[04/23/14 - 11:45 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, April 23
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CASUAL VACANCY, THE (HBO, New!) - The pay channel has signed on to co-produce the three-hour mini-series, based on J.K. Rowling's novel of the same name, with the BBC. Jonny Campbell ("In the Flesh") is helming the project from a script by Sarah Phelps ("EastEnders") with Ruth Kenley-Letts ("The Hour") producing. Said effort revolves around Pagford, "a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty facade, however, is a town at war: Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils." Rowling and Neil Blair are executive producing via their Bronte Film and Television banner alongside Paul Trijbits and Rick Senat. (Deadline.com)

HOW I MET YOUR DAD (CBS/20th; W: Carter Bays, Craig Thomas & Emily Spivey; D: Rob Greenberg) - Meg Ryan has been tapped as the narrator of the Eye's "How I Met Your Mother" spin-off, which revolves a new group of friends in New York. She'll serve as the future voice of Sally (Greta Gerwig), a female Peter Pan who has never grown up and has no idea of where she's going in life. After breaking up with her husband of less than a year, Sally finds a solid circle of support in her friends and family. Anders Holm, Andrew Santino, Drew Tarver, Nick D'Agosto and Tiya Sircar also star. (Deadline.com)

PHARAOH (HBO, New!) - Writer David Schulner ("Do No Harm") and director Ridley Scott (Prometheus) have set up a potential drama at the pay channel which "explores an alternate explanation for the foundation and ascent of the ancient Egyptian empire - one in which greatness was bestowed upon us by beings from another world, calling into question what it means to be a 'god.'" Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi co-created the hour alongside Schulner and will executive produce with Scott and David W. Zucker via their Scott Free Productions banner. In addition, Schulner has inked a two-year overall deal with producer Universal Television. (THR.com)

SISTERHOOD, THE (Lifetime, New!) - Hot Snakes Media has received a six-episode order for a new unscripted series "that will follow the journey of five young women as they decide whether or not to become nuns." The hour-long project "will explore whether the modern women can rise to serve God when they are cut off from family and friends and embedded in an unfamiliar community." Shannon Evangelista and Eric Evangelista are the executive producers as are Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and Colleen Conway Grogan from the network. (THR.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - VH1 has pulled the plug on its "Best Week Ever" revival after two seasons (Deadline.com); and Willa Fitzgerald will recur on "Royal Pains" as "a mysterious young woman who shows up in the Hamptons with a hidden past and a secret agenda" (TVGuide.com).

  [november 2015]  


[11/30/15 - 10:05 AM]
E! Announces Season 4 of Hit Series "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" to Debut in 2016
Morgan Stewart and Brendan Fitzpatrick are ready to tie the knot and are taking E!'s cameras along for the luxurious ride.

[11/30/15 - 09:18 AM]
Video: VH1's "Love & Hip Hop New York" Season Six Supertrailer
Season six kicks off Monday, December 14 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.

[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 - 09:01 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 - 08:21 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Correspondent Keith Morrison Joins Investigation Discovery as New Host of "Dateline on ID" and Exclusive "Front Page" Specials
"Keith will bring his distinctive newsmagazine flair and reputation as a trusted news source to tell these stories to ID's audience as only he can with his incredibly unique and arresting delivery," said Henry Schleiff.

[11/30/15 - 08:15 AM]
30 for 30 Volume III Continues with "Four Falls of Buffalo" on December 12
The film, directed by Ken Rodgers and produced by NFL Films, looks at the Buffalo Bills of the early '90s that made it to four straight Super Bowls yet never brought home the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.

[11/30/15 - 08:07 AM]
Patriots-Broncos Football Jumps 16% vs. Last Year's Week 12 Cowboys-Giants Matchup
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, November 29.

[11/30/15 - 07:08 AM]
Bravo Media Poll Reveals That More Than One in Four Divorced People Have Slept with Their Ex After Separation
Said study is timed with the return of "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" this Tuesday, December 1 at 10:00/9:00c.

[11/30/15 - 06:30 AM]
CBS Orders More "Supergirl"
The Eye announced today an order for seven more episodes of the series, bringing its season total to 20 episodes.

[11/29/15 - 09:45 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Wins College Football Race with ABC
The network leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/29/15 - 09:28 AM]
Encore Telecast of "Saturday Night Live," With Host Tracy Morgan, Equals the Show's Best 18-49 Rating for a Rebroadcast Since May
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, November 28.

[11/29/15 - 09:14 AM]
No. 8 Ohio State at No. 10 Michigan on ABC Is Highest-Rated Game of the Week and Second-Highest of the Season, Both Across All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, November 28.

[11/28/15 - 08:55 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Demos with "20/20," "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"
The Alphabet leads the night among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched network.

[11/28/15 - 08:46 AM]
"Blindspot" Grows by 63% in 18-49 Rating Going from Live + Same Day to Live + 3 Day Ratings
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.