[05/29/08 - 04:51 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, May 29
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!

BORDER SECURITY USA (ABC, New!) - Reality guru Arnold Shapiro ("Big Brother") has booked an 11-episode commitment at the Alphabet for a new reality series which takes a docu-style look at the men and women who handle homeland security. The one-hour project, which is based on the Australian format "Border Security: Australia's Front Line," is being shot in cooperation with such agencies as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Transportation Security Administration (TSA); U.S. Coast Guard; Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); the Secret Service; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); and Customs and Border Protection/the Border Patrol. Each episode will focus on more than 10 intercut stories, which could include anything from a border patrol in Texas to security screeners at a New York airport to a Coast Guard boat off Puerto Rico. Shapiro then will executive produce via his self-titled banner.

COURTROOM K (FOX) - Jon Bernthal and Omar Benson Miller have both been cast in the pilot, a darkly comedic drama that revolves around a judge (Alfred Molina), a prosecutor (Michael Landes) and a public defender (Megan Dodds). The former will play a veteran police detective who is involved with Megan Dodds's character while Miller is set as a social worker who gets into a conflict with her. Diana Maria Riva, Jonathan Sadowski and Noureen DeWulf also star in the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour, which Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are directing from a script by creator Paul Attanasio.

FOURPLAY (ABC) - Josh Cooke, late of the CBS comedy pilot "My Best Friend's Girl," has been tapped for a lead role on the comedy pilot, about two men - one straight (Cooke), one gay (Alan Tudyk) - who are lifelong best friends and business partners. David Kohan and Max Mutchick are behind the half-hour, which is based at Warner Bros. Television.

LAST OF THE NINTH (HBO) - Ray Winstone ("Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") and Jonah Lotan ("Generation Kill") have scored the lead roles in the pilot, a gritty drama set in 1972 in the New York Police Department, which is struggling with fiscal problems and allegations of corruption. Lotan will play Joe Dalton, a young Vietnam veteran who joins the NYPD as an undercover cop that's taken under the wing of veteran detective John Giglio (Winstone). Carl Franklin is directing the project from a script by co-creators/executive producers David Milch and Bill Clark.

THE PHILANTHROPIST (NBC) - Peter Horton ("Grey's Anatomy") has sign on to direct and executive produce the pilot for the upcoming drama, about a renegade billionaire who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need no matter the risks or costs. There he'll work alongside fellow executive producers David Eick and Charlie Corwin, following the exit of Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson. "Philanthropist" is based at Universal Media Studios.

TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (FOX) - Scottish musician Shirley Manson, the lead singer of Garbage, is set to join the cast of the show's second season. She'll play Catherine Weaver, who's detailed in the casting notice as follows: "Mid 30s-Early 40s, Caucasian, the anti-Sarah Connor. CEO of a major corporation (but not Devil Wears Prada). Warm, earthy, and smart, the sort of woman that wears all white and walks around without shoes." Producers are also looking for another new regular, Becky ("18+ to play younger, any ethnicity. High school-aged teenage girl, beautiful with an edge but not mean."), however no casting has been announced.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

  [may 2008]  


[10/23/16 - 10:03 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, College Football Top Viewers, Demos
The Alphabet wins said evening for the fourth consecutive week.

[10/23/16 - 09:43 AM]
"SNL" Hits Season Highs, Best October Overnights in 8 Years
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, October 22.

[10/23/16 - 07:06 AM]
Live + 3 Ratings: ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." Is the Season's First Broadcast Series to Post Triple-Digit Growth in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 18.

[10/22/16 - 09:09 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Night in Viewers, Demos
The Eye's trio of dramas lead the evening in both categories.

[10/22/16 - 09:05 AM]
"Dateline" Matches Its Season High in 18-49, New Season High in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 21.

[10/22/16 - 08:42 AM]
ABC Earns Most Watched Friday This Season - "Shark Tank" Is the #1 Show in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 21.

[10/21/16 - 02:02 PM]
NLCS Game 5 Is Second Most-Watched Telecast in FS1 History
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Thursday, October 20.

[10/21/16 - 12:08 PM]
Freeform Brings Fan Favorite "Stitchers" and New Original Sci-Fi Series "Beyond" to Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con on October 29 and 30
"Stitchers" co-stars Ritesh Rajan, Damon Dayoub and Sarah Davenport are among those scheduled to appear.

[10/21/16 - 10:05 AM]
Freeform's Annual "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" Starts on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24
Said offerings include the premiere "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "Boxtrolls," and the network premiere of the fourth installment of the hit "Cinderella Story" franchise, "A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits."

[10/21/16 - 10:04 AM]
Freeform's Funday Programming Event Begins November 12 and Continues Through November 13
Highlights include the network premieres of "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After."

[10/21/16 - 10:03 AM]
"Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour" to Premiere on Showtime(R) on December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT
The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

[10/21/16 - 09:55 AM]
David Blaine Is Back With an Extraordinary Special, "David Blaine: Beyond Magic," Airing Tuesday, November 15, on ABC
Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash "David Blaine: Real or Magic," Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet.

[10/21/16 - 09:35 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Haters Back Off!" Star Miranda Sings Shares Some of Her Favorite Things
Based on the character created by Colleen Ballinger, "Haters Back Off!" delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings.

[10/21/16 - 09:31 AM]
Video: Netflix Unveils The Ivory Game Trailer and Poster
From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking.

[10/21/16 - 09:29 AM]
Premiere Date Change - A&E Network Will Now Air Original Docu-Series "The Killing Season" on November 12
The newcomer will now roll out with back-to-back episodes one week later than previously announced.