up to our February 8 report (read the story), The Hollywood Reporter has subsequently confirmed the series has indeed been canceled. "While you always wish the ratings were higher, we are proud of 'CW Now' and how it improved every week from a creative standpoint," CW COO John Maatta said in a statement. "The program was a highly collaborative endeavor, and you can't put a price tag on what we learned from this project." The show's final broadcast is set for February 24.


HOLE IN THE WALL (FOX, New!) - FremantleMedia North America is looking to import the Japanese game show in which contestants, dressed in spandex and hard hats, play a game of human Tetris versus a shape-changing moving barrier in order to avoid being knocked into a pool of water. YouTube.com and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" have popularized the format domestically. Fuji Television originated the family-friendly show in July of 2006. As for specifics, teams gain or lose points depending on whether they manage to stay dry through each round. Stuart Krasnow is on board to executive produce the U.S. version alongside FremantleMedia chief Cecile Frot-Coutaz.


IFL BATTLEGROUND (MyNetworkTV) - The fledgling netlet has opted out of a second season of its formerly top-rated series. The show was widely reported as being part of the network's 2007-08 season plans over the summer. Its March 12 launch scored a then record 0.8 household rating but ultimately sagged by its final first-run airing on September 24. Repeats were featured briefly on Saturday nights during October and November. IFL coverage nevertheless will continue on previous partner Fox Sports Net as well as the newly added HDNet.


POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS/THE UNITED STATES OF TARA (Showtime) - The pay channel has confirmed both pilots are still a go following the strike's resolution. In addition, Craig Gillespie ("Lars and the Real Girl") has signed on to direct the latter project, about a woman (Toni Collette) with multiple-personality disorder. "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody penned the half-hour, which comes from DreamWorks Television. Tim Robbins then is behind "Effects," a drama about a family that runs a pharmaceutical company and the political, scientific and bureaucratic machinery that makes up the pharmaceutical industry. Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Daniel Thomas also serve as executive producers.


THE RICHES (FX) - The cable channel has slated the show's second season to launch on Tuesday, March 18 at 10:00/9:00c. Like fellow sophomore entry "Dirt," only seven of the 13 episodes ordered were shot prior to the strike. The network has opted to bring back both series with truncated runs rather than wait until their original 13-episode order was completed. Izzard, Minnie Driver, Shannon Woodward, Noel Fisher, Aidan Mitchell, Margo Martindale, Gregg Henry, Todd Stashwick and Jared Harris all star. FX Productions and Fox Television Studios are co-producing.


UGLY BETTY (ABC) - Executive producers Marco Pennette and James Hayman have been let go from the series, the same week it was renewed for a third season. The news marks its latest behind-the-scenes shuffle, coming on the heels of letting five writers go after its freshman run. Silvio Horta, Salma Hayek and Jose Tamez will continue on as the remaining active executive producers.


UNTITLED DENISE RICHARDS PROJECT (E!, New!) - Denise Richards's long-rumored reality series has been officially announced by the cable channel. E! staple Ryan Seacrest ("Keeping Up With the Kardashians") is executive producing the project, which will focus on Richards's life as a single mom following her high-profile divorce from Charlie Sheen. The proposed series made headlines earlier this year after Sheen went to court over Richards's decision to allow their children in front of the cameras. Ryan Seacrest Productions's Eliot Goldberg will serve as a co-executive producer. No launch date was specified.


UNTITLED JUSTIN HARTLEY PROJECT (The CW) - Justin Hartley ("Smallville") has inked a talent holding deal with the network. The actor toplined two recent pilots for the network - "Aquaman" and "Spellbound" - and was brought in to replace Johnny Lewis on the midseason entry "Eight Days a Week." That project has been in limbo since the WGA strike as only the original pilot has been completed thus far. Said deal then calls for the CW to find a new project for the actor.


UNTITLED DAVID KOHAN/MAX MUTCHNICK PROJECT (ABC, New!) - "Will & Grace" creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick have landed the first major TV sale since the end of the WGA strike, pacting with ABC for a new multi-camera comedy at the network. The semi-autobiographical project, which was written on spec prior to the strike, revolves around two men - one straight, one gay - who are lifelong best friends/business partners that find their relationship threatened after each begin serious romantic relationships. Said half-hour, which is based at Warner Bros. Television and has a pilot commitment, is not to be confused with their CBS effort from last season, about a gay writer and a straight writer who are best friends and their hot young assistants.


WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB (ABC) - R. Scott Gemmill, Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain have all been let go from the freshman drama. Said development comes as the Alphabet mulls the fate of the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour, which will ultimately hinge on finding a replacement. Craft and Fain, who created the series, will remain under their overall deals with 20th, as will Gemmill.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [february 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· 24 (FOX)
· AQUAMAN (CW)
· AUSTIN GOLDEN HOUR (CW)
· CW NOW (CW)
· DENISE RICHARDS: IT'S COMPLICATED (E)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIRT (FX)
· EIGHT DAYS A WEEK (CW)
· ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· FOURPLAY (ABC)
· HOLE IN THE WALL (CARTOON)
· IFL BATTLEGROUND (MYNETWORKTV)
· KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS (E)
· POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS (SHOWTIME)
· RICHES, THE (FX)
· SMALLVILLE (CW)
· SPELLBOUND (CW)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)
· UNITED STATES OF TARA, THE (SHOWTIME)
· UNTITLED KOHAN & MUTCHNICK PROJECT (CBS)
· WILL & GRACE (NBC)
· WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB (ABC)





[11/12/19 - 01:34 PM]
NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Special Returns Dec. 4 to Celebrate and Revel in the Festive Holiday Season
Among the scheduled performers: Chicago, Brett Eldredge, Derek & Julianne Hough, John Legend, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, NE-YO, Gwen Stefani, Straight No Chaser, and Skylar Astin & Alex Newell.

[11/12/19 - 12:00 PM]
"The Masked Singer" to Air Two Nights in a Row, with a Special Holiday-Themed Semifinals Episode
Look for said installments on Tuesday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 11 followed by the two-hour season finale on Wednesday, December 18.

[11/12/19 - 11:49 AM]
Robert De Niro to Be Honored with 2019 SAG Life Achievement Award
De Niro will be presented the performers union's top accolade at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 19.

[11/12/19 - 10:02 AM]
WGN America's Hit Comedic Procedural Series "Carter" Returns January 20
Jerry O'Connell, Sydney Poitier Heartsong and Kristian Bruun star in the new season.

[11/12/19 - 10:02 AM]
Will Ferrell to Host "Saturday Night Live" with Musical Guest King Princess on Nov. 23
"SNL" returns this Saturday with recording artist and actor Harry Styles pulling double duty as host and musical guest.

[11/12/19 - 09:45 AM]
Host Jamie Foxx Returns to Bring the Holiday Cheer in an All-New "Beat Shazam" Special Holiday-Themed Episode Airing Monday, Dec. 9 on FOX
Seasonal classics mix with music's biggest hit songs, as teams of cousins, military DJs and a father/daughter duo compete in the all-new "Santa Jamie" special holiday episode.

[11/12/19 - 09:33 AM]
Ovation Acquires Additional Seasons of "Travel Man" and "Midsomer Murders" in Deal with all3media
The deal is for seasons 7 and 8 of "Travel Man" (including a one-hour Christmas special).

[11/12/19 - 09:10 AM]
Video: New Season of Paramount Network's "Ink Master: Turf War" Trailer
Paramount Network's hit tattoo competition reality series returns for a 13th season on Tuesday, January 7 at 10:00/9:00c.

[11/12/19 - 08:59 AM]
Matt Berry Is the Toast of IFC as "Toast of London" Joins the Network's "Slightly Off" After Midnight Line-Up
The series follows the exploits of Steven Toast (Berry), an eccentric, middle-aged actor with a sketchy past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it.

[11/12/19 - 08:50 AM]
Christian Serratos to Star as Legendary Icon Selena Quintanilla in Netflix's "Selena: The Series"
The coming of age story follows Selena Quintanilla as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.

[11/12/19 - 08:15 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Takes Home Adults 18-49 Crown
"9-1-1" powers the network to the top spot in the key demographic.

[11/12/19 - 07:12 AM]
Video: "Harley Quinn" Official Trailer Now Available
"Harley Quinn" premieres Friday, November 29, only on DC Universe.

[11/12/19 - 05:26 AM]
Ricky Gervais Takes the Fifth! Comedy Superstar Returns for Fifth Time to Host 77th Annual Golden Globe(R) Awards, Set for Sunday, Jan. 5 on NBC
"Once again, they've made me an offer I can't refuse. But this is the very last time I'm doing this, which could make for a fun evening," said Gervais.

[11/11/19 - 12:51 PM]
El Chapo's Wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, to Appear on VH1's Gritty Docuseries "Cartel Crew"
New episodes continue Monday nights at 9:00/8:00c on the cable channel.

[11/11/19 - 12:16 PM]
Disney+ to Release Marvel Studios Special "Expanding the Universe" at Launch
The special, due tomorrow, is a new look at the original series coming to the service.