[03/10/09 - 06:51 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 10
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!

18 TO LIFE (ABC) - While ABC has passed on the pilot, the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) is still moving forward with the project. The pair partnered on the half-hour, which stars Stacey Farber and Michael Seater as 18-year-old neighbors who get married on a dare only to face criticism from their parents and friends, last year in a deal brokered by Alchemy Television. Derek Schreyer and Karen Troubetzkoy are behind the project, which also stars Peter Keleghan, Al Goulem, Ellen David and newcomers Tommie-Amber Pirie and Ariel Shiri. Peter Wellington directed the pilot.

THE BIG D (CBS) - Deanne Dunagan, Missy Pyle and Chris Parnell have all scored roles on the comedy pilot, about a New York couple that moves "to the husband's hometown of Dallas, where his Southern belle mother (Dunagan) makes life complicated for his East Coast wife." Pyle then will play the husband's emotional sister while Parnell is in talks to play her husband, a preacher. Jackie Filgo and Jeff Filgo are behind the half-hour, which is set up at Warner Bros. Television.

THE EASTMANS (CBS) - Saffron Burrows, Jesse Bradford and Gaby Hoffmann are the latest additions to the drama pilot, about a complicated family of doctors. Burrows is set as Anna Eastman, "who is trying to develop a cure for autism while grappling with the fact her child might have the disorder." Hoffmann and Bradford then are on board as twins Sally and Seth Eastman - she's a pathologist while he's had his license suspended because of a Vicodin addiction. Warner Bros. Television is behind the project, which was created by Margaret Nagle.

EASTWICK (ABC) - "Ugly Betty" alum Rebecca Romijn has been tapped for a lead role on the drama pilot, about three women who discover they have mystical powers when a mysterious man comes to town. She'll play one of the them, Roxie, a Bohemian and sharp-tongued single mother. Lindsay Price and Jaime Ray Newman also topline the hour, which comes from director David Nutter and writer Maggie Friedman. Warner Bros. Television is producing.

THE GOOD WIFE (CBS) - Matt Czuchry ("Gilmore Girls") has joined the cast of the pilot, a drama about a politician's wife (Julianna Margulies) who gets a job as a junior associate at a top law firm. He'll play the other first-year associate at the firm, a handsome Harvard graduate. Charles McDougall is helming the CBS Paramount Network Television-based hour from a script by Michelle and Robert King.

GOSSIP GIRL (The CW) - Matt Barr ("One Tree Hill") is the final addition to the "Gossip Girl" spin-off, about the teen adventures of Lily Rhodes (Brittany Snow) in 1980s Los Angeles. He'll play Keith van der Woodsen, a rich and handsome Malibu prince who may be the future father of Blake Lively's Serena van der Woodsen. The backdoor pilot, airing May 11, also stars Andrew McCarthy, Krysten Ritter and Shilo Fernandez.

MIAMI TRAUMA (CBS) - Jeremy Northam ("The Tudors") has signed onto the drama pilot, a medical drama set at a Miami trauma center. He'll play a likable but enigmatic new doctor on the trauma ward. Writer Jeffrey Lieber and executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer are behind the hour, which comes from Warner Bros. Television.

TREME (HBO) - Oscar nominee Melissa Leo ("Frozen River") has joined the cast of the David Simon-produced drama pilot, which chronicles the post-Katrina rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of local musicians. She'll play a civil rights lawyer in the ensemble, which also stars Clarke Peters, Khandi Alexander, Kim Dickens, Rob Brown, Steve Zahn and Wendell Pierce. Agnieszka Holland is also on board to direct the hour from a script by Simon and Eric Overmyer.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

  [march 2009]  

· 18 TO LIFE (CW)

[10/26/16 - 03:23 PM]
Lifetime Partners with "The View" for Primetime Event Program, "The View Live Election Special"
The special will feature "The View's" co-hosts from their set with a live studio audience, election-themed Hot Topics, interactive election activities and up-to-the-minute results from key battleground states.

[10/26/16 - 02:01 PM]
Freeform Says Farewell to "Pretty Little Liars" with an Exclusive One-Hour Tell-All Following the Series Finale
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse, as well as executive producer I. Marlene King, will sit down for an hour long unbarred and uncensored tell-all after show.

[10/26/16 - 01:31 PM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases Poster and New "Presidential" Teaser for Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Special
On election night, Colbert will be reacting in real-time to the election results as the state by state returns come in, making it the perfect election night destination for people who want to see all the latest news, without actually having to watch the news.

[10/26/16 - 12:45 PM]
New Comedy "The Mick," Starring Kaitlin Olson, to Premiere Sunday, January 1, After NFL Doubleheader, on FOX
The series will then regularly air Tuesday nights following "New Girl."

[10/26/16 - 11:42 AM]
Samantha Bee Interviews Her First Male President, Barack Obama
Said installment of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" airs Monday, October 31 at 10:30/9:30c on TBS.

[10/26/16 - 11:00 AM]
Starz Adds Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco to Spy Thriller "Counterpart"
The espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist also stars Oscar(R) winner J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
Weinstein Television's Epic Scripted Event Series "Waco," Lands on Spike TV
Previously announced in August, the six-part event series is based on the harrowing true story of the 1993 FBI siege of a religious sect in Waco, Texas that resulted in the deadly shoot out and fire.

[10/26/16 - 10:32 AM]
"Broad City" Original Series Soundtrack Available Friday, October 28 via Milan Records in Association with Comedy Central Records
The album artwork and packaging is designed by artist Mike Perry, who is also the creator of the animated show opener for "Broad City," and features an insert with spliff-rolling instructions.

[10/26/16 - 10:23 AM]
The CW Gets Into the Spirit with Its Schedule of Upcoming Holiday Specials
New this holiday season, The CW will broadcast an original holiday special, "Terry Crews Saves Christmas," for five hour-long episodes across four consecutive nights, starting Tuesday, December 20.

[10/26/16 - 10:09 AM]
WGN America's Hit Supernatural Thriller "Salem" Returns Halloween Week Wednesday, November 2 at 9:00 PM ET/PT
In advance of the premiere, the network released a riveting new trailer featuring a gruesome twist on "Cats Cradle."

[10/26/16 - 09:26 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Opens on Top for FOX
The network's coverage is up more than 17% among adults 18-49 from last year.

[10/26/16 - 09:01 AM]
Disney Begins Production on New "Muppet Babies" Series, Slated to Debut in Early 2018
Geared towards kids 4-7, each episode will feature two 11-minute stories that follow the Muppet Babies on various adventures as they let their imaginations take them to the farthest corners of the universe.

[10/26/16 - 09:00 AM]
Esquire Network Teams Up with Nick Offerman and the Movember Foundation to Throw a "'Stache Bash" to Raise Awareness of Men's Health
Take a look at Nick chatting about moustaches and tune in to the marathon to see the best of the beards and flavor savers.

[10/26/16 - 08:56 AM]
Travel Channel Says Week of December 25 Is the Perfect Time for a "Chill-cation"
Travel Channel's favorite experts and explorers - Josh Gates, Jack Maxwell, Anthony Melchiorri, Don Wildman, Andrew Zimmern and Zak Bagans - will lead ultimate chilly escapes with ice-themed episodes of the network's most popular series.

[10/26/16 - 08:32 AM]
ABC Brings You "Home for the Holidays" with Series and Specials from Thanksgiving Through the New Year
Highlights include new seasons of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" and the re-monikered "The Great American Baking Show."