or


[02/08/10 - 06:52 PM]
Development Update: Monday, February 8
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!


AMERICAN CHOPPER (TLC) - The cable channel has pulled the plug on the veteran reality series after six seasons, TMZ.com reports. "The Teutuls will always be a part of the Discovery family and we congratulate them on a tremendously successful series run," a spokesperson told the site. The show's final episode airs this Thursday at 9:00/8:00c.


187 DETROIT (ABC) - Aisha Hinds ("Hawthorne") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about "a fictional documentary crew that follows a top homicide division." She'll play Maureen Mason, a 15-year veteran lieutenant who's overworked and underpaid. John Michael Hill also stars in the hour, which comes from ABC Studios and Mandeville Films. Jeff Nachmanoff is directing from a script by Jason Richman.


THE EVENT (NBC) - Jason Ritter ("Parenthood") has landed the lead role on the drama pilot, about "a decent, regular fellow who battles against mysterious circumstances that envelope a larger conspiracy." He'll play Sean Walker, said fellow, in the project, which comes from creator Nick Wauters and Universal Media Studios. Russ Buchholz and Steve Stark also serve as executive producers.


HAWAII FIVE-O (CBS) - "Lost" co-star Daniel Dae Kim is the first to be cast on the drama pilot, an update of the classic cop series. He's on board as Chin Ho Kelly, a role played by Kam Fong in the original series. Meanwhile, Alex O'Loughlin ("Three Rivers") is reportedly in talks to topline the hour as Steve McGarrett. Alex Kurtzman, Peter Lenkov and Roberto Orci co-created the project, which is set up at CBS Television Studios.


MATADORS (ABC) - Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights") is likewise the first to sign onto the drama pilot, about "two feuding Chicago families, one in the district attorney's office and the other in the city's most influential private law firm." He's believed to be playing Alex Galloway, a third-generation Chicago defense attorney who's in the midst of a "Romeo & Juliet"-esque romance with a member of the other clan. Sony Pictures Television is behind the hour, which comes from creator Jack Orman.


NO ORDINARY FAMILY (ABC) - Emmy-winner Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") is set to topline the drama pilot, about a typical American family who gains special abilities after their plane crash lands into the Amazon River. He'll play Jim Powell, the clan's patriarch who acquires super strength, in the ABC Studios-based project. In addition, he'll serve as a co-executive producer alongside co-creators Greg Berlanti and Jon Harmon Feldman. David Semel ("Rex Is Not Your Lawyer") is also on board to direct and executive produce.


OPEN BOOKS (CBS) - Laura Benanti ("Eli Stone") has landed the lead role on the comedy pilot, about a book editor at a small boutique publishing house in New York. She'll play said woman, June Gage, in the project, which comes from Warner Bros. Television. Gail Lerner penned the multi-camera half-hour and is executive producing.


RIDE ALONG (FOX) - Todd Williams has scored a role on the drama pilot, about "one of Chicago's toughest cops as he struggles to clean up the corruption in town." He'll play Isaac Joiner, "a beat copper who thrives on the adrenaline of his job." Shawn Ryan is behind the hour, which comes from 20th Century Fox Television.


THE QUICKENING (A&E) - The cable channel has apparently passed on the drama pilot, about "a bi-polar LAPD detective must wrestle with the fact that the medication she has been prescribed makes her "normal" but her disorder, with all the paranoia and risks it comes with, makes her extraordinary." Radha Mitchell toplined the hour, which also starred Amaury Nolasco, Jeffrey Nordling, John Heard and Michael Arden. Jennifer Salt penned the project for Fox Television Studios. No specific reason was given for the decision. A&E has one other drama pilot, "Sugarloaf," still under consideration for a series pickup.


TRUE LOVE (CBS) - Minka Kelly ("Friday Night Lights") has been cast in the comedy pilot, about four twentysomething in New York looking for love. She'll play one of the quartet, Kate Windsor, "a pretty, clean-scrubbed Midwestern who is a sweet but strong-willed romantic." Matt Tarses is behind the project, which is co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios. Jamie Tarses also serves as an executive producer via her FanFare Productions.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [february 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· AMERICAN CHOPPER (DISCOVERY)
· CHICAGO CODE, THE (FOX)
· DETROIT 187 (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· ELI STONE (ABC)
· EVENT, THE (NBC)
· FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DIRECTV)
· GLADES, THE (A AND E)
· HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
· HAWTHORNE (TNT)
· LOST (ABC)
· MAD LOVE (CBS)
· MATADORS (ABC)
· NO ORDINARY FAMILY (ABC)
· OPEN BOOKS (CBS)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· QUICKENING, THE (A AND E)
· REX IS NOT YOUR LAWYER (NBC)
· SHIELD, THE (FX)
· THREE RIVERS (CBS)









[07/30/15 - 12:26 PM]
UP Acquires Full Seven-Season Run of Award-Winning, Fan-Favorite Series "Gilmore Girls" Family Network to Begin Airing Episodes in the Fall
UP acquired "Gilmore Girls" from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and will begin airing the 153 one-hour episodes of the series in the fall.

[07/30/15 - 12:25 PM]
Charity Begins at Home for Star and Executive Producer Luke Perry in the Timely, Touching UP Premiere Movie "Welcome Home"
The script was written by Jonathan Zeichner, executive director of L.A.'s A Place Called Home (APCH, www.apch.org), a dynamic, non-profit youth center.

[07/30/15 - 12:24 PM]
"Last Hope with Troy Dunn" Starring Real-Life Missing Persons Expert and Author Troy Dunn - Brand-New Up Original Series Exclusively Premieres on Thursday, September 10 at 9 PM EDT
UP's new half-hour, 10-episode series promises a deeper insight into how Dunn rebuilds fractured relationships by finding absent loved ones and bringing them home.

[07/30/15 - 12:23 PM]
Kelli Williams, Jonathan Scarfe and Dion Johnstone Star in UP's First Original Scripted Drama Series "Ties That Bind"
Created by Sheryl J. Anderson, this 10-episode, hour-long series is set to premiere exclusively on UP on Wednesday, August 12 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/30/15 - 12:05 PM]
Science Channel Premieres "Secret Space Escapes" on November 10 at 10PM
This all-new series offers chilling accounts of the challenges of space exploration as told only by the explorers who lived them and the men and women in mission control who helped each team avert disaster.

[07/30/15 - 12:03 PM]
Lifetime and Yahoo TV Partner to Premiere Special "Road to the Runway" Online
Introducing this season's set of designers with home and closet tours of each contestant and giving a first look into what's in store for the series' 14th season, "Road to the Runway" will air linearly next Thursday, August 6.

[07/30/15 - 11:58 AM]
July 2015 Is GSN's Most Watched Month Ever in Primetime; Original Programming Reaches Viewership Milestone
GSN spins the numbers for the month to date.

[07/30/15 - 11:42 AM]
Discovery Channel Premieres Academy Award-Winner Louie Psihoyos's "Racing Extinction" as a Global Television Event on December 2 at 9PM ET/PT
In the groundbreaking documentary, Psihoyos and the group behind the Academy Award(R)-winning film The Cove assemble a team of artists and activists on a new undercover operation to expose the world of endangered species trafficking and the race to prevent mass extinction.

[07/30/15 - 11:34 AM]
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Expands Scripted Slate with New Original Lionsgate Drama Series "Greenleaf"
The Lionsgate-owned series takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.

[07/30/15 - 09:59 AM]
"Vice" Special On America's Broken Criminal Justice System to Debut Sept. 27 on HBO
The documentary will also feature President Obama's historic tour earlier this month of Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno in Oklahoma, where he met with inmates and prison officials.

[07/30/15 - 09:09 AM]
This Fall, Discovery Family Channel Is Home to the Best Family Movies, Anywhere
Discovery Family is also the exclusive home for the world premiere of "My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games" (Hasbro Studios) on Saturday, September 26 at 8:00/7:00c.

[07/30/15 - 09:08 AM]
Discovery Family Channel Reunites Grateful Owners with Meaningful Mementos in Heartwarming New Series, "Lost and Found" (wt)
Produced by Leftfield Pictures, the series features the work of "professional finders" who help people do just that.

[07/30/15 - 09:07 AM]
American Heroes Channel Profiles History's Most Unforgettable Chases and Undercover Operations in "Manhunt: Kill or Capture"
The 10-part first season premieres Wednesday, August 12 at 10:00/9:00c on the network.

[07/30/15 - 09:06 AM]
American Heroes Channel Takes "One Giant Leap" in New Special Commemorating the Iconic 1969 Apollo 11 Mission
The one-hour special chronicles the tragedies, fears, and pressures of the 1960s space race that led to this historic moment.

[07/30/15 - 09:05 AM]
American Heroes Channel Profiles the Tycoons Who Made America - And the Backs on Which They Stood to Make Their Millions - In the All-New Series "American Titans"
Rockefeller, Carnegie, Edison, Tesla, Hearst, and Pulitzer: their legacies live down through the ages, emblazoned on museums, universities, banks, charities, and the richest of American real estate.