or


[11/30/09 - 06:24 PM]
Development Update: Monday, November 30
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!


COUGAR TOWN (ABC) - Ryan Devlin ("Veronica Mars") has scored a recurring role on the freshman comedy. He'll play Smith, a love interest for Busy Phillipps's character. Further details about his character however weren't released.


FUNNY IN FARSI (ABC) - Barry Sonnenfeld ("Pushing Daisies") has been tapped to direct and executive produce the comedy pilot, based on Firoozeh Dumas's memoir about his experiences growing up in Newport Beach, California during the 1970s. The Alphabet originally issued the project a director-contingent order during its last development cycle. In any case, Sonnenfeld will work from a script by Jeffrey Hodes and Nastaran Dibai ("Rita Rocks") for ABC Studios. His involvement is tied to a first-look deal the director/producer inked with the studio earlier this year. The pact also called for Sonnenfeld to direct two pilots for the studio.


KEEP HOPE ALIVE (FOX) - Garrett Dillahunt ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about Jimmy (Lucas Neff), "a 25-year-old man raising an infant with the help of his quirky family after the mother of the baby, with whom he had a one-night stand, ends up on death row." He'll play Jimmy's dysfunctional father and boss, "who is not thrilled to find himself a grandfather and worries that the baby might carry her mom's homicidal gene." Martha Plimpton and Olesya Rulin also star in the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which Michael Fresco is directing from a script by Greg Garcia.


THE MENTALIST (CBS) - Aunjanue Ellis ("E-Ring") has booked a multi-episode arc on the sophomore drama. She'll play the CBI's "beautiful but tough" new boss, who "is brought in to restore discipline and morale to the division after the murder of three agents." Ellis takes over for Gregory Itzin's Virgil Minelli, who is being written out to accommodate the actor's return to "24" later this season. Her first episode will likely air in the spring.


RAISING THE BAR (TNT) - The cable channel has passed on ordering a third season of the legal drama. "Everyone at TNT had a great experience working on 'Raising the Bar' with Steven Bochco and the rest of the show's terrific cast and crew," said the network in a statement. "We're proud of the series and appreciate the efforts of all of the creative people who were involved. Unfortunately, ratings for 'Raising the Bar's' second season did not reach the levels required for TNT to renew the series." The network still has three episodes yet to air of the series however when or if they will be broadcast wasn't specified.


ROOSTER TALES (FOX, New!) - Matthew McConaughey is developing an animated comedy at the network based on the life of his brother Rooster. The project, to be penned by Kell Cahoon ("Psych"), follows "the world of a beer-swilling, redneck sheriff who marries a much younger woman from Mexico [only to realize] he's gained not only a wife but an entire clan - 114 members and counting." McConaughey and Cahoon will executive produce the half-hour alongside Mark Gustawes for the actor's J.K. Livin' Productions. It's understood FOX beat out TBS and Comedy Central for the project, which has a script commitment.


TOUGH TRADE (Epix) - Lucas Black ("The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift") and Cary Elwes ("Disney's A Christmas Carol") have both been cast in the drama pilot, about the Tucker family, "a Nashville music dynasty whose penchant for drink, debauchery and divorce has left it on the verge of bankruptcy." Black will play "an extremely talented guitarist and singer who could have followed in the Tucker legacy started by his grandfather (the previously cast Sam Shepard) and father (Elwes) but has no interest in pursuing a career in country music." Chris Offutt and Jenji Kohan are behind the hour, which is set up at Lionsgate Television.


UNTITLED JASON MANTZOUKAS PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Jason Mantzoukas (NBC's "Off Duty") has landed a script order from the network for a new medical comedy about "a female doctor who is unraveling at the seams." 20th Century Fox Television and The Chernin Co. are behind the half-hour, which Mantzoukas will executive produce alongside Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [november 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· 24 (FOX)
· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· E-RING (NBC)
· FUNNY IN FARSI (ABC)
· MENTALIST, THE (CBS)
· OFF DUTY (NBC)
· PSYCH (USA)
· PUSHING DAISIES (ABC)
· RAISING HOPE (FOX)
· RAISING THE BAR (TNT)
· ROOSTER TALES (FOX)
· TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (FOX)
· TOUGH TRADE (EPIX)
· UNTITLED JASON MANTZOUKAS PROJECT (FOX)
· VERONICA MARS (CW)





[08/15/18 - 01:46 PM]
"North Woods Law" Returns to Animal Planet for An All-New Season from New Hampshire Sunday August 19 at 9PM
From heart-stopping animal encounters to harrowing pursuits of dangerous offenders, the only thing the Conservation Officers of New Hampshire Fish and Game can expect, is the unexpected.

[08/15/18 - 01:40 PM]
Premiere of Disney Channel's Original Movie "Freaky Friday" Is the #1 TV Telecast of the Summer in Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14
Disney Channel further spins the numbers for Friday, August 10.

[08/15/18 - 12:01 PM]
CBC and Netflix Renew Northwood Entertainment's Acclaimed "Anne with an E" for a Third Season
The new season is expected to begin production this winter for launch on CBC and Netflix later in 2019.

[08/15/18 - 10:30 AM]
"Craig of the Creek" Sails to Season Two
Beginning Monday, August 20, new episodes from the current season will premiere weekdays at 4 p.m. (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

[08/15/18 - 09:37 AM]
HGTV's "Love It or List It" Delivers Its Best Live Plus Same Day Ratings Since 2014
HGTV further spins the numbers for Monday, August 13.

[08/15/18 - 09:30 AM]
Judd Lormand Upped to Series Regular on "SEAL Team," on CBS
Lormand portrays Lieutenant Commander Eric Blackburn, the SEAL Team troop commander who coordinates operations whenever Bravo team is on mission.

[08/15/18 - 09:05 AM]
CMT Revs Up Programming Slate with Series Greenlight for "Racing Wives" and Season Two Renewal of "Music City" Debuting Early 2019
"Racing Wives" follows the never-before-seen private lives of captivating women who are married to world famous race car drivers.

[08/15/18 - 09:02 AM]
Video: "Follow This" - From BuzzFeed and Netflix - Official Trailer
The new 15-minute documentary series, premiering August 23, covers tech, culture, politics, and social media.

[08/15/18 - 09:01 AM]
Amazon Prime Video Announces September 21 as Global Premiere Date for Anticipated Animated Kids Series "Pete the Cat"
Based on the best-selling children's books, "Pete the Cat" is a fun, musically driven series about exploring your world and trying new things, while being smart, accepting, and optimistic.

[08/15/18 - 08:47 AM]
Melanie Laurent and Payman Maadi Join Michael Bay's "6 Underground"
The film, produced by Skydance and Netflix, will start filming later this month and will be released worldwide on Netflix in 2019.

[08/15/18 - 08:11 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "America's Got Talent" Rises in Latest NBC Victory
The Peacock's summer mainstay eclipses the night in all categories.

[08/15/18 - 08:03 AM]
Bravo Media's Uptown Girls Dish Downtown Attitude in "The Real Housewives of New York City" Three-Part Reunion Kicking Off Wednesday, August 22 at 8PM ET/PT
Host Andy Cohen returns to the infamous couch with housewives Bethenny Frankel, Carole Radziwill, Dorinda Medley, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, and Tinsley Mortimer to reflect on a tumultuous season in which friendships were tested and new adventures set sail.

[08/15/18 - 07:12 AM]
"Wild District," The Anticipated Series Starring Juan Pablo Raba, Premieres October 19th on Netflix
The 10-episode series follows Jhon Jeiver (Juan Pablo Raba), a lethal guerrilla fighter who escapes the jungle after the signing of the Colombian Peace Agreements.

[08/15/18 - 07:11 AM]
WE tv Renews Hit Series "Bridezillas"
The new season is set to premiere in 2019, with 10 hour-long episodes.

[08/15/18 - 06:32 AM]
Video: See the New Trailer for "The Angel," Netflix's Spy Thriller from Director Ariel Vromen
Marwan Kenzari, Toby Kebbell, Hannah Ware, Waleed Farouq Zuaiter, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Sasson Gabay, Miki Leon, Ori Pfeffer and Slimane Daz star in the film.