[11/08/13 - 11:24 PM]
Development Update: Friday, November 8
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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AN AMERICAN EDUCATION (ABC, New!) - The Alphabet has given a pilot order to a domestic take on the BBC Three single-camera comedy "Bad Education," about British transplant Alfie Wickers, "an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. Alfie loves his students but his youthful, often naive enthusiasm and unconventional methods put him at odds with the test-obsessed administrators. He juggles his time between mentoring his students, bucking the system and pursuing the attractive new chemistry teacher." Jack Whitehall will reprise said role from the original incarnation as well as co-write the script alongside Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory. They'll likewise executive produce alongside Tiger Aspect Productions' Ben Cavey for ABC Studios. (Deadline.com)

EXTANT (CBS/CTS; W: Mickey Fisher; D: TBA) - Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine) is the latest addition to the upcoming drama, about an astronaut (Halle Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect with her husband and son in their everyday life. Her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. He'll play "a wealthy technological genius who put his wealth to work privatizing the world's space programs into a single entity." Pierce Gagnon also stars. (Deadline.com)

POWER (Starz/CTS; W: Courtney Kemp Agboh; D: TBA) - Sinqua Walls, Kathrine Narducci and Adam Huss have all landed roles on the Omari Hardwick-led drama, about James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city's elite who also is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. Walls will play Shawn, "once a promising college basketball player, who was injured and now works is Ghost's personal chauffeur"; with Narducci as Frankie, "a sexy lesbian with a high-level government job, a U.S. Attorney, in charge of an ongoing investigation into the drug trade"; and Huss as Josh, "the sharp new manager of Ghost's nightclub." Joseph Sikora, Lela Loren and Naturi Naughton also star. (Deadline.com)

SECRETS OF HAPPY FAMILIES (CBS, New!) - Owen Ellickson ("The Office") is looking to bring Bruce Feiler's book - "a collection of recommended practices for modern-day parents" - to the small screen at the Eye. The comedy, from CBS Television Studios, will revolve around "a blue-collar family that has their patience tested when a parenting expert moves in next door with his wife and kids." David Brownfield will also serve as an executive producer with Feiler himself as a consultant. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED DAN LAGANA PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Dan Lagana ("Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous") has booked a potential comedy at the Eye about "a newly married couple who navigates the changes in their relationship and the chaos in their household as they raise a toddler and a teenager at the same time." CBS Television Studios-based The Tannenbaum Company is behind the half-hour with the company's Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum executive producing alongside Lagana. (THR.com)

UNTITLED DAVID MARSHALL GRANT PROJECT (CBS, New!) - David Marshall Grant ("Smash") has sold a potential drama to the Eye about "a counter-insurgency expert who comes back from Afghanistan to his old police precinct and begins to use techniques he employed overseas to try to control gang violence at home." CBS Television Studios is behind the hour with former network executive David Brownfield and Tribeca Productions' Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal executive producing alongside Grant. Berry Welsh is also attached as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Alan Alda will guest star on "The Blacklist" as "another man from Raymond 'Red' Reddington's (James Spader) past" (AccessHollywood.com); Maria Menounos will return to "The Mindy Project" as "a fictionalized version of herself who will immediately steal the heart of Adam Pally's frat boy man, Peter" (TVLine.com); and country music star Charlie Worsham will drop by "Bones" as "an aspiring country-western crooner who winds up the centerpiece of a Jeffersonian investigation" (TVLine.com).

  [december 2015]  


[12/01/15 - 05:40 PM]
ABC's "Marvel's Agent Carter" Season Premiere Moves to January 19
Due to the scheduling of the State of the Union Address on January 12, "Marvel's Agent Carter" will return for a second season of adventure and intrigue on a new date.

[12/01/15 - 12:13 PM]
Hollywood's A-List Heads to Ovation TV for No-Holds-Barred Interview Show, "Los Angeles Times' The Envelope"
The series is hosted by Rebecca Keegan and Mark Olsen who sit down with the year's critically acclaimed directors and actors for an in-depth discussion of their awards-worthy films and the filmmaking process.

[12/01/15 - 12:10 PM]
truTV Expands Scripted Slate with Pre-Launch Renewal of "Those Who Can't," And Begins Development on Three New Scripted Projects
"Those Who Can't" centers on a trio of trouble-making high school teachers played by show creators and executive producers Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy.

[12/01/15 - 11:46 AM]
"War & Peace" Reimagined for a New Generation Premieres on Lifetime, A&E and History January 18
The epic features an award-winning cast including Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson and others.

[12/01/15 - 10:49 AM]
TV One Celebrates Eddie Murphy in PBS' "18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor" Special This Friday, December 4 at 8 P.M. ET
Originally broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, the special taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and features star-studded appearances by leading entertainers and comedians.

[12/01/15 - 10:13 AM]
Video: Starz Releases First Look at "Outlander" Season Two
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[12/01/15 - 10:07 AM]
"Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to Air on ABC, Sunday, December 13
Ginnifer Goodwin narrates the one-hour special, which explores the moment where folklore met filmmaking.

[12/01/15 - 09:46 AM]
An All-New "The Biggest Loser" Returns January 4 with a New Host, Theme, Logo, Gym and Format and Eight Compelling Contestant Teams of Two
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[12/01/15 - 08:35 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "The Voice," "Superstore"
The Peacock wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49 by wide margins.

[12/01/15 - 08:06 AM]
Video: Netflix Presents "A Very Murray Christmas"
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[12/01/15 - 07:41 AM]
"Bolshoi Babylon," An Unprecedented Inside Look at the Famed Russian Ballet Company in the Wake of Scandal, Debuts Dec. 21 on HBO
The film was previously slated to debut the week prior on Monday, December 14.

[12/01/15 - 07:35 AM]
Nickelodeon Presents Series Finale of Landmark "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee," Commemorating 25 Years on Air, Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 8PM (ET/PT)
Ellerbee, who has announced her retirement, will highlight some of Nick News' most poignant episodes and discussions, while presenting the story and philosophy behind the award-winning series.

[12/01/15 - 07:30 AM]
Juanes, Seth MacFarlane and Trisha Yearwood Added to Lineup for "Sinatra 100 - An All-Star Grammy Concert," Sunday, Dec. 6 on CBS
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[12/01/15 - 07:03 AM]
Luke Bryan, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, and Demi Lovato to Perform in Times Square During "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016"
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[12/01/15 - 06:51 AM]
Video: MTV Reveals Stunning Opening Title Sequence for "The Shannara Chronicles"
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