or


[03/15/10 - 12:08 AM]
Development Update: Monday, March 15
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) - Colm Feore ("The Listener") is reportedly close to joining the cast of the upcoming drama, about the infamous Italian Renaissance family. He'd play Cardinal Giuliano Della Rovere, Rodrigo Borgia's (Jeremy Irons) nemesis, "who vigorously opposes Borgia's election as Pope Alexander VI and continues to tangle with him." Neil Jordan and Michael Hirst are behind the Canadian-European Treaty project, which has a 10-episode commitment.


EASTWICK (ABC) - Rina Mimoun, a consulting producer on the short-lived drama, has inked a new two-year, mid-seven-figure overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. The pact calls for the prolific scribe to develop new series projects for the studio as well as serve on its existing properties. Mimoun created the studio-based drama "Privileged," which lasted 18 episodes on The CW last season.


FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (NBC) - Ian Reed Kessler ("The Loop") is the latest addition to the comedy pilot, about a quartet of friends "looking for 'the one' but in the meantime settling for 'friends with benefits.'" He'll play one of the group, "an oversexed, sometimes crass womanizer." Danneel Harris, Fran Kranz and Patrick J. Adams also star in the half-hour, which comes from 20th Century Fox Television and co-creators Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter.


HAWAII FIVE-O (CBS) - James Marsters ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is set to guest star on the drama pilot, about an elite branch of the Hawaii State Police headed by Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin). He'll play Victor Hesse, an enforcer for a human trafficking organization who's responsible for the death of Steve's father. Said role, which was first reported on the actor's Facebook page, is potentially recurring. Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Jean Smart, Scott Caan and Taryn Manning also star in the CBS Television Studios-based hour, which was penned by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Peter Lenkov. Len Wisman is directing.


HUNG (HBO) - Gregg Henry - who recurred as Mike, Ray's (Thomas Jane) assistant basketball coach last season - has been named a regular for its upcoming second season, due this summer. No other details were given.


LIGHTS OUT (FX) - Billy Brown ("Southland") is the latest to join the cast of the upcoming drama, which stars Holt McCallany as Patrick "Lights Out" Leary, "an aging former heavyweight boxing champion who struggles to find his identity and support his wife and three daughters after retiring from the ring." He'll play Raymond "Death Row" Reynolds, "the current heavyweight champion and longtime rival of Leary." Catherine McCormack, Pablo Schreiber and Stacy Keach also star in the hour, which comes from creator Justin Zackham. Fox Television Studios and FX Productions are co-producing.


NIKITA (The CW) - Xander Berkeley ("24") is the newest addition to the drama pilot, an update on the "La Femme Nikita" franchise with Maggie Q in the title role. He'll play Percy, "the Machiavellian leader of Division - a secret unit inside the government." Aaron Stanford, Lyndsy Fonseca, Melinda Clarke and Shane West also star in the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, to be directed by Danny Cannon from a script by Craig Silverstein.


PARKS & RECREATION (NBC) - Paul Schneider reportedly is departing the Thursday comedy after two seasons. Said decision comes on the heels of news that Adam Scott and Rob Lowe will be featured on the series next season as a regular and recurring, respectively. Schneider, who has built a healthy feature career as of late, however may make several appearances next season. No additional details were given.


ROUGH JUSTICE (NBC) - Carly Pope ("Day One") and David Ramsey ("Dexter") are the latest additions to the drama pilot, about Cyrus Garza (Jimmy Smits), "a Supreme Court Justice who excuses himself from the bench to go into private practice and fight constitutional injustices." She'll play Lucinda Pearl, a black leather jacket/boots-wearing private investigator whom Garza's clerk (Jesse Bradford) immediately falls for. Ramsey then is set as Al Druzinsky, Garza's oldest friend and "a brilliant defense attorney." John Eisendrath is behind the hour, which comes from Conaco Productions and Universal Media Studios. Terry George is directing.


SECURITY (FOX) - Odette Yustman ("October Road") has scored the female lead on the comedy pilot, about a group of twentysomething geniuses named "Titan Team" who crack security systems. She's set as Melanie Green, "a bad girl who oozes sexy" who specializes in lock picking, safe cracking and demolition. Alphonso McAuley and Bret Harrison also star in the Sony Pictures Television-based half-hour, which comes from director Seth Gordon and writer Adam F. Goldberg.


SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT (ABC) - Mary Steenburgen ("The Proposal") is the first to be cast in the comedy pilot, about "a father whose life is turned upside down when his grown kids move back in with him." She'll play Mary Lou Dobson ("well put together, mid-40s"), the mother of the family. Chad Kultgen is behind the half-hour, which is set up at the ABC Studios and the Sony Pictures Television-based Tantamount.


TAX MAN (FOX) - Kerri Kenney ("Reno 911") has scored a role on the pilot, a workplace comedy set at an IRS office in Fresno, California. She's on board as Bethany, the office's human resources representative. Kenney joins the previously cast David Krumholtz and Judy Greer in the half-hour, which Fred Savage is directing from a script by Brent Forrester. 20th Century Fox Television is the studio.


TRAUMA (NBC) - Co-executive producer David Schulner has inked a two-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios. The pact calls for the writer/producer to develop new series projects for the studio. No financial details were given. Schulner is best known for his 2007 drama pilot "The Oaks," about three different couples who inhabit the same house in 1967, 1987 and 2007. Shawn Ryan executive produced the hour, which featured Oscar-nominee Jeremy Renner among the ensemble.


WHITE COLLAR (USA) - Marsha Thomason has been re-upped to series regular on the USA drama, which returns for its second season this summer. Thomason played junior FBI agent Diana Lancing in the show's pilot, a role which was dropped for the series. Her character subsequently returned for the season finale and will resume regular status in season two. Natalie Morales, who recurred following the pilot as Lauren Cruz and was named a regular herself in episode four, won't return for its sophomore run.


WHO GETS THE PARENTS? (ABC) - Lindsey Broad ("'Til Death") has booked the final principal role on the comedy pilot, about "a couple (Jane Kaczmarek, Adam Arkin) who are divorcing after 30 years and take more active roles in the lives of their three adult children." She'll play Cass Fiddleman, the "cute, successful only daughter who gets too much focus from her mother." Andrew West, Derek Richardson and Lindsay Price also star in the ABC Studios-based half-hour, which was penned by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [march 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· 24 (FOX)
· BORGIAS, THE (SHOWTIME)
· BREAKING IN (FOX)
· BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (UPN)
· DAY ONE (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
· EASTWICK (ABC)
· FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (NBC)
· HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
· HUNG (HBO)
· LA FEMME NIKITA (USA)
· LIGHTS OUT (FX)
· LISTENER, THE (ION)
· LOOP, THE (FOX)
· NIKITA (CW)
· OCTOBER ROAD (ABC)
· OUTLAW (NBC)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· PRIVILEGED (CW)
· RENO 911 (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT (ABC)
· SOUTHLAND (TNT)
· TAX MAN (FOX)
· 'TIL DEATH (FOX)
· TRAUMA (NBC)
· WHITE COLLAR (USA)
· WHO GETS THE PARENTS? (ABC)





[02/28/17 - 08:38 AM]
Comedy Central & Superfly Announce the Launch of Colossal Clusterfest Festival June 2-4 in San Francisco Featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Bill Burr + More
Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. PT exclusively via www.clusterfest.com.

[02/28/17 - 08:27 AM]
"Collision Course" Original Series Returns Saturday, March 18 at 9PM ET/6PM PT
The series unravels the speculation surrounding car and airplane crashes involving celebrities relying on footage from the scene, police records, CGI reenactments and interviews with eyewitnesses to provide a detailed look at what put these celebrities on a collision course.

[02/28/17 - 08:02 AM]
Netflix Announces New Documentary Series "Five Came Back"
Three-time Oscar-winner Meryl Streep provides the narration for the project, which also features Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo Del Toro, Paul Greengrass and Lawrence Kasdan.

[02/28/17 - 07:45 AM]
Animal Planet Partners with 18 Zoos and Aquariums for 10-Hour Facebook Live Marathon
The swarm of live streaming begins Thursday, March 2 at 9 AM ET and will run for 10 hours of content.

[02/28/17 - 06:05 AM]
Academy Award(R)-Winner John Ridley in Partnership With ABC's Lincoln Square Productions Present "Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992," Airing Friday, April 28
As previously announced, the two-hour documentary takes a unique look at the city-wide violence that began April 29, 1992, when the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case.

[02/28/17 - 06:03 AM]
2017 Radio Disney Music Awards to Be Sponsored by American Girl(R), Aquabeads(R), Chrysler, Comcast's Xfinity, Flavor Blasted(R) Goldfish(R) Crackers, Kraft(R) Macaroni and Cheese Shapes and The Walt Disney Studios
The 2016 RDMA telecast reached over 11.4 million Total Viewers and billions of social media impressions, with nearly one-third of Kids 2-17 co-viewing with an adult.

[02/28/17 - 05:05 AM]
Academy Award(R) Nominee Benedict Cumberbatch to Star and Executive Produce New Showtime(R) Limited Series "Melrose"
"Melrose" hilariously skewers the upper class as it tracks the protagonist's harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery.

[02/27/17 - 02:39 PM]
Daytona 500 on FOX Scores More Than 23 Million Total Viewers
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Sunday, February 26.

[02/27/17 - 01:30 PM]
Video: VH1's Hit Series "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" Supertrailer
The new season premieres Monday, March 6 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.

[02/27/17 - 12:19 PM]
Hallmark Channel Announces World Premiere of "Like Cats and Dogs," Starring Cassidy Gifford and Wyatt Nash, Premiering Exclusively on Network April 15
In "Like Cats And Dogs," Lara (Gifford) is a dog lover, while Spencer (Nash) is a cat lover. Spencer and Lara could not be more different.

[02/27/17 - 11:45 AM]
2017 Oscars Average 32.9 Million Viewers with 96% Retention Year to Year - TV's Top Entertainment Telecast in 1 Year
ABC spins the numbers for Sunday, February 26.

[02/27/17 - 11:04 AM]
Showtime(R) Orders a New Season of "The Circus" Offering an In-Depth Look at the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration
Returning Sunday, March 19, the show will examine the riveting and unprecedented events unfolding - both inside and outside the Beltway - in President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office.

[02/27/17 - 10:23 AM]
Phil Mickelson Kicks off Season 7 Premiere of "Feherty," Monday, March 6 at 9 p.m. ET
Part II of Feherty's interview with Mickelson will premiere the following Monday, March 13 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

[02/27/17 - 10:09 AM]
Oscar(R)-Winner J.K. Simmons Guest Stars in Brand-New "SpongeBob SquarePants" Episode Premiering Saturday, March 4, at 10:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon
Immediately following is a special half-hour episode of "Bunsen is a Beast" at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT), featuring a crossover with longstanding series "The Fairly OddParents."

[02/27/17 - 09:13 AM]
Netflix Congratulates Filmmakers of The White Helmets
Said the company: "Netflix congratulates Joanna Natasegera and Orlando Von Einsiedel for a well deserved Oscar win for The White Helmets, an incredibly timely documentary focusing on the bravery of Syrian humanitarians."