[02/19/10 - 12:19 AM]
Development Update: Friday, February 19
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!

BREAKOUT KINGS (FOX) - Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope have come aboard as executive producers on the project, a drama pilot about ex-fugitives who are recruited to work as U.S. Marshals. Laz Alonso is toplining the hour, which comes from director Gavin Hood and co-creators Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora. Chernin and Pope then will executive produce via their 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment.

THE CAPE (NBC) - Simon West ("Human Target") has signed on to helm the drama pilot, about a former cop who becomes a masked super hero. He'll work from a script by creator Tom Wheeler. Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun also serve as executive producers on the project via their Universal Media Studios-based BermanBraun banner.

CUTTHROAT (ABC) - Roselyn Sanchez ("Without a Trace") has scored the lead role on the drama pilot, about "an upscale Beverly Hills widow and soccer mom who runs an international drug cartel." She'll play said character, the "drop dead gorgeous" Nina Cabrera. In addition, Bronwen Hughes ("White Collar") has been tapped to helm the hour, which comes from co-creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. 20th Century Fox Television is producing.

DEFENDERS (CBS) - Carol Mendelsohn ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation") has joined the drama pilot, about two charismatic and fiery Las Vegas defense attorneys who go to the mat for their clients, as an executive producer. She'll presumably supervise co-creators Kevin Kennedy and Niels Mueller on the hour, which comes from CBS Television Studios. Harry and Joe Gantz also serve as executive producers alongside the trio.

EDGAR FLOATS (ABC) - Jace Alexander ("Royal Pains") is set to helm the drama pilot, about a police psychologist who becomes a bounty hunter. Rand Ravich penned the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, which he's executive producing alongside Far Shariat.

KINDREDS (NBC) - Bill D'Elia ("Boston Legal") will reteam with David E. Kelley on the drama pilot, about "a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer and his group of misfit associates as their lives come together to form an unconventional kind of law practice." He'll direct the Kelley-penned hour, which is set up at Warner Bros. Television.

MATADORS (ABC) - Yves Simoneau ("V") is on board to direct the drama pilot, which centers on two long-feuding families, one of which populates the Chicago District Attorney's office and the other in the city's most influential private law firm. Jack Orman penned the Sony Pictures Television-based hour, which stars David Strathairn, Jonathan Scarfe, Michelle Borth and Zach Gilford.

NIKITA (The CW) - Maggie Q ("Live Free or Die Hard") is in negotiations to topline the drama pilot, an update of Luc Besson's "La Femme Nikita" franchise. She'll play the title character, a spy who goes rogue. Said hour then tracks both Nikita and Alex, a troubled 19-year-old girl who's recruited to bring her in. Anne Parillaud, Bridget Fonda and Peta Wilson played Nikita in its previous incarnations. Craig Silverstein is behind the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, which Danny Cannon is attached to direct. McG and Peter Johnson also serve as executive producers.

THE ODDS (CBS) - Ian Biederman ("Shark") has joined the drama pilot as an executive producer. He'll supervise creator Jeff Wadlow and serve as showrunner should it move forward to series. Said hour, which stars Donald Faison and Sullivan Stapleton, revolves around cops in Las Vegas who are just as outrageous as the crimes they solve. In addition, Kenneth Fink ("Miami Medical") has signed on as the pilot's director, where he'll work from Wadlow's script.

OFF THE MAP (ABC) - Caroline Dhavernas ("Wonderfalls") has booked a lead role on the drama pilot, about three doctors, each anxious for a fresh start, who leave the comfort of the States to work at an isolated tropical clinic, where they face both exotic and unusual medical challenges as well as personal ones. She'll play one of them, Lily Brenner, "twenties, pretty, a bit of an underdog but fights against it... her outlook is positive, determined, but there's something haunted behind her eyes." Enrique Murciano and Martin Henderson co-star in the ABC Studios-based hour, which comes from creator Jenna Bans.

ROUGH JUSTICE (NBC) - Terry George ("Hotel Rwanda") is returning to the small screen as "The District" creator is set to helm the drama pilot, about an ex-Supreme Court justice who quits the court to start his own legal practice. John Eisendrath is behind the Universal Media Studios-based hour, which also comes from fellow executive producers Conan O'Brien, David Kissinger and Jeff Ross.

THE STRIP (NBC) - Carrie Wiita is the latest "Reno 911!" alum to score a role on the comedy pilot, about "a former child star turned Hooters-style bar owner on the outskirts of Las Vegas." She's believed to be playing Ashley, a "perky and cute-as-a-button" waitress at Bubba Jr's, said establishment. Also signing on is Andrea Savage ("Dog Bites Man") as Ashley's "kinda hot, in a trailer park way" roommate Jackie, who applies to work at the bar. Cedric Yarbrough, Dave Holmes, Natasha Leggero and co-creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon also star in the half-hour, which is set up at Universal Media Studios.

UNTITLED MEDICAL PROJECT (CBS) - Rachelle Lefevre ("Swingtown") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about a roaming medical team that travels the country helping those less fortunate get through life-or-death medical crises. She's understood to be playing Katy, "a confident young doctor more comfortable in the field than in the office." Amy Smart also stars in the Hannah Shakespeare-penned hour, which comes from John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

  [february 2010]  

· V (ABC)

[11/24/15 - 01:48 PM]
Spike TV Unwraps Big Ratings for "Lip Sync Battle" Holiday Special
Spike TV further spins the numbers for Thursday, November 19.

[11/24/15 - 01:26 PM]
"48 Hours: The Strange Case of Kurt Sonnenfeld" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 01:01 PM]
NBC's Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Celebrates the Music of the Holidays Live on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City's Rockefeller Center.

[11/24/15 - 12:30 PM]
"Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Star Wars Special" to Air Wednesday, November 25 on ABC
Said encore replaces the previously announced repeat of "Nashville" that night.

[11/24/15 - 12:29 PM]
TV One's Hit Scripted Comedy "Born Again Virgin" Returns with All-New Episodes Tuesday, December 8 at 9 P.M. ET/PT
The scripted comedy is back with more dating adventures of three 30-something best friends and the challenges they face while attempting to navigate a new romantic landscape and trying to avoid the pitfalls of empty relationships.

[11/24/15 - 11:30 AM]
Music Icon and Animal Activist Emmylou Harris to Be Honored on "The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration" Thanksgiving Night, Thursday, November 26, On FOX
Eugene Bostick and Michael Schoepf also will be honored as ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things to better the lives of rescue animals.

[11/24/15 - 11:18 AM]
Showtime(R) Documentary Series "Dark Net" to Premiere Thursday, January 21st at 11 PM ET/PT
Each half-hour episode will shed light on themes such as bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction, the webcam sex trade and more.

[11/24/15 - 11:04 AM]
ABC Family Announces Winter Premiere Dates
New scripted drama "Recovery Road" and fan favorite "The Fosters" will now premiere on Monday, January 25.

[11/24/15 - 11:01 AM]
Hallmark Channel Is the Most-Watched Network for the 3rd Consecutive Weekend Among Households, W25-54 and Total Viewers
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the week of November 16-22.

[11/24/15 - 10:38 AM]
With the Cast of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Kimmel" Draws Its 4th-Biggest-Ever Monday Audience
ABC spins the late-night numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 10:16 AM]
New Year, New You! TLC Amps Up Friday Nights with the Return of Fan-Favorite TLC Talent
Fan-favorite talent including Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, Devyn Simone, Monte Durham and Lori Allen come together to make Friday nights bigger and better than ever.

[11/24/15 - 10:00 AM]
Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster Are Back as "Sesame Street" Debuts Its 46th Season Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 on HBO
The award-winning show will include 30-minute episodes, new preschool-relevant themes, new show opening and closing songs, an updated set, a new segment called "Smart Cookies" and a new cast member, Nina.

[11/24/15 - 09:01 AM]
LL Cool J to Host the 17th Annual "A Home for the Holidays," An Entertainment Special Celebrating Families, To Be Broadcast Friday, Dec. 18 on the CBS Television Network
Special performances are dedicated to these children and their new adoptive families, whose stories are featured in pre-taped segments to help raise awareness of this important social issue.

[11/24/15 - 08:51 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Holds Off Surging ABC in Demo Race
The Peacock leads the night among adults 18-49 while the Alphabet is the most-watched network.

[11/24/15 - 08:37 AM]
NBC Sweeps 6 of 6 Monday Half-Hours Among the Big 4 in 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.