[09/23/13 - 11:08 PM]
Development Update: Monday, September 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!

HR (Lifetime; W: Glenn Porter; D: Darren Star) - Maulik Pancholy ("30 Rock") has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about Ellen Bell (Alicia Silverstone), an uptight Director of Human Resources for a global company who - after a head injury alters her outlook on life - throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. He'll play Farshid, "a Middle Eastern I.T. employee who has repeatedly drawn complaints from co-workers about his loud praying at various times of the day." Greg Germann, Kallee Stewart and Will Kemp also star. (Deadline.com)

NCIS (CBS) - Showrunner Gary Glasberg is spearheading a new spin-off of the veteran drama, which "centers on the NCIS New Orleans office which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle." Co-star Mark Harmon is also on board to executive produce the CBS Television Studios-based project, which will be set up via two-part backdoor pilot later this season. Said locale was selected "because of its pedigree of a rich setting of music, fun and debauchery that makes it a magnet for military personnel on-leave." (Deadline.com)

RED (The CW, New!) - Tom Szentgyorgyi ("The Mentalist") is developing a new drama at the netlet about "the first human settlement on Mars and life on this new frontier, centering on the relationships between the town's female sheriff, a doctor and a criminal." Warner Bros. Television is behind the hour with Bruno Heller of the studio-based Primrose Hill Productions also serving as an executive producer. (Deadline.com)

SONGBYRD (E!/UCP; W: Krista Vernoff; D: Michael Morris) - Bethany Joy Lenz ("Dexter") has booked the title role on the drama pilot, about Lauren Byrd, a young, prolific songwriter of some of the best love songs struggles to find love in her personal life after her inspiration is revealed to be a lie. Said hour - from Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Storyline Entertainment - will feature the songs and experiences of Grammy winner Diane Warren. Michael Morris ("Smash") is attached to direct. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Nicholas Young, one of the stars of the original "Tomorrow People," will visit The CW's revival as "the scientist who discovered the titular gifted beings" (TVLine.com); Sally Pressman has booked an arc on "Scandal" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (TVLine.com); Shannon Lucio will guest on "Supernatural" as a love interest for Misha Collins' newly-anthropomorphic alter ego, Castiel (TVLine.com); Kendra Wilkinson will make a cameo on "The Mindy Project" (USMagazine.com); and Mike Colter is bound for "Criminal Minds" as "a man who risks everything and puts his own life on the line to save a sniper's next target" (THR.com).

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[10/08/15 - 11:05 AM]
"David Tutera's CELEBrations" Season Three Premieres Friday, October 30 at 10PM ET/PT on WE tv
Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Kim Coles, Ian Ziering, Cynthia Bailey, Big Ang Raiola and Reza Farahan are among those featured in the new season.

[10/08/15 - 11:00 AM]
"Tyrant" Returning For Third Season on FX
The 10-episode third season will air in 2016.

[10/08/15 - 11:00 AM]
AMC Renews "Halt and Catch Fire" for Third Season
Co-creators and writers Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers have been upped to showrunners for the 10-episode third season, which will return to AMC next summer.

[10/08/15 - 10:37 AM]
Jimmy Fallon Generates His Biggest Margin to Date vs. Colbert, Taking the Week of Sept. 28-Oct. 2 in 18-49 by a 41% Advantage
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the week of September 28-October 2.

[10/08/15 - 09:48 AM]
"The Operatives" Is Back Saving the World's Most Precious Wildlife and Eco-Systems in an All-New Season Premiering on Pivot on October 18 at 10 P.M.
With 10, all new, hour-long episodes, Pete Bethune and his hand-picked team of military elite travel to the furthest parts of the world to expose those suspected of endangering our wildlife and environment in an effort to bring them to justice.

[10/08/15 - 09:43 AM]
HBO NOW Arrives Today on the Roku Platform
Roku customers can purchase a subscription directly within the HBO NOW channel on their Roku device, which will also enable them to access the service at HBONOW.com and on other HBO NOW enabled devices.

[10/08/15 - 09:32 AM]
Syfy Launches All-New Virtual Reality Experience for Award-Winning "The Expanse" VR App
The app immerses viewers into the vast world of "The Expanse," giving them the opportunity to enter into locations from the show and experience them in virtual reality.

[10/08/15 - 09:32 AM]
Game 1 of 2015 WNBA Finals Sees Viewership Increase from 2014
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, October 4.

[10/08/15 - 09:14 AM]
Video: Extended Trailer for TNT's "The Librarians" Season 2, Premiering Sunday, Nov. 1
Check out the latest tease for the show's sophomore run.

[10/08/15 - 08:44 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Empire" Continues Its Reign for FOX
Plus: The CW sees year-to-year growth with the return of "Arrow" and "Supernatural."

[10/08/15 - 08:34 AM]
The Long Anticipated Third Season of David Cross' "Todd Margaret" Returns to IFC on Thursday, January 7, 2016
Jack McBrayer, Will Arnett, Blake Harrison, Sharon Horgan, Amber Tamblyn and Russ Tamblyn are among those featured in the new season.

[10/08/15 - 08:31 AM]
"Chicago P.D." Wins at 10 Among ABC, CBS and NBC in 18-49 and All Other Key Demos
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 7.

[10/08/15 - 08:28 AM]
"black-ish" Is the Night's Only Program to Post Week-to-Week Growth
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 7.

[10/08/15 - 08:22 AM]
HBO Latin America to Launch New Streaming Service for Latin America and the Caribbean
The company plans to start deploying the service in markets throughout the region, beginning with a launch in Colombia by the end of the year.

[10/08/15 - 08:01 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Rings in the Holidays with "The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas," Featuring Originals and Beloved Christmas Classics Round-the-Clock Beginning October 31
Said lineup includes "Murder She Baked: A Plum Pudding Mystery," "The Christmas Note," "Magic Stocking" and "Debbie Macomber's Dashing Through The Snow."