[08/30/13 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 30
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!

DREAM DATE (FOX, New!) - Ryan Seacrest Productions has reportedly booked a series commitment from the network for a new dating competition. It's understood to involve "a group of women looking for love and features a celebrity element." No other auspices were given beyond Seacrest. (Deadline.com)

SAGA (ABC) - The Alphabet is redeveloping the drama, about a family of fans of a J.K. Rowling-esque writer who discover she's been kidnapped into the very real world of her books and attempt to rescue her. Chris Black ("Red Widow") has been tapped to pen the new take, replacing Andrew Miller. Amblin Television's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey as well as Full Fathom Five's James Frey and Todd Cohen remain on board as executive producers. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED JEN BURTON PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Actress/writer Jen Burton has sold a multi-camera comedy to ABC about "a 30-year-old who moves back home." Said project was originally set at NBC last season, and has since added Betsy Thomas as an executive producer. Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner's Universal Television-based Hazy Mills banner is producing. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED JUSTIN SPITZER PROJECT (NBC, New!) - The Peacock has given a put pilot order to Justin Spitzer ("The Office") for a single-camera workplace comedy set at a Motor City auto company. Universal Television is behind the hour with Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan executive producing alongside Spitzer. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED NIKKI TOSCANO PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Nikki Toscano ("Revenge") has sold a new drama to the Eye about "a retired CIA operative who, when a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., is pulled back into action, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists are being bred." Said effort is set up at Universal Television with Kerry Ehrin also serving as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)

WESTWORLD (HBO, New!) - Jonathan Nolan ("Person of Interest") and Lisa Joy ("Burn Notice") have snagged a pilot production commitment from the pay channel for a small screen take on Michael Crichton's 1973 movie of the same name, described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin." Said pair will co-write the script for the Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot Productions with Nolan likewise attached to direct. J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk then will executive produce alongside Joy and Kilter Films' Nolan with Kathy Lingg serving as a co-executive producer and Athena Wickam as a producer. "Westworld" was followed on the big screen by "Futureworld" as well as the short-lived 1980 TV series "Beyond Westworld." (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Harry Connick, Jr. has reportedly closed a deal to join Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez as a judge on the upcoming season of "American Idol" (THR.com); Ben Feldman has snagged an arc on "The Mindy Project" as "an arts and culture writer and a bit of a snob" who's billed as a love interest for Kaling's titular doc (TVLine.com); and Elias Koteas is the latest addition to NBC's "Chicago PD" as Alvin Olinsky, "a longtime undercover detective in the Intelligence Unit [who] was in uniform with Voight (Jason Beghe) and together they share a secret over a fellow cop's death" (THR.com).

  [october 2015]  


[10/05/15 - 08:32 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NFL Puts NBC on Top; Sparks FOX Growth
The latter's hour worth of coverage bumps up its comedies by double digits from last week's premieres.

[10/05/15 - 08:05 AM]
SundanceTV Teams Up with Zodiak on "Rebellion"
The five-part serial charts the birth of modern Ireland during one of the most disruptive and terrifying periods in history.

[10/05/15 - 08:04 AM]
"The Last Panthers," A Six-Part Crime Series Starring Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim, Goran Bogdan & John Hurt, To Air on SundanceTV in Spring 2016
The project is set in modern day Europe gripped by new forms of crime on an epic scale.

[10/05/15 - 07:41 AM]
Hallmark Channel Brings Christmas Cheer to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R) with Debut of First-Ever Float, "Heartwarming Holiday Countdown"
This announcement comes as Hallmark Channel gears up for its biggest holiday programming celebration ever with "Countdown to Christmas," which will kick off on October 31 and feature 24/7 holiday fare, including 17 new original movie premieres.

[10/05/15 - 07:03 AM]
It's a Monster-Ous Month on FOX with All-New Halloween-Themed Episodes
Highlights include the previously announced crossover between "Bones" and "Sleepy Hollow" on Thursday, October 29.

[10/04/15 - 09:34 AM]
FOX Live + 3 Day Ratings: "Grandfathered" & "The Grinder" Post Healthy Gains
FOX further spins the numbers for Tuesday, September 29.

[10/04/15 - 08:50 AM]
Live + 3 Day Ratings: ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." Emerges as the Clear #1 Scripted Show Tuesday at 9pm in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, September 29.

[10/04/15 - 08:46 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: College Football Keeps ABC on Top
The Alphabet wins the night in total viewers and adults 18-49 by a wide margin.

[10/04/15 - 08:32 AM]
"Saturday Night Live" Season Premiere Up 13% vs. Year-Ago Debut in Metered-Market Households
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, October 3.

[10/04/15 - 08:22 AM]
College Football Week 5: ABC Televises Two Highest-Rated Games of the Day
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, October 3.

[10/03/15 - 09:19 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: "Shark Tank" Tops Demos for ABC
The Alphabet leads the night among adults 18-49.

[10/03/15 - 09:18 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Grows Week to Week by 10% in Both 18-49 and Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 2.

[10/03/15 - 09:03 AM]
"Gotham" Week 2 Rises 63% in Nielsen Live + 3 Day, Outrating Season Premiere
FOX further spins the numbers for Monday, September 28.

[10/03/15 - 08:47 AM]
"Blindspot" Generates NBC's Biggest Live + 3 Day 18-49 Lift in Nearly a Year
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, September 28.

[10/03/15 - 08:21 AM]
ABC Wins Its 2nd Straight Friday in Adults 18-49, Outdelivering Runner-Up CBS by 17%
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 2.