or


[02/27/14 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, February 27
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!


BABYLON FIELDS (NBC/20th; W: Gerald Cuesta & Michael Atkinson; D: Michael Cuesta) - Kyle Schmid ("Copper") has been cast in the drama pilot, in which the dead are resurrected and try to resume their former lives. He's set as Thomas Wunch, "who works for the CDC as a scientist and is Janine's (Meagan Good) first love." Skeet Ulrich also stars. (Deadline.com)


HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Peter Nowalk; D: Michael Offer) - Liza Weil ("Scandal") has been cast in the drama pilot, about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor, Annalise Dewitt (Viola Davis), who become entangled in a murder plot that will rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. She'll play Bonnie Winterbottom, one of Annalise's associates who's a mama bear type, warm and sweet and smiley. The ensemble also includes Aja Naomi King, Alfred Enoch, Charlie Weber, Jack Falahee, Karla Souza and Matt McGorry. (Deadline.com)


IDENTITY (The CW/CBS; W: Corinne Brinkerhoff; D: Gary Fleder) - Irish actor Stephen Hagan is the latest to board the drama pilot, about Mia Lawrence (Ahna O'Reilly), a young New Yorker who is recruited by the CIA to infiltrate her recently discovered biological family, a wealthy and powerful dynasty in Texas suspected of having criminal alliances across the globe. He'll play Jasper McCall, the mysterious, magnetic best friend of Mia's newfound half-brother Davis (Matt Barr). (Deadline.com)


JANE THE VIRGIN (The CW/CTS; W: Jennie Snyder Urman; D: Brad Silberling) - Gina Rodriguez (Filly Brown) has booked the title role while Brad Silberling ("Reign") is set to direct the drama pilot, about a hardworking religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated. She'll play said woman, Jane Gloriana Garcia, in the project, which is based on the Venezuelan telenovela of the same name. (Deadline.com)


MISSION CONTROL (NBC/Universal; W: David Hornsby; D: TBA) - Tommy Dewey ("The Mindy Project") and Julie Meyer have both landed roles on the comedy pilot, which examines what happens when Mary (Krysten Ritter), a strong woman, butts heads with Tom, a macho astronaut, in the race to land on the moon in 1962. He'll play the aforementioned Tom, "a former test pilot who quickly bonds with the gagarinmale crew and immediately bumps heads with Mary"; with Meyer as Carol Ann, "the earnest, upbeat secretary working for on-site administrator Bob Korman." Jonathan Slavin, Malcolm Barrett and Michael Rosenbaum also star. (Deadline.com)


MORE TIME WITH FAMILY (CBS/20th; W: Cathy Yuspa & Josh Goldsmith & Tom Papa; D: James Burrows) - Emmy-winner Joe Pantoliano ("The Sopranos") is the latest addition to the comedy pilot, about a husband and father (Tom Papa) making a career change to spend more time with his wife (Alyson Hannigan) and kids. He'll on board as Stan, Tom's brash, opinionated, old-school Italian father who owns the local diner. (Deadline.com)


OLD SOUL (NBC/Universal; W: Amy Poehler, Jon Fener & Josh Bycel; D: David Wain) - Emmy-winner Ellen Burstyn ("Political Animals") has signed onto the comedy pilot, about Nadia (Natasha Lyonne), a young woman who's trying to find herself, but in the meantime she's working as the aide to a group of elderly people. She'll play aunt Eileen, "an earthy lesbian with a New Age bent who has recently survived cancer." Also starring are Fred Willard, Greta Lee, Nick Thune and Rita Moreno. (Deadline.com)


SECRETS & LIES (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Barbie Kligman; D: Charles McDougall) - Indiana Evans, Charles Dutton, Steven Brand and Kate Ashfield have all landed roles on the drama pilot, about Ben Garner (Ryan Phillippe), a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. Evans will play Natalie, Ben and Christy's (KaDee Strickland) too sexy for her own good teenage daughter. Dutton then is set as Kevin Haynes, a nosy 20-year veteran of Chelsea Bay; with Brand and Ashfield as Dr. Joseph Turner and Vanessa Turner, owners of the neighborhood's fanciest home. Belle Shouse, Clifton Collins, Jr., Juliette Lewis and Natalie Martinez also star. (Deadline.com)


SUPERNATURAL: TRIBES (The CW/Warner Bros.; W: Andrew Dabb; D: Robert Singer) - Danielle Savre ("Heroes") and Stephen Martines ("The Vampire Diaries") are the latest cast in the proposed spin-off, about the various mafia-esque monster families that unknowingly to humans run the underbelly of Chicago and who are being tracked by Ennis Roth (Lucien Laviscount), a newly minted Hunter who's trying to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural. She'll play Margo Hayden, "the acting head of the leading shapeshifter family, an ex-punk rocker-turned-corporate professional who feels threatened only by the return of her prodigal brother David (Nathaniel Buzolic) into the family"; while he's set as Freddie Costa, "a world-weary Chicago cop who serves as a mentor to Ennis but also is secretly on the payroll of one of the powerful monster families." Sean Faris also stars. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Carter MacIntyre has joined the cast of USA's upcoming comedy "Benched" as Trent, "Nina's (Eliza Coupe) ex-fiancé and professional nemesis" (Deadline.com).






  [may 2015]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· BABYLON FIELDS (NBC)
· BENCHED (USA)
· COPPER (BBC AMERICA)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HEROES (NBC)
· HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)
· IDENTITY (CW)
· JANE THE VIRGIN (CW)
· MINDY PROJECT, THE (HULU)
· MISSION CONTROL (NBC)
· MORE TIME WITH FAMILY (CBS)
· OLD SOUL (NBC)
· POLITICAL ANIMALS (USA)
· SCANDAL (ABC)
· SECRETS & LIES (ABC)
· SOPRANOS, THE (HBO)
· SUPERNATURAL (CW)
· SUPERNATURAL: BLOODLINES (CW)
· VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE (CW)











[05/23/15 - 09:21 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Wins Demo Race with "Shark Tank" Repeat
The Alphabet leads the night among adults 18-49.

[05/23/15 - 08:21 AM]
ABC Leads Its 7th Straight Friday in Adults 18-49 with the Top 3 Shows
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, May 22.

[05/23/15 - 06:29 AM]
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 Delivers 49 Percent Audience Increase from Last Time on ESPN
ESPN spins the numbers for Friday, May 22.

[05/22/15 - 01:09 PM]
First Look Images: FX's "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson"
Get your first look at Sarah Paulson, Billy Magnussen, John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Courtney Vance in the limited series, due in early 2016.

[05/22/15 - 11:02 AM]
"The Bastard Executioner" Swings Into Action This Fall on FX
Kurt Sutter's new series is billed as "a gripping and brutal journey through the Late Middle Ages."

[05/22/15 - 10:54 AM]
First Look Image: Danny Trejo as "The Regulator" on El Rey Network/Miramax's 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"
Currently in production on its sophomore season, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is slated to return late Summer 2015.

[05/22/15 - 10:32 AM]
NBC's Star-Studded Inaugural Charity Event "Red Nose Day" Raises Over $21 Million to Help Lift Children and Young People Out of Poverty
Julia Roberts, Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton, Neill Patrick Harris, Richard Gere, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Pharell, Coldplay, One Direction and Zac Efron were just a few of the many celebrities appearing in the three-hour entertainment event.

[05/22/15 - 10:25 AM]
E! Delivers Ratings Highs Led by "Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce" Special and Season Finale of "The Royals"
E! further spins the numbers for Sunday, May 17.

[05/22/15 - 08:42 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: Repeats Power CBS to Victory in Viewers, Demos
"The Big Bang Theory" is the evening's top show in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[05/22/15 - 08:32 AM]
"500 Questions" Earns ABC's Best Summer Rating in its Slot Since August 2013
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 08:31 AM]
"Mad Men" Finale Is Series' Highest-Rated Episode Ever Among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54
AMC further spins the numbers for Sunday, May 17.

[05/22/15 - 08:21 AM]
NBC's "Red Nose Day" Was No. 1 Among the Big 4 Networks in the 10 p.m. Hour
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 07:01 AM]
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 Delivers 47 Percent Ratings Increase from Last Time on ESPN
ESPN spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 06:42 AM]
HGTV and DIY Network Greenlight Six New Series
After delivering 11 consecutive months of ratings growth, top 10 cable network HGTV, along with its sister network, DIY Network, have confirmed production orders for six new series.

[05/22/15 - 06:02 AM]
Netflix Announces "A Very Murray Christmas"
Written by Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray and Mitch Glazer and directed by Sofia Coppola, the special is an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself, as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City.