or


[07/14/09 - 06:32 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, July 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!


HAPPY TOWN (ABC) - Steven Weber ("Brothers & Sisters") and newcomer Ben Schnetzer are both on track to join the cast of the midseason drama, a mystery set in a small town rattled by the return of a serial kidnapper. They'll take over as John Haplin and Andrew Haplin, respectively. Dean Winters originated the former role, the head of the local bread factory who is still obsessed and filled with agony over the disappearance of his daughter years ago. John Patrick Amedori likewise played his son Andrew, a wealthy teenager entangled in a Romeo & Juliet-style romance, in the original two-hour pilot. No reason for the changes were given.


LIVE NUDE COMEDY (Showtime, New!) - Shannon Elizabeth is set to host a new series at the pay channel featuring a mix of standup comedy and modern-day burlesque. The half-hour project, which has a six-episode commitment, launches on Thursday at midnight. As for format specifics, it's understood Elizabeth will open the show with an audience-participation sketch followed by an alternating mix of two comedians and two dancers. Gary Binkow then is executive producing the series via his Salient Media banner alongside Michael Green and The Collective. Sam Tripoli, Ian Edwards, Andy Dick and Whitney Cummings are all set to appear during the show's run with Dakota Ferreiro and Tonya Kay performing in the opener. It's also understood producers are working on an accompanying live touring component, which will start in Atlantic City with an eye towards expanding into Los Angeles.


MODERN FAMILY (ABC) - Director Jason Winer has inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with producer 20th Century Fox Television. The pact calls for the multihyphenate to serve as a co-executive producer on the newcomer, as well as helm at least six of its 12 episodes beyond the pilot. He'll also develop new series projects at the studio.


SCRUBS (ABC) - Eliza Coupe has been upped to series regular for the show's ninth season, Entertainment Weekly reports. She'll continue on as Denise (a.k.a. "Jo"), an insensitive intern at the hospital. Coupe's promotion comes as the show undergoes a major overhaul for its new season, which will see Donald Faison and John C. McGinley as the only returning regulars. Former co-stars Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes and Ken Jenkins nevertheless are expected to make occasional appearances.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [july 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HAPPY TOWN (ABC)
· LIVE NUDE COMEDY (SHOWTIME)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· SCRUBS (ABC)











[10/20/14 - 03:29 PM]
"Gold Rush" Season Five Premiere Tops Cable Television on Friday
Discovery spins the numbers for Friday, October 17.

[10/20/14 - 02:02 PM]
John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting to Perform Original Song for 100th Episode Of "Hawaii Five-0," Nov. 7
The song, titled "All For One," will premiere during the broadcast of the milestone episode.

[10/20/14 - 01:20 PM]
CMT's Highest-Rated Series Ever "Party Down South" Keeps the Party Going This Holiday Season with Two All-New, One-Hour Specials
"Party Down South: Drunksgiving" airs Thursday, November 20 followed by "Party Down South: Christmas Hangover" on Thursday, December 18.

[10/20/14 - 01:19 PM]
HGTV and DIY Network Greenlight Seven New Series
"America's Most Desperate Kitchens," "Log Cabin Living," "Shalina Joy Project" and "Real Estate Riches" are on tap at the former while "First Time Flippers," "Miami Rehab" and "The Treehouse Guys" are coming to the latter.

[10/20/14 - 12:42 PM]
Discovery Fit & Health Pulls Back the White Curtain on Outrageous Medical Emergencies When "Untold Stories of the ER" Returns with the Craziest Cases Special and 100th Episode
The 100th episode kicks off all-new episodes, beginning Friday, November 14 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
Three Families Are "Risking It All" for a Life Off the Grid
TLC's latest original series premieres Tuesday, November 18 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
"Real World: Skeletons" Set to Premiere December 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on MTV
This season, the series begins in the traditional way with seven strangers moving into an old nightclub turned fabulous urban loft in Chicago's West Loop, but each of these roommates has skeletons in their closets.

[10/20/14 - 12:18 PM]
USA Network Orders Third Season of Breakout Comedic Reality Series "Chrisley Knows Best"
Plus: look for a half-hour "Chrisley" holiday special set for this December.

[10/20/14 - 12:10 PM]
Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to Perform Duets with Top Country Acts on "The 48th Annual CMA Awards"
Grande will be joining two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town for an on-air collaboration.

[10/20/14 - 11:51 AM]
ABC Family Invites Fans to Tweet the "Dearly Departed" During a Halloween Special of "Pretty Little Liars," Airing Tuesday, October 21
Janel Parrish ("Mona"), Andrea Parker ("Mrs. DiLaurentis") and Bryce Johnson ("Det. Darren Wilden") will live tweet with fans during the East Coast broadcast.

[10/20/14 - 11:49 AM]
"Untold with Maria Menounos" Premieres Thursday, October 30th at 8:00PM ET/PT
The series takes a closer look at two major entertainment stories that are making headlines today: the Transgender movement and Depression in Comedians.

[10/20/14 - 11:06 AM]
Live + 7 Ratings: ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" Is the Week's #1 Biggest Gainer in TV Playback in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 11:04 AM]
A Wedding, a Breakup and a Divorce?! Don't Miss the "Total Divas" Mid-Season Finale Sunday, October 26 at 9pm ET on E!
Plus: WWE(R) Diva Alicia Fox(TM) and WWE Diva Paige(TM) joint the cast when new episodes resume Sunday, January 4 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 10:55 AM]
CBS Freshman Dramas Post Strong Second-Week Live +7-Day Lifts
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 10:40 AM]
Pizza Aficionados Sal Basille and Francis Garcia Return to Travel the Country on a Culinary Expedition in Cooking Channel's "Pizza Masters"
The six-episode series launches Friday, December 5 at 9:00/8:00c on the network.