[01/05/11 - 06:25 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, January 5
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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COMBAT HOSPITAL (ABC, New!) - The Alphabet has acquired the broadcast rights to the upcoming Canadian drama, about a military-medical hospital in Afghanistan. Said hour "focuses on the doctors and nurses who often have to put their own lives at risk to help save the lives of others." 13 episodes were commissioned by Canwest (now Shaw Media) back in July. Douglas Steinberg and Jinder Chalmers created the hour, which was further developed by Steve Lightfoot. Executive producers are Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny for Sienna Films, Gub Neal, Justin Thompson-Glover, Patrick Irwin for Artists Studios and Simon Vaughan for Look Out Point with Daniel Petrie Jr. serving as showrunner.

JERSEYLICIOUS (Style) - The cable channel has ordered a third 20-episode cycle of the reality series, which follows "the staff of one of New Jersey's premiere salons where business is hot and the 'ex'-tensions are hotter." Endemol USA is behind the project, which wraps its sophomore run on Sunday, January 30. Season three then will roll out later this year.

MUSCLE (HBO, New!) - Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine") is developing a potential single-camera comedy at the pay channel about "the subculture of contemporary professional bodybuilding." Said half-hour is based on Sam Fussell's memoir of the same name, subtitled "Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder." The pair will co-write the script and co-executive produce with Cianfrance attached to direct. Jamie Patricof, John Lesher and Adam Kassan are the executive producers.

PLAYBOY (NBC) - The Chad Hodge-penned project, "a period drama about Playboy bunnies in the New York club in the 1960s," has been ordered to pilot by the Peacock. 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television are co-producing with the latter's Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo executive producing alongside Hodge.

SHREDD: THE JON JOHNSENSON STORY (Adult Swim) - Molly Sims ("Las Vegas"), Faizon Love ("Couples Retreat"), Malcolm David Kelley ("Lost") and Kevin Pollak ("Million Dollar Money Drop") have all landed roles on the comedy pilot, about a teenage skateboarding champ (Jason Lee") who lapses into a 25-year coma following an accident. Kelley and Love will play the man's best friend Nate as a boy and adult, respectively, with Sims as his high school sweetheart. No details were given about Pollak's character. Lee is directing the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Luke Watson.

TORCHWOOD (Starz) - Alexa Havins ("All My Children") is the latest addition to the show's upcoming fourth season. She'll play Esther Katusi, "a CIA Watch Analyst who possesses an unshakable faith in human nature and a monster crush on colleague Rex (Mekhi Phifer)." In addition, Dichen Lachman ("Dollhouse") has been tapped to guest star in the season premiere as an unspecified character at the CIA.

  [january 2011]  


[12/01/15 - 05:40 PM]
ABC's "Marvel's Agent Carter" Season Premiere Moves to January 19
Due to the scheduling of the State of the Union Address on January 12, "Marvel's Agent Carter" will return for a second season of adventure and intrigue on a new date.

[12/01/15 - 12:13 PM]
Hollywood's A-List Heads to Ovation TV for No-Holds-Barred Interview Show, "Los Angeles Times' The Envelope"
The series is hosted by Rebecca Keegan and Mark Olsen who sit down with the year's critically acclaimed directors and actors for an in-depth discussion of their awards-worthy films and the filmmaking process.

[12/01/15 - 12:10 PM]
truTV Expands Scripted Slate with Pre-Launch Renewal of "Those Who Can't," And Begins Development on Three New Scripted Projects
"Those Who Can't" centers on a trio of trouble-making high school teachers played by show creators and executive producers Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy.

[12/01/15 - 11:46 AM]
"War & Peace" Reimagined for a New Generation Premieres on Lifetime, A&E and History January 18
The epic features an award-winning cast including Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson and others.

[12/01/15 - 10:49 AM]
TV One Celebrates Eddie Murphy in PBS' "18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor" Special This Friday, December 4 at 8 P.M. ET
Originally broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, the special taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and features star-studded appearances by leading entertainers and comedians.

[12/01/15 - 10:13 AM]
Video: Starz Releases First Look at "Outlander" Season Two
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[12/01/15 - 10:07 AM]
"Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to Air on ABC, Sunday, December 13
Ginnifer Goodwin narrates the one-hour special, which explores the moment where folklore met filmmaking.

[12/01/15 - 09:46 AM]
An All-New "The Biggest Loser" Returns January 4 with a New Host, Theme, Logo, Gym and Format and Eight Compelling Contestant Teams of Two
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[12/01/15 - 08:35 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "The Voice," "Superstore"
The Peacock wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49 by wide margins.

[12/01/15 - 08:06 AM]
Video: Netflix Presents "A Very Murray Christmas"
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[12/01/15 - 07:41 AM]
"Bolshoi Babylon," An Unprecedented Inside Look at the Famed Russian Ballet Company in the Wake of Scandal, Debuts Dec. 21 on HBO
The film was previously slated to debut the week prior on Monday, December 14.

[12/01/15 - 07:35 AM]
Nickelodeon Presents Series Finale of Landmark "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee," Commemorating 25 Years on Air, Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 8PM (ET/PT)
Ellerbee, who has announced her retirement, will highlight some of Nick News' most poignant episodes and discussions, while presenting the story and philosophy behind the award-winning series.

[12/01/15 - 07:30 AM]
Juanes, Seth MacFarlane and Trisha Yearwood Added to Lineup for "Sinatra 100 - An All-Star Grammy Concert," Sunday, Dec. 6 on CBS
They join previously announced performers Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Zac Brown, Harry Connick, Jr., Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood and Usher.

[12/01/15 - 07:03 AM]
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[12/01/15 - 06:51 AM]
Video: MTV Reveals Stunning Opening Title Sequence for "The Shannara Chronicles"
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