[01/07/13 - 11:12 PM]
Development Update: Monday, January 7
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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OFF SEASON (Starz, New!) - Eric Amadio ("Shadows & Lies") has sold a new drama to the pay channel about "the newly promoted, youngest head coach in professional football as he handles harsh competition." Said effort is inspired by the lives of ex-NFL players Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly, who will executive produce alongside Amadio and Jeremy Elice via the latter's newly launched Elice Island Entertainment, which has a first-look deal at the channel. (THR.com)

TOMORROW (ABC, New!) - Barry Schindel ("Castle") and Brett Ratner ("Chaos") are set to team for potential drama at the Alphabet about "an FBI agent who gets trapped in a time travel scenario." Georgeville Television is behind the hour, which is being eyed for a straight-to-series order. Katherine Lindberg and Ted Cyr created the project with Ratner attached to direct and Schindel set to serve as showrunner. Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar and Nicole Romano also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED CHER & RON ZIMMERMAN PROJECT (Logo, New!) - Comedian Ron Zimmerman and iconic singer Cher are set to team for a period drama at the cable channel set in early 1960s Hollywood. No other details were given about the project, which was announced during the Viacom portion of the TCA Winter Press Tour. It's not clear if Cher will have an on-camera role on the potential series, which she and Zimmerman are co-writing.

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - 20th Century Fox Television and writer Shepard Boucher are developing a Sarah Michelle Gellar-led comedy which "chronicles the hijinks parents get into while their kids are not at home" (TVLine.com); "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey has exited the series as it begins its transition to the multi-camera format (Deadline.com); Barry Bostwick has been cast as President Grant's "funny and overbearing" father on "Scandal" (TVLine.com); Julian Ovenden will recur on "Smash" as the actor who will play "Bombshell's" John F. Kennedy (TVLine.com); and Burn Gorman is bound for "Revenge" as a representative from the group responsible for Emily's father's wrongful conviction (THR.com).

  [november 2015]  


[11/24/15 - 01:01 PM]
NBC's Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Celebrates the Music of the Holidays Live on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City's Rockefeller Center.

[11/24/15 - 12:30 PM]
"Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Star Wars Special" to Air Wednesday, November 25 on ABC
Said encore replaces the previously announced repeat of "Nashville" that night.

[11/24/15 - 12:29 PM]
TV One's Hit Scripted Comedy "Born Again Virgin" Returns with All-New Episodes Tuesday, December 8 at 9 P.M. ET/PT
The scripted comedy is back with more dating adventures of three 30-something best friends and the challenges they face while attempting to navigate a new romantic landscape and trying to avoid the pitfalls of empty relationships.

[11/24/15 - 11:30 AM]
Music Icon and Animal Activist Emmylou Harris to Be Honored on "The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration" Thanksgiving Night, Thursday, November 26, On FOX
Eugene Bostick and Michael Schoepf also will be honored as ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things to better the lives of rescue animals.

[11/24/15 - 11:18 AM]
Showtime(R) Documentary Series "Dark Net" to Premiere Thursday, January 21st at 11 PM ET/PT
Each half-hour episode will shed light on themes such as bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction, the webcam sex trade and more.

[11/24/15 - 11:04 AM]
ABC Family Announces Winter Premiere Dates
New scripted drama "Recovery Road" and fan favorite "The Fosters" will now premiere on Monday, January 25.

[11/24/15 - 11:01 AM]
Hallmark Channel Is the Most-Watched Network for the 3rd Consecutive Weekend Among Households, W25-54 and Total Viewers
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the week of November 16-22.

[11/24/15 - 10:38 AM]
With the Cast of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Kimmel" Draws Its 4th-Biggest-Ever Monday Audience
ABC spins the late-night numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 10:16 AM]
New Year, New You! TLC Amps Up Friday Nights with the Return of Fan-Favorite TLC Talent
Fan-favorite talent including Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, Devyn Simone, Monte Durham and Lori Allen come together to make Friday nights bigger and better than ever.

[11/24/15 - 10:00 AM]
Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster Are Back as "Sesame Street" Debuts Its 46th Season Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 on HBO
The award-winning show will include 30-minute episodes, new preschool-relevant themes, new show opening and closing songs, an updated set, a new segment called "Smart Cookies" and a new cast member, Nina.

[11/24/15 - 09:01 AM]
LL Cool J to Host the 17th Annual "A Home for the Holidays," An Entertainment Special Celebrating Families, To Be Broadcast Friday, Dec. 18 on the CBS Television Network
Special performances are dedicated to these children and their new adoptive families, whose stories are featured in pre-taped segments to help raise awareness of this important social issue.

[11/24/15 - 08:51 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Holds Off Surging ABC in Demo Race
The Peacock leads the night among adults 18-49 while the Alphabet is the most-watched network.

[11/24/15 - 08:37 AM]
NBC Sweeps 6 of 6 Monday Half-Hours Among the Big 4 in 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 08:35 AM]
ABC Ranks as Monday's Most Watched Broadcaster for the 2nd Straight Week
ABC spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 08:06 AM]
New Premiere Date and Time: Travel Channel's New Series "Planet Primetime"
The series will now launch with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, January 19 at 8:00/7:00c.