or


[07/23/13 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, July 23
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!


THE ASSETS (ABC, New!) - Sandra V. Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille's book "Circle of Treason: CIA Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed" is being developed as a limited series at the Alphabet. Said effort details their pursuit of Ames, "a mole who fed information to the Soviet Union that contributed to the deaths of at least ten Soviet intelligence officers who had spied for the United States." Morgan Hertzan, Rudy Bednar and Andrew Chapman are executive producing for ABC News' Lincoln Square Productions. (Deadline.com)


FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (Lifetime, New!) - Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn are set to star in a small screen adaptation of V.C. Andrews's best-selling book of the same name, about "four young siblings, two boys and two girls, who, after the tragic death of their father, are torn from an idyllic life and subjected to cruel emotional and physical abuse resulting from a dark, long-hidden family secret." Graham will play their mother, Corrine, with Burstyn as their grandmother, Olivia. Deborah Chow is directing from a script by Kayla Alpert with Merideth Finn, Michele Weiss and Charles W. Fries executive producing for Front Street Pictures and Cue the Dog Productions. Harvey Kahn is producing. (Deadline.com)


HORIZON (USA/UCP; W: Bridget Tyler; D: Yves Simoneau) - Ruth Bradley, Meg Steedle, Taylor Handley and Mark Famiglietti have booked the principal roles on the drama pilot, set at the height of World War II and revolving around a secretary at the FBI who begins a secretive investigation into files that have been stamped with the codename "horizon." Bradley has been tapped for said role, Lauren Howl; with Steedle as Ellen Olsen, "Lauren's best friend and a refined debutant turned upper-level FBI secretary." Handley then is set as George Howl, "Lauren's marine husband who mysteriously resurfaces after disappearing in a battle over the Pacific which the Navy has deemed classified"; with Famiglietti as Will "Sparks" Sparkman, "a by-the-book FBI agent whose crush on co-worker Lauren is obvious to everyone but her." (Deadline.com, THR.com)


SAINT GEORGE (FX) - Mexican actress Adriana Barraza is set to star opposite George Lopez in the multi-camera comedy, about the chaotic life of a recently divorced working class Mexican-American turned successful entrepreneur. She'll play his overbearing mother, who just moved in. Matt Williams, David McFadzean and Lopez himself co-created the half-hour, which ordered straight to series back in April. (Deadline.com)


WAYWARD PINES (FOX/FX Productions; W: Chad Hodge; D: M. Night Shyamalan) - Terrence Howard (Crash) is the latest addition to the upcoming drama, about Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), a Secret Service Agent who drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, to find two missing federal agents only to find himself stranded after a car accident. He'll play Wayward Pines Sheriff Pope alongside the previously cast Carla Gugino, Toby Jones and Melissa Leo. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Michelle Forbes will recur on "Chicago Fire" as "a high ranking consultant with the State Fire Marshal's office, who keeps a sharp eye on budgets and performance at the city's fire houses" (Deadline.com); Niels Arden Oplev has inked a one-year overall deal with CBS Television Studios where he'll direct a pilot for the studio during the coming development cycle (Deadline.com); Leslie Odom, Jr. is bound for "Person of Interest" as "an educated, even-tempered tech executive" (Deadline.com); Sean Maguire is set to appear in at least four episodes of "Once Upon a Time" as Robin Hood, where he'll succeed Tom Ellis who had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts (TVLine.com);

Rebecca Creskoff, Kenny Johnson and Michael Vartan have all snagged roles on the second season of "Bates Motel" (Deadline.com); Chaley Rose has been cast as Scarlett's (Clare Bowen) childhood friend who also has dreams of making it big as a singer on "Nashville" (@Nashville_ABC); David Anders will guest on "Criminal Minds" as "a serial slayer whose M.O. involves the lobotomization of his victims" (TVLine.com); Henry Winkler has been tapped to play Jean-Ralphio's (Ben Schwartz) father on "Parks & Recreation" (THR.com); and Lauren Stamile will drop by the season premiere of "The Mentalist" as the wife of a murder victim whose body is discovered two years after he was reported missing" (TVLine.com).






  [july 2016]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· ASSETS, THE (ABC)
· BATES MOTEL (A AND E)
· CHICAGO FIRE (NBC)
· CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC (LIFETIME)
· HORIZON (USA)
· MENTALIST, THE (CBS)
· NASHVILLE (CMT)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS)
· SAINT GEORGE (FX)
· WAYWARD PINES (FOX)





[07/30/16 - 03:48 PM]
National Geographic Channel Announces Its First Virtual Reality Short Documentary Film from Academy Award Winner Kathryn Bigelow in Partnership with Here Be Dragons and Annapurna Pictures
Over 30,000 African elephants die each year at the hands of poachers and despite the global outcry over the killings, trafficking continues.

[07/30/16 - 03:16 PM]
National Geographic Channel Orders Drama Script for Global Limited Series Based on Michael Crichton's Soon-to-Be-Published Manuscript, Dragon Teeth
The book was discovered by his wife Sherri Crichton amongst his archives and immediately identified the book as "Pure Crichton."

[07/30/16 - 02:31 PM]
National Geographic and Katie Couric Media Partner on New Global Documentary, Gender Revolution (W.T.)
"This show will explore the roles of science, politics, and culture on gender, giving viewers a greater understanding of what is becoming a rapidly evolving issue," said Courteney Monroe.

[07/30/16 - 02:16 PM]
National Geographic Channel Acquires Worldwide Rights to Climate Change Feature Documentary
The film presents an informative and engaging account of how society can prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the globe.

[07/30/16 - 09:15 AM]
Cinemax Drama Series "Quarry" Debuts Sept. 9
Logan Marshall-Green stars as Mac Conway, aka Quarry, who is trying to readapt to normal society after Vietnam.

[07/30/16 - 09:14 AM]
HBO Announces Documentary Lineup for the Second Half of 2016
Kent Jones, Marc Levin, Daphne Pinkerson, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Jon Alpert are among the featured auspices.

[07/30/16 - 09:13 AM]
HBO to Make Entire Run of Landmark Series "The Larry Sanders Show" Available Starting in September
HBO completed the deal to present the entire run of the acclaimed series on March 23, 2016, the day before Shandling's untimely passing.

[07/30/16 - 09:12 AM]
HBO Renews "Real Time with Bill Maher" Through 2018
Currently averaging 4.4 million viewers, "Real Time" is enjoying its most-watched season since the show's 2003 debut season.

[07/30/16 - 09:11 AM]
Comedy Series "Insecure," Created by and Starring Issa Rae, Debuts Oct. 9, Exclusively on HBO
Rae stars as Issa and Yvonne Orji stars as Molly on the show, which explores the black female experience in an unclich├ęd and authentic way.

[07/30/16 - 09:10 AM]
Sarah Jessica Parker Returns to HBO in the New Comedy Series "Divorce," Debuting Oct. 9
Thomas Haden Church stars as Robert, Frances' (Parker) husband, who is struggling to cope with their marriage falling apart.

[07/30/16 - 09:09 AM]
Drama Series "Westworld" Debuts Oct. 2 on HBO
The series was inspired by the 1973 motion picture "Westworld," written and directed by Michael Crichton.

[07/30/16 - 08:59 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, NBC Share Demo Crown
"Dateline NBC" and "Primetime: What Would You Do?" lead the night among adults 18-49.

[07/29/16 - 01:46 PM]
Vice President Joe Biden to Appear on "Law & Order: SVU"
The Vice President will appear as himself in a press conference scene where he commends the SVU, led by Lt. Olivia Benson, for their work in addressing the national rape kit backlog, specifically in the city of Detroit.

[07/29/16 - 01:37 PM]
2.5 Million Watch "Hell on Wheels" Drive Its Last Spike
AMC further spins the numbers for Saturday, July 23.

[07/29/16 - 01:03 PM]
National Geographic Channel Greenlights Global Scripted Event Series Based on Martha Raddatz's New York Times Best-Seller, "The Long Road Home"
Screenwriter Mikko Alanne ("The 33") is adapting and also executive producing this epic story of survival for television.