or


[09/21/11 - 11:24 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, September 21
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!


EXTREME MUSICAL CHAIRS (The CW, New!) - Phil Gurin, Richard Joel and Deena Dill are developing a new competition series which aims to "transform the popular children's game into a physically demanding competition with multiple rounds of elimination set in an indoor obstacle course." 405 Productions and the Gurin Co. are co-producing the project, additional details of which weren't given. Gurin, Joel and Dill then will executive produce. (Variety.com)


LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE (Syndication, New!) - The four-year-old internet series will make the leap to syndication this weekend via distributor Trifecta Entertainment & Media. Daryl Hall of rock duo Hall & Oates hosts the series, which features live music performances taking place inside his home. Hall, Jonathan Wolfson and Scott Sternberg are the executive producers for Good Cop Bad Cop Productions and Scott Sternberg Productions. The half-hour series is a go in nearly 80% of the top 200 markets in the U.S., including all of the top 10. WGN America aired a two-hour clip show of the series on New Year's Eve this past year. (Variety.com)


MIXED BLESSINGS (NBC, New!) - Singer/songwriter John Legend and former NBC executive Teri Weinberg are developing a new single-camera comedy at the Peacock about "a prominent, black, street-bred hip-hop artist enjoying his single life who discovers that he has a teenage son and decides to connect with him and his white suburban family." Rob Pearlstein ("Medium") has been tapped to pen the half-hour, which is set up at Universal Television. Get Lifted Film Co.'s Legend and Yellow Brick Road's Weinberg then will executive produce alongside Mike Jackson with Pearlstein serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


ROSEANNE'S NUTS (Lifetime) - As expected, the network has passed on a second season of the reality series, star Roseanne Barr confirmed on her Twitter account. The series averaged 970,000 viewers and a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 on Wednesday nights for the cable channel before relocating to Fridays at 10:00/9:00c for the remainder of its run earlier this month. The Friday installments averaged 621,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating in said demo.


RUSSIAN DOLLS (Lifetime) - The cable channel plans to marathon the show's final five episodes on Friday, October 7 starting at 8:00 AM ET. The newcomer - which follows the comings and goings of eight men and women in Brooklyn's historic Russian-American neighborhood, Brighton Beach - opened to a modest 975,000 viewers on Thursday nights behind "Project Runway" on August 11, falling to 772,000 viewers the following week, after which it was banished to late-night. Tomorrow marks its seventh installment with episodes eight through 12 then turning up on October 7.


TEEN WOLF (MTV) - The cable channel is reportedly considering doubling up the show's second season order to 24 episodes, which would be filmed back-to-back with a short hiatus between them. The series' freshman run averaged 1.695 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 for the network earlier this year. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED KARYN USHER PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Karyn Usher ("Bones") has booked a potential drama at the network about "the orphaned 17-year-old daughter of a CIA operative who is recruited to become an operative herself." 20th Century Fox Television and the studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein Productions is behind the hour, with the company's Mary Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements executive producing alongside Usher. FOX has given a script order to the project with a penalty attached should it not go to pilot. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Victor Garber is on track to voice the title role on ABC's "Charlie's Angels," which premieres tomorrow (NYMag.com); CCH Pounder will recur on ABC's "Revenge" as the tough-as-nails warden in charge of the juvenile detention center once occupied by Emily Van Camp's Emily Thorne (TVLine.com); Deirdre Lovejoy will guest on "Body of Proof" as the "exhausted and a bit grouchy wife" of John Carroll Lynch's Bud (TVLine.com); Susan Blakely has been cast as the mother of Christa Miller's Ellie on "Cougar Town" (TVLine.com); Alexandra Daddario is bound for a multi-episode arc on "Parenthood" as the new receptionist at Adam (Peter Krause) and Crosby's (Dax Shepard) new business venture (TVLine.com); plus Ken Marino will guest on NBC's "Whitney" as Andy's (Chris D'Elia) older brother (THR.com).






  [september 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· BODY OF PROOF (ABC)
· BONES (FOX)
· CHARLIE'S ANGELS (ABC)
· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE (SYNDICATION)
· MEDIUM (CBS)
· MIXED BLESSINGS (NBC)
· OH SIT! (CW)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· PROJECT RUNWAY (LIFETIME)
· REVENGE (ABC)
· ROSEANNE'S NUTS (LIFETIME)
· RUSSIAN DOLLS (LIFETIME)
· TEEN WOLF (MTV)
· UNTITLED KARYN USHER PROJECT (FOX)
· WHITNEY (NBC)





[09/18/14 - 11:31 AM]
FX Picks Up "Tyrant" for a Second Season
Production is scheduled to begin next spring with the second season returning in the summer of 2015.

[09/18/14 - 09:32 AM]
TVGN (TV Guide Network) to Rebrand as "POP" - New Brand to Launch in First Quarter 2015
POP is billed as "a multi-platform destination dedicated to celebrating the fun of being a fan."

[09/18/14 - 09:01 AM]
BBC America Presents the 2014 Britannia Awards Honorees
BAFTA Los Angeles will honor Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench at this year's awards ceremony.

[09/18/14 - 08:29 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "Got Talent" Finale, "Laura" Premiere
The Peacock easily leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[09/18/14 - 08:22 AM]
Comedy Central's "@midnight" Joins New York Comedy Festival Lineup, Will Tape and Air Week of Shows in NYC
The social media sensation joins the stellar lineup of the 2014 New York Comedy Festival to tape a week of shows which will air Monday, November 3 through Thursday, November 6.

[09/18/14 - 06:09 AM]
Darrell Hammond to Serve as New Announcer for "Saturday Night Live"
Hammond will take over the role from the late Don Pardo.

[09/18/14 - 05:54 AM]
Aubrey Plaza to Be Voice of Grumpy Cat in Lifetime's "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever" Premiering November 29
The infamous kitty with the hilariously woeful but endearing facial expression stars in her very own live-action Christmas movie this holiday season.

[09/17/14 - 10:00 PM]
Winner Voted of NBC's Hit Summer Series "America's Got Talent"
The winner will headline "America's Got Talent Live" at The AXIS Powered by Monster at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas (September 26 and 27).

[09/17/14 - 01:35 PM]
ABC Family's "100 Days Until Christmas" Campaign a Social Media Hit on Facebook
"Pretty Little Liars" continues to be dominate on Twitter, ranking as TV's #1 most-tweeted TV drama series of Summer 2014.

[09/17/14 - 01:35 PM]
The Viral Video Show That Started It All, "America's Funniest Home Videos," Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Maker Studios Content Partnership Anchored by Original Clip Show "ShayFV" Starring Shay Carl
The original content initiative extends an existing relationship between Vin Di Bona Productions and Maker Studios.

[09/17/14 - 01:34 PM]
Former President Bill Clinton to Appear on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Thursday, September 18 at 11 p.m. ET/PT
President Clinton will preside over the 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, which takes place next week (September 21-24) in New York City.

[09/17/14 - 01:33 PM]
A+E Networks(R) Hits 22 Million Downloads with TV Everywhere Apps
The free, ad-supported TV Everywhere apps offer fans access to full episodes, movies and exclusive clips of their favorite A+E Networks HD programming.

[09/17/14 - 12:44 PM]
TBS to Celebrate 20 Years of "Friends" with 20-Episode Marathon on Sept. 22
"We're thrilled to be celebrating Friends' 20th anniversary by giving fans the chance to choose their favorite episodes for TBS's 20-episode marathon," said Phil Oppenheim.

[09/17/14 - 12:38 PM]
SundanceTV Celebrates Academy(R) Award Winner Danny Boyle
In honor of his upcoming series "Babylon," SundanceTV is featuring an evening-long celebration of the renowned director, including the original long form episode that inspired the series of the same name.

[09/17/14 - 12:24 PM]
HGTV's "Love It or List It" Begins Production in Raleigh-Durham
Producers at Big Coat Productions are actively seeking potential homeowners who are torn between renovating their existing home and relocating to a new residence.