or


[09/18/09 - 06:03 PM]
Development Update: Friday, September 18
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!


THE BORGIAS (Showtime, New!) - Feature helmer Neil Jordan is developing a new historical drama at the pay channel about the infamous Borgia clan, "the notorious Italian noble family that ran amok during the Renaissance." Showtime is said to be close to a pilot commitment for the project, which also comes from DreamWorks Television and Robert Zemeckis's ImageMovers banner. Jordan penned the script on spec and has completed a story bible for the series. He'll also executive produce alongside Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank of DreamWorks and Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey of ImageMovers. As for specifics, the series will revolve around Rodrigo Borgia, "who served as Pope Alexander VI from 1492-1503 before dying suddenly, and his murderous and larcenous children Lucrezia, Cesare and Juan."


CHUCK (NBC) - Vinnie Jones ("X-Men: The Last Stand") is set to guest star on the show's third season. He'll play Karl Stromberg, "an expert hit man with a soft side." No other details were given about said role.


IN PLAIN SIGHT (USA, New!) - John McNamara ("Eyes") has been tapped as the showrunner of the series, which returns for its third season next year. He'll take over for David Maples and Paul Stupin, who announced their departure earlier this year. The news is the result of a new overall deal the prolific writer/producer has inked with Universal Media Studios. In addition to his "Sight" duties, he'll develop new series projects for the studio. Production on the new season of "Sight" begins in January in Albuquerque.


LEAPFROG (ABC, New!) - Shana Goldberg-Meehan ("Joey") has landed a pilot commitment from the Alphabet for a new multi-camera comedy about "two sisters at different stages in their romantic relationships - one sister is in a happy, long-term relationship but isn't married; the other gets pregnant and winds up quickly marrying her new beau." Warner Bros. Television is the studio attached.


PREGNANCY PACT (Lifetime) - Thora Birch and Nancy Travis are the first to be cast in the original movie, which is inspired by "the true story of the boom of teen pregnancies at Gloucester High School in Massachusetts." Birch will play Sidney Bloom, "an opinionated blogger who returns to her hometown to investigate the sudden spike in teenage pregnancies at her old high school." Travis then is set as Lorraine Dougan, "head of a local conservative-values group and mother of Sara, a pregnant 15-year-old." The Gloucester story drew national attention after a Time magazine story suggested the pregnancies were the result of a pact among the girls. Robert M. Sertner and Frank von Zerneck are behind the project, which Rosemary Rodriguez will direct from a script by Pamela Davis and Teena Booth.


UNTITLED BRETT PAESEL/MARSH MCCALL PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Brett Paesel and Marsh McCall have booked a script commitment from the Alphabet for a new comedy about Megan McPhee, "a newly divorced woman who, in an attempt to rebuild her life, takes a rather unusual job." ABC Studios is behind the multi-camera half-hour with Warren Littlefield also executive producing.


UNTITLED PENN & TELLER PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Vegas magicians/comedians Penn and Teller ("Penn & Teller: Bullshit") are set to topline a potential new dramedy at the network about a pair of "magicians by night and reluctant detectives by day." Leonard Dick ("House") is writing the Warner Bros. Television-based project and will executive alongside the duo. Peter Golden is also onboard as a co-executive producer.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [september 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· BETTER WITH YOU (ABC)
· BORGIAS, THE (SHOWTIME)
· CHUCK (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EYES (ABC)
· HOUSE (FOX)
· IN PLAIN SIGHT (USA)
· JOEY (NBC)
· PENN & TELLER: BULLSHIT (SHOWTIME)
· PREGNANCY PACT (LIFETIME)
· UNTITLED MCCALL & PAESEL PROJECT (ABC)
· UNTITLED PENN & TELLER PROJECT (ABC)





[02/21/19 - 12:41 PM]
"The Eric Andre Show's" Kraft Punk Takes on D.C.
The special premieres Friday, March 8 at Midnight ET/PT on Adult Swim.

[02/21/19 - 12:03 PM]
"Animal Cribs" Returns to Animal Planet for a Second Season on March 1st at 9 PM ET/PT
Antonio Ballatore is on a mission - one that will allow families and their animals to live together in harmony.

[02/21/19 - 11:17 AM]
Tiffany Marie Smith and Charlie Field Cast in Title Roles of Lifetime Feature "Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal"
Filming begins later this month in Vancouver for a spring debut.

[02/21/19 - 11:04 AM]
Cartoon Network to Unveil "Victor and Valentino" in U.S. and Latin America on Saturday, March 30
The series follows two half-brothers learning to appreciate each other's quirks and differences while exploring Monte Macabre, a small and mysterious town, where the myths and legends of Mesoamerican folklore come to life.

[02/21/19 - 10:47 AM]
The Musical Comedy "I Ship It" Season Two to Air on The CW Network Beginning Friday, April 19, Following "Dynasty"
The first season is currently streaming on CW Seed, The CW Network's digital network, where it premiered in 2016 and won a 2016 Streamy Award.

[02/21/19 - 10:20 AM]
Starz Inks "Kin" Development Deal with Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine
"Kin" follows three generations of women who are thrust together when their dynamic and controversial matriarch moves back to town.

[02/21/19 - 10:02 AM]
HBO Sports(R) and Uninterrupted Present the Season Premiere of "The Shop," Debuting Friday, March 1, Exclusively on HBO
Antonio Brown, Jamie Foxx, Meek Mill, Anthony Davis, Jerrod Carmichael and 2 Chainz are all featured on the new installment.

[02/21/19 - 10:00 AM]
Video: CBS All Access Reveals "The Twilight Zone" Official Trailer and Key Art
As previously announced, the series will premiere with two episodes on Monday, April 1.

[02/21/19 - 09:32 AM]
Brand-New "Moonshiners" Spin-Off "Moonshiners: Whiskey Business" Starring Tim Smith to Premiere Wednesday, March 13 on Discovery Channel
Outlaw turned legal moonshiner, Tim Smith has worked hard to establish his legal brand of liquor, Climax and do his father proud.

[02/21/19 - 09:14 AM]
FOX Sports Steps Up to the Plate as Home to Baseball's Greatest Events
In its 24th consecutive season of coverage, the network offers an impressive lineup featuring the sport's most coveted events including an exclusive presentation of the first-ever Major League Baseball game played in Europe.

[02/21/19 - 09:07 AM]
"Mama June: From Not to Hot" Season 3 Premieres Friday, March 15 at 9/8 C on WE tv
Additionally, fans can relive the most unbelievable scenes of the past two years with a kick-off special, "Mama's Most Outrageous Moments," airing at 8/7 C prior to the season 3 premiere.

[02/21/19 - 09:06 AM]
Netflix Signs Overall Series Deal with "Haunting" Team; Includes Next Season in Anthology Series
Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy will produce an all-new chapter in "The Haunting" anthology, with the next installment chronicling a new story with all new characters.

[02/21/19 - 09:02 AM]
Showtime(R) Announces Otto Bathurst Will Direct and Executive Produce "Halo"
Bathurst will helm multiple episodes and executive produce the live-action series, which has an initial nine-episode order.

[02/21/19 - 08:42 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Masked Singer" Continues Its Reign for FOX
The network takes home the adults 18-49 crown while NBC is the most-watched broadcaster.

[02/21/19 - 07:09 AM]
Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks and Halsey to Be Honored at the "2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards," Airing Live, Thursday, March 14, on FOX
In addition, Garth Brooks will receive the first-ever iHeartRadio Artist of the Decade Award for his impact on the music industry as one of the world's most successful and beloved artists.