[03/30/10 - 12:03 AM]
Development Update: Tuesday, March 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!

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (NBC) - Jessica Lucas ("Melrose Place") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, which is described as a dissection of the mating habits of today's young adults. She'll round out the show's central quintet. Details about her character however weren't specified. Lucas's involvement is presumably in second position to the CW soap, which isn't expected to return. Danneel Harris, Fran Kranz, Ian Reed Kessler and Patrick J. Adams also star in the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which David Dobkin is helming off a script by Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter.

MY PARENTS ARE GONNA LOVE YOU (FOX, New!) - Chris Cowan and Jean Michel Michenaud ("Joe Millionaire") are developing a new reality project at the network in which "participants will tell their folks about a wonderful new significant other who turns out to be a famous face - and utterly obnoxious." The effort, which is based on a Banijay Entertainment format, is reportedly nearing a pilot commitment. It's understood Cowan and Michenaud, who are executive producing via their Angel City Factory banner, hope to add a competitive element along the lines of earning more money the longer they maintain the ruse.

THE PINK HOUSE (NBC) - Ashley Madekwe ("Secret Diary of a Call Girl") has booked a role on the comedy pilot, about the friendship between two guys who take a risk and move out to Los Angeles to begin the next chapter of their post-college lives. She'll play Jamie ("tall, thin and beautiful"), one of the guys' neighbors, who moved to Los Angeles from Atlanta "to meet a super rich guy, marry him and have his babies." Katharine McPhee and Michael Cassidy co-star in the Universal Media Studios-based hour, which comes from co-creators Rick Weiner and Kenny Schwartz. Michael Lembeck is directing.

THIS LITTLE PIGGY (NBC) - Nick D'Agosto ("Heroes") has landed the final principal role on the comedy pilot, about two adult siblings who move in with their eldest brother Henry (Ben Koldyke) after he inherits his parents' large, rambling Portland, Oregon house. He'll play Eric, Henry's materialistic brother, who - along with his wife Tina (Vanessa Minnillo) - lost everything and needs a place to stay. Jeff Davis originated the role in the comedy's ABC incarnation. Brooke Bloom and Erinn Hayes also star in the project, which is set up at ABC Studios. Ted Wass is helming off a script by co-creators Brian Bradley and Steven Cragg.

TRUE LOVE (CBS) - Tyler Labine ("Sons of Tucson") has signed onto the comedy pilot, about "four friends in New York, two falling in love, the other two not so much." He's on board as Larry Meyer ("chubby, bearded, and looking miserable"), Henry's (Jason Biggs) best-friend and co-worker. Labine, whose involvement is in second position to the FOX comedy, replaces Dan Fogler who was previously cast in the role. Ashley Austin Morris, Hal Williams, Minka Kelly and Sarah Wright also star. CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television are co-producing while Pamela Fryman is directing from a script by Matt Tarses.

UNTITLED JON HEDER PROJECT (Comedy Central) - Jon Heder has reportedly dropped out of the series, a comedy about "a young man (Heder) who won't let anything get in the way of his big dreams, even if it means losing his job and having to move back in with his parents and sleep on their couch." Said development comes just two days before the show was to begin production. Comedy Central commissioned 10 episodes of the project to air sometime later this year. It's not clear how Heder's departure - due to creative reasons - will affect the show's status. Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz were tapped to co-star earlier this month with Lew Morton serving as showrunner. Debmar-Mercury and Gary Sanchez Productions are co-producing.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

  [march 2010]  


[10/20/16 - 03:55 PM]
Oxygen Media Tests the Bonds of Friendship When New Competition Series "The Battle of the Ex-Besties" Premieres Tuesday, December 6 at 11PM ET/PT
Hosted by Sibley Scoles, the series follows fourteen former BFFs who are forced to confront - and hopefully forget - past differences in order to win a life-changing $100,000 grand prize.

[10/20/16 - 01:49 PM]
Investigation Discovery Delivers Nearly One Million Viewers for World Television Premiere of "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"
Investigation Discovery further spins the numbers for Saturday, October 15.

[10/20/16 - 01:04 PM]
Investigation Discovery Looks at When Happily Ever After Goes Horribly Wrong in All-New Series "Married with Secrets"
The new eight-part series premieres Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/16 - 12:27 PM]
BBC America Debuts New Original Co-Production "Undercover" with Two-Night Premiere Event in November
Look for said event on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 at 8:00/7:00c.

[10/20/16 - 11:47 AM]
TLC's "Little People, Big World" Returns with the Roloffs Facing a Whole New Reality
Season 12 rolls out Tuesday, November 22 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.

[10/20/16 - 11:45 AM]
GSN Adds "Wheel of Fortune" to Daytime Schedule Beginning Monday, October 24
In addition, GSN Games has launched Wheel of Fortune(R) Slots: The Ultimate Collection, a new mobile app bringing together a variety of stunning Wheel of Fortune-themed slots games and authentic elements from the TV show.

[10/20/16 - 11:14 AM]
A&E Network to Premiere New Season of Hit Series "Wahlburgers" November 16
Look for back-to-back episodes on Wednesday nights beginning at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/16 - 11:04 AM]
Bravo Media's "Top Chef" Announces 8 Returning Chefs Vying for Redemption on the New Season Premiering Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10PM ET/PT
It's the ultimate challenge of old blood versus new, on the Emmy and James Beard Award winning series, as the chefs head to Charleston to battle it out alongside eight talented "Top Chef" newcomers.

[10/20/16 - 09:31 AM]
CBS Orders "Salvation," A New Event Series for Broadcast in Summer 2017
A suspense thriller, the series centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery - that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.

[10/20/16 - 09:07 AM]
Rise and 'Shine... Discovery's "Moonshiners" Returns Tuesday, November 15 at 9PM ET/PT
This season these master whiskey makers are putting everything on the line to evolve their craft and take their handmade liquor to the next level.

[10/20/16 - 08:48 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front Among Adults 18-49
The Alphabet leads the night with its coverage of The Third Presidential Debate.

[10/20/16 - 08:33 AM]
Award-Winning Comedian Ricky Gervais Brings Brent Back! David Brent: Life on the Road Premieres on Netflix February 10, 2017
Directed, written and produced by award-winning, comedic genius Gervais, David Brent: Life on the Road sees a documentary crew catching up with the idiosyncratic David Brent from the BBC2's mockumentary "The Office."

[10/20/16 - 07:48 AM]
"Outrageous Acts of Science" Returns to Science Channel for an All New Season October 26 at 9PM
The all-new episodes show mind-blowing displays of science in action while counting down the week's Top 20 videos.

[10/20/16 - 07:35 AM]
OneRepublic to Rock Rotterdam at the 2016 MTV EMAs
The multi-platinum pop-rock quintet will join host Bebe Rehxa and previously-announced performers Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, DNCE, Lukas Graham and Zara Larsson on stage.

[10/20/16 - 07:14 AM]
"RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Season 2 Slays Records as the Most Viewed Season of a Logo Original Series to Date
Plus: look for a reunion special on October 27 and "Season 6 RuVealed" on November 3.