or


[11/18/08 - 06:24 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, November 18
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!


BROTHER SAM (HBO, New!) - Dan Fogler ("Balls of Fury") has been tapped to play Sam Kinison in a biopic about the life of the late comedian. Tom Shadyac ("Evan Almighty") is attached to direct and executive produce the project, which is based on the memoir of the same name (subtitled "The Short, Spectacular Life of Sam Kinison") written by Bill Kinison and Steve Delsohn, Kinison's brother and manager, respectively. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini ("American Splendor") penned the adaptation with David Permut producing, Steve Longi as co-producer and Bill Kinison as executive producer for Permut Presentations and Shadyac's Shady Acres. The news marks the end of an eight year journey by Shadyac to produce the film, which was originally set up as a feature at Universal Pictures. Kinison himself was no stranger to HBO as his appearance on the Rodney Dangerfield-hosted "Young Comedians" special in 1984 is widely credited with launching his career.


MAKING FRIENDS WITH BLACK PEOPLE (NBC, New!) - Nick Adams's book about the state of race relations in the U.S. is set to be the focus of a potential new comedy at the Peacock. "The Game's" Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are on board to shepherd the adaptation with the latter likely directing from a script by the former. As for specifics, "Making Friends" will center on two guys - one African-American and one white - who become close friends, but who don't necessarily see things the same way. The half-hour is set up at Universal Media Studios with Industry Entertainment's Dianne Fraser and Eryn Brown serving as co-executive producers and Adams himself receiving a co-producer credit.


UNTITLED EVAN GOLDBERG/SETH ROGEN PROJECT (Showtime, New!) - "Pineapple Express" writers/producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have booked a potential comedy at the pay channel about the lives of three twentysomethings who learn about life and love while running a pornography shop. Newcomer Matthew Bass will pen the script and co-executive produce with Rogen and Goldberg executive producing. No other specifics were released.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [november 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· BROTHER SAM (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GAME, THE (BET)
· MAKING FRIENDS WITH BLACK PEOPLE (NBC)
· UNTITLED GOLDBERG AND ROGEN PROJECT (SHOWTIME)









[04/20/14 - 09:17 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, "Ten Commandments" Top Easter Weekend
The Alphabet leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[04/20/14 - 08:50 AM]
"Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" Matches NBC's Highest Adult 18-49 Rating in Its Slot, Excluding Sports, in 19 Months
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, April 19.

[04/19/14 - 09:02 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demos with "Shark Tank," "20/20"
The Alphabet's veteran newsmagazine posts big gains from last week among adults 18-49.

[04/19/14 - 08:34 AM]
"Hannibal" Is Up 29% Week to Week in Adults 18-49 with Its Top Result in Three Weeks
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, April 18.

[04/19/14 - 08:32 AM]
ABC Wins 3rd Straight Friday with the Top 2 TV Shows - "20/20" Surges to 2nd-Highest Ratings This Season
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, April 18.

[04/18/14 - 03:21 PM]
ESPN NFL Programming Highlights - "Draft Academy" Debuts April 22
Projected first-round picks Blake Bortles, Jadeveon Clowney and Marqise Lee will be part of the four-week series.

[04/18/14 - 12:09 PM]
First Lady Michelle Obama and Kellie Pickler Guest Star on "Nashville"
Said installment revolves around a charity concert at Fort Campbell.

[04/18/14 - 11:25 AM]
"Saturday Night Live" to Celebrate 40th Anniversary on Feb. 15, 2015
Past and present cast members, as well as special and musical guests from the show's incredible five-decade run, will appear on the telecast, with the specific lineup of guests to be determined in the coming months.

[04/18/14 - 10:56 AM]
New truTV Series "The Carbonaro Effect," Starring Comic Magician Michael Carbonaro, Set To Premiere Thursday, May 15th at 10pm ET/PT
The new 12-episode and hilarious series follows Carbonaro as he tricks, amazes and amuses the unsuspecting public.

[04/18/14 - 10:21 AM]
TLC Stitches Up Season Two, And Says I Do to More "Something Borrowed, Something New"
Season three, currently scheduled to premiere in November, promises to deliver more tears shed over old shredded threads.

[04/18/14 - 10:13 AM]
Video: "The Normal Heart" - Trailer (HBO Films)
The trailer will air this Sunday, April 20 just before "Game of Thrones" at 9:00/8:00c.

[04/18/14 - 10:02 AM]
Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Becky G, Zendaya, R5 and Fifth Harmony to Perform at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards
"Disney Channel Presents The Radio Disney Music Awards," a television special originating from the event, will be presented Sunday, April 27 on Disney Channel.

[04/18/14 - 09:32 AM]
Syfy's Hit Competition Series "Face Off" to Return for 7th Season in July
Season 7 will also introduce new judge, Lois Burwell, a renowned Academy-Award winning makeup artist known for her work on Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and War of the Worlds.

[04/18/14 - 09:30 AM]
Shakira to Sing "Empire" from New Self-Titled Album on Live Tuesday, April 22 Telecast of "The Voice"
In addition to the Grammy Award-winning Shakira, "The Voice" coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will perform a song with their respective teams on the April 22 telecast.

[04/18/14 - 08:43 AM]
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" Scores Its Best-Ever Numbers at 11:35 p.m.
ABC spins the late-night numbers for Thursday, April 17.