[10/20/17 - 11:48 PM]
Development Update: Friday, October 20
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!

EMMA'S AT HER DAD'S (FOX, New!) - Claudia Lonow Rapaport ("How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)") has sold a single-camera comedy to the network about Joey, "a lost, 35-ish newly single mom using every single second of her weekends in a mad dash search for who she wants to be, while exorcising who she was." Universal Television-based Hazy Mills Productions is behind the half-hour with principals Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner also executive producing. (Deadline.com)
EPIPHANY (The CW, New!) - Writer Spenser Cohen, director Lee Toland Krieger and producer Shawn Levy are set to team for a new drama at the netlet about "a group of gifted strangers recruited to a Gilded Age mansion to solve a complex code that lies within the structure's walls." Anna Halberg will also executive produce the hour for Levy's 21 Laps banner and Warner Bros. Television. (THR.com)
FEMME (The CW, New!) - Audrey Wauchope and Rachel Specter ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend") have sold a potential drama to the netlet about "four millennial women from different walks of life who become unlikely friends and fierce allies after meeting online in a secret feminist social media group. They form a sisterhood army in the real world to support each other through both serious and humorous crises and to help other women in need." Gina Rodriguez and Emily Gipson will also executive produce for I Can and I Will Productions and CBS Television Studios. (Variety.com)
MAGNUM, P.I. (CBS, New!) - Eric Guggenheim and Peter M. Lenkov ("Hawaii Five-0") have scored a pilot production commitment from the Eye for a reboot of the famed 1980-1988 drama, about Thomas Magnum, "a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator." Said effort will also feature fellow vets Theodore "TC" Calvin, Orville "Rick" Wright and a gender flipped Juliet Higgins. Davis Entertainment's John Davis and John Fox will also executive produce for CBS Television Studios and Universal Television. Last year, ABC has spearheaded a potential sequel series featuring Magnum's daughter, Lily "Tommy" Magnum. (Deadline.com)
MAYANS MC (FX) - Raoul Trujillo (Sicario) has signed onto the "Sons of Anarchy" spin-off as Che "Taza" Romero, "Vicepresidente of Mayans MC, Santo Padre Charter. As a longtime friend of Alvarez, he helped set up the Santo Padre chapter on the border. He's hardened by the deterioration of his hometown, but an infinite source of wisdom to the club." (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED BREWER & TOSCANO PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Writer Nikki Toscano is set to team with director Craig Brewer for a new drama at the network about "a blue collar man with a beautiful mind who is suddenly thrust into a world of instant wealth, taking with his loud and irreverent family along for the ride. His journey into this new life will force him to confront demons from his past, his exciting new future, and the girl who got away that happens to be front and center in all of this." Both will executive produce the hour, which has a penalty attached, with Brewer directing for 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED REEVES & TOSCANO PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Writer Nikki Toscano likewise is teaming with director/producer Matt Reeves for a potential hour billed as "a female-led character drama that unravels the complicated personal and professional lives of a family of cops as they investigate a high profile missing persons case across two timelines. In 2001, Shane McGuinty, a new detective in the NYC Missing Persons division, and her partner, Dominic, are drawn closer together when they embark on their first (and most haunting) case on the worst day of the year: 9/11. In present day, we follow as Shane and Dominic (now ex-partners and ex-lovers) are forced together again when new evidence threatens to blow both their unsolved 2001 case, and their entire squad, wide open." 20th Century Fox Television-based 6th & Idaho is behind the hour, which has a penalty attached. Adam Kassan and Rafi Crohn will also executive produce and co-produce, respectively. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED JANE LYNCH PROJECT (Syndication, New!) - Emmy-winner Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night") is reportedly being eyed to host a daytime talk show from Telepictures, billed as "a feel-good, variety show that would be tailored for Lynch, showcasing her comedic take/spin on everything from pop culture moments to real people with unique, uplifting stories." Said effort would be targeted for a fall 2018 launch. Missy Halperin Talent Group's Missy Halperin would executive produce alongside Lynch. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED MERIWETHER & PHILBIN PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Liz Meriwether and J.J. Philbin ("New Girl") are looking to re-team for a single-camera comedy at the Alphabet about "a group of single parents who lean on each other as they raise their kids and look for another chance at love (or at least sex)." The project, which has a put pilot commitment, is set up at 20th Century Fox Television. Katherine Pope will also executive produce. (Deadline.com)
UNTITLED SHEA SERRANO PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Author Shea Serrano has scored a put pilot commitment from the Alphabet for a single-camera comedy "based on [his] life growing up in a family with five uncles who all have different perspectives on manhood." Fremulon's Michael Schur and 3 Arts Entertainment's David Miner will executive produce for Universal Television with Serrano as a co-executive producer. (THR.com)
VOWS (ABC, New!) - Feature writer David Hubbard (Noel) is developing a new drama at the Alphabet "told through the POV of four diverse and interconnected couples [and] explores the whirlwind road to the altar and the profound journey that begins after we say, "I do."" Doug Robinson and Alison Greenspan also executive produce via their Sony Pictures Television-based Doug Robinson Productions. (Deadline.com)

  [october 2017]  


[03/21/18 - 03:35 PM]
Hallmark Channel Announces Season Two of "Meet the Peetes"
"Viewers have welcomed the Peete family into their homes and have fallen in love with their heartfelt and touching narratives that families everywhere can relate to," said Michelle Vicary.

[03/21/18 - 03:34 PM]
Hallmark Expands Pet Adoption Initiative, Adoption Ever After, with New, Original Special "Cat Bowl"
"Cat Bowl" will feature adult cats and seniors playing a feline Hall of Fame game, Saturday, February 2, 2019.

[03/21/18 - 03:33 PM]
Hallmark Channel to Launch First Ever Interactive "Home & Family" Dream Holiday Home Contest
The contest offers the chance for one lucky viewer to win a holiday-themed home redecoration that will turn heads and be the envy of decorators across the country.

[03/21/18 - 03:32 PM]
Hallmark Channel Announces Season Six of "When Calls the Heart"
Currently in its fifth season, "When Calls the Heart's" ratings momentum has carried over from season four.

[03/21/18 - 03:31 PM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Adds Three All-New, Original Movie Franchises to Lineup
"The Chronicle Mysteries" will join the previously announced "Picture Perfect" and "Crossword Mysteries."

[03/21/18 - 12:56 PM]
Jay Ali Joins the Cast for Season Three of the Netflix Original Series, "Marvel's Daredevil"
He will portray Rahul "Ray" Nadeem, an honest, but ambitious FBI agent willing to go to any length for his family.

[03/21/18 - 12:15 PM]
An All-New Supersized "Jay Leno's Garage" Premieres Thursday, April 19 at 10PM ET/PT
Celebrity guests this season include Jamie Foxx, Billy Crystal, Terry Crews, Tyler Perry, Mitt Romney, Trevor Noah, James Taylor, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Martha Reeves, Guy Fieri, Chris Hardwick, and more.

[03/21/18 - 11:02 AM]
Video: First-Look and New Promo Available from NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert"
The production will air live Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8:00/7:00c in front of a large audience at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

[03/21/18 - 10:53 AM]
Video: Go Inside FX's "Legion" with 360 Video Experience
The video culminates with an exclusive look at the first two and half minutes of the Season 2 premiere.

[03/21/18 - 10:36 AM]
TV Land's Hit Series "Younger" Returns for Season Five on Tuesday, June 5 at 10PM ET/PT
This season, series star Miriam Shor will make her television directorial debut with an episode to air in July.

[03/21/18 - 10:30 AM]
"Queen Sugar" Season Three Debuts with Two-Night Premiere Event Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30 on OWN
Continuing a creative initiative established in the show's first season, series creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay has once again assembled an all-female directing team for the third consecutive season.

[03/21/18 - 10:00 AM]
USA Network Unveils Spring Schedule
Newly announced return dates include "Colony" (Wednesday, May 2), "Queen of the South" (Thursday, June 21) and "Shooter" (also Thursday, June 21).

[03/21/18 - 09:30 AM]
NFL Expanding Coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft to Include Two Broadcast and Four Cable Television Networks
NFL Network and FOX will team up to simulcast live coverage of Rounds 1-3 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

[03/21/18 - 09:15 AM]
Viceland Lights Up Its Second Annual "Weed Week"
To mark the occasion, the network adds a healthy dose of smoke to its air with sneak previews of new seasons of two of its most popular shows.

[03/21/18 - 09:00 AM]
Video: Trailer for Netflix Film "Come Sunday" - Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor
Martin Sheen, Jason Segel, Condola Rashad, Lakeith Stanfield and Danny Glover also star in the Joshua Marston film.