[01/17/13 - 11:06 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 17
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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FLEMING (BBC America) - Annabelle Wallis ("Pan Am") has scored a role on the four-part drama, which stars Dominic Cooper as Ian Fleming, a charming, sophisticated maverick whose dilettanti, pleasure seeking life was turned around by WWII and led to the creation of the best known spy the world has ever known. She'll play Muriel Wright, "a woman with whom Fleming had a love affair and who some believe to be the original inspiration for the Bond Girl." Mat Whitecross is helming the project off a script by John Brownlow and Don MacPherson for Ecosse Films. (Deadline.com)

HOSTAGES (CBS) - Toni Collette ("United States of Tara") has been tapped for the lead role on the drama pilot, about "a family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever." She'll play Ellen, "a successful surgeon living in Washington, D.C. who is selected to operate on the President of the United States. She is thrust into the middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage, and it is up to her to save the lives of her husband and children." Warner Bros. Television-based Jerry Bruckheimer Television is behind the hour, which has a pilot commitment. Jeffrey Nachmanoff will write, direct and executive produce alongside Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir with Alon Aranya and KristieAnne Reed serving as co-executive producers. (Deadline.com)

MJF (NBC) - Betsy Brandt ("Breaking Bad") has joined the cast of the Michael J. Fox-led comedy, about a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson's disease. She'll play Annie, his tough and loyal wife who works at their daughter's high school. Wendell Pierce, Katie Finneran, Conor Romero and Jack Gore also star in the Sony Pictures Television-based half-hour, the pilot of which will be directed by Will Gluck from a script he co-wrote with Sam Laybourne. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Heather Locklear has joined the cast of "Franklin & Bash" as Rachel King, "a stunning trial lawyer, with stiletto heels and clothes tailored within an inch of their life" (Deadline.com); Rosemarie DeWitt has bowed out of her recurring role on "The Newsroom" as "a litigator who's been hired to defend the fictional Atlantis Cable News channel" (Deadline.com); Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot's Offspring Entertainment has closed a two-year first look deal with Warner Horizon Television (Deadline.com); real-life country stars Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert will make cameos on next week's "Nashville" (EW.com); Kearran Giovanni will guest on "Beauty and the Beast" as Joe Bishop's (Brian White) wife (THR.com); and Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson will return for season three of "American Horror Story" in - as is custom - new roles (TVLine.com).

  [october 2015]  


[10/06/15 - 03:31 PM]
E!'s Hit Series "Total Divas" Begins Production on Season Five
The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella), Natalya (Nattie), Eva Marie, Paige, Rosa Mendes and Alicia Fox are all due back in early 2016.

[10/06/15 - 03:30 PM]
Sanaa Lathan ("The Perfect Guy") to Star in New Event Series Being Developed by FOX
The project examines the dangerous aftermath of a police shooting when an African-American cop kills a white teen in Tennessee.

[10/06/15 - 01:44 PM]
National Geographic Channel and Mental Floss Celebrate the Intersection of Science and Medicine, Taking Viewers into a Cutting-Edge Operating Room to Perform "Brain Surgery Live"
The live two-hour special premieres in the U.S. on Sunday, October 25 at 9:00/8:00c.

[10/06/15 - 01:08 PM]
Thinkfactory Media Partners with Hip Hop Legend, Michel'le to Reveal Her Untold Story from the Streets of Compton
In addition to the scripted project, Thinkfactory Media and Michel'le are collaborating on a documentary detailing her life.

[10/06/15 - 11:53 AM]
Esquire Network Dives in Head First with the New Season of "Going Deep with David Rees" Beginning Wednesday November 11th
To promote the series, David will embark on an "analog" social media tour - where he drives cross-country from NYC to LA.

[10/06/15 - 11:14 AM]
Hulu and Viacom Expand Content Partnership In Robust, New Multi-Year Agreement
"Inside Amy Schumer," "Broad City," "Finding Carter," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Sanjay and Craig" are among the featured titles.

[10/06/15 - 11:00 AM]
truTV Greenlights "Super Into" Hosted by Kevin Pereira
Each half-hour asks our favorite celebrities to take us inside their private passions - from Rob Corddry and astronomy, including a ride on a zero gravity plane, to Diablo Cody and rollercoasters.

[10/06/15 - 10:33 AM]
New Art of Speedy from The CW's "Arrow"
The new season kicks off this Wednesday, October 7 at 8:00/7:00c.

[10/06/15 - 10:00 AM]
Timely Documentary "3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets," Exploring the Deadly Impact of Racial Prejudice, Debuts Nov. 23, Exclusively on HBO
The documentary made its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Award for Social Impact.

[10/06/15 - 10:00 AM]
ABC Family Becomes Freeform in January 2016
"Pretty Little Liars," "The Fosters," "Young and Hungry" and "Baby Daddy" will all return in early 2016 for their winter premieres alongside the world premieres of new original series "Shadowhunters" and "Recovery Road."

[10/06/15 - 09:32 AM]
MTV Announces Full Lineup for New York Comic Con - Releases Key Art for "The Shannara Chronicles"
Each can't-miss panel will feature cast and producers from the shows and the debut of exclusive New York Comic Con trailers.

[10/06/15 - 09:30 AM]
"Scorpion" Grows in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54
CBS spins the numbers for Monday, October 5.

[10/06/15 - 09:07 AM]
ABC Is Set to Celebrate the Milestone 20th Anniversary of "Toy Story" - The Film That Started the Computer Generated Animation Revolution - In the Original Special, "Toy Story 20th Anniversary," To Air in December
The special will air along with a showing of "Toy Story" that same evening.

[10/06/15 - 09:03 AM]
"48 Hours: The Doctor's Daughter" Is Saturday's #1 Non-Sports Broadcast with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, October 3.

[10/06/15 - 09:01 AM]
New "Rocky Horror Show" Premieres Midnight Saturday, October 18 on BBC America
"I'm still in awe at the popularity of the show," said Richard O'Brien, creator and narrator.