or


[08/16/13 - 11:35 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 16
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!


CROSS (The CW, New!) - Jennie Snyder Urman ("Emily Owens, M.D.") has sold another drama to the netlet, set in the 19th Century and centering on "22-year old Eliza who secretly assumes her recently deceased twin brother Thomas' identity and takes his job working in a Boston hospital as a doctor's apprentice." CBS Television Studios is behind the hour, home to Urman's overall deal. (Deadline.com)


JERKS WITH CAMERAS (MTV, New!) - SallyAnn Salsano's 495 Productions has snagged a 10-episode order for a new hidden-camera series in which "a team of quick-thinking comedians are sent out onto the streets by the show's host with one mission: mess with everyday people." Jackie French, Dan Caster, Janay Dutton and Nick Predescu will oversee the half-hour project for the network, which is due sometime next year. No host is currently set. (THR.com)


MADAM SECRETARY (CBS, New!) - Barbara Hall ("Joan of Arcadia") is back in business with the Eye, this time for a new drama about "the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life." CBS Television Studios is behind the hour with Revelations Entertainment's Morgan Freeman, Lori McCreary and Tracy Mercer also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)


THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (NBC, New!) - Jeff Rake ("Beauty and the Beast") is looking to import Carlos Vila and Javier Holgado's Spanish series "Los Misterios De Laura" at the Alphabet. Warner Bros. Television is behind the hour, which follows "the life and relationships of a female homicide detective who can handle murderous criminals - but not her evil twins." Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan and Berlanti Productions' Greg Berlanti and Melissa Kellner Berman are executive producing alongside Rake. (Deadline.com)


SOBER COMPANION (FOX, New!) - Jennie Snyder Urman and David Rosenthal are set to team for a "odd couple-esque comedy in which an out of control lawyer is forced to enlist a sober companion in order to get his life back on track." The project is set up at CBS Television Studios where the former has an overall deal (Deadline.com)


SOMEDAY, SOMEDAY, MAYBE (The CW, New!) - Lauren Graham's debut novel of the same name - about "a young woman with six months left on her three-year plan to make a career as an actress in New York City" - is being developed as a drama at the netlet. Graham will pen and executive produce the hour, which is set up at Ellen DeGeneres's Warner Bros. Television-based A Very Good Production. DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman then will also executive produce. (Deadline.com)


UNDATEABLE (NBC/Warner Bros.; W: Adam Sztykiel; D: Scott Ellis) - Megan Park ("The Secret Life of the American Teenager") will round out the cast of the midseason comedy, about new roommates - man-child Danny (Chris D'Elia) and chronic over-thinker Justin (Brent Morin) - who bond over their foibles with the opposite sex. She'll play Nicki, "the eternally optimistic young waitress who is a recent transplant to Detroit from a small town in the Upper Peninsula," succeeding Briga Heelan from the original pilot and Aly Michalka from the original casting. Bianca Kajlich, David Fynn, Rick Glassman and Ron Funches also star. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED MATT HUBBARD PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Matt Hubbard ("30 Rock") has sold a multi-camera comedy to the network about "a women's college that, for the first time in its history, begins accepting men." 3 Arts Entertainment's David Miner, Little Stranger's Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are also on board to executive produce the Universal Television-based half-hour, which has a blind series commitment. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Fox Television Studios has opted not to produce NBC's Hillary Clinton mini-series "Hillary" (Deadline.com); Michael Bachmann and Matt Blanock have been tapped to oversee Twentieth Television's "Dish Nation" following the departure of creator Stu Weiss (Deadline.com); JoAnna Garcia Swisher has been cast as iconic mermaid Ariel on "Once Upon a Time" (EW.com); Bebe Neuwirth has booked a three-episode arc on "Blue Bloods" as "a beautiful, stylish and charming woman who is the new Inspector General overseeing Frank's department" (EW.com); Bob Newhart will reprise his role of "Professor Proton" in at least two episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" this season (TVLine.com); and James Remar is set to recur on "Grey's Anatomy" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (TVLine.com).






  [october 2017]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· 30 ROCK (NBC)
· BEAUTY & THE BEAST (CW)
· BIG BANG THEORY, THE (CBS)
· BLUE BLOODS (CBS)
· CABOT COLLEGE (FOX)
· CROSS (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
· DISH NATION (SYNDICATION)
· EMILY OWENS, MD (CW)
· HILLARY (NBC)
· JERKS WITH CAMERAS (MTV)
· JOAN OF ARCADIA (CBS)
· MADAM SECRETARY (CBS)
· MYSTERIES OF LAURA, THE (NBC)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER, THE (ABC FAMILY)
· SOBER COMPANION (FOX)
· UNDATEABLE (NBC)
· UNFAMOUS (CW)





[10/19/17 - 01:30 PM]
All-Star Autism Benefit "Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs," Hosted by Jon Stewart, to Be Presented Live on HBO Nov. 18
Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Abbi Jacobson, Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, John Oliver and Adam Sandler are among the initial wave of performers.

[10/19/17 - 01:29 PM]
"Bring It!" and "The Rap Game" Return November 24
Lifetime's Friday mainstays will once again air back-to-back beginning at 9:00/8:00c.

[10/19/17 - 12:50 PM]
"2017 CMT Artists of the Year" Special Soars to New Ratings Highs and Ranks as Most Watched in Event History
CMT spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 18.

[10/19/17 - 12:06 PM]
AMC Launches New Virtual Reality App, AMC VR, with Brand-New "The Walking Dead" VR Content
Additionally, timed to "The Walking Dead's" 100th episode, AMC VR will debut an extended 360-degree bonus scene from the Season 8 premiere starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Seth Gilliam.

[10/19/17 - 12:03 PM]
American Heroes Channel and Time Inc.'s People(R) Present the 2017 Red Bandanna Hero Award to Combat Wounded Coalition Founder Lt. Jason Redman
A television special produced by Time Inc. Productions, "9/11 Hero: The Red Bandanna Legacy" will also highlight three Red Bandanna Heroes when it premieres on AHC on Saturday, October 28.

[10/19/17 - 11:59 AM]
Hallmark Channel Announces the Launch of "Countdown to Christmas" Fantasy Game
Viewers who play the game will have the opportunity to take their enthusiasm for their favorite Hallmark Channel holiday movies and play for the top prize of $20,000.

[10/19/17 - 11:01 AM]
Emmy(R) Award Nominees Robert and Michelle King to Executive Produce "Your Honor" for Showtime(R)
The project is a legal thriller that rips through all strata of Chicago society.

[10/19/17 - 10:56 AM]
Investigation Discovery (ID), America's #1 True Crime Network, Kicks Off Its Scripted Strand with World Premieres of "Dating Game Killer" and "Final Vision"
Guillermo Diaz and Carrie Preston star in the former while Scott Foley and Dave Annable lead the latter.

[10/19/17 - 10:34 AM]
WGN America Sets "Bellevue" Premiere Date for Tuesday January 23, 2018
The eight-episode, one-hour series stars Academy(R) and Golden Globe(R) winner Anna Paquin as Detective Annie Ryder, Shawn Doyle as Police Chief Peter Welland and Allen Leech as Eddie Roe.

[10/19/17 - 10:00 AM]
"Better Things" Renewed for Third Season - Peabody-Winning Comedy Series Returns to FX in 2018
"'Better Things' success is testament to the creative genius of Pamela Adlon as a writer, director and actor," said Eric Schrier.

[10/19/17 - 09:47 AM]
Discovery Channel's "Gold Rush" Finds Ratings Gold with Season 8 Premiere
Discovery further spins the numbers for Friday, October 13.

[10/19/17 - 08:30 AM]
Video: New Trailer - Netflix's "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond"
The film is director Chris Smith's fascinating deep dive into actor Jim Carrey's time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman.

[10/19/17 - 08:13 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Empire" Hold Off the Demo Competition
The network's flagship drama is down week-to-week among adults 18-49.

[10/19/17 - 08:06 AM]
HGTV Stars Chip and Joanna Gaines Return for Season Five of "Fixer Upper" on Tuesday, November 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
In May 2018, Joanna and Chip also will star in a new spin-off series, "Fixer Upper: Behind the Design."

[10/19/17 - 07:31 AM]
Video: Netflix Releases Second Trailer for "Marvel's The Punisher" and Reveals Launch Date
The Jon Bernthal-led drama will roll out Friday, November 17 on the streaming service.