or


[11/03/10 - 06:12 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, November 3
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!


ARE YOU THERE VODKA? IT'S ME CHELSEA (NBC, New!) - Chelsea Handler's autobiography is being developed as a multi-camera comedy at the Peacock. Dottie Zicklin ("Dharma & Greg") and Julie Ann Larson ("Ruby & the Rockits") are penning the adaptation, which won't feature the comedian herself in the title role. Said half-hour, which has a put pilot commitment, will instead track "a twentysomething woman named Chelsea who won't have the same profession as comedian/author Handler but will carry a lot of the traits in her character." Handler will nevertheless executive produce alongside her Borderline Amazing Productions partner Tom Brunelle as well as Werner Entertainment's Tom Werner and Mike Clements for Warner Bros. Television.


COMMUNITY (NBC) - The Peacock has ordered two additional episodes for the show's sophomore season. Said pickup brings its season total to 24 episodes. Last week the series posted a season high 2.4 rating among adults 18-49 with its Halloween-themed episode.


DOCUMENTAL (HBO, New!) - "Tropic Thunder" alums Justin Theroux and Steve Coogan are set to topline a potential comedy at the pay channel about "a documentary filmmaker (Theroux) who tracks down his idol, an equally inept filmmaker (Coogan), and documents his return to his craft." Theroux is writing and directing the half-hour, which will be shot in London. Paul Simms ("Bored to Death"), Red Hour Films's Ben Stiller and 3 Arts Entertainment's Michael Rotenberg and Nick Frenkel will executive produce alongside Theroux and Coogan. Stuart Cornfeld, Stiller's producing partner, will also serve as a consultant.


FOURTH ESTATE (AMC, New!)/LONG GRAY LINE (ABC, New!) - Former MTV News correspondent Gideon Yago has sold a pair of drama projects, both of which he'll write and executive produce. The latter - "a sudsy drama set at West Point" - also comes from director/executive producer Gary Fleder. The former - a drama centering on an investigative journalist whose "world is upended when he takes on a major scandal - and some truths about the reporter himself are in danger of being exposed" - likewise comes from Landscape Entertainment's Robert Cooper and JJ Jamieson. No studios were listed as attached.


LUCK (HBO) - Three-time Oscar nominee Joan Allen ("The Contender") is set to recur on the upcoming Dustin Hoffman-led drama, "a provocative look at horse racing - the owners, gamblers, jockeys and diverse gaming industry players." She'll play "a woman who runs a program that uses prison inmates to care for broken-down racehorses." Production on the series is underway for a premiere date sometime in 2011.


REST (NBC, New!) - Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes") is set to topline a potential new drama at the Peacock based on his comic of the same name, "a pulse-pounding sci-fi thriller" that "tells the tale of John Barret, a white-collar New Yoker whose life changes when he becomes addicted to a drug that prevents him from falling asleep!" Said hour comes from Storyline Entertainment's Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and Top Cow's Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins all of whom will executive produce alongside Ventimiglia and his Divide Pictures partner Russ Cundiff. Philip Levens ("Knight Rider") is on board to pen the hour and will likewise executive produce. The "Rest" comic was created by Mike O'Sullivan, written by Mark Powers and produced by Ventimiglia and Cudiff. No studio was indicated.


ROCCO'S DINNER PARTY (Bravo) - The Rocco DiSpirito-led project, "in which DiSpirito sizes up some of the country's most promising aspiring chefs to see if they have the chops to impress at a private dinner party attended by his discriminating guests," has reportedly been ordered to series. Chachi Senior, Dave Noll and Linda Lea are the executive producers with DiSpirito himself serving as a producer.


UNTITLED JOHN HAMBURG/IAN HELFER PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Feature writer/director John Hamburg ("I Love You, Man") has booked a single-camera comedy at the network about "a father and son, both recently divorced, who become roommates and explore the dating world together." 20th Century Fox Television and Chernin Entertainment are behind the half-hour, which Hamburg will co-write with Ian Helfer. Hamburg, Helfer, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope then will executive produce the project, which was the result of a blind script deal Hamburg inked with the studio over the summer.


UNTITLED MICHAEL PATRICK KING PROJECT (NBC, New!) - "Sex and the City" franchise steward Michael Patrick King is reportedly close to a pilot commitment from the Peacock for a new "Shampoo"-esque dramedy about "a straight Beverly Hills hairdresser in his 50s who is struggling to stay young and relevant in a place where looks are everything." King wrote the project on spec and will executive produce for Warner Bros. Television, where is overall deal is based.






  [november 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? (NBC)
· BORED TO DEATH (HBO)
· COMMUNITY (YAHOO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DHARMA & GREG (ABC)
· DOCUMENTAL (HBO)
· FOURTH ESTATE (AMC)
· HEROES (NBC)
· KNIGHT RIDER (NBC)
· LONG GRAY LINE (ABC)
· LUCK (HBO)
· MANN'S WORLD (NBC)
· REST (NBC)
· ROCCO'S DINNER PARTY (BRAVO)
· RUBY & THE ROCKITS (ABC FAMILY)
· SEX AND THE CITY (HBO)
· UNTITLED HAMBURG & HELFER PROJECT (FOX)





[07/23/17 - 11:09 AM]
The Family Business Gets a Little Bigger with Confirmed Casting for Upcoming "Wayward Sisters" Episode of "Supernatural"
Briana Buckmaster, Kathryn Newton, Katherine Ramdeen and Clark Backo will join the previously announced Kim Rhodes.

[07/23/17 - 10:49 AM]
Classic Rock Legends Kansas Make a Surprise Appearance at "Supernatural's" Hall H Comic-Con Panel Performing Their Timeless Hit "Carry on Wayward Son"
The show's annual Comic-Con panel in Hall H started with a custom video recorded by stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as their characters, Sam and Dean Winchester.

[07/23/17 - 09:13 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, NBC Share in Adults 18-49 Victory
The Peacock however is the most-watched broadcaster last night.

[07/22/17 - 09:14 PM]
Video: Syfy's Critically-Acclaimed Original Series "The Expanse" Touches Down at San Diego Comic-Con
Plus: Elizabeth Mitchell will play a character that brings a new, spiritual perspective to the series.

[07/22/17 - 06:55 PM]
Video: "Freedom Fighters: The Ray" Comic-Con 2017 Sneak Peek
The reel was full of familiar faces, including evil alternate versions of Green Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl.

[07/22/17 - 06:54 PM]
Video: Comic-Con Confessional Videos - "The 100" & "Riverdale"
The former's Marie Avgeropoulos, Lindsey Morgan and Tasya Teles are among the latest participants.

[07/22/17 - 06:54 PM]
Video: Syfy's "The Magicians" Come Together at San Diego Comic-Con
The audience got a sneak peek into Season 3 and its highly anticipated new set - the Muntjac boat.

[07/22/17 - 06:53 PM]
Video: Doug the Pug, Special Comic-Con Corres-paw-ndent - "Riverdale," "Supergirl" & "Arrow"
Doug the Pug sniffs out some answers in exclusive interviews at Comic-Con 2017.

[07/22/17 - 06:28 PM]
New Threats Emerge in Star City for Season Six of "Arrow"
In addition to the return of fan-favorite guest star David Nykl, the series can look forward to the addition of a landmark actor from the genre series world: Michael Emerson.

[07/22/17 - 06:03 PM]
First Look at Syfy and Universal Cable Productions' "Happy!," Starring Christopher Meloni, Revealed at San Diego Comic-Con
Producers also announced that Patton Oswalt will voice the title role of the blue winged horse, "Happy."

[07/22/17 - 05:52 PM]
Team Flash Meets New Challenges (and Characters) in "The Flash" Season Four!
Danny Trejo, Neil Sandilands and Kim Engelbrecht are all on tap for the upcoming season.

[07/22/17 - 05:19 PM]
James Remar and Damon Gupton Join Electrifying Cast of "Black Lightning"
They'll play Peter Gambi and Inspector Henderson, respectively.

[07/22/17 - 04:43 PM]
Familiar Faces Return to the Timeline for Season Three of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"
Neal McDonough, Arthur Darvill and Wentworth Miller are all due back.

[07/22/17 - 04:06 PM]
DC Characters to Visit National City for Season Three of "Supergirl"
Adrian Pasdar, Carl Lumbly, Yael Grobglas and Emma Tremblay are all slated to recur.

[07/22/17 - 03:50 PM]
Video: Watch New Footage from the Upcoming Season of "Gotham" That Just Screened at San Diego Comic-Con
Plus: Crystal Reed has been cast as Sofia Falcone, the daughter of Don Falcone.