[08/13/10 - 06:58 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 13
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!

KEYS TO THE CITY/THE THREE WEISSMANNS OF WESTPORT (HBO, New!) - John Lesher, the former president of Paramount Film Group, has booked a pair of projects at the pay channel. First up is "Keys to the City," from Oscar-winner William Monahan ("The Departed"), which "centers on a New York locksmith and offers a view of people and sights glimpsed beyond the doors he unlocks." Said hour is based on Joel Kostman's book of the same name, "a collection of 14 stories based on the author's experience as a professional locksmith in New York City." Then there's "The Three Weissmanns of Westport," from Jenny Lumet ("Rachel Getting Married"), about a woman, fresh from her husband of 48 years walking out on her, who "reconnects with her grown daughters who are also dealing with professional and familial irrelevance." The project is likewise based on a novel, in this case Cathleen Schine's tome of the same name. Lesher will executive produce both projects with Monahan and Lesher doing the same for the former and Lumet and Adam Kassan on the latter (with Schine and Janet Meyers as co-producers).

THE LOST VALENTINE (CBS, New!) - Jennifer Love Hewitt ("Ghost Whisperer") is back in business with CBS as she's set to star and executive produce a new "Hallmark Hall of Fame" telefilm based on James Michael Pratt's novel of the same name about "a journalist (Hewitt) working on a profile of a woman whose husband was declared MIA during WWII." Betty White is set to co-star as said woman with Darnell Martin ("Their Eyes Were Watching God") directing from a script by Ernest Thompson and Jenny Wingfield. Production is set to begin in Atlanta this fall with Brent Shields serving as executive producer and Andy Gottlieb and Barbara Gangi producing.

WILFRED (FX) - Andrea Savage ("Dinner for Schmucks") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about a guy (Elijah Wood) who lives next door to a woman (Fiona Gubelmann) and her talking, boozy dog (Jason Gann). No details were given about Savage's character. Randall Einhorn is helming the half-hour, which comes from David Zuckerman, FX Productions, Prospect Park and Renegade Pictures.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

  [august 2010]  


[10/24/16 - 02:45 PM]
"Frozen," Walt Disney Animation Studios' Blockbuster Film, Makes Its Network Broadcast Premiere on ABC This Holiday Season
Look for "The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle" that same night, Sunday, December 11 on the Alphabet.

[10/24/16 - 02:19 PM]
Video: MTV's "Sweet/Vicious" First Look Promos!
MTV's new series starring Eliza Bennett and Taylor Dearden and created by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson premieres November 15.

[10/24/16 - 01:21 PM]
TLC & Discovery Family to Premiere "Unichef: Uniting Through Food" on Thursday, November 17
The special will premiere at 7/6c on TLC followed by an encore presentation at 9/8c on Discovery Family Channel.

[10/24/16 - 01:20 PM]
Louis C.K., Ryan Reynolds, Tracy Morgan and More Join the Guest List as TBS's "Conan" Heads to New York for a Week of Shows
It will also continue O'Brien's string of innovative road show broadcasts from cities across the United States and around the globe.

[10/24/16 - 12:38 PM]
Food Network Gets Festive for the Holidays with the Return of "Cake Wars: Christmas"
Jonathan Bennett hosts the six hour-long episodes filled with the most over-the-top Christmas cake confections ever seen.

[10/24/16 - 11:21 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" 2016 Original Movie Premieres
"Love Always, Santa" will kick things off Sunday, November 6 on the cable channel.

[10/24/16 - 11:15 AM]
National Geographic Channel Announces Unprecedented and Historic Global Release of "Before the Flood"
"In our minds, there is no more important story to tell, no more important issue facing our planet than that of climate change," said Courteney Monroe.

[10/24/16 - 10:26 AM]
"Underfire: The Untold Story of PFC. Tony Vaccaro," Recounting the Life of a WWII Combat Infantryman and War Photographer, Debuts Nov. 14 on HBO
The film chronicles the life and vision of this remarkable man, exploring how photography defines the way the public perceives armed conflict, and revealing the sheer difficulty of survival while taking photos in a war zone.

[10/24/16 - 10:26 AM]
The CW Orders New Seasons of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," and "Masters of Illusion" for Summer 2017
The new seasons of these series will return as part of The CW's 2017 Summer schedule, with dates and times to be announced later.

[10/24/16 - 10:23 AM]
Video: Four New Promos for FX's New Drama Series "Taboo" Starring Tom Hardy
The new original series from Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott premieres early 2017.

[10/24/16 - 10:09 AM]
Video: Amazon Releases Retro 80s Commercial for "Red Oaks" Season 2
Look for the new season to premiere on Amazon Prime Video November 11.

[10/24/16 - 09:13 AM]
Amazon Original Series "The Grand Tour" Announces Studio Recording in Nashville, TN
"The Grand Tour" will launch in 4K on Friday, November 18 exclusively for Amazon Prime members.

[10/24/16 - 08:54 AM]
Seahawks-Cardinals "SNF" Leads Preliminary Results for the Night Among the Big 4 in Every Key Measure
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, October 23.

[10/24/16 - 08:43 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Sunday Night Football" Keeps NBC on Top
The Peacock once again leads the evening among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/24/16 - 07:55 AM]
Mike Tirico to Make Horse Racing Debut as Host of NBC's Primetime Coverage of the 2016 Breeders' Cup
"What a great event and venue for my maiden voyage with our incredibly talented horse racing team," Tirico said.