or


[05/28/08 - 05:20 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, May 28
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!


90210 (The CW) - After endless rumor and speculation, Tori Spelling has confirmed she'll reprise her role of Donna Martin on the netlet's upcoming "90210" revival. It's believed her character will own a boutique in Beverly Hills however exact details have yet to be released.


BOSTON LEGAL (ABC) - 10-time Emmy-winner David E. Kelley has exited 20th Century Fox Television after more than 20 years at the studio. The news comes as Kelley inks a three-year, eight-figure overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. The pact covers all avenues of development - from comedy to drama, script to unscripted, broadcast to cable and analog to digital. Said deal won't however affect Kelley's duties on the 20th-based "Boston Legal's" upcoming final season. Currently housed at Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios, it's not clear if Kelley's self-titled banner will relocate to Warner Bros.' Burbank lot following "Legal's" run.


UNTITLED DAVID HEMINGSON PROJECT (ABC) - Roger Bart has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about an upscale law firm in Los Angeles. He'll play one of the firm's partners, Cliff, a volatile but likable character whose wife also works at the firm. Ben Lawson, Matthew Long, Morena Baccarin, Tina Majorino and Norbert Leo Butz also star in the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour, which Dean Parisot is directing from a script by David Hemingson.


UNTITLED JON POLLACK PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Jon Pollack ("30 Rock") has scored a cast-contingent pilot order from the Peacock for a new workplace comedy about a powerful woman in the high-stakes world of hedge funds. Universal Media Studios is behind the single-camera half-hour, the first to be greenlit by the Peacock since its upfront presentation.


UNTITLED T.I. PROJECT (MTV, New!) - Grammy-winning rapper Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.'s - better known as T.I. - life before serving a one-year prison sentence is set to be the focus of a new reality series at the cable channel. The network has given an eight-episode commitment to the project, which would feature the famed rapper as he performs more than 1,000 of community service leading up to his prison term next spring. Said arrangement is part of a plea deal after being charged with possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. He'll also pay a $100,000 fine. T.I. was previously convicted in the late 1990s for selling crack cocaine. Former VH1 executive Michael Hirschorn is executive producing the project via his newly formed Ish Entertainment banner.


VIRTUALITY (FOX) - James D'Arcy is the first to be the cast on the two-hour drama pilot, about the Phaeton, Earth's first starship, on a 10-year journey to explore a distant solar system. He'll play the ship's psych officer, who produces virtual reality shows which help the crew endure the long trip. Michael Taylor and Ronald D. Moore are behind the project, a co-production of Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun's BermanBraun, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey's Film 44; and Universal Media Studios. Berg is directing.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [may 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· 30 ROCK (NBC)
· 90210 (CW)
· BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
· DEEP END, THE (2008 VERSION) (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· TI'S ROAD TO REDEMPTION (MTV)
· UNTITLED JON POLLACK PROJECT (NBC)
· VIRTUALITY (FOX)





[05/03/16 - 10:36 AM]
Molly Ringwald, Meredith Vieira, Amy Sedaris, John Hodgman, and "Hamilton" Cast Members Guest Star in Season Two of Bravo Media's "Odd Mom Out"
They'll join the previously announced Drew Barrymore and Blythe Danner.

[05/03/16 - 10:01 AM]
TBS's "Search Party" Adds Rosie Perez, Ron Livingston, Christine Taylor & Parker Posey in Recurring Roles
In addition, Brandon Micheal Hall has been named a series regular.

[05/03/16 - 09:07 AM]
Vice Media and ESPN Enter Production and Distribution Deal Across Digital, Mobile, and TV
Select films from ESPN's renowned documentary series "30 for 30" will air on Viceland, the new cable network from Vice.

[05/03/16 - 08:45 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Extends NBC's Demo Win Streak
The Peacock has taken home the adults 18-49 crown for seven consecutive Mondays.

[05/03/16 - 08:29 AM]
Acclaimed Italian Crime Series "Gomorrah" Premieres August 24 on SundanceTV
As previously announced, the network has acquired seasons one and two from The Weinstein Company, each season featuring 12 one-hour episodes.

[05/03/16 - 07:22 AM]
Bravo Media Debuts New Series "Below Deck Mediterranean" Launching Activations in New York City and Across Digital Platforms
The network kicks off the new installment of the hit series with a premiere day stunt in New York City, as well as with a "Below Deck Mediterranean" Lens on Snapchat.

[05/03/16 - 07:17 AM]
Surging VH1 Greenlights Weekly Topical Show with Pop Culture Maven and Social Media Powerhouse Amber Rose Slated to Premiere This Summer
Rose will conduct candid interviews with celebrity friends and lead provocative, entertaining and humorous conversations with guests about pop culture, motherhood, relationships, friendships, race, and entrepreneurship.

[05/03/16 - 06:00 AM]
Amazon Prime Video Adds the Latest Series from The Weinstein Company and Oscar and Emmy-Winner Julian Fellowes, "Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne," to Its Original Series Lineup
The series stars Tom Hollander as Doctor Thorne, Ian McShane as Sir Roger Scatcherd, and Alison Brie as Miss Martha Dunstable.

[05/02/16 - 11:53 AM]
Freeform's "That's So Throwback" Programming Event Begins May 2
Laugh along with Lizzie McGuire as she competes with Kate, flash forward to the future with Raven Baxter, live a double life with Hannah Montana, and help Kim Possible save the world.

[05/02/16 - 11:03 AM]
FYI Premieres New Series "Teenage Newlyweds" - Tuesday, May 31 at 10pm ET/PT
The series captures their weddings and all the ups and downs of juggling family, school, career, finances and first homes, while still navigating life as a teenager.

[05/02/16 - 10:49 AM]
Rivalries Reach New Heights as the Competition Goes Down to the Wire in "Wicked Tuna's" Season Finale on Nat Geo Channel
The high-octane season five finale will be followed immediately by National Geographic Channel's only live show-after-the-show, "Reel Talk Live," on Monday, May 16.

[05/02/16 - 10:38 AM]
Oprah Winfrey to Star in HBO Films' "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line.

[05/02/16 - 10:30 AM]
Former Ohio State & NFL All-Pro Robert Smith Added to FOX Sports & BTN College Football Rosters
Smith teams with host Rob Stone and analysts Dave Wannstedt and Matt Leinart for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage on the FOX broadcast network and FS1 and appears on BTN studio shows throughout the week.

[05/02/16 - 10:11 AM]
Own a Piece of History with "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Audience Chair Auction
A select number of studio audience chairs will be available for auction with net proceeds going to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.

[05/02/16 - 09:37 AM]
Next Documentary in ESPN Films 30 for 30 Series, "Believeland," Premieres May 14
The documentary will chronicle the struggles of Cleveland's major sports franchises over the past 50 years and the impact it has all had on the psyche of a typical Cleveland sports fan.