[11/16/12 - 11:11 PM]
Development Update: Friday, November 16
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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BLACKWOOD (MTV, New!) - Gwenda Bond's young adult novel - about "19-year-old Miranda Blackwood who, when 114 people, including her father, suddenly vanish off Roanoke Island, begins to investigate the mass disappearance, teaming with her high school sweetheart" - is being developed as a drama at the cable channel. Peter Calloway ("Brothers & Sisters") is on board to pen the adaptation with Kelsey Grammer, Stella Bulochnikov and Brian Sher also executive producing via their Lionsgate Television-based Grammnet Productions. (Deadline.com)

PARANORMAL HOUSEWIVES (Lifetime, New!) - Katie Ford ("Chaos") has sold a potential drama to the cable channel inspired by a real-life group of female professional paranormal investigators in Southern California. Said members - Erin Potter, Kirsten Thorne and Marsha Covert-Garcia - will serve as consultants on the project, to be executive produced by Ford, Red Om Films' Julia Roberts, 3 Arts Entertainment's Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Madhouse Entertainment's Robyn Meisinger for ABC Studios. Red Om's Lisa Gillan and Marissa Yeres Gill are also set as producers as are German Michael Torres of GMT Films and Rick Telles. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED BOSTON WOMEN PROJECT (A&E, New!) - Mark Wahlberg ("Teamsters") has scored a pilot order from the network for a half-hour reality series featuring "the day-to-day life of four of tough, hard-as-nails women who juggle family, work, and relationships all while remaining true to their way of life" in Boston. Leverage Management's Stephen Levinson, Bill Thompson Productions' Bill Thompson and 44 Blue Productions' Stephanie Drachkovitch will executive produce the project alongside Wahlberg via his Closest to the Hole Productions. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Kim Delaney is set to exit Lifetime's flagship drama "Army Wives" while Sally Pressman will be back, but not as a series regular (TVLine.com); Constance Zimmer has booked an arc on "Grey's Anatomy" as a "confident, self-possessed, laser-focused professional with a wicked sense of humor" (EW.com); Janina Gavankar will guest on "Arrow" as "a Starling City PD vice cop [who] knew Oliver Queen back in his pre-island bad boy days" (EW.com); Spencer Grammer and Lenny Jacobson will both visit "CSI" in an episode revolving around a murder at a news station (THR.com); Annabella Sciorra will drop by "Blue Bloods" as an NYPD psychologist who works with Will Estes's Jamie after a fatal shooting (TVLine.com); and Greg Germann has been cast as a deputy director on "NCIS" (TVLine.com).

  [october 2016]  


[10/25/16 - 10:01 AM]
History's New Military Drama Series "Six" Premieres Wednesday, January 18 at 10PM ET/PT
The eight episode first season follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists.

[10/25/16 - 08:48 AM]
Bravo Media Goes Behind the Scenes of the Ultra Exclusive "Timber Creek Lodge" Premiering Monday, December 5 at 10PM ET/PT
It's all work and a lot of play at "Timber Creek Lodge," where viewers will go behind the doors of a five-star mountain retreat to see the on-and-off duty shenanigans of the resort staff working around the clock to provide the ultimate vacation experience.

[10/25/16 - 08:46 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "The Voice"
The Peacock stakes claim to the most-watched network among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/25/16 - 08:00 AM]
Video: Oy with the Poodles Already! Netflix's "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" Trailer Is Here!
"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" launches Friday, November 25, everywhere that Netflix is available.

[10/25/16 - 07:31 AM]
BBC America Confirms Casting for Final Season of "Orphan Black"
Returning guest stars include Evelyne Brochu, Calwyn Shurgold and James Frain.

[10/25/16 - 07:10 AM]
The CW Network and Tough Mudder to Launch New Multi-Platform Series to Debut on CW Seed and The CW in 2017
Episodes one through five will debut on CW Seed, The CW's digital network.

[10/25/16 - 04:31 AM]
The Ringing of the (Door) Bells - Why Netflix Pausing Surges on Halloween Night and Peaks at 7:29 p.m.
Today, the crack team of Netflix data scientists in the Candy and Confections Division announced that pause rates across the country increase up to 30 percent during trick-or-treating.

[10/24/16 - 02:45 PM]
"Frozen," Walt Disney Animation Studios' Blockbuster Film, Makes Its Network Broadcast Premiere on ABC This Holiday Season
Look for "The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle" that same night, Sunday, December 11 on the Alphabet.

[10/24/16 - 02:19 PM]
Video: MTV's "Sweet/Vicious" First Look Promos!
MTV's new series starring Eliza Bennett and Taylor Dearden and created by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson premieres November 15.

[10/24/16 - 01:21 PM]
TLC & Discovery Family to Premiere "Unichef: Uniting Through Food" on Thursday, November 17
The special will premiere at 7/6c on TLC followed by an encore presentation at 9/8c on Discovery Family Channel.

[10/24/16 - 01:20 PM]
Louis C.K., Ryan Reynolds, Tracy Morgan and More Join the Guest List as TBS's "Conan" Heads to New York for a Week of Shows
It will also continue O'Brien's string of innovative road show broadcasts from cities across the United States and around the globe.

[10/24/16 - 12:38 PM]
Food Network Gets Festive for the Holidays with the Return of "Cake Wars: Christmas"
Jonathan Bennett hosts the six hour-long episodes filled with the most over-the-top Christmas cake confections ever seen.

[10/24/16 - 11:21 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" 2016 Original Movie Premieres
"Love Always, Santa" will kick things off Sunday, November 6 on the cable channel.

[10/24/16 - 11:15 AM]
National Geographic Channel Announces Unprecedented and Historic Global Release of "Before the Flood"
"In our minds, there is no more important story to tell, no more important issue facing our planet than that of climate change," said Courteney Monroe.

[10/24/16 - 10:26 AM]
"Underfire: The Untold Story of PFC. Tony Vaccaro," Recounting the Life of a WWII Combat Infantryman and War Photographer, Debuts Nov. 14 on HBO
The film chronicles the life and vision of this remarkable man, exploring how photography defines the way the public perceives armed conflict, and revealing the sheer difficulty of survival while taking photos in a war zone.