[11/12/13 - 11:12 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, November 12
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CATHERINE THE GREAT (ABC, New!) - The Alphabet is developing a limited series based on Robert Massie's best-selling biography - subtitled "Portrait of a Woman" - about "the Russian empress' rise to become the world's richest and most powerful woman of her time." Michael Cristofer (The Witches of Eastwick) is penning the script and will executive produce alongside Debra Martin Chase via her ABC Studios-based Martin Chase Productions. The company's Charles Pugliese will serve as a producer. (THR.com)

HERE'S YOUR DAMN FAMILY (FOX/Warner Bros.; W: Ricky Blitt; D: TBA) - Ricky Blitt's comedy - about "a stunted, set-in-his-ways thirtysomething man living with his mom who finds his perfectly organized world upended when his mother/roommate gets married, and her new husband plus his three teenage children move in" - has received a cast-contingent pilot order from the network. Johnny Galecki and Stephen McPherson also serve as executive producers on the multi-camera project, which was set up in September. (Deadline.com)

LOSIN' IT (NBC, New!) - YouTube personality Shane Dawson has sold a single-camera comedy to the Peacock about "a suburban weight loss center franchise that gets thrown into upheaval when its most successful client decides to share his inspiration by becoming a consultant there, only to then find himself promoted to manager by the end of his first day." Dawson will co-write the semi-autobiographical project alongside his producing partner Lauren Schnipper and Darlene Hunt ("The Big C"). Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz will likewise executive produce via their Sony Pictures Television-based Olive Bridge Entertainment with Schnipper serving as a producer. (Deadline.com)

TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE (The CW, New!) - Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci ("Sleepy Hollow") are set to team with Joe Hill ("Locke & Key") for a potential revival of George A. Romero's 1980s anthology series which featured an individual short story that ended with a plot twist. The latter will pen the half-hour for consideration as a summer series. Hill, Kurtzman and Orci then will executive produce alongside Heather Kadin, Mitch Galin and Jerry Golod for the CBS Television Studios-based K/O Paper Products. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Melissa Rosenberg and Drew Goddard are reportedly on track to spearhead Netflix's Marvel series "Jessica Jones" and "Daredevil," respectively (Deadline.com); ABC has passed on a potential resurrection of "Body of Proof" (@DanaDelany); Stevie Nicks will drop by "American Horror Story: Coven" (@MrRPMurphy); Camryn Manheim and Saul Rubinek will both recur on "Person of Interest" as "a devoted wife whose husband, the brilliant Arthur (Rubinek), is slowly losing his mind" (TVLine.com); Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner are set to pen a small screen incarnation of the feature "Ghost" for Paramount Television (Deadline.com); Laura Prepon will return to "Orange Is the New Black" as Alex Vause in four episodes (Buzzfeed.com); and Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner, Angela Kinsey and Jessica Chaffin are all due back on "New Girl" while Ben Falcone will guest as "a condescending, passive-aggressive bartender" (THR.com).

  [november 2015]  


[11/30/15 - 12:54 PM]
"Kobe Bryant's Muse" to Re-Air on Showtime(R) Tomorrow Night as Part of the Network's Sports Line-Up
The film includes intimate and exclusive footage in the aftermath of Bryant's shoulder injury which ended his 2014-2015 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

[11/30/15 - 12:32 PM]
CBS Announces Winter and Spring Scheduling Plans
Highlights include the launch of "Angel from Hell" on Thursday, January 7 at 9:30/8:30c.

[11/30/15 - 12:17 PM]
Premiere of Disney Junior's "The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar" Is the #1 Primetime Cable TV Telecast of 2015 in Kids 2-5
Disney Channel further spins the numbers for Sunday, November 22.

[11/30/15 - 11:33 AM]
Hulu's "Seinfeld: The Apartment" Fan Experience to Return in Los Angeles
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[11/30/15 - 11:32 AM]
ABC Family Announces Fourth Season Pick-up of Hit Drama Series, "The Fosters"
The critically acclaimed family drama will premiere all-new episodes from the third season on Monday, January 25.

[11/30/15 - 11:06 AM]
Bravo Media Walks Down the Aisle with Four New Couples in the Super-Sized Season Three Premiere of "Newlyweds: The First Year" January 3 at 9PM ET/PT
The series will then regularly air Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c beginning January 6.

[11/30/15 - 11:00 AM]
Disney XD Orders a Third Season of Hit Animated Series "Star Wars Rebels"
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[11/30/15 - 10:05 AM]
E! Announces Season 4 of Hit Series "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" to Debut in 2016
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[11/30/15 - 09:18 AM]
Video: VH1's "Love & Hip Hop New York" Season Six Supertrailer
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[11/30/15 - 09:04 AM]
CMT to Honor the Cast of "Nashville" with First-Ever "International Impact Award" Live During "2015 CMT Artists of the Year" Special on December 2 at 8PM ET/PT
Cast members Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Will Chase, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Maisy Stella, Lennon Stella and Audrey Peeples are slated to accept the award on behalf of the entire cast.

[11/30/15 - 09:02 AM]
All the Legends Are True in the ABC Family Series Premiere of "Shadowhunters" on Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00 - 10:00 P.M., EST/PST
Plus: "Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters" will give fans of The Mortal Instruments book series a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of the television show.

[11/30/15 - 09:01 AM]
CBS Announces Two Super Bowl Specials
"Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016" and "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials All-Star Countdown" are both on tap for February.

[11/30/15 - 08:58 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "Sunday Night Football"
The Peacock easily wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/30/15 - 08:58 AM]
ABC Is the Most Watched Network in Late-Night for the 3rd Week Running
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the week of November 16-20.

[11/30/15 - 08:21 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Correspondent Keith Morrison Joins Investigation Discovery as New Host of "Dateline on ID" and Exclusive "Front Page" Specials
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