or


[11/17/11 - 10:59 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, November 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!


PENOZA (ABC, New!) - "Twilight" screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is looking to import the Dutch drama format, about the "widow of an assassinated criminal who is suddenly forced to adopt her late husband's role in order to protect her family." Endemol Studios is behind the hour, which Rosenberg will write and executive produce via her Tall Girls Productions banner alongside Jeremy Gold, Alon Aranya and Howard Klein. Pieter Bart Korthuis is behind the original incarnation, which is currently filming its second season in the Netherlands. (Deadline.com)


THE RICKI LAKE SHOW (Syndication) - Twentieth Television has cleared the series on stations covering 50% of the country, assuring a fall 2012 launch. Tribune (New York), Fox TV Stations (Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston), Sinclair, Local TV, Post Newsweek, Fisher, Granite, New Vision, Journal, Citadel, Quincy and Gray are among the participating stations groups. "The Ricki Lake Show," not to be confused with her previous effort "Ricki Lake" (1993-2004), is billed as "fresh, fun, interesting talk that will cover subjects that range from parenting, weight loss, losing love and finding it again." (Deadline.com)


SPIRITED (ABC, New!) - Chris Black ("Desperate Housewives") and Henry Alonso Myers ("Chuck") are set to team for a potential domestic take on the Australian format about Suzy Darling, "a recently divorced mother of two whose life is forever changed through her unexpected relationship with Henry Mallet, the ghost of an '80s English punk rock star." Endemol Studios and ABC Studios are behind the hour, which was originated by Claudia Karvan and Jacquelin Perske and ran for two seasons in Australia. Black and Myers then will write and executive produce alongside Jeremy Gold. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED JOE WEISBERG PROJECT (FOX) - Paul Greengrass ("The Bourne Ultimatum") has signed onto the potential drama, about the young assistants of high-ranking officers in the U.S. Intelligence community. Joe Weisberg is behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour, which was given a script commitment last month. Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo of Imagine Television also serve as executive producers alongside Weisberg and Greengrass, who likewise may direct. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED KEN KWAPIS PROJECTS (Showtime, New!) - Ken Kwapis ("Outsourced") has booked a pair of comedies at the pay channel. Author Shalom Auslander and Sara Goodman ("Gossip Girl") are penning the half-hours, a "dark comedy set in the world of modern advertising" and "a provocative look at the relationship of young married couple who decide to explore an open marriage," respectively. Kwapis then will executive produce each alongside said creators and his In Cahoots partner/co-executive producer Alexandra Beattie. (Deadline.com)


WOLF HALL (HBO, New!) - Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel is being developed as a four-hour mini-series by the pay channel alongside the BBC. Peter Straughan ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") is spearheading the adaptation, "a fictionalized biography chronicling the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of King Henry VIII." Most recently, James Frain played the historical figure in Showtime's "The Tudors." Company Pictures and Playground Entertainment are co-producing the project with the latter's Colin Callender among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - FX has passed on its Nashville-set drama pilot "Outlaw Country," while superhero effort "Powers" is being retooled (Deadline.com); Marcia Gay Harden will play a Nancy Grace-esque journalist on the January 3 episode of "Body of Proof" (EW.com); Greg Kinnear will guest on "Modern Family" as "a successful and athletic real estate broker" who goes into business with Ty Burrell's Phil (EW.com); Nia Vardalos and Peri Gilpin will play bickering sisters on a "Grey's Anatomy" episode set for January (THR.com); Sarah Jane Morris will return to "NCIS" as the MIA E.J. Barrett (TVLine.com); Amy Acker has been tapped as the fearsome Black Widow on "Grimm" (TVLine.com); Jason Dohring is set as the Greek god Chronos on "Supernatural" (TVLine.com); NBC plans to honor Betty White's 90th birthday with a new special timed with her January 17 milestone (TVGuide.com); "Bones" co-stars Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor and John Francis Daley have reportedly closed new deals valued in the mid-five figures to continue with the series through next season (THR.com); Disney Channel is moving forward with a second season of serial "My Babysitter's a Vampire" (Variety.com); plus Canadian drama "ReGenesis" will turn up on Science beginning Saturday, November 26 at 8:00/7:00c (Variety.com).






  [november 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· BODY OF PROOF (ABC)
· BONES (FOX)
· CHUCK (NBC)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GOSSIP GIRL (CW)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· GRIMM (NBC)
· HAPPYISH (SHOWTIME)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· MY BABYSITTER'S A VAMPIRE (DISNEY)
· NCIS (CBS)
· OUTLAW COUNTRY (FX)
· OUTSOURCED (NBC)
· POWERS (FX)
· RED WIDOW (ABC)
· REGENESIS (SCIENCE)
· RICKI LAKE (SYNDICATION)
· RICKI LAKE SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· SPIRITED (ABC)
· SUPERNATURAL (CW)
· UNTITLED JOE WEISBERG PROJECT (FOX)
· UNTITLED SARA GOODMAN PROJECT (SHOWTIME)
· WOLF HALL (PBS)





[05/02/16 - 09:19 AM]
Discovery Impact's "Sonic Sea" Looks at Ocean Noise Pollution - Premieres May 19
Narrated by Academy(R) Award-nominated actress Rachel McAdams, the film features interviews with marine ecologists, ocean life experts, and wildlife activists, including Grammy Award-winning musician, human rights and environmental activist Sting.

[05/02/16 - 09:06 AM]
Britney Spears to Receive Millennium Award and Perform Medley of Greatest Hits at the "2016 Billboard Music Awards" on ABC
Spears joins previously announced performers Justin Bieber, DNCE, The Go-Go's, Shawn Mendes, P!nk and collaborations with Nick Jonas, Tove Lo and Demi Lovato.

[05/02/16 - 09:00 AM]
Cinemax Drama Series "Outcast" Debuts June 3
The series is created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman, and executive produced by showrunner Chris Black.

[05/02/16 - 08:57 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Little Big Shots" Tops Demo Race for NBC
The Peacock and ABC share the night's adults 18-49 crown.

[05/02/16 - 08:28 AM]
HGTV Renews Mother/Daughter Home Reno Series "Good Bones"
The 12-episode second season is scheduled to premiere in January 2017.

[05/02/16 - 08:04 AM]
ESPN Selects Seven Big Ten College Football Games for 2016 Saturday Prime Time
The schedule features eight Big Ten teams, including three teams in the ESPN.com way too early preseason rankings: No. 3 Michigan, No. 10 Ohio State and No. 17 Iowa.

[05/02/16 - 07:48 AM]
Investigation Discovery Has Best April Ever in Prime Delivery & Continues Reign as Top Network for Women
Investigation Discovery spins the numbers for the month of April.

[05/01/16 - 12:42 PM]
ESPN Averages More Than Three Million Viewers for Three-Day 2016 NFL Draft Telecast
ESPN spins the numbers for its NFL Draft coverage to date.

[05/01/16 - 08:37 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Demos with NHL Playoffs
Coverage of Pittsburgh at Washington leads the night among adults 18-49.

[05/01/16 - 08:33 AM]
Penguins-Capitals Stanley Cup Playoff Hockey Leads Saturday in 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, April 30.

[04/30/16 - 01:17 PM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Splits Demo Crown with ABC
"Blue Bloods" is the night's most-watched program while "Shark Tank" tops the charts among adults 18-49.

[04/30/16 - 08:38 AM]
ABC Is #1 on Friday in Adults 18-49 as "Shark Tank" Surges to a 10-Week High
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, April 29.

[04/30/16 - 08:31 AM]
"Dateline" Grows, "Grimm" & "Caught on Camera" Maintain 100% Week-to-Week
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, April 29.

[04/29/16 - 10:01 PM]
Winner Announced on "Hell's Kitchen"
The winner received a Head Chef position at BLT Steak at Bally's Las Vegas, a total prize value of $250,000.

[04/29/16 - 04:26 PM]
Discovery Channel Dominates April with More Top Ten Unscripted Cable Series with Men Than Any Other Network
Discovery spins the numbers for the month of April to date.