or


[07/11/08 - 06:59 PM]
Development Update: Friday, July 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!


DAMAGES (FX) - Mario Van Peebles is set to return for the show's second season. He'll reprise his role of Agent Harrison for at least six episodes. In addition to acting, Van Peebles helmed two episodes of the series last season. He's expected to do the same for fellow FX entry "Sons of Anarchy," which rolls out on Wednesday, September 3 at 10:00/9:00c.


HARPER'S ISLAND (CBS) - "Ugly Betty" co-star Christopher Gorham has been tapped as the male lead on the upcoming drama, about a group of friends who meet on an island off the Seattle coast for a destination wedding. He'll play Henry Dunn, the wedding's groom. Ryan Merriman played said role in the original presentation. The network and producers previously announced most of the cast - save for female lead Elaine Cassidy, who plays Henry's childhood friend - has been dropped in favor of new blood. Gorham, a regular on "Betty" this past season, is expected to return for at least one episode of the show's third season, due this fall.


HEROES (NBC) - Ntare Mwine ("The Riches") is the latest addition to the show's third season. He'll play an African who is artistic and close to many of the original heroes. Said arc is believed to be for nine episodes.


LIFETIME AT THE TCA - In addition to renewing "Army Wives" for a third season, the cable channel outlined some of its upcoming unscripted plans. New projects include a reality series about Kim Porter, the ex of rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs and mother to three of his children. Said effort will follow Porter as she adjusts to a new life in Los Angeles as a single mom. Blair Underwood and Eye Candy Productions are producing. Also in the works are "Mom's Cooking," from Boy Wonder Productions, in which daughters surprise their moms by having a crew film them as they create their unique or special dishes; and a daytime talk show hosted by "How to Look Good Naked's" Carson Kressley in which he interviews real people and offers viewers insight into fashion and other topics. Ray Giuliani ("The Greg Behrendt Show") is executive producing the pilot, to be filmed in September. Previously announced were "Cook Yourself Thin," from Tiger Aspect; "The Week the Women Went," from BBC Worldwide; and "Love & Salsa" (a.k.a. "Salsa and the City"), from Mario Lopez and Gay Rosenthal.


UGLY BETTY (ABC) - Val Emmich ("Cashmere Mafia") has booked a recurring role on the show's third season. He'll play Jesse, a potential love interest for the title character. His casting is likely tied to the exit of her current love interest Christopher Gorham (see above).


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [july 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· CASHMERE MAFIA (ABC)
· COOK YOURSELF THIN (LIFETIME)
· DAMAGES (DIRECTV)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GREG BEHRENDT SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· HARPER'S ISLAND (CBS)
· HEROES (NBC)
· LOVE & SALSA (LIFETIME)
· RICHES, THE (FX)
· SONS OF ANARCHY (FX)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)
· UNTITLED CARSON KRESSLEY PROJECT (LIFETIME)
· UNTITLED KIM PORTER PROJECT (LIFETIME)
· WEEK THE WOMEN WENT, THE (LIFETIME)





[05/24/16 - 12:57 PM]
Esquire Network Kicks Off Summer with Four-Day "Ninjathon" Over Memorial Day Weekend Begining Friday, May 27 at 7:00AM ET/PT
Fans can relive back-to-back episodes of almost all of seasons five, six and seven of "American Ninja Warrior" as well as all of season one of Esquire Network's record-breaking new show "Team Ninja Warrior."

[05/24/16 - 12:51 PM]
History(R) Supports The Freedmen's Bureau Project Through Partnership with The Smithsonian's NMAAHC and FamilySearch International
The social initiative, "Reading for Roots," is a call to action to encourage viewers to volunteer to transcribe post-Civil War documents.

[05/24/16 - 12:24 PM]
"20/20: In an Instant" - Two-Hour Docudrama Series Returns for Second Season, Premieres June 18 on ABC
"In an Instant" does more than just re-tell heart-pounding first-person accounts of the world's most harrowing tales of survival; it brings them to life with breathtaking dramatizations of the moments before and after life was forever changed.

[05/24/16 - 12:23 PM]
Award-Winning "What Would You Do?" Returns This Summer - New Shows Begin Airing Friday, June 17, on ABC
Hidden-camera fan-favorite "What Would You Do?" returns for 13 weeks this summer with all-new scenarios capturing unsuspecting people's reactions to everyday situations.

[05/24/16 - 10:37 AM]
Elton John, Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Blake Shelton, Kobe Bryant and More Join NBC Charity Event "The Red Nose Day Special" May 26
The star-studded charity event, which helps raise awareness and money for kids in need here at home and around the world, will be hosted by Craig Ferguson and features comedy, music and more.

[05/24/16 - 10:31 AM]
"Big Jay Oakerson: Live at Webster Hall" Premieres with Limited Commercial Interruption on Friday, June 17 at Midnight ET/PT on Comedy Central(R)
Leading up to the on-air premiere, Comedy Central Stand-Up and cc.com/BigJay will feature preview clips from the special.

[05/24/16 - 10:16 AM]
Greg Yaitanes Tapped as Showrunner of Discovery's Unabomber Drama "Manifesto"
Lionsgate is teaming with Discovery Channel, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti's Trigger Street for the limited series.

[05/24/16 - 10:10 AM]
New Episodes of CNBC's Hit Series "West Texas Investors Club" Debut Tuesday, June 7th at 10PM ET/PT
The 10 original hour-long episodes feature self-made multimillionaires - Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam who have chosen to pass on their success by investing in promising entrepreneurs - but only on their turf and their terms.

[05/24/16 - 10:04 AM]
"Fargo's" Stunning Second Chapter Gets Marathon on FX
The Saturday, June 4 marathon features all 10 episodes in consecutive order and will run from 10 AM ET/PT to 8 PM ET/PT presented with limited commercial interruption.

[05/24/16 - 09:32 AM]
HGTV's "Flip or Flop" Returns For Season Five on June 9
The 15-episode series follows Tarek and Christina El Moussa as they buy dilapidated houses and turn them into beautiful family homes.

[05/24/16 - 09:30 AM]
LeVar Burton, Whoopi Goldberg, Jonathan Frakes and Ginger Zee Guest Star in Season Two of Disney Junior's Acclaimed Series "Miles from Tomorrowland" Launching Monday, June 20 on Disney Channel
The series charts the outer space missions of young adventurer Miles Callisto and his family as they work together to help connect the galaxy on behalf of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority.

[05/24/16 - 09:27 AM]
Ovation to Premiere "Hanksy Presents: Surplus Candy" Across Linear, Digital & Social Platforms on June 26
The documentary and digital series capture Hanksy, a well-known street artist, as he and over 50 other street artists transform an abandoned mansion in Los Angeles into a magnificent, and temporary, showcase of graffiti art.

[05/24/16 - 09:07 AM]
More Than 9.4 Million Watched Exaggerator Win Preakness Stakes on NBC - Up 6% from American Pharoah's 2015 Victory
NBC further spins the numbers for Saturday, May 21.

[05/24/16 - 09:02 AM]
BBC America Begins Production on Original Series "Dirk Gently's Holisitic Detective Agency," Starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett
The series is a comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric "holistic" detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Elijah Wood).

[05/24/16 - 09:00 AM]
Spike Toasts Mankind with the Party of the Decade at the 10th Annual "Guys Choice"
The A-list, ultimate guys night out, tapes Saturday, June 4 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA and premieres Thursday, June 9.