or


[03/27/09 - 06:24 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 27
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!


BEN HUR (ABC, New!) - The Alphabet is set to team with Alchemy Television Group and Spain's Drimtim Entertainment for a new mini-series about the renegade hero in ancient Rome. William Wyler's 1959 film about the subject took home 11 Oscars, including Best Picture. Steve Shill ("Rome") will direct the $22.5 million production from a script by Alan Sharp ("Rob Roy"). Casting is underway on the project, which will begin filming in May in Spain, Morocco and Canada. David Wyler, William Wyler's son, is executive producing alongside Alchemy's Simon Vaughan and Drimtim's Roger Corbi. It's understood ABC plans to air the project as a limited series however no air date has been set.


EMPIRE STATE (ABC) - David Call is the latest addition to the drama pilot, "a contemporary Romeo-and-Juliet tale about the love between the blue-collar Sam (Mike Vogel) and the wealthy Annabelle (Beau Garrett) whose fathers are nemeses." He'll play the man's younger brother in the project, which comes from writer Michael Seitzman, director Jeremy Podeswa and ABC Studios.


MASTERWORK (FOX) - Aussie Matt Passmore and Brit Tom Ellis have both landed lead roles on the drama pilot, a thriller about a race against time to recover the world's most sought-after artifacts. They'll join the previously cast Natalie Dormer. Passmore will play an FBI agent specializing in the acquisition of stolen art who teams with Dormer's character, an MI-5 agent. Ellis then plays her fiance, a special agent at Scotland Yard. Paul T. Scheuring penned the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour, which Jeffrey Nachmanoff is directing.


NEW YORK GOES TO WORK (VH1, New!) - Tiffany "New York" Pollard is set to topline another series for the cable channel in which she undertakes various jobs suggested by text-messaging viewers. The series, from reality house 51 Minds Entertainment - home to previous Pollard efforts "I Love New York" and "Flavor of Love," will launch on Monday, May 4 at 10:00/9:00c. Here's the network's official description: "Each week America will choose from a list of three possible job opportunities and vote via their mobile phones by texting which job they would like to see Tiffany try. Will she be a Cal Trans sewer worker, a mortuary beautician, or a fast food employee? It will be up to you. And don�t think it will be easy for Tiffany. She�ll be worked, in all aspects of the job! Why again is she doing this? For the money of course. If she can impress her new employers, she�ll receive a $5,000 bonus each week. But, if she quits, fails, or gets fired, she�ll get absolutely nothing." Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego are the executive producers.


STATE OF ROMANCE (NBC) - Stephen Rannazzisi ("Big Day") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about the "Pride & Prejudice"-esque relationship between Mike (Steve Howey) and Emily (Lindsey Broad). He'll play Mike's roommate in the project, which comes from Universal Media Studios and co-creators Barbara Wallace and Tom Wolfe.


VICTORIA SILVSTEDT: MY PERFECT LIFE (E!, New!) - The cable channel has acquired the rights to the rights to the U.K.-produced reality series, which tracks the life of the former Playboy Playmate of the Year. Set to roll out Thursday, April 2 at 8:00/7:00c, the project bowed on E!'s counterpart in the U.K. back in November.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [march 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· BEN HUR (OVATION)
· BIG DAY (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EMPIRE STATE (ABC)
· FLAVOR OF LOVE (VH1)
· I LOVE NEW YORK (VH1)
· MASTERWORK (FOX)
· NEW YORK GOES TO WORK (VH1)
· ROME (HBO)
· STATE OF ROMANCE (NBC)
· VICTORIA SILVSTEDT: MY PERFECT LIFE (E)





[01/22/18 - 01:46 PM]
Nat Geo WILD Kicks Off Safari Live Weeklong Event on Super Bowl Sunday
Tune in to experience thrilling nightly safaris from Africa's most remarkable wildlife destinations.

[01/22/18 - 12:01 PM]
Natalie Portman Set to Host "Saturday Night Live" on Feb. 3 with Musical Guest Dua Lipa
Pop artist Dua Lipa will join Portman as musical guest for the first time.

[01/22/18 - 10:31 AM]
"American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World" and "Timeless" Season Two Premiere Jumpstart Sunday Night Family Viewing Beginning March 11
"Timeless" will then regularly air on Sunday nights following "Little Big Shots" and "Genius Junior."

[01/22/18 - 09:46 AM]
Starz Acquires Unscripted Docuseries "America to Me" from Acclaimed Filmmaker Steve James and Participant Media
The series follows students, teachers and administrators in suburban Chicago's Oak Park and River Forest High School, one of the country's most exemplary and diverse public schools.

[01/22/18 - 08:38 AM]
Food Network Takes Game Day Eats Live
Food Network will go live Saturday, February 3, with a cross-platform Game Day Eats experience, offering game day recipes, tips and inspiration across the brand's linear, digital and convergent properties.

[01/22/18 - 08:32 AM]
SundanceTV Continues Its Exploration of True Crime by Partnering with Award-Winning Talent and Greenlighting Three New Docuseries
The first of these docuseries, "The Road to Jonestown" (w/t), will air timed to the 40th Anniversary of the massacre this November.

[01/22/18 - 08:31 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Dominates with NFC Championship
The Eagles/Vikings blowout is not surprisingly down from last year's primetime championship on CBS.

[01/22/18 - 08:19 AM]
30 for 30 "The Two Bills" to Premiere February 1 on ESPN
The next documentary features legendary football coaches Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells being interviewed together for the first time since 1991.

[01/22/18 - 07:47 AM]
First Season of "The Alienist" to Premiere on Netflix on April 19th
All 10 episodes will be available at once for members around the world.

[01/22/18 - 07:03 AM]
EPIX(R) Original Documentary, "This Is Home: A Refugee Story," to Air in 2018 Following World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival
Directed by Alexandra Shiva and produced by Blumhouse and Gidalya Pictures, the film is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and struggling to find their footing.

[01/22/18 - 06:30 AM]
Disney Junior Sinks Its Teeth Into a Second Season of "Vampirina"
An out-of-the-gate hit for kids and families, the October 1 simulcast premiere of "Vampirina" on Disney Channel and Disney Junior ranked as the preschooler platform's highest-rated new series premiere.

[01/22/18 - 05:04 AM]
ION Television's New Original Series, "Private Eyes," Premieres Sunday, February 11
The Jason Priestley-led drama will air each Sunday night with back-to-back new episodes.

[01/22/18 - 01:57 AM]
"First Team: Juventus FC" Coming to Netflix on February 16th
Netflix will follow the most compelling stories and characters in the club during the 2017-2018 season.

[01/21/18 - 09:04 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: NBA Primetime Return Puts ABC on Top
The Alphabet wins the evening among adults 18-49.

[01/20/18 - 08:35 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Keeps Top Spot in Viewers, Demos
"MacGyver" and "Hawaii Five-0" lead the night in adults 18-49, while "Blue Bloods" is the most-watched program.