[06/25/13 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, June 25
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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THE LEFTOVERS (HBO/Warner Bros.; W: Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta; D: Peter Berg) - Amy Brenneman, Emily Meade and Jake Robinson are the latest to board the drama pilot, which takes place after the Rapture happens but not quite like it's supposed to. Brenneman is set as Laurie, "a woman who has left her entire life behind to join a mysterious cult"; with Meade as Amy, "an uninhibited high school student who seemingly takes the apocalypse in stride" and Robinson as "the guy we all wish we were in high school." Justin Theroux, Margaret Qualley, Amanda Warren, Ann Dowd, Carrie Coon, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Michael Gaston, Charlie Carver and Max Carver also star. (Deadline.com)

MOHICANS (FX, New!) - James Fenimore Cooper's 1826 classic "The Last of the Mohicans" - about the French's Native American allies during their war with Great Britain over control of North America in 1757 - is being developed as a potential limited series at the cable channel. Chris Crowe, who co-wrote the screenplay for the 1992 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, is penning the project alongside Kerry McCluggage and Steve Beck. Crowe and McCluggage then will executive produce with Beck as a producer. (THR.com)

PAPA NOEL (Lifetime, New!) - Ed Asner and Markie Post are set to star in a new holiday movie at the cable channel about Lilly (Post), "a Southern woman described as salty, funny and filled with a life force," with Asner set as Santa Claus. Leslie Hope is directing from a script by Brian D. Young with Daniel Lewis of Active Entertainment producing. (THR.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Syfy has postponed its five-episode horror anthology series from Jamie Foxx due to "scheduling reasons" (Deadline.com); Mandy Safavi has been tapped as president of Melissa Rosenberg's ABC Studios-based Tall Girls Productions (Deadline.com); Gina Girolamo likewise has joined McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision to run the television division of the newly independent banner (Deadline.com); E! is reportedly finalizing cast-contingent pilot orders for its dramas "Songbyrd" and "The Royals" (Deadline.com); Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager of Den of Thieves have been tapped to join "American Idol" as executive producers (Deadline.com); and Pooch Hall will guest on "Necessary Roughness" as "a boxer who seeks help from Dani after finding it difficult to step into the ring" (TVLine.com).

  [november 2015]  


[11/25/15 - 11:01 AM]
Disney Channel Orders a Third Season of "Girl Meets World"
Production resumes in Los Angeles in January with season three scheduled to premiere in spring 2016.

[11/25/15 - 11:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Debut Date for Animated Adult Comedy Series "Animals"
The 10-episode series will launch on Friday, February 5 at 11:30/10:30c.

[11/25/15 - 10:35 AM]
American Hero and Fan Favorite Alek Skarlatos to Join "Dancing With The Stars: Live! -- Dance All Night Tour"
Skarlatos made headlines around the world in August 2015 when he and his friends heroically overpowered a man that opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

[11/25/15 - 10:04 AM]
Gwen Stefani and Sia to Perform on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 Telecasts of NBC's Emmy Award-Winning Series "The Voice"
Sia will perform the single "Alive" from her upcoming album "This Is Acting" while Stefani will sing her current single "Used to Love You."

[11/25/15 - 09:01 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front with "Dancing with the Stars" Finale
The Alphabet leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/25/15 - 08:42 AM]
New Debut Date for "Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists"
The exclusive HBO presentation is now slated to debut Monday, December 14.

[11/25/15 - 08:36 AM]
Week Two of "Chicago Med" Is Up 50% vs. Last Season's Slot Average
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/25/15 - 08:33 AM]
ABC Wins the Final Tuesday of November with a Season-High Performance
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/24/15 - 04:45 PM]
Video: First Promo for "Grease: Live" to Air During "Scream Queens" Tonight
Get your first look at the upcoming promo for the much-ballyhooed live event.

[11/24/15 - 02:44 PM]
Michigan State at Ohio State: Highest-Rated Game of Season across All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 02:41 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 01:48 PM]
Spike TV Unwraps Big Ratings for "Lip Sync Battle" Holiday Special
Spike TV further spins the numbers for Thursday, November 19.

[11/24/15 - 01:40 PM]
The CW Extends "The Flash/Arrow" Crossover by Four Minutes
Lead outs "iZombie" and "Supernatural" will air in their entirety following said event.

[11/24/15 - 01:26 PM]
"48 Hours: The Strange Case of Kurt Sonnenfeld" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[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.