or


[01/14/09 - 06:41 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, January 14
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!


2009-10 BROADCAST NETWORK PILOTS (Various) - The Hollywood Reporter has published a list of scripts that are reportedly in the mix for pilot pickups. Previously announced projects include the "Untitled Ian Biederman Project," "Wild Boys," "Two Dollar Beer" and "The Station" at FOX; "The Witches of Eastwick" and "The Return" at ABC; "The Streets of San Francisco," "Hawaii 5.0," "Confessions of a Contractor" and the "NCIS" spin-off at CBS; and "Melrose Place" at The CW.

Newly revealed efforts include (creators and details, if available, in parenthesis) dramas "Masterwork" (Paul Scheuring, a thriller in the vein of "The Da Vinci Code"), "Untitled Jack Orman Project," "Untitled Adi Hasak Project," "Human Target" (Jon Steinberg, based on the comic book of the same name), "Reincarnationist" (David Hudgins), "Forge" (Jason Richman) and "Untitled Manny Coto/Brian Helgeland Project" at FOX; comedies "Walorsky" (Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka), "Don't Trust the Bitch at Apt. #23" (Dave Hemingson and Nahnatchka Khan) and "Sons of Tucson" (Greg Bratman and Tommy Dewey), also at FOX; dramas "Day One" (Jesse Alexander), "Girls Chasing Men" (Kerry Ehrin), "Garrick" (Ben Elton), "Trauma" (Dario Scardapane and Peter Berg) and "Untitled Hank Steinberg Project" at NBC; dramas "Happy Town" (Scott Rosenberg, Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec) and "The Gates" (Richard Hatem) at ABC; comedy "No Heroics" (Jeff Greenstein and Drew Pearce) at ABC; untitled medical dramas from the duos of Curtis Hanson & Carol Barbee and Jerry Bruckheimer & Jeffrey Lieber, respectively, at CBS; and the drama "Vampire Diaries" (Kevin Williamson) at The CW.


CBS AT THE TCA - During the Eye's executive session at the TCA Winter Press Tour, network topper Nina Tassler confirmed a slew of developments. Among them: they've ordered an extra 23rd episode of "The Mentalist"; "Swingtown," as long expected (co-stars Jack Davenport and Brittany Robertson have already moved on to new pilots), won't return for a second season on CBS or anywhere else; the network's 2009-10 development slate should include 10 pilots - five comedies and five dramas; a proposed "NCIS" spin-off will be set up via a backdoor pilot episode of the series later this season; and lastly, musician John Mayer is close to a deal to host a potential new variety series for the network, which could air weekly or as seasonal specials.


EVA ADAMS (FOX) - Rhea Seehorn ("Head Cases") has scored the title role on the drama pilot following a lengthy search. The project, which also stars James Van Der Beek and David Denman, centers on Adam Evanson, an egotistic, sexist agent who, under a witch's spell, turns into a woman so he can endure the harassment he has been dishing out. Kevin Falls is behind the Sony Pictures Television-based hour which Mark Waters is directing. Jamie Tarses and Jessica Tuchinsky are also executive producing alongside the duo.


GOSSIP GIRL (The CW) - The first details about a proposed spin-off of the much buzzed about soap emerged on Wednesday. It's understood the project will focus on the pre-"Gossip Girl" adventures of Kelly Rutherford's Lily van der Woodsen as a wild teenager in 1980s Los Angeles. Mark Piznarski, who helmed the parent show's pilot, will do the same for the spin-off, from a script by co-creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Said installment will air as a backdoor pilot on May 11. As for specifics, the series will track Lily Rhodes (her maiden name) as she moves in with her sister, the black sheep of the family, after a falling out with her parents, where she'll have to make the transition from a wealthy Montecito boarding school to a public school in the San Fernando Valley. Additionally, the untitled hour will also eventually - but not initially - explore Lily's pre-"Gossip Girl" relationship rocker Rufus Humphrey (played as an adult by Matthew Settle). Schwartz and Savage are executive producing alongside Alloy Entertainment's Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein for Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Network Television.


SHOWTIME AT THE TCA - Network chief Bob Greenblatt shared the first details of the pay channel's proposed "The L Word" spin-off featuring Leisha Hayley's character Alice Pieszecki. It's understood she'll be sent to prison - for reasons yet to be revealed on the parent show - and the new series will focus on her experiences there in what's being dubbed as the female "Oz." Melissa Leo, Famke Janssen and Laurie Metcalf all guest starred in the pilot and may or not may not become regulars should the series move forward. Greenblatt reportedly hopes to make a decision about the project's future in the next couple of months after a cut is turned in. Meanwhile, the network also confirmed "The Tudors" will roll out its eight-episode third season on Sunday, April 5. As previously announced, the new season features singer Joss Stone as Henry VIII's (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. The producers also confirmed a potential fourth season would be its last as executive producer Michael Hirst and company hope to subsequently move on to "Camelot," their take on the King Arthur myth, at the network.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [january 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· CAMELOT (STARZ)
· CONFESSIONS OF A CONTRACTOR (FOX)
· DAY ONE (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DON'T TRUST THE BITCH IN APARTMENT 23 (ABC)
· EASTWICK (ABC)
· EVA ADAMS (FOX)
· FORGE (FOX)
· GARRICK (NBC)
· GATES, THE (ABC)
· GIRLS CHASING MEN (NBC)
· GOSSIP GIRL (CW)
· HAPPY TOWN (ABC)
· HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
· HEAD CASES (FOX)
· HUMAN TARGET (FOX)
· L WORD, THE (SHOWTIME)
· MAGGIE HILL (FOX)
· MASTERWORK (FOX)
· MELROSE PLACE (CW)
· MENTALIST, THE (CBS)
· MIAMI MEDICAL (CBS)
· NCIS (CBS)
· NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS)
· NO HEROICS (ABC)
· OZ (HBO)
· PAST LIFE (FOX)
· RETURN, THE (ABC)
· SONS OF TUCSON (FOX)
· STATION, THE (FOX)
· STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, THE (CBS)
· SWINGTOWN (CBS)
· THREE RIVERS (CBS)
· TRAUMA (NBC)
· TUDORS, THE (SHOWTIME)
· TWO DOLLAR BEER (FOX)
· UNTITLED ADI HASAK PROJECT (FOX)
· UNTITLED COTO & HELGELAND PROJECT (FOX)
· UNTITLED GOSSIP GIRL SPIN-OFF PROJECT (CW)
· UNTITLED HANK STEINBERG PROJECT (NBC)
· UNTITLED JACK ORMAN PROJECT (FOX)
· UNTITLED JOHN MAYER PROJECT (CBS)
· UNTITLED L WORD SPIN-OFF PROJECT (SHOWTIME)
· VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE (CW)
· WALORSKY (FOX)
· WILD BOYS (FOX)











[10/01/14 - 09:47 AM]
New Seasons of Hit Showtime(R) Comedy Series "Shameless," "House of Lies" and "Episodes" to Return Sunday, January 11th
Emmy-nominees William H. Macy, Don Cheadle and Matt LeBlanc are back with their respective series.

[10/01/14 - 09:29 AM]
"NCIS: New Orleans" Retains 95% of Its Premiere in Viewers and 92% in Adults 18-49
CBS spins the numbers for Tuesday, September 30.

[10/01/14 - 08:48 AM]
NBC Wins Tuesday Night in Adults 18-49 Among the Big 4 Networks by a 59% Margin
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, September 30.

[10/01/14 - 08:36 AM]
Bravo Media Spices Up Fall with "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "Fashion Queens" Returning Sunday, November 9 at 8PM and 11:30PM ET/PT
Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Kenya Moore and Phaedra Parks are back this season, and joined by media maven Claudia Jordan.

[10/01/14 - 08:30 AM]
NBCSN Primetime & Total Day Viewership Increase for Fourth Consecutive Quarter
NBCSN spins the numbers for the third quarter of 2014.

[10/01/14 - 08:27 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Continues Win Streak for NBC
The Peacock's reality franchise once again replicates its week ago numbers among adults 18-49.

[10/01/14 - 08:16 AM]
ABC's New Tuesday Comedies Beat FOX's Comedies
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, September 30.

[10/01/14 - 08:01 AM]
Springhill Production Company to Executive Produce ESPN Films' and Disney XD's "Becoming," Profiling the Journeys of Today's Most-Inspiring Athletes
"Becoming" will debut Sunday, October 26 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD and is in development for an ongoing series.

[10/01/14 - 07:45 AM]
ABC Ranks #1 with Upscale Adults 18-49 During Premiere Week
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of September 22-28.

[10/01/14 - 07:29 AM]
"A Crime to Remember" Returns to Investigation Discovery
Look for the first of eight new episodes on Tuesday, November 11 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/01/14 - 07:18 AM]
Nickelodeon Launches "Blaze and the Monster Machines," Brand-New Preschool Series Supercharged with Stem Curriculum, Monday, Oct. 13, at 12 P.M. (ET/PT)
The first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM in every episode, Blaze and the Monster Machines follows the amazing monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ.

[10/01/14 - 07:00 AM]
E! Reveals the Ambition, Talent and Savvy It Takes to Walk in the Stilettos of an Icon When "House of DVF" Premieres Sunday, November 2 at 10PM ET/PT
The series will also come to E! in 100 countries, premiering in November internationally - the same month as the U.S. premiere.

[09/30/14 - 02:53 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, September 29.

[09/30/14 - 02:18 PM]
"Parenthood" Delivered the Show's Highest 18-49 Rating in Live+3 Since October 3, 2013
NBC further spins the numbers for Thursday, September 25.

[09/30/14 - 02:04 PM]
Discovery Channel Moves Up the Cable Ranker and Into the Top Five for Adults and Men During 3Q14
Discovery spins the numbers for the quarter to date.