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[04/08/11 - 10:23 PM]
Development Update: Friday, April 8
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA (HBO) - James Ransone ("Treme") and Mike Zegen ("Boardwalk Empire") have both landed arcs on the fellow pay channel series. Ransone will play Neanderthal Tim, "a Brooklyn artist and rival clothing company owner who will be Ben (Bryan Greenberg) and Cam's (Victor Rasuk) antagonist." Details on Zegen's character however weren't specified.


THE KNITTING CIRCLE (HBO, New!) - Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl is set to topline and executive produce a potential small screen take on Ann Hood's best-selling novel of the same name. Craig Wright ("Dirty Sexy Money") is on board to pen said adaptation, which comes from Pine Street Pictures. Said effort revolves around a married woman (Heigl) struggling to overcome the death of her young daughter who finds solace in a knitting circle. Heigl then will produce alongside her mother Nancy via their Abishag banner.


NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS) - Claire Forlani ("Camelot") is set to recur on the series as Lauren Hunter, the team's "attractive, authoritative, cool and calculating" new Operations Manager. She'll appear in the final two episodes of the current season, as she takes over for Linda Hunt's character in a yet-to-be-revealed storyline.


REGAL PRODUCTIONS (Adult Swim, New!) - Bob Odenkirk is set to write, direct and star in a potential live-action comedy at the network about a production company in a strip mall in North Hollywood which "churns out wedding videos, Internet ads, low-budget infomercials and even feature films for ancillary markets." Odenkirk developed the Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment-based project, which has a pilot commitment, with Brian Jarvis and Jim Freeman, who will likewise co-star.


ROYAL PAINS (USA) - Co-star Mark Feuerstein has renegotiated his deal with producer Universal Cable Productions. The new pact, which adds an additional year to his contract, will see the actor double his salary to about $135,000 per episode with an additional $5,000-15,000 per installment once additional compensation, including bonuses, is factored in. As previously reported, the series kicks off its third season on Wednesday, June 30 at 9:00/8:00c.


UNTITLED AMBER TAMBLYN PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Amber Tamblyn is set to team with her "House" executive producer Katie Jacobs for a potential drama which would star Tamblyn as "a young teacher in the world of public education in America." Ed Burns ("The Wire"), himself a former public school teacher, is on board to pen the project which Jacobs will direct. Both will executive produce for 20th Century Fox Television with Tamblyn serving as a co-executive producer. Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda is also expected to be involved in some capacity.






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· BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
· CAMELOT (STARZ)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIRTY SEXY MONEY (ABC)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HOUSE (FOX)
· HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA (HBO)
· KNITTING CIRCLE, THE (HBO)
· LET'S DO THIS (ADULT SWIM)
· NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS)
· ROYAL PAINS (USA)
· TREME (HBO)
· UNTITLED AMBER TAMBLYN PROJECT (FOX)
· WIRE, THE (HBO)









[04/23/14 - 06:56 PM]
ESPN's 2014 "Monday Night Football" Schedule
The 45th season will kick off with a doubleheader Monday, September 8 - New York Giants at Detroit Lions (7 p.m. ET) and San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (10:15 p.m. / 7:15 p.m. PT).

[04/23/14 - 06:40 PM]
21st NFL on FOX Schedule Unveiled
It's a season of firsts once the action gets underway as FOX Sports becomes the only NFL broadcaster to cover two games from London in the same season, the first of which features the earliest kickoff in NFL history.

[04/23/14 - 05:03 PM]
2014 "Thursday Night Football" Broadcast Schedule Announced
The 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 11 with Steelers vs. Ravens from Baltimore and ends with a Week 16 Saturday double-header on December 20.

[04/23/14 - 05:02 PM]
2014 NBC "Sunday Night Football" Schedule Announced
Highlights include 19 primetime games, including the NFL's opening game of the season, NFL Kickoff 2014 and NBC's annual Thanksgiving night game.

[04/23/14 - 02:59 PM]
Discovery Channel's Season Premiere of "Deadliest Catch" Is Highest Rated Premiere in Three Seasons
Discovery spins the numbers for Tuesday, April 22.

[04/23/14 - 02:51 PM]
Tuesday's Cable Ratings & Broadcast Finals: "The Voice" Keeps NBC on Top in Demos
Plus: numbers for MTV's "Faking It," Investigation Discovery's "Bad Teachers" and Discovery's "Deadliest Catch."

[04/23/14 - 01:21 PM]
Lifetime's New Docu-Series "True Tori" Captivates 1.2 Million Viewers in Series Premiere
Lifetime spins the numbers for Tuesday, April 22.

[04/23/14 - 01:20 PM]
ABC Airs 7 of the Season's Top 20 Entertainment Series - Most for Any Net
ABC spins the numbers for the season to date.

[04/23/14 - 12:35 PM]
NBC Sports Group to Present All Team USA Games from 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship
Live coverage begins on NBCSN on Friday, May 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET when Team USA faces Belarus in the first of seven preliminary-round matches, which will all air live on NBCSN.

[04/23/14 - 11:23 AM]
VH1 Announces Hot New Summer Lineup
Highlights include the return of "Hit the Floor" as well as newcomers "I Love The 2000s," ""Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project," "Dating Naked" and "LeAnn & Eddie."

[04/23/14 - 11:10 AM]
Bravo Media Expands Scripted Programming Developing "All the Pretty Faces" from Executive Producer Jennifer Garner and Warner Horizon Television
The project is a dramedy-mystery centered on two warring families engaged in an epic, decades-long feud.

[04/23/14 - 11:09 AM]
Sam Register Promoted to President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series
Current WBA television series developed and supervised by Register include "Teen Titans Go!" and "The Tom and Jerry Show."

[04/23/14 - 10:52 AM]
Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time" Seals Monday Night Wins
Cartoon Network spins the numbers for Monday, April 21.

[04/23/14 - 10:30 AM]
"SNL" Finishes Out the Season with Three Star-Studded Back to Back Shows
Look for Andrew Garfield on May 3, Charlize Theron on May 10 and Andy Samberg on May 17.

[04/23/14 - 10:26 AM]
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Highlights Motorsports Coverage on NBCSN This Week
NBCSN's presentation of the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama begins Sunday at 1 a.m. ET with qualifying.