or


[09/19/08 - 07:02 PM]
Development Update: Friday, September 19
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!


BOLDLY GOING NOWHERE (FOX) - Jonathan M. Goldstein ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") has been tapped as an executive producer on the pilot, a high-concept comedy set in the future and focused on the mundane world of a spaceship captain when he's not on a mission. RCG's Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton and Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") are all behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which is set to film this fall. FOX has also commissioned five additional scripts for the project, which is based on an idea from "Sunny" writers' assistant Adam Stein. 3 Arts Entertainment's Michael Rotenberg and Nick Frenkel also serve as executive producers.


DR. OZ (Syndication) - Sony Pictures Television has cleared the "Oprah" spin-off on stations covering 40% of the country for a fall 2009 launch. Said clearances including 13 of the top 20 TV markets, such as the Fox owned-and-operated stations in New York (WNYW), Los Angeles (KTTV) and Chicago (WFLD). Other station groups on board include Gannett, Post-Newsweek, Belo, Scripps Howard, Fisher, McGraw Hill and Hearst-Argyle. Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions is producing the project, which is being targeted for late afternoons.


FLASH FORWARD (ABC, New!) - "Threshold's" David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga have booked a pilot at the Alphabet for a new drama which chronicles the chaos that ensues after everyone in the world blacks out for two minutes, 17 seconds and has a mysterious vision of the future that changes lives forever. The network has also given a series penalty to the project, which is based on Robert J. Sawyer's novel of the same name. Goyer and Braga penned the hour, which was originally developed by HBO (who retains a piece of the backend), on spec with Goyer attached to direct. Braga however won't be involved with the day-to-day operations of the series due to his commitment to the current season of FOX/20th Century Fox Television's "24." Jessika Borsiczky Goyer ("Revelations") will also executive produce alongside Vince Gerardis and Ralph M. Vicinanza ("Jumper"), who own the rights to the book. ABC Studios is in negotiations to produce.


GOSSIP GIRL (The CW) - Wade Allain Marcus ("American Mall") has scored a multi-episode arc on the much buzzed about soap. He'll play Max, an attractive (but manipulative) 19-year-old hipster photographer with ties to the New York fashion and art world. It's not clear when his first episode will air.


LETTERS TO SANTA: A MUPPETS CHRISTMAS (NBC) - Uma Thurman and Jesse L. Martin have both joined the cast of the holiday special, in which "Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo and the rest of the gang mistakenly avert three letters from making their way to Santa Claus." Thurman will play Joy, a ticket clerk for the North Pole Airlines who also serves as Santa's flight attendant, with Martin as a singing and dancing postal worker. The pair join the previously cast Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Sirico, Steve Schirripa, Richard Griffiths and Madison Pettis. Muppets Productions is behind the hour (airing December 17), which will also feature songs by "The Muppet Movie" songwriter Paul Williams.


KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST (Bravo) - The cable channel has ordered a fifth season of the two-time Emmy winning reality series. The news comes despite rumblings Kathy Griffin would take the show elsewhere due to her at times tenuous relationship with the network. While no air date was specified for the new season, "D-List" historically has rolled out each summer since 2005.


SAVE US THEN THE WHALES (FOX, New!) - Asad Gardezi ("Mind of Mencia") has landed a cast-contingent pilot order from the network for a new comedy set at a politically incorrect nonprofit organization. 20th Century Fox Television and Peter Engel ("Last Comic Standing") are behind the half-hour, which centers on Herbie Grueber, a middle-aged wheeler-dealer who works for a nonprofit that's trying to stay current. Gardezi will pen the pilot and presumably executive produce alongside Engel.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [september 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· 24 (FOX)
· AMERICAN MALL, THE (MTV)
· BOLDLY GOING NOWHERE (FOX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DR. OZ (SYNDICATION)
· FLASH FORWARD (ABC)
· GOSSIP GIRL (CW)
· IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA (FXX)
· KATHY GRIFFIN: MY LIFE ON THE D-LIST (BRAVO)
· MIND OF MENCIA (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE, THE (CBS)
· OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· REVELATIONS (NBC)
· SAVE US THEN THE WHALES (FOX)





[07/28/17 - 11:07 AM]
Lifetime Bolsters Scripted Content with Season Four Renewal of "UnREAL," Season Two Pick Up of "Mary Kills People" and Start of Production on Psychological Thriller "You"
Plus: the cable channel confirms dates for "The Watcher in the Woods," "Flint," "The Lost Wife of Robert Durst" and "I Am Elizabeth Smart."

[07/28/17 - 11:01 AM]
A&E and Lifetime to Premiere Cross-Network Event Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the Abduction of Elizabeth Smart
Lifetime's original movie "I Am Elizabeth Smart" starring Skeet Ulrich, Deirdre Lovejoy and Alana Boden premieres Saturday, November 18.

[07/28/17 - 08:12 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, "Big Brother" Continue Their Reign
The Eye wins the evening in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[07/28/17 - 08:02 AM]
Video: "Transparent" Season Four Trailer Now Available
The new season rolls out Friday, September 22 on Amazon Prime Video.

[07/27/17 - 02:30 PM]
TGI-Hulu! Beloved "TGIF" Lineup to Make Streaming Debut on Hulu
Plus: Hulu original drama series "Harlots" has been picked up for a second season.

[07/27/17 - 12:46 PM]
El Rey Network Greenlights Martial Arts Series "Bushido Battleground"
The new, 10-episode, two-hour series showcases elite fighters in the full contact sports of MMA, submission Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai matches from around the world.

[07/27/17 - 12:31 PM]
Showtime(R) Orders New Animated Series Centered on Trump White House Executive Produced by Multiple Emmy(R) Winner Stephen Colbert
"I know a lot of people wanted to do this, and I'm honored that the Cartoon President invited our documentary crew into his private world," Colbert said.

[07/27/17 - 12:00 PM]
Louis Tomlinson to Perform Debut Solo Single, "Back to You," Featuring Bebe Rexha, Live on "Teen Choice 2017"
Plus: Chris Pratt, Lucy Hale, Janel Parrish, Victoria Justice, Tyler Posey, The Dolan Twins, Yara Shahidi and Hudson Yang are the latest scheduled to appear.

[07/27/17 - 11:32 AM]
Maria Bello Joins the Cast of "NCIS"
Bello will play an NCIS agent who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the army and served two tours in Afghanistan.

[07/27/17 - 11:24 AM]
Global Superstar Katy Perry to Host and Perform at the 2017 "MTV Video Music Awards"
Earlier this week, she secured a spot as one of the top nominees for the 2017 VMAs with nods in five categories.

[07/27/17 - 10:35 AM]
CNBC Presents a Special Episode "The Profit: Marijuana Millions" on Tuesday, August 8 at 10PM ET/PT
In a special episode, Marcus Lemonis travels to California at a game-changing moment in the evolving acceptance and commercialization of pot in America.

[07/27/17 - 10:31 AM]
AMC Releases Key Art for the Fourth and Final Season of "Halt and Catch Fire"
Said swan song will debut with a two-hour premiere on August 19.

[07/27/17 - 10:14 AM]
Alaskan Gold Miners Risk It All on Discovery's Hit Series "Bering Sea Gold," Returning to the Ice for Its Sixth Season Friday, August 11
This season, the miners will face even bigger challenges and more risks in hopes of hitting the motherlode under the ice.

[07/27/17 - 09:34 AM]
Showtime(R) Picks Up New Drama Pilot "City on a Hill" Executive Produced by Academy Award(R) Winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
In the early 90s, Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, and then it all suddenly changed.

[07/27/17 - 09:16 AM]
Video: truTV Debuts Trailer for Upcoming Comedic Documentary "The Problem with Apu"
Produced by Marobru, Inc. and Avalon Television, "The Problem with Apu" will debut on truTV this fall.