[10/02/13 - 11:32 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 2
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BROADCHURCH (FOX; W: Chris Chibnall; D: TBA) - David Tennant is set to reprise his role on the network's import of the U.K. series, which follows the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen. Although the cause of his death remains unsolved, the picturesque seaside town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy. He played Detective Inspector Alec Hardy in the original. In addition, Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein ("In Treatment") have been tapped as showrunners of the project. (Deadline.com)

EXP (A.K.A. UNTITLED JARRETT CONAWAY/ZACH CRALEY PROJECT) (The CW/Warner Bros.; W: Jarrett Conaway & Zach Craley; D: TBA) - Jarrett Conaway and Zach Craley's drama has been further detailed as revolving around "what happens when a foreign designer drug - engineered to make you faster, smarter, stronger and better in every way - is trafficked illegally into American high schools, weaving a morally and socially complex web that entangles politicians, law enforcement and teenagers looking for an edge in an ever-competitive and fast-paced world." Warner Bros. Television is behind the hour with Tim Kring, Zak Kadison and Bradley Thomas executive producing. Conaway and Craley then will serve as co-executive producers. (Deadline.com)

FARGO (FX/FX Productions/MGM; W: Noah Hawley; D: Adam Bernstein) - Colin Hanks ("Dexter") is the latest addition to the limited series, an adaptation of the classic Academy Award winning feature film of the same title by Joel & Ethan Coen. Hanks will play Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly, "a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer." Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman also star in the series. (Deadline.com)

THE MONEY (HBO; W: David Milch; D: Justin Chadwick) - Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) and David Harewood ("Homeland") have both been cast in the drama pilot, about "wealth and corruption among the super elite, focusing on American mogul and patriarch James Castman (Brendan Gleeson), who wields power and influence to expand his media empire and control his family." She'll play Anna Elkin, "Oxford educated and a self-made success who is an editor at a top NY newspaper." Harewood then is set as Kurt Corbitt, "a grandiose, boisterous, irascible ideologue and the CEO of the parent company to Castman's holdings." Nathan Lane also stars. (Deadline.com, THR.com)

THE ROYALS (E!/Lionsgate; W: Mark Schwahn; D: TBA) - Jim Piddock ("Family Tree") and Vincent Regan ("Strike Back") have both scored a role in the drama pilot, a contemporary family ensemble steeped in all of the regal opulence of the British Monarchy and framed by Shakespeare's "Hamlet." The latter will play King Simon with Piddock as his butler, Truman. Elizabeth Hurley also stars as Queen Helena with William Moseley as Prince Liam, Alexandra Park as Princess Eleanor, Haley Lo Richardson as Ophelia and Tom Austen as Jasper. (Deadline.com)

THESE THINGS HAPPEN (HBO, New!) - Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions is developing a comedy at the pay channel based on Richard Kramer's novel "set in present day Manhattan and focuses on two couples - one gay, one straight. They share a 15-year-old son, who lives on the upper East Side with his mother and doctor stepfather. Trying to get to know his impressive, distant father better, he moves in for a semester with him and his long-time partner who forms an instant friendship with the boy." Kramer will pen the script himself and executive produce alongside Winfrey. (Deadline.com)

WORK MOM (ABC Family; W: Grant Levy & Dominik Rothbard; D: TBA) - Emily Rutherfurd ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") is the first to be cast in the comedy pilot, about Heather, who finally gets promoted at her digital marketing firm and winds up hiring her recently unemployed mother. Her vivacious mother, Eden, mixes up the office in a way no one could have predicted. She'll play the aforementioned Eden in the project. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - A.J. Buckley is set to recur on "Justified" as crime lord Dale Crowe's (Michael Rapaport) younger brother Danny, "the romantic sociopath of the Crowe family who is a damn good man with a knife" (Deadline.com); Sherry Stringfield will visit "CSI" as "a likable, blue-collar swing shift CSI who joins Morgan (Elisabeth Harnois) in investigating a serial rapist case" (TVLine.com); Bailey Buntain is bound for "Baby Daddy" as "a fast-talking, vivacious spitfire who is dating Ben (Jean-Luc Bilodeau)" (TVGuide.com); and Julie White has scored an arc on "Nurse Jackie" as "a ballsy Southern realtor who becomes an AA sponsor to a downward-spiraling Jackie" (THR.com).

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[10/25/16 - 10:01 AM]
History's New Military Drama Series "Six" Premieres Wednesday, January 18 at 10PM ET/PT
The eight episode first season follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists.

[10/25/16 - 08:48 AM]
Bravo Media Goes Behind the Scenes of the Ultra Exclusive "Timber Creek Lodge" Premiering Monday, December 5 at 10PM ET/PT
It's all work and a lot of play at "Timber Creek Lodge," where viewers will go behind the doors of a five-star mountain retreat to see the on-and-off duty shenanigans of the resort staff working around the clock to provide the ultimate vacation experience.

[10/25/16 - 08:00 AM]
Video: Oy with the Poodles Already! Netflix's "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" Trailer Is Here!
"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" launches Friday, November 25, everywhere that Netflix is available.

[10/25/16 - 07:31 AM]
BBC America Confirms Casting for Final Season of "Orphan Black"
Returning guest stars include Evelyne Brochu, Calwyn Shurgold and James Frain.

[10/25/16 - 07:10 AM]
The CW Network and Tough Mudder to Launch New Multi-Platform Series to Debut on CW Seed and The CW in 2017
Episodes one through five will debut on CW Seed, The CW's digital network.

[10/25/16 - 04:31 AM]
The Ringing of the (Door) Bells - Why Netflix Pausing Surges on Halloween Night and Peaks at 7:29 p.m.
Today, the crack team of Netflix data scientists in the Candy and Confections Division announced that pause rates across the country increase up to 30 percent during trick-or-treating.

[10/24/16 - 02:45 PM]
"Frozen," Walt Disney Animation Studios' Blockbuster Film, Makes Its Network Broadcast Premiere on ABC This Holiday Season
Look for "The Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle" that same night, Sunday, December 11 on the Alphabet.

[10/24/16 - 02:19 PM]
Video: MTV's "Sweet/Vicious" First Look Promos!
MTV's new series starring Eliza Bennett and Taylor Dearden and created by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson premieres November 15.

[10/24/16 - 01:21 PM]
TLC & Discovery Family to Premiere "Unichef: Uniting Through Food" on Thursday, November 17
The special will premiere at 7/6c on TLC followed by an encore presentation at 9/8c on Discovery Family Channel.

[10/24/16 - 01:20 PM]
Louis C.K., Ryan Reynolds, Tracy Morgan and More Join the Guest List as TBS's "Conan" Heads to New York for a Week of Shows
It will also continue O'Brien's string of innovative road show broadcasts from cities across the United States and around the globe.

[10/24/16 - 12:38 PM]
Food Network Gets Festive for the Holidays with the Return of "Cake Wars: Christmas"
Jonathan Bennett hosts the six hour-long episodes filled with the most over-the-top Christmas cake confections ever seen.

[10/24/16 - 11:21 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' "Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas" 2016 Original Movie Premieres
"Love Always, Santa" will kick things off Sunday, November 6 on the cable channel.

[10/24/16 - 11:15 AM]
National Geographic Channel Announces Unprecedented and Historic Global Release of "Before the Flood"
"In our minds, there is no more important story to tell, no more important issue facing our planet than that of climate change," said Courteney Monroe.

[10/24/16 - 10:26 AM]
"Underfire: The Untold Story of PFC. Tony Vaccaro," Recounting the Life of a WWII Combat Infantryman and War Photographer, Debuts Nov. 14 on HBO
The film chronicles the life and vision of this remarkable man, exploring how photography defines the way the public perceives armed conflict, and revealing the sheer difficulty of survival while taking photos in a war zone.

[10/24/16 - 10:26 AM]
The CW Orders New Seasons of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," and "Masters of Illusion" for Summer 2017
The new seasons of these series will return as part of The CW's 2017 Summer schedule, with dates and times to be announced later.