or


[04/02/10 - 12:08 AM]
Development Update: Friday, April 2
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!


HELLCATS (The CW) - Robbie Jones ("One Tree Hill") and Heather Hemmens ("The Candy Shop") are both on board the presentation, a drama set in the world of competitive college cheerleading. He's believed to be playing Luis Famosa, an "easy and laid-back, seriously unserious" member of the squad who befriends Marty (Aly Michalka), much to the chagrin of Dan (Matt Barr). Said role was originally written for someone of Cuban descent. Hemmens then is set as Alice Vandermark ("a willowy beauty with jaded New York cool"), a fellow Hellcat that suffers a hairline wrist fracture. Ashley Tisdale and Gail O'Grady co-star in the hour, which was penned by Kevin Murphy. CBS Television Studios, Tom Welling Productions and Warner Bros. Television are co-producing.


HITCHED (CBS) - Riki Lindhome has landed a role on the comedy pilot, about a twentysomething newlywed couple (Jack Carpenter, Kristin Kreuk) navigating their new life together. She's on board as Shari Ratner, the bride's best friend, "a ball buster" whose husband never speaks. Josh Schwartz and Matt Miller are behind the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, which also stars Eugene Levy, Kurtwood Smith and Thomas Middleditch. Rob Greenberg is directing.


HUGE (ABC Family) - Gina Torres ("Gossip Girl") is the latest addition to the series, which launches Monday, June 28 at 9:00/8:00c. She'll play Dr. Dorothy Rand in the hour, about "the lives of seven teens and the staff at a weight-loss camp, as they look beneath the surface to discover their true selves and the truth about each other." Andrew Caldwell, Ari Stidham, Ashley Holliday, Harvey Guillen, Hayley Hasselhoff, Nikki Blonsky and Zander Eckhouse also star in the ensemble.


LAW & ORDER (NBC) - S. Epatha Merkerson is departing the series after 17 seasons. Said decision comes as production is about to begin on the show's 20th season finale. Merkerson reportedly made the request in time to give her character an appropriate send-off. Earlier this week, the Peacock announced Olympic Gold Medal winning skier Lindsey Vonn would guest star on the aforementioned finale, to be written and directed by Rene Balcer. As for the future of the series, rumblings persist that a 21st season will be contingent on whether or not TNT, home to its off-network run, will extend its contract beyond season 20 which in turn will help offset the cost of production.


PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (ABC Family) - Chad Lowe ("24") has joined the cast of the upcoming drama, about "four estranged best friends who are reunited one year after their best friend and queen bee of the group, Alison, goes missing only to discover they are receiving messages from an anonymous "A" who knows all their secrets." He'll play Byron, one of the girls' (Lucy Hale) fathers, a "handsome professor that the college girls on campus all talk about when they get drunk and horny." Alexis Denisof originated the role in the pilot. No reason was given for the recasting. Ashley Benson, Laura Leighton, Nia Peeples, Shay Mitchell as Emily and Troian Bellisario also star in the project, which bows Tuesday, June 8 at 8:00/7:00c.


STRANGE BREW (FOX) - Greg Germann ("In Case of Emergency") and Damon Gupton ("Deadline") have both booked roles on the comedy pilot, about a family-owned brewery. The former will play Burt ("fit, comfortable in his Republican skin"), a president of a rival company who tries to convince patriarch Ted (Jere Burns) to sell him a piece of the business. Gupton then is set as Lester Lewis III, a third generation brewmaster who's a de facto member of the family. Aya Cash, Laurie Metcalf, Mo Mandel and Skylar Astin also star in the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, which Marc Buckland is directing from a script by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [april 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· 24 (FOX)
· DEADLINE (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GOSSIP GIRL (CW)
· HELLCATS (CW)
· HITCHED (CBS)
· HUGE (ABC FAMILY)
· IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (ABC)
· LAW & ORDER (NBC)
· ONE TREE HILL (CW)
· PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (FREEFORM)
· STRANGE BREW (FOX)





[10/27/20 - 01:20 PM]
HBO Max Offering Free Viewing of "A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote"
The special is available to watch for free now until the end of the year.

[10/27/20 - 01:01 PM]
BET Presents New Original Groundbreaking Documentary "Smoke: Marijuana + Black America" Executive Produced and Narrated by Multi-Platinum Rapper and Entrepreneur Nasir "Nas" Jones
The two-hour special - set to premiere on Wednesday, November 18 - examines marijuana's cultural, social, economic and legal impact on American society and the Black community.

[10/27/20 - 12:27 PM]
Showtime(R) Sports Documentary Films Announces "Macho: The Hector Camacho Story"
Premiering Friday, December 4, the documentary debuts just two weeks after the eighth anniversary of Camacho's fatal shooting in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

[10/27/20 - 11:59 AM]
HBO Announces the Return of Critically Acclaimed Drama Series "In Treatment" Starring Uzo Aduba
Production is slated to begin this fall under COVID-19 guidelines, with a debut scheduled for 2021.

[10/27/20 - 11:16 AM]
Amazon Prime Video Enjoys "Great Success" with "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" Opening Weekend
During its opening weekend it was streamed by tens of millions of customers.

[10/27/20 - 11:14 AM]
Lifetime Announces "Lifetime: Live!" Kicking Off with "It's a Wonderful Lifetime: Live!"
"Lifetime: Live!" is a series of fan-focused live virtual events will further extend the content experience for audiences.

[10/27/20 - 11:02 AM]
Magic Is Pushed to the Limit as truTV Greenlights "Big Trick Energy"
Chris Ramsay, Eric Leclerc, Wes Barker and Alex Boyer venture into the real world to both shock and awe unsuspecting spectators - and each other - with their unique brand of extreme, provocative, mind-blowing magic.

[10/27/20 - 10:09 AM]
It's Time to Focus on "The F-Spot with Derrick Beckles" Premiering Thursday, November 26 at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim
Combining absurd stunts with an even more absurd host, viewers will witness absolute mayhem as Derrick Beckles does what he wants and takes participants along with him.

[10/27/20 - 10:00 AM]
Allison Tolman and Nick Frost to Star in Second Season of "Why Women Kill" on CBS All Access
Tolman will play Alma, a timid and awkward housewife, who remains optimistic in the face of the world's cruelty.

[10/27/20 - 09:35 AM]
Sheila Ducksworth Named President of CBS/NAACP Production Venture
In her new role, Ms. Ducksworth will supervise development and production of scripted, unscripted and documentary content for linear television networks and streaming platforms.

[10/27/20 - 09:19 AM]
Multi-Platinum Singer/Songwriter Demi Lovato to Host the 2020 "E! People's Choice Awards"
The singer/songwriter has dominated the music industry and racked up People's Choice Awards over the past decade, receiving five wins and 12 nominations across top categories such as "Favorite Female Artist" and "Favorite Music Fan Following."

[10/27/20 - 09:01 AM]
Showtime(R) Documentary Films Announces All-New "Couples Therapy: The COVID Special" Will Air Sunday, December 13 at 8 PM ET/PT
The critically acclaimed docu-series, which allows viewers an authentic and visceral look at weekly sessions, will return for a second season in 2021.

[10/27/20 - 08:30 AM]
Apple TV+ Orders "Platonic," Starring Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen
"Platonic" is a 10-episode, half-hour comedy which explores the inner workings of platonic friendship.

[10/27/20 - 08:11 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Viewers; Shares Demo Crown with ABC
"The Voice" and "Dancing with the Stars" lead their respective networks to victory.

[10/27/20 - 08:00 AM]
Former President Barack Obama Joins LeBron James and Maverick Carter for a Special Edition of HBO's "The Shop: Uninterrupted," Debuting October 30
The episode will be available for free viewing for non-HBO subscribers from Saturday, October 31 at 10:00 a.m. ET through Saturday, November 28.