[11/06/13 - 11:35 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, November 6
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BALL & CHAIN (FOX, New!) - Peter Ocko ("Fairly Legal") has sold a new drama to the network about "two ex-operatives with screwed up personal lives who are set up by their intelligence agency to become romantically entangled and run missions as a team." Lionsgate Television is behind the hour with Steve McPherson of Wonder Monkey Productions executive producing alongside Ocko. (Deadline.com)

DELIVERANCE CREEK (Lifetime/Warner Horizon; W: Melissa Carter; D: Jon Amiel) - Joel Johnstone ("The Newsroom") has been cast in the backdoor pilot telefilm, "set at the end of the Civil War and follows Belle Barlowe (Lauren Ambrose) as she faces uncertainty as she attempts to defend her family's land by any means necessary." He'll play Ben Crawford, "the nephew of the local bank owner who is a bank official in love with Belle's sister Hattie and has been helping her smuggle runaway slaves out of the area -- an avocation that could have deadly consequences for both of them." The project also stars Christopher Baker, Christopher Backus, Riley Smith, Wes Ramsey and Yaani King. (THR.com)

EYE CANDY (MTV; W: Emmy Grinwis; D: Catherine Hardwicke) - Olesya Rulin, Justin Martin, Harvey Guillen and Lilan Bowden have all landed roles on the drama pilot, about Lindy (Victoria Justice), a reclusive hacker whose blog exposes everything from terrorist plots to suspected killers. Rulin will play Ann-Marie Halliday, "Lindy's roommate and loyal best friend"; with Martin as Tyrone, "an ex-juvenile delinquent turned techie who works with an underground cyber crime unit that's helping track down Lindy's cyber stalker"; Guillen as Juan, "a brilliant hacker with the cyber crime unit who also is on the hunt for her stalker"; and Bowden as Page, "a young hacker and member of the unit." Nico Tortorella also stars. (Deadline.com)

FATRICK (FOX/20th; W: Corey Nickerson & Nahnatchka Khan; D: Jim Rash & Nat Faxon) - The network has officially ordered the pilot to the single-camera comedy, which its detailed as follows: "When he realizes his life isn't quite where it should be, Patrick, a 30-something moving man and formerly fat kid, is forced to face the damage caused by years of being Fatrick: a chubby little kid just trying to survive." The show will live in both the past, showing Fatrick at school and at home, as well as the present. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash will direct from a script by Nahnatchka Khan and Corey Nickerson for 20th Century Fox Television.

HEADHUNTERS (HBO, New!) - Alexander Woo ("True Blood") is looking to bring Jo Nesbø's best-selling book - about "a corporate headhunter who becomes the hunted when his life and marriage are suddenly targeted by an unknown individual" - to the small screen at the pay channel. Lionsgate Television and Yellow Bird Entertainment are co-producing the potential hour with Carolyn Strauss, Marianne Gray and Berna Levin also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)

POOR PAM (ABC, New!) - Andrew Leeds and David Lampson ("Brenda Forever") have set up a new multi-camera comedy at the Alphabet about Poor Pam, "that friend everyone feels bad for. Single, unemployed, almost broke, living in the shadow of her famous sister - everyone has it better than Pam. But that doesn't get her down. Poor Pam always looks on the bright side of life, and she's always ready to go another round, no matter how many times she gets dropped on her ass." Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini are also on board to executive produce the ABC Studios-based half-hour via their Milojo Productions banner. (Deadline.com)

SALEM (WGN/Fox 21; W: Adam Simon & Brannon Braga; D: Richard Shepard) - Elise Eberle (Tiger Eyes) will round out the cast of the upcoming drama, about what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. She'll play Mercy Lewis, "Reverend Lewis' powerful and vulnerable daughter who is believed to be possessed." Ashley Madekwe, Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Shane West, Tamzin Merchant and Xander Berkeley also star. (Deadline.com)

SUPER AWESOME KATY (Disney Channel, New!) - Zendaya ("Shake It Up") is back in business with the cable network for a new comedy about 16-year-old Katy Cooper (Zendaya), "an outspoken and confident technology wiz and skilled black belt, who discovers that both her parents are spies who expect her to follow in their footsteps." Fellow ""Shake It Up"" alum Rob Lotterstein is executive producing the project, which has a pilot commitment. (THR.com)

TRIBECA (TBS) - Steve Carell ("The Office") and his wife Nancy Carell's comedy pilot - about an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information about themselves and refuse to rest until justice has been served - has been ordered to pilot by the cable channel. The former will also helm the project, with both executive producing via their Carousel Television banner. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED ANDREW GURLAND/JUSTIN HURWITZ PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Andrew Gurland and Justin Hurwitz ("The Gabriels") are back in business with the network for a new comedy about "a brother and sister who develop an adult relationship that wreaks havoc on everyone else around them." The project, based on Hurwitz's life, is set at up at 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED DAN FOGELMAN/ROBERT BORDEN PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Dan Fogelman ("The Neighbors") and Robert Borden ("Outsourced") are set to team for a potential comedy about "three long-lost basketball teammates who reconnect in their 60s and discover they still have a lot to learn about love and friendship." Borden will pen the script and executive produce alongside Fogelman via his ABC Studios-based Rhode Island Ave. Productions. (Deadline.com)

WAYWARD PINES (FOX/FX Productions; W: Chad Hodge; D: M. Night Shyamalan) - Hope Davis and Justin Kirk have both been tapped for roles on the event series, about Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) who finds himself stranded in the seemingly bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho while looking for two missing federal agents. Davis will recur as Megan Fisher, "a teacher at Wayward Pines Academy," while Kirk is set as Peter McCall, "an unassuming Realtor in Wayward Pines." The ensemble cast also includes Carla Gugino, Charlie Tahan, Greta Lee, Juliette Lewis, Lindsey Kraft, Melissa Leo, Shannyn Sossamon, Terrence Howard, Tim Griffin and Toby Jones. (THR.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Damon Wayans, Jr. will be continuing his role of Coach as a special guest star on "New Girl" for the remainder of the season; Scott Speer (Step Up 4) is set to direct MTV's drama pilot "Finding Carter" (Deadline.com); Greer Grammer's Lissa has been upped to series regular on "Awkward" (Deadline.com); Amanda Detmer is set to recur on "Baby Daddy" as Riley's (Chelsea Kane) Aunt Margot while Kim Coles will guest as that gang's old vice principal who is "just as tough on Riley as she's always been, but has a soft spot for Danny (Derek Theler)" (THR.com); and Samantha Logan has scored an arc on "Melissa & Joey" as Ryder's (Nick Robinson) chemistry lab partner while Food Network mainstay Robert Irvine also visit as "an imposing chef" (THR.com).

  [november 2015]  


[11/24/15 - 01:01 PM]
NBC's Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Celebrates the Music of the Holidays Live on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City's Rockefeller Center.

[11/24/15 - 12:30 PM]
"Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Star Wars Special" to Air Wednesday, November 25 on ABC
Said encore replaces the previously announced repeat of "Nashville" that night.

[11/24/15 - 12:29 PM]
TV One's Hit Scripted Comedy "Born Again Virgin" Returns with All-New Episodes Tuesday, December 8 at 9 P.M. ET/PT
The scripted comedy is back with more dating adventures of three 30-something best friends and the challenges they face while attempting to navigate a new romantic landscape and trying to avoid the pitfalls of empty relationships.

[11/24/15 - 11:30 AM]
Music Icon and Animal Activist Emmylou Harris to Be Honored on "The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration" Thanksgiving Night, Thursday, November 26, On FOX
Eugene Bostick and Michael Schoepf also will be honored as ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things to better the lives of rescue animals.

[11/24/15 - 11:18 AM]
Showtime(R) Documentary Series "Dark Net" to Premiere Thursday, January 21st at 11 PM ET/PT
Each half-hour episode will shed light on themes such as bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction, the webcam sex trade and more.

[11/24/15 - 11:04 AM]
ABC Family Announces Winter Premiere Dates
New scripted drama "Recovery Road" and fan favorite "The Fosters" will now premiere on Monday, January 25.

[11/24/15 - 11:01 AM]
Hallmark Channel Is the Most-Watched Network for the 3rd Consecutive Weekend Among Households, W25-54 and Total Viewers
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the week of November 16-22.

[11/24/15 - 10:38 AM]
With the Cast of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Kimmel" Draws Its 4th-Biggest-Ever Monday Audience
ABC spins the late-night numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 10:16 AM]
New Year, New You! TLC Amps Up Friday Nights with the Return of Fan-Favorite TLC Talent
Fan-favorite talent including Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, Devyn Simone, Monte Durham and Lori Allen come together to make Friday nights bigger and better than ever.

[11/24/15 - 10:00 AM]
Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster Are Back as "Sesame Street" Debuts Its 46th Season Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 on HBO
The award-winning show will include 30-minute episodes, new preschool-relevant themes, new show opening and closing songs, an updated set, a new segment called "Smart Cookies" and a new cast member, Nina.

[11/24/15 - 09:01 AM]
LL Cool J to Host the 17th Annual "A Home for the Holidays," An Entertainment Special Celebrating Families, To Be Broadcast Friday, Dec. 18 on the CBS Television Network
Special performances are dedicated to these children and their new adoptive families, whose stories are featured in pre-taped segments to help raise awareness of this important social issue.

[11/24/15 - 08:51 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Holds Off Surging ABC in Demo Race
The Peacock leads the night among adults 18-49 while the Alphabet is the most-watched network.

[11/24/15 - 08:37 AM]
NBC Sweeps 6 of 6 Monday Half-Hours Among the Big 4 in 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 08:35 AM]
ABC Ranks as Monday's Most Watched Broadcaster for the 2nd Straight Week
ABC spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 08:06 AM]
New Premiere Date and Time: Travel Channel's New Series "Planet Primetime"
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