[10/23/13 - 11:21 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 23
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!

THE ALZHEIMER'S PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Sam Sklaver ("Ben and Kate") has booked a potential single-camera comedy at the Alphabet about "a father with early onset Alzheimer's trying to reconnect with his family." Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment will also serve as an executive producer on the project, which is set up at ABC Studios. Sklaver then will co-executive produce. (Deadline.com)

BENCHED (USA/ABC Signature; W: Michaela Watkins & Damon Jones; D: Michael Fresco) - The cable channel has ordered a pilot presentation for the comedy, tapping Eliza Coupe ("Happy Endings") to star, John Enbom ("Free Agents") to showrun and Michael Fresco ("Family Tools") to direct. Coupe plays Nina, a high-powered attorney who loses her job and her boyfriend all on one day, finding that the only job available to her is at the Public Defender's office. She quickly realizes that the system is more screwed up than her own crazy personal life. Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay will likewise executive produce via their banner, The Mark Gordon Company. (Deadline.com)

FAST FORWARD (CBS, New!) - Wendy Battles ("Unforgettable") is looking to import the Austrian crime drama "Schnell Ermittelt" - about "a female homicide detective who juggles the demands of her job while co-parenting and working side-by-side with her newly divorced husband, the medical examiner" - at the Eye. Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios are co-producing the hour with FanFare Productions' Jamie Tarses and original series' producers Andreas Kamm, Oliver Auspitz, Kurt M. Mrkwicka and Katharina Schenk executive producing alongside Battles. (Deadline.com)

FINDING CARTER (MTV; W: Emily Silver; D: TBA) - Kathryn Prescott, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Zac Pullam and Nolan Sotillo have all been cast in the drama pilot, about Carter, a teenager who has the perfect life with her fun-loving single mom Lori until a police bust reveals that Lori abducted her as a toddler. Prescott will play the aforementioned Carter with Jacoby-Heron as Taylor, her newly revealed fraternal twin sister from her biological parents. Pullam then is set as Grant, "Carter's somewhat detached little brother who was born after his older sister had already been kidnapped"; while Sotillo is on board as Gabe, "Taylor's good friend since second grade and, like his old pal, is the son of a cop." Cynthia Watros also stars. (THR.com)

THE LIBERATOR (History, New!) - Feature writer Jeb Stuart (Die Hard) is developing a mini-series at the cable channel which "will tell the true story of the epic battlefield odyssey of maverick U.S. Army officer Felix "Shotgun" Sparks and his infantry unit as they fought over 500 days to liberate Europe." Said effort will "cover battles from the Allied invasion of Italy to the liberation of the concentration camp of Dachau and follow Sparks and the 157th Infantry Regiment, comprised primarily of cowboys, Native Americans and Mexican-Americans as the unit battles to become one of the most decorated combat units of the war." Unique Features' Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne and Sarah Victor are on board to executive produce. (THR.com)

THE POINT (ABC, New!) - "The West Wing" alums Rob Lowe and Kevin Falls are set to re-team for a new drama about "a single mother and her two teenagers who move from Indiana to Malibu in the summer of 1976. The Byrd family must navigate the cross currents of colorful personalities, power land grabs, dead friends and lovers, cheating hearts, and seismic cultural changes that will transform Malibu from a quirky middle-class beach town to the iconic coastal destination of today's rich and famous." Said effort is inspired by Lowe's bestselling 2011 memoir "Stories I Only Tell My Friends," with Falls penning the teleplay for Sony Pictures Television. (Deadline.com)

PULLING TEETH (NBC, New!) - Stacy Traub ("Glee") has set up a single-camera comedy at the Peacock about Holly, "a dentist who recently discovered that her surgeon husband has been having an affair with a pharmaceutical sales rep. After a leave of absence, Holly returns to the practice only to find that the dynamics of the workplace are even more complicated than the ones in her own life." ABC Studios is behind the half-hour, home to Traub's overall deal. Robin Schwartz of the studio-based Brillstein Entertainment Partners will likewise executive produce. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED CHRIS FEDAK PROJECT (NBC, New!) - "Chuck" co-creator Chris Fedak is back in business with the Peacock for a new drama about "four broken people from different walks of life who all have one thing in common - a new chance at a normal life thanks to an anonymous organ donor whose body is used to cure them of their ills. But the ordinary becomes extraordinary when they learn that the mysterious donor was Earth's mightiest hero, and now each literally carries part of him inside themselves." Legendary Television is behind the hour with the company's Bruce Rosenblum and Peter Johnson presumably executive producing alongside Fedak. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED KEENEN IVORY WAYANS PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Keenen Ivory Wayans has sold a single-camera comedy to the Alphabet about "what happens when the whitest guy in America marries into a sprawling, close-knit African-American family." Said effort, which has a significant penalty attached, comes from the 20th Century Fox Television-based Chernin Entertainment with the company's Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope executive producing alongside Wayans, who had no plans star. (THR.com)

UNTITLED REBECCA SINCLAIR PROJECT (The CW, New!) - Rebecca Sinclair ("90210") has set up a period drama at the netlet about "the lives of a motley crew of Malibu surfers - each an outsider in their own way - who had found a community of kindred spirits" in 1961 Malibu. CBS Television Studios is behind the hour with Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz executive producing alongside Sinclair for Carol Mendelsohn Productions. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has cleared "TMZ Live," TMZ.com's daily video podcast turned one-hour live daily series, through 2017 on the Fox Television Stations group (Deadline.com); Richard Schiff and McKayla Maroney will both guest on "Bones" as "a former (fictional) White House staffer and an Olympic gold medalist," respectively (EW.com); Whoopi Goldberg have been tapped to voice Mrs. Rabbit, the wife of John Lithgow's White Rabbit, on "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (TVLine.com);

Keith Carradine, father of co-star Martha Plimpton, will guest on "Raising Hope" as "a no-nonsense, no-outside-world-technology, real deal cowboy" (TVLine.com); Tricia O'Kelley is bound for "Melissa & Joey" as "a demanding and difficult boss who is Mel's (Melissa Joan Hart) neighbor" and David Castaneda will visit "Switched at Birth" as "a nurse-practitioner at the free clinic where Daphne (Katie Leclerc) and Campbell (R.J. Mitte) work" (THR.com); and Sean Maher have been tapped as DC Comics supervillain Shrapnel, "a serial bomber who places Starling City in a grip of terror," on "Arrow" (THR.com).

  [october 2013]  

· 90210 (CW)

[10/20/16 - 03:55 PM]
Oxygen Media Tests the Bonds of Friendship When New Competition Series "The Battle of the Ex-Besties" Premieres Tuesday, December 6 at 11PM ET/PT
Hosted by Sibley Scoles, the series follows fourteen former BFFs who are forced to confront - and hopefully forget - past differences in order to win a life-changing $100,000 grand prize.

[10/20/16 - 01:49 PM]
Investigation Discovery Delivers Nearly One Million Viewers for World Television Premiere of "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"
Investigation Discovery further spins the numbers for Saturday, October 15.

[10/20/16 - 01:04 PM]
Investigation Discovery Looks at When Happily Ever After Goes Horribly Wrong in All-New Series "Married with Secrets"
The new eight-part series premieres Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/16 - 12:27 PM]
BBC America Debuts New Original Co-Production "Undercover" with Two-Night Premiere Event in November
Look for said event on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 at 8:00/7:00c.

[10/20/16 - 11:47 AM]
TLC's "Little People, Big World" Returns with the Roloffs Facing a Whole New Reality
Season 12 rolls out Tuesday, November 22 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.

[10/20/16 - 11:45 AM]
GSN Adds "Wheel of Fortune" to Daytime Schedule Beginning Monday, October 24
In addition, GSN Games has launched Wheel of Fortune(R) Slots: The Ultimate Collection, a new mobile app bringing together a variety of stunning Wheel of Fortune-themed slots games and authentic elements from the TV show.

[10/20/16 - 11:14 AM]
A&E Network to Premiere New Season of Hit Series "Wahlburgers" November 16
Look for back-to-back episodes on Wednesday nights beginning at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/16 - 11:04 AM]
Bravo Media's "Top Chef" Announces 8 Returning Chefs Vying for Redemption on the New Season Premiering Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10PM ET/PT
It's the ultimate challenge of old blood versus new, on the Emmy and James Beard Award winning series, as the chefs head to Charleston to battle it out alongside eight talented "Top Chef" newcomers.

[10/20/16 - 09:31 AM]
CBS Orders "Salvation," A New Event Series for Broadcast in Summer 2017
A suspense thriller, the series centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery - that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.

[10/20/16 - 09:07 AM]
Rise and 'Shine... Discovery's "Moonshiners" Returns Tuesday, November 15 at 9PM ET/PT
This season these master whiskey makers are putting everything on the line to evolve their craft and take their handmade liquor to the next level.

[10/20/16 - 08:48 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front Among Adults 18-49
The Alphabet leads the night with its coverage of The Third Presidential Debate.

[10/20/16 - 08:33 AM]
Award-Winning Comedian Ricky Gervais Brings Brent Back! David Brent: Life on the Road Premieres on Netflix February 10, 2017
Directed, written and produced by award-winning, comedic genius Gervais, David Brent: Life on the Road sees a documentary crew catching up with the idiosyncratic David Brent from the BBC2's mockumentary "The Office."

[10/20/16 - 07:48 AM]
"Outrageous Acts of Science" Returns to Science Channel for an All New Season October 26 at 9PM
The all-new episodes show mind-blowing displays of science in action while counting down the week's Top 20 videos.

[10/20/16 - 07:35 AM]
OneRepublic to Rock Rotterdam at the 2016 MTV EMAs
The multi-platinum pop-rock quintet will join host Bebe Rehxa and previously-announced performers Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, DNCE, Lukas Graham and Zara Larsson on stage.

[10/20/16 - 07:14 AM]
"RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Season 2 Slays Records as the Most Viewed Season of a Logo Original Series to Date
Plus: look for a reunion special on October 27 and "Season 6 RuVealed" on November 3.