or


[03/17/11 - 11:30 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, March 17
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!


90210 (The CW) - Rebecca Sinclair is stepping down as showrunner of the netlet's soap. "It was a creative decision," she told Deadline.com. "I'm eager to write my own stuff. I'm going to try to write a novel - something I've been wanting to do since college - a pilot and a movie. Working on '90210' has been an incredible learning experience, like going to the most intensive school, and I feel I've come out ready to create my own show." No replacement has been named. The series, which is widely expected to get a fourth season, returns April 18 with its last five episodes of the season.


THE ASSISTANTS (CBS) - David Henrie ("How I Met Your Mother") has snagged a principal role on the comedy pilot, about four assistants who toil for a celebrity couple - Gale Meeks and Ali Vance (who are likened to Rob Riggle and Sarah Jessica Parker). He'll play Mike Beadle, the eager new house assistant. Emily Rutherfurd, Lamorne Morris and T.J. Miller co-star in the CBS Television Studios-based half-hour, from writer Tucker Cawley and director Pamela Fryman.


HERD MENTALITY (CBS) - Damon Wayans ("My Wife & Kids") has been tapped for the lead role on the comedy pilot, inspired by the life of ESPN radio personality Colin Cowherd. He'll play Nick Herd ("fortyish, confident, good looking and well-dressed, though he'd never admit he tries"), whose acerbic ways get him in trouble at home and at work. Bill Martin and Mike Schiff are behind the CBS Television Studios-based half-hour, to be directed by Andy Cadiff. Danny Comden also stars.


MY LIFE AS AN EXPERIMENT (NBC) - Donald Sutherland ("Pillars of the Earth") is the latest addition to the comedy pilot, about A.J. Wilder (Jon Dore), an immersion journalist whose unusual assignments frequently affect his home life in Brooklyn with his wife, Stacie (Paget Brewster), and two kids. He'll play Sam Bobkin ("pompous, arrogant"), Stacie's father, who is less than thrilled with her choice in a husband. Adam Campbell also stars in the Sony Pictures Television-based half-hour, from co-creators Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith.


POE (ABC) - Marco Grazzini is the newest addition to the pilot, a period drama which envisions famed author Edgar Allan Poe (Chris Egan) as the world's very first detective in 1840s Boston. He's set as Alexander Shelton ("handsome, wealthy, in a military uniform"), the current beau of Poe's childhood sweetheart Sarah Royster (Tabrett Bethell). Kevin McNally, Leslie Odom Jr. and Natalie Dormer also star in the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, from writer Chris Hollier and director Alex Graves. Separately, Grazzini is also guesting on The CW pilot "Awakening" in an unspecified role.


REVENGE (ABC) - Joshua Bowman (U.K.'s "Holby City") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), a mysterious young woman who comes to the Hamptons to exact revenge on the people who destroyed her family. He'll play her fiance, Daniel Grayson ("young 20s, all American, son of privilege"), whose parents (Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny) she blames for her father's death. Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo, Gabriel Mann and Nick Wechsler also star. Phillip Noyce is directing the ABC Studios-based hour, which was penned by Mike Kelley.


THE RIVER (ABC) - Thomas Kretschmann and Paulina Gaitan have both boarded the drama pilot, about the search in the Amazon for Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood), a missing TV explorer, led by his wife Tess (Leslie Hope) and son Lincoln (Joe Anderson). Kretschmann will play Captain Reese Byrne ("a soldier's comportment, a boxer's economy of movement; dedication and efficacy rubbed deep into his skin"), the expedition's head of security. Gaitan then is set as Jahel Valenzuela - the daughter of the ship's engineer, Emilio - who's just as good a mechanic as her father. Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne and Shaun Parkes also star. Jaume Collet-Serra is directing the ABC Studios-based hour from a script by Michael Green.


S.I.L.A. (NBC) - Jimmy Smits ("Outlaw") is returning to the Peacock as the actor has booked a role on the pilot, a drama depicting a complex web of crime, policework and politics in Los Angeles. He'll play Virgilio Zaragoza, the mayor of Los Angeles, who "cares deeply about his city, power, and women, perhaps in reverse order, and the nakedness of his need to be loved is part of his considerable charm." Also featured in the ensemble are Daniella Alonso, Danny Pino, Emma Dumont, Luis Chavez, Madchen Amick, Matthew Levy and Noah Emmerich. Stephen Gaghan is behind the hour, from 20th Century Fox Television.


SECRET CIRCLE (The CW) - Shelley Hennig and Jessica Parker Kennedy have each snagged a role on the drama pilot, about Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson), a California teen who moves to her mom's hometown of New Salem, Maine and discovers that she comes from a family of witches. They'll play two more of the seven-member circle, a coven of young witches: Diana Meade ("smart, sexy, not overly done up"), who quickly befriends Cassie; and Melissa ("steely, disinterested"), who keeps her at arm's length. Phoebe Tonkin and Thomas Dekker also star while Liz Friedlander is directing from a script by Andrew Miller.


UNTITLED LIZ MERIWETHER PROJECT (FOX) - Damon Wayans Jr. ("Happy Endings") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel), an optimistic Midwestern woman who moves into a New York apartment with three juvenile guys. He'll play one of the trio, Coach, an out-of-shape trainer. Said role is in second position to his duties on the yet-to-debut ABC comedy. Hannah Simone, Jake M. Johnson and Max Greenfield also star. Liz Meriwether penned the half-hour for 20th Century Fox Television. Jake Kasdan is directing.






  [march 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· 90210 (CW)
· ASSISTANTS, THE (CBS)
· AWAKENING (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HAPPY ENDINGS (ABC)
· HERD MENTALITY (CBS)
· HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
· METRO (NBC)
· MY LIFE AS AN EXPERIMENT (NBC)
· MY WIFE & KIDS (ABC)
· NEW GIRL (FOX)
· OUTLAW (NBC)
· PILLARS OF THE EARTH (STARZ)
· POE (ABC)
· REVENGE (ABC)
· RIVER, THE (ABC)
· SECRET CIRCLE, THE (CW)





[12/05/16 - 01:04 PM]
Netflix Announces Slate of Original Films, Documentaries and Series at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Morgan Neville, Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford, Elijah Wood, Rashida Jones, Melanie Lynskey, Riley Keough, Jesse Plemons, and Alfre Woodard are among the featured auspices.

[12/05/16 - 12:22 PM]
Season Finale of Freeform's "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?" Soars to 5-Week Highs Across Key Target Demographics
Freeform further spins the numbers for the series to date.

[12/05/16 - 12:08 PM]
Limited Drama Series "The Young Pope," Starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton and Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, Debuts Jan. 15 on HBO
Young and charming, Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history.

[12/05/16 - 11:19 AM]
Investigation Discovery Greenlights Scripted True-Crime Movie "Final Vision" Starring Scott Foley and Dave Annable
The film is the story of Jeffrey MacDonald (Foley), a handsome, Ivy League-educated Green Beret Army Doctor, who was convicted of brutally murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night.

[12/05/16 - 11:11 AM]
"Star Glam Tour" - Free Glam Services On-the-Go Beginning Today
FOX brings Miss Carlotta's mobile salon - with free manicures, blowouts and braids services - to Nashville, Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles and Oakland.

[12/05/16 - 11:01 AM]
Freeform's "Moments to Celebrate" Programming Event, Begins Monday, December 26, and Continues Through Sunday, January 1
Look for a special sneak preview of the first episode of Freeform's upcoming new sci-fi saga, "Beyond."

[12/05/16 - 10:40 AM]
Video: Crackle's "SuperMansion: War on Christmas" Releases First Look Clip Featuring Jim Parsons
The original special premieres this coming Thursday, December 8.

[12/05/16 - 10:03 AM]
AMC Announces the Premiere of Its Critically-Acclaimed Scripted Drama Series, "Humans," Returning for Its Sophomore Season on Monday, February, 13th
Carrie-Anne Moss joins the cast as Dr. Athena Morrow, a pre-eminent Artificial Intelligence expert who is driven by her own motives to create a new kind of machine consciousness.

[12/05/16 - 10:01 AM]
FX Sets Premiere Date for "Legion"
The newcomer launches Wednesday, February 8 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[12/05/16 - 09:40 AM]
Video: "Incorporated," A New Interactive Trailer
In the newest interactive trailer, explore the two worlds of the opulent Green Zone and the impoverished Red Zone.

[12/05/16 - 09:16 AM]
CBS to Air "First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House - An Oprah Winfrey Special," Dec. 19
OWN will air the second showing of the special on Wednesday, December 21 at 9:00/8:00c.

[12/05/16 - 09:00 AM]
TNT Reteams with "Animal Kingdom's" John Wells and Megan Martin for "The Deep Mad Dark" Pilot
The series follows Detroit neurosurgeon Polly Lewis as she embarks on an unorthodox study in the field of memory and trauma.

[12/05/16 - 08:16 AM]
"Dive Into Winter" This January with Travel Channel's Warm Weather Escape Programming
Airing on Sundays at 9:00/8:00c from January 1-29, the new shows will celebrate heart-pumping water thrills, gorgeous beach destinations and over-the-top water slides.

[12/05/16 - 08:02 AM]
The "2017 Billboard Music Awards" Returns to ABC on Sunday, May 21, 2017
The program will showcase this year's hottest musical acts, big performances and buzzworthy pop culture moments that will have everyone talking.

[12/05/16 - 07:33 AM]
Video: Know Thy Selfie - Netflix Releases Trailer for New Cameron Dallas Series "Chasing Cameron"
The series centers on social media star and entrepreneur Cameron Dallas as he looks to take his career to the next level.