or


[02/01/11 - 10:55 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, February 1
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!


AWAKENING (The CW) - William Laurin and Glenn Davis's drama, "which tells the story of two sisters who come of age and battle each other amid a zombie uprising," has officially been ordered to pilot by the netlet. Reveille's Howard T. Owens, Carolyn Bernstein and Todd Cohen will executive produce alongside the duo for Warner Bros. Television.


BENT (NBC, New!) - Tad Quill ("Perfect Couples") has snagged a pilot order from the network for a new romantic comedy about "a recently divorced type A single mother who tries hard not to fall for the sexy surfer-dude contractor she hires to re-do her kitchen." The single-camera project is set up at Universal Media Studios.


THE CAPE (NBC) - The Peacock has quietly rolled back its commitment to the series from 13 to 10 episodes. Said decision comes after last night's series low 1.5 rating among adults 18-49. NBC only has three more episodes slated before "The Event" assumes the Monday, 9:00/8:00c hour on February 28. Production on "The Cape" wraps this week.


COOPER & STONE (The CW, New!) - Laurie Arent ("Life") is the latest to land a pilot order from the netlet, this time for a drama about "two Chicago female detectives who specialize in pop culture knowledge and solving homicides." She'll executive produce for CBS Television Studios.


GEORGETOWN (A.K.A. UNTITLED WILL FETTERS PROJECT) (ABC) - The Will Fetters-penned drama, now known as "Georgetown," has scored a pilot commitment. Warner Bros. Television and the studio-based Fake Empire are behind the hour, an ensemble drama about "the young people behind the power brokers of Washington, D.C." Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein are the executive producers with Fetters serving as a co-executive producer. Journalist Ashley Parker serves as a consultant.


GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES (ABC) - A pilot presentation has been ordered for Robert Harling's small screen take on Kim Gatlin's book of the same name, about "a recently divorced mother of two who, to get a fresh start, moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew to find herself in the whirling midst of salacious gossip, Botox, and fraud." Harling, Darren Star and Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan are the executive producers for ABC Studios.


HALLELUJAH (ABC) - The Marc Cherry-penned drama, about "a tiny town in Tennessee torn apart by the forces of good and evil until a stranger arrives to restore faith to the town's residents," has been ordered to pilot. ABC Studios is behind the hour - to be "punctuated by songs from a gospel choir, which is meant to serve as a kind of Greek chorus" - which Cherry will executive produce alongside Sabrina Wind via their studio-based banner.


HART OF DIXIE (The CW, New!) - Leila Gerstein ("Gossip Girl") has snagged a pilot commitment from the netlet for a new drama about "a young big-city doctor inherits a medical practice in an oddball Southern town." Fake Empire's Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage and Len Goldstein are executive producing the hour alongside Gerstein for Warner Bros. Television.


HEAVENLY (The CW, New!) - Richard Hatem ("The Gates") has booked a pilot order from the netlet for a new drama about "a female lawyer and an angel-turned-human work to save the futures and the souls of their subjects." Said effort is set up at CBS Television Studios where Hatem will executive produce alongside Fineman Entertainment's Ross Fineman.


HIGH STAKES (NBC, New!) - ITV Studios America is developing a potential game show at the Peacock which can "bring life-changing riches to one risk-taking contestant." No format details were given about the series, to be executive produced by creator Jamie Roberts. NBC has given a pilot order to the project, which is being developed simultaneously for the U.K.


IDENTITY (ABC) - John Glenn's domestic take on the U.K. drama, about an elite police unit that combats identity-related crime, has received a pilot presentation order. Mark Gordon and Deb Spera are executive producing the project via their ABC Studios-based The Mark Gordon Co. Glenn and ITV Studios's Paul Buccieri likewise serve as executive producers.


ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC) - Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz's drama has landed a pilot commitment from the Alphabet. Said hour, about "a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of fairy tales just may be real," comes from ABC Studios. Damon Lindelof, who was involved in the development of the project, is not attached.


REVENGE (A.K.A. THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO) (ABC) - Mike Kelley's modern day take on "The Count of Monte Cristo" has been ordered to pilot. Said hour, about "a vengeful woman with a secret who moves to the Hamptons to exact revenge on the people who destroyed her family," is set up at ABC Studios. Temple Hill's Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are executive producing alongside Kelley.


THE RIVER (ABC) - Oren Peli's drama pilot, about "a family who travels to the deep Amazon to locate and rescue their missing father," has been greenlighted by the network. Michael Green ("Kings") penned the hour, which was originally conceived by Peli and Michael Perry. ABC Studios and DreamWorks Television are co-producing with Peli, Green, Jason Blum, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank serving as executive producers.


UNTITLED EMILY SPIVEY PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Emily Spivey ("Parks & Recreation") has booked a cast-contingent pilot order from the Peacock for a new comedy about "an acerbic working mother, who never thought she'd be a mom, along with her stay-at-home husband and opinionated parents." She'll write and executive produce for Universal Media Studios alongside Broadway Video's Lorne Michaels.


UNTITLED SUSANNAH GRANT PROJECT (CBS) - Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs") has signed on to direct and executive produce the drama pilot, about "an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the here-after." He'll work from a script by Susannah Grant. Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman are also executive producing for CBS Television Studios.






  [february 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· AWAKENING (CW)
· BENT (NBC)
· CAPE, THE (NBC)
· COOPER & STONE (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EVENT, THE (NBC)
· GATES, THE (ABC)
· GCB (ABC)
· GEORGETOWN (ABC)
· GIFTED MAN, A (CBS)
· GOSSIP GIRL (CW)
· HALLELUJAH (ABC)
· HART OF DIXIE (CW)
· HEAVENLY (CW)
· HIGH STAKES (NBC)
· IDENTITY (ABC)
· KINGS (NBC)
· LIFE (NBC)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· PERFECT COUPLES (NBC)
· REVENGE (ABC)
· RIVER, THE (ABC)
· UP ALL NIGHT (NBC)





[05/27/16 - 10:31 AM]
AMC Is Now Home to Five of the Top 10 Shows on Cable TV and Two of the Top Three Cable Premieres This Television Season
AMC spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/27/16 - 10:07 AM]
Pittsburgh Penguins Host San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day - at 8 P.M. ET on NBC
The Sharks advanced to their first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history with a 5-2 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final vs. St. Louis, while Pittsburgh advanced with a 2-1 win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

[05/27/16 - 08:28 AM]
Night 1 of "500 Questions" Dominates Its Thursday Unscripted Competition
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 26.

[05/27/16 - 08:23 AM]
NBC's "The Red Nose Day Special" Draws a 0.6/2 and 2.155 Million Viewers Overall
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 26.

[05/27/16 - 07:11 AM]
Destination America Steps Into the Darkest Town in America in the All-New Series "Ghosts of Shepherdstown"
The six-part series launches Sunday, June 12 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[05/27/16 - 06:00 AM]
2nd Annual Red Nose Day Raises Over $31.5 Million for Kids in Need, Over 70 Stars Join NBC for Live Charity Event "The Red Nose Day Special"
Elton John, Julia Roberts, Jack Black, Ellen DeGeneres, Tracy Morgan, Blake Shelton, Will Ferrell and Zac Efron were among the many celebrities who appeared in the live, two-hour charity television event.

[05/26/16 - 03:11 PM]
ITV and Hulu Commission Exciting Eight-Part Drama Series "Harlots"
Acclaimed actresses Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay are set to star in the series, which will be produced by Monumental Pictures.

[05/26/16 - 02:37 PM]
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" Gets "Weird" with a One-Week Free Preview of This Season's Premiere Episode
IFC is previewing the first episode of this upcoming season free on IFC.com, through the IFC mobile app, On Demand and wherever the internet lives one week before it premieres on IFC on Friday, June 3.

[05/26/16 - 02:32 PM]
"Brett Gelman's Dinner in America" Special Premieres Friday, July 1st at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim
The premise is simple: A roundtable discussion in which Brett attempts to engage four distinguished actors - Loretta Devine, Shareeka Epps, Joe Morton and Mack Wilds - in an open forum on racism.

[05/26/16 - 01:43 PM]
AMC.com Releases the Director's Commentary on the "Preacher" Pilot
Series executive producers and directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg give viewers an exclusive inside look at the premiere episode.

[05/26/16 - 12:52 PM]
CBS to Finish "Angel from Hell," "Rush Hour" Runs on Saturday Nights
Look for the former to return on Saturday, July 2 while the latter will resume on Saturday, July 23.

[05/26/16 - 12:41 PM]
Video: Showtime(R) Drops the New Trailer for Its Music Series "Roadies," The First Original Series from Oscar(R) Winner Cameron Crowe
The series gives an insider's look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of roadies who live for music and the de facto family they've formed along the way.

[05/26/16 - 12:07 PM]
Michael Bloom Joins TBS & TNT as Senior Vice President of Unscripted Series and Specials
Most recently, Bloom was instrumental in forging the architecture for ELeague, the new eSports co-venture between Turner and WME | IMG.

[05/26/16 - 12:03 PM]
Kobe Bryant Named "Athlete of the Decade" by Spike TV
Spike TV proudly honors the Lakers' iconic superstar with its first ever "Athlete of the Decade" award to be presented at the network's 10th Annual "Guys Choice" event.

[05/26/16 - 12:02 PM]
WGN America's "Outsiders" Star David Morse Throws Out First Pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Game, In Celebration of the Start of Production on the Hit Series' Season Two
Morse's first pitch comes on the heels of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto declaring Wednesday, May 18 "Outsiders Day," with a proclamation ceremony at City Hall.