or


[02/11/09 - 06:27 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, February 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!


BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) - Aleksa Palladino, Paul Sparks, Shea Whigham and Anthony Laciura are the final additions to the drama pilot, which chronicles the early 20th century origins of Atlantic City. Palladino will play Angela, the wife of Michael Pitt's Jimmy Darmody; with Sparks as a funeral director whose real business is bootlegging; Whigham as Eli Johnson, the corrupt sheriff brother of Steve Buscemi's Nucky Johnson; and Laciura as Eddie Kessel, Nucky's loyal assistant. Terrence Winter penned the hour and is executive producing alongside director Martin Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson.


CANNED (ABC, New!) - Kevin Etten ("Reaper") is the latest to score a pilot order from the network, this time for a multi-camera comedy about a group of friends who all get fired on the same day. The project, whose commitment is showrunner-contingent, is set up at ABC Studios and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Etten penned the script and will executive produce with Brillstein's Peter Traugott.


CONFESSIONS OF A CONTRACTOR (CBS) - The Shawn Ryan-produced drama has received a pilot commitment from the Eye. Richard Murphy wrote the hour based on his book of the same name about the on and off the clock life of a successful L.A. contractor. Murphy also serves as a co-executive producer on the 20th Century Fox Television-based project, which Ryan, Jeff Okin and Paul Green are executive producing.


COUGAR TOWN (ABC) - The Courteney Cox-led/Bill Lawrence-produced comedy has formally been ordered to pilot. Cox stars as a newly single 40-year-old mom with a 17-year-old son in the ABC Studios-based half-hour, which Lawrence co-wrote alongside Kevin Biegel. The trio then also serve as executive producers.


DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC) - Co-star Nicollette Sheridan is exiting the series after five seasons, reports TVGuide.com. "[Nicollette] had a great time on the show and is looking forward to her next project," a rep for Sheridan said in a statement. Not surprisingly, the circumstances of her departure were not revealed.


THE EASTMANS (CBS, New!) - Margaret Nagle has scored a pilot order from the Eye for yet another medical drama, this time about a complicated family of doctors. The project is set up at Warner Bros. Television with Nagle writing and executive producing. The Eye's medical roster also includes Curtis Hanson and Carol Barbee's "Three Rivers" as well as Jerry Bruckheimer and Jeffrey Lieber's "Miami Trauma."


FIRE IN THE HOLE (FX) - The cable channel has ordered a pilot for the project, about Kentucky-based U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, "a tough, soft-spoken lawman with a rough side," and "chronicles his cases and personal life, including unfinished business with an ex-wife and his aging father." Graham Yost is behind the hour, which is based on the Elmore Leonard short story of the same name. Michael Dinner is directing the Sony Pictures Television-based project, which Yost is executive producing alongside Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.


HUMAN TARGET (FOX) - Mark Valley ("Fringe") has scored the lead role on the drama pilot, about a mysterious security freelancer who assumes the identities of those in danger. He'll play Christopher Chance in the hour, which comes from DC Comics, Warner Bros. Television and McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision. Simon West is directing from a script by Jon Steinberg.


I WITNESS (CBS, New!) - Pam Veasey and Trey Callaway ("CSI: NY") have landed a pilot commitment from the Eye for a new drama about a gumshoe professor who uses her physiological skills to solve crimes. The project is set up at CBS Paramount Network Television with the pair writing and executive producing.


THE LAW (ABC, New!) - Cedric the Entertainer is set to topline a new comedy for the Alphabet about "reserve police officers for the LAPD who balance their full-time off-duty lives with the excitement of being weekend cops." The single-camera project, which has a pilot order, is set up at ABC Studios and DreamWorks Television. Cedric co-wrote the script with Bob Fisher who are also executive producing alongside Charles Segars, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. Cedric previously starred in a multi-camera pilot for the network last season.


LIGHTS OUT (FX, New!) - Feature writer Justin Zackham ("The Bucket List") and director Phillip Noyce ("The Quiet American") are set to team for a new drama pilot at the cable channel about "an aging former heavyweight boxing champion [with pugilistic dementia] who struggles to find his identity and support his wife [a pediatric orthopedic surgeon] and three daughters after his fighting days, leading him to accept reluctantly a job as an enforcer collecting debts." Fox Television Studios and FX Productions are behind the hour, which Noyce is expected to direct from a script by Zackham. Ross Fineman, the pair's manager, will executive produce alongside the duo.


PLANET LUCY (ABC, New!) - Gabrielle Allan has scored a cast-contingent pilot presentation order from the Alphabet for a new comedy about "an accident-prone woman who balances raising three kids with trying to reclaim who she was before she became a wife and mother." ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television are behind the single-camera project, which is based on Fiona Neill's book "Slummy Mummy." Allan then is executive producing alongside Jamie Tarses.


TREME (HBO) - Rob Brown is the latest addition to the pilot, a post-Katrina-themed drama that chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of local musicians. He'll play Delmond, a New York jazz musician and son of Albert (Clarke Peters) who reluctantly returns to his native New Orleans. Khandi Alexander, Kim Dickens, Steve Zahn and Wendell Pierce also star in the hour, which comes from executive producers David Simon, Eric Overmyer and Nina Noble.


UNTITLED ANITA RENFROE PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Comedian Anita Renfroe is set to star in a potential new comedy at the Alphabet described as a parenting show centered around the thought that family comes first, by any means necessary. The project, which has a pilot presentation order, is set up at the ever-busy Sony Pictures Television-based Tantamount. Rob Hanning and Amy Welsh penned the script and are executive producing alongside the company's Mitch Hurwitz, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.


UNTITLED KELSEY GRAMMER PROJECT (ABC) - The Kelsey Grammer-led comedy, about a hotshot Wall Street executive who loses his job and is forced to reconnect with his small-town family, has been ordered to pilot. Tucker Cawley penned the half-hour and is executive producing alongside Good Humor Television's Mike Clements and Tom Werner. Warner Bros. Television is the studio attached.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [february 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· BLESS THIS MESS (ABC)
· BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
· CANNED (ABC)
· CONFESSIONS OF A CONTRACTOR (FOX)
· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· CSI: NEW YORK (CBS)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EASTMANS, THE (CBS)
· FRINGE (FOX)
· HANK (ABC)
· HUMAN TARGET (FOX)
· I WITNESS (CBS)
· JUSTIFIED (FX)
· LAW, THE (ABC)
· LIGHTS OUT (FX)
· MIAMI MEDICAL (CBS)
· PLANET LUCY (ABC)
· REAPER (CW)
· THREE RIVERS (CBS)
· TREME (HBO)





[05/04/16 - 04:31 PM]
ABC Announces the Teams Competing on the "Battlebots: The Gears Awaken" Preview Special, Airing Tuesday, May 10
The epic robot-fighting tournament "BattleBots" is back for season two this summer on Thursday, June 23.

[05/04/16 - 04:00 PM]
GSN Celebrates Mother's Day with Special Mom-Themed Marathon of "Family Feud," Sunday, May 8
Each of the 10 specially selected half-hour shows features questions designed to remind viewers about the woman they love the most - their mom - on her special day.

[05/04/16 - 02:15 PM]
Seth MacFarlane to Create, Executive-Produce and Star in New Hour-Long, Live-Action Comedic Drama Series for FOX
Set 300 years in the future, the series follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth's interstellar Fleet.

[05/04/16 - 02:11 PM]
Geniuses Face Off in an Intense Test of Knowledge and Stamina on the Season Premiere of ABC's "500 Questions"
The five-night event series concludes with a two-hour season finale on Wednesday, June 1.

[05/04/16 - 01:03 PM]
"Saturday Night Live" Returns in May with Three Back-to-Back Shows
Brie Larson (May 7), Drake (May 14) and Fred Armisen (May 21) will close out the show's season.

[05/04/16 - 01:01 PM]
Megyn Kelly to Sit Down with Laverne Cox during "MEGYN KELLY presents," Airing Tuesday, May 17, on FOX
As previously announced, the special also will feature Kelly's first extensive sit-down interview with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

[05/04/16 - 12:02 PM]
"Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule" Season 4 Premieres Friday, June 17th at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim
The new season will be followed by "Decker: Unclassified," starring Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington.

[05/04/16 - 12:00 PM]
Start Your Summer with an Animated Adventure During Freeform's "Funday" Weekend Programming Event on May 14 and 15
Experience college through Mike Wazowski's eye, whip up recipes with Remy, and cheer on Wreck-It Ralph and Aladdin as they attempt to prove themselves as heroes.

[05/04/16 - 11:57 AM]
GSN to Launch First Spinoff Series from "Skin Wars" Franchise; "Skin Wars: Fresh Paint" Debuts Wednesday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT
The series features three of "Skin Wars" top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week.

[05/04/16 - 10:49 AM]
National Geographic Launches a Covert Investigation Into the Disappearance of Adventurer Cody Dial in Riveting True-Crime Series, "Missing Dial"
The six-part series launches Sunday, May 22 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.

[05/04/16 - 10:25 AM]
Valerie Bertinelli Entertains Friends & Family on the Return of "Valerie's Home Cooking"
Valerie is back in the kitchen sharing her tips for easy-to-make, delicious dishes and homemade recipes, adding her own signature touches and flavor along the way.

[05/04/16 - 10:08 AM]
TNT Teams Up with E4 on "Foreign Bodies"
The series is the story of a motley gang of travellers embarking on a three-month trip around Asia.

[05/04/16 - 10:01 AM]
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Champion Abby Wambach Joins ESPN
Wambach will cover international sporting events for the network later this summer at the UEFA European Football Championship 2016 in France and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

[05/04/16 - 09:39 AM]
E! Announces Four New Unscripted Series as the Pop Culture Powerhouse Continues to Expand on Successful Primetime Slate
Highlights include a spin-off of hit franchise "WAGS" (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars) set against the sunny, sexy backdrop of South Florida.

[05/04/16 - 09:34 AM]
Netflix Celebrates "Marseille"
In advance of the series launch on May 5, Netflix surprised the residents of Marseille today in true Hollywood fashion when a french twist of the original "Hollywood" sign was erected to overlook the city.