or


[04/05/10 - 12:08 AM]
Development Update: Monday, April 5
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 GAME (The CW) - BET is reportedly close to a deal to revive the CW comedy after nearly a year of negotiations. Director/producer Salim Akil will apparently take over as showrunner with creator Mara Brock Akil, who currently serves as a consulting producer on ABC's "Cougar Town," likewise serving as executive producer. No details on cast, episode order, target date, etc. were given however a formal announcement is expected as early as next week. BET will license the series from CBS Television Studios and take the lead on production.


HMS (The CW) - Dejan Loyola ("The Troop") has joined the ensemble cast of the drama pilot, about a group of bright students at Harvard Medical School. He'll play one of them, presumably Krisha, "a genial, happy-go-lucky Indian-American uber geek" who helps everyone with their technical questions. Ali Ahn, Jai Rodriguez, Megan Boone, Sarah Jones, Steven Strait and Tasso Feldman co-star in the Amy Holden Jones-penned project, which is set up at CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television.


MY NAME IS EARL (NBC) - Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, a former co-executive producer on the series, has inked a new two-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios. The pact, financial details of which were not given, calls for the writer/producer to develop new series projects for the studio as well as serve on one of its existing properties next season. Sanchez-Witzel recently completed a stint as a co-executive producer on the Peacock's upcoming "100 Questions," which will run on Thursday nights this summer.


NEXT (NBC) - Duane Martin ("All of Us") has booked a role on the Paul Reiser-led comedy pilot, a semi-autobiographical look at "the former television star and family man dealing with life's day-to-day conundrums." He's on board as his friend, a restaurant owner. Amy Landecker co-stars in the half-hour, which is set up at Warner Bros. Television. Reiser himself penned the script.


OUR SHOW (NBC) - Tyler James Williams ("Everybody Hates Chris") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about a group of sci-fi fanboys in a small town who shoot their own version of a canceled TV show. His character wasn't specified. Also featured in the ensemble are Dan Bakkedahl, Jonathan Sadowski, Lauren Weedman, Mahaley Hessam, Maria Thayer, Nate Corddry and P.J. Byrne. Larry Charles is behind the project, which is being co-produced by Warner Bros. Television and Wonderland Sound and Vision.


TEAM SPITZ (CBS) - Jonathan Slavin is the fourth "Better Off Ted" co-star to land a pilot, in this case a multi-camera comedy about Jeff Spitz (Rob Riggle), a bombastic high school football coach. He'll play Ken Oberdorffer ("mid-thirties, slight, outwardly bookish but fiercely passionate"), the head of the school's arts education who's always losing funding to Spitz and the athletic department. Slavin's casting is in second position to "Ted," which is considered a longshot at best to return. Bob Odenkirk also stars in the project, which Ted Wass is directing from a script by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff. CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television are co-producing.


WRIGHT VS. WRONG (ABC) - Tisha Campbell-Martin ("Rita Rocks") is the latest addition to the comedy pilot, about Evelyn Wright (Debra Messing), "a conservative pundit who happens to be one of the most polarizing figures in America." She'll play Gail Donart, Evelyn's clothes, hair and makeup stylist - "Gail is Tara Reid twenty years from now. Loves Vegas. Can't name the vice president but knows all Brangelina's kids." Carrie Fisher, Cheryl Hines, Melissa Rauch and Patrick Fugit also star in the Sony Pictures Television-based half-hour, which Andy Fickman is directing from a script by Stephanie Weir.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [april 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· 100 QUESTIONS (NBC)
· ALL OF US (CW)
· BETTER OFF TED (ABC)
· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS (CW)
· GAME, THE (BET)
· HMS (CW)
· MY NAME IS EARL (NBC)
· OUR SHOW (NBC)
· PAUL REISER SHOW, THE (NBC)
· RITA ROCKS (LIFETIME)
· TEAM SPITZ (CBS)
· WRIGHT VS WRONG (ABC)





[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."

[02/27/17 - 08:33 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Wins Big with Oscars
Last night's ceremony is on par with a year ago among total viewers but down more than 10% among adults 18-49.

[02/27/17 - 08:00 AM]
Amazon Original Special "An American Girl Story - Ivy & Julie 1976: A Happy Balance" to Premiere on Prime Video Friday, March 24
Set in 1976 San Francisco, Ivy Ling (Nina Lu) is a 10-year-old Chinese-American girl who struggles with finding a balance between her two cultural identities: Chinese and American.

[02/27/17 - 06:44 AM]
Academy-Award Winning Documentary "O.J.: Made in America" to Air on ESPN2 Over Five Nights
Additionally, the nearly eight-hour film will air with limited interruption from 1 a.m. - 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 4.

[02/27/17 - 06:03 AM]
Video: Experience a New World - Bright Comes to Netflix This December
From the director of Suicide Squad and End of Watch, David Ayer, comes a new film starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton and Noomi Rapace.

[02/27/17 - 06:00 AM]
Amazon Studios Orders Original Dramatic Series "Fortitude" from Sky Vision
The first season has also been available on Prime Video in the US since January 2016, with more than 2,000 four and five star reviews from customers.

[02/27/17 - 12:20 AM]
Statement by PricewaterhouseCoopers Regarding Oscar(R) for Best Picture
"The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected," said the company. "We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred."

[02/26/17 - 08:37 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Holds Off Demo Competition
The Alphabet's NBA coverage leads the night among adults 18-49.