or


[10/05/11 - 11:25 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, October 5
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!


EX-COMM (ABC, New!) - Jon Favreau, Roberto Orci, Seth Green and Michael Dougherty are all set to team for a potential drama at the Alphabet about "a newly-elected President and his top secret 'Executive Committee,' the government's covert team of America's most elite minds who investigate and protect our nation from the strangest occurrences and conspiracy theory truths out there." Favreau is on board to direct the project, to be written by the quartet. 20th Century Fox Television, Orci's K/O Paper Products and Green's Stoopid Monkey are behind the hour, which has a put pilot commitment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Matthew Senreich then will executive produce alongside said group. (Deadline.com)


HAUGHT MESS (ABC, New!) - Ellen Rapoport and Beth McCarthy-Miller are set to team for a new single-camera comedy at the Alphabet about "a woman who is caught between her new boyfriend and her inability to say no to her siblings and mother." McCarthy-Miller will direct from a script by Rapoport for ABC Studios with each serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


MAGICIANS (FOX, New!) - Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz ("X-Men: First Class") have booked a new drama at the network based on Lev Grossman's popular fantasy novel about "a group of 20-somethings in New York who study magic and have access to a magical world." 20th Century Fox Television and the studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein Productions are behind the hour, which has a penalty attached, with Michael London, Becky Clements, Shawn Levy and Michael Adelstein all executive producing alongside Miller and Stentz. (Deadline.com)


MILLION DOLLAR MIND GAME (ABC) - The long-in-the-works game show is set to roll out on Saturday, October 23 in the afternoon slot of 4:00/3:00c. Vernon Kay hosts the six-episode series, from Merv Griffin Entertainment, in which competitors are challenged to answer questions that require nothing more than basic faculties of reasoning and logic like riddles or puzzles. Boris Kryuk and Alex Reznik are among the executive producers.


OF TWO MINDS (Lifetime, New!) - Kristin Davis and Tammy Blanchard are set to star in a new film at the cable channel which "chronicles the relationship between a woman (Davis) and her younger sister (Blanchard), who has schizophrenia." Jim O'Hanlon is directing the project from a script by Richard Friedenberg with Davis, Frank Konigsberg and Daniel Ostroff executive producing. Production is set to begin in mid-November in Los Angeles. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED JEFF LOWELL PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Writer/director Jeff Lowell ("Over Her Dead Body") has booked a new comedy at the Alphabet about "a politically correct modern-day guy who is haunted by the ghost of his father - a 1950's 'winner,' who coaches him on life and love." ABC Studios and Brillstein Entertainment Partners are co-producing with Lowell, JoAnn Alfano and Daniel Rappaport serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED JASON BELLEVILLE PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Jason Belleville ("Little Mosque on the Prairie") has sold a new multi-camera comedy to the Alphabet about "a small-town volunteer fire department." Warner Bros. Television-based Doozer is behind the half-hour, which has a penalty attached, with Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold executive producing alongside Belleville. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED ROMEO PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Anthony "Romeo" Santos is set to star in a potential comedy at the Alphabet about "a charismatic Dominican-American (Romeo) from Washington Heights, who tries to please his very traditional, immigrant father while also creating a life that reflects his new vision of the American Dream." Chris Pappas and Mike Bernier ("Unhitched") are behind the multi-camera project, which is set up at ABC Studios and Overbrook Entertainment. The latter's Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and James Lassiter will then executive produce alongside Pappas and Bernier. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED SNOOP DOGG PROJECT (NBC, New!) - The proposed Snoop Dogg-led comedy has found a home at the Peacock. Don Reo is behind the half-hour, which is set up at Warner Bros. Television, with Snoop Dogg and Ted Chung serving as producers. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - James Marsden will visit "30 Rock" as a potential love interest for Tina Fey's Liz, while Denise Richards will likewise turn up in an unspecified role (EW.com); Thomas McDonell has booked a two-episode arc on "Suburgatory" as "an incredibly handsome guy who both Tessa (Jane Levy) and Dalia (Carly Chaikin) go gaga for" (TVGuide.com); Charles S. Dutton will guest on "Criminal Minds" as a Philadelphia boxing trainer who learns that his favorite pupil is violent serial killer (TVGuide.com); Lizzy Caplan is bound for "New Girl" in a three-episode arc as "a super-cool and highly educated gal" who Nick (Jake Johnson) falls for (TVLine.com); Molly Sims and Tsai Chin are the latest visitors to "Royal Pains" (TVLine.com); Roger Bart, Edward Furlong and Tom Sizemore are likewise set to turn up TNT's upcoming "Perception" (TVGuide.com); several top-level producers of "The Simpsons" have agreed to take pay cuts in order to keep the long-running animated show on the air however the cast still has yet to agree to terms (EW.com); plus Eric Bruskotter is set to recur as a football recruiter on "Glee" who becomes involved with Dot-Marie Jones's Coach Beiste (TVLine.com).






  [august 2016]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· 30 ROCK (NBC)
· CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EX-COMM (ABC)
· GLEE (FOX)
· HAUGHT MESS (ABC)
· MAGICIANS (FOX)
· MILLION DOLLAR MIND GAME (ABC)
· NEW GIRL (FOX)
· OF TWO MINDS (LIFETIME)
· PERCEPTION (TNT)
· ROYAL PAINS (USA)
· SIMPSONS, THE (FOX)
· SUBURGATORY (ABC)
· UNHITCHED (FOX)
· UNTITLED JASON BELLEVILLE PROJECT (ABC)
· UNTITLED JEFF LOWELL PROJECT (ABC)
· UNTITLED ROMEO PROJECT (ABC)
· UNTITLED SNOOP DOGG PROJECT (NBC)





[08/25/16 - 10:02 AM]
FYI Greenlights New Original Series "Stove Tots"
Production begins immediately on 13 one-hour episodes with the series slated to premiere in 2017.

[08/25/16 - 10:01 AM]
IFC's Comedy Crib Partners with the New York Television Festival
The exclusive Comedy Crib collaboration will highlight the selected projects through the end of the year.

[08/25/16 - 10:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Lineup of Comedy Programming for Upcoming Months
Highlights include new specials from Jerrod Carmichael, Pete Holmes and T.J. Miller.

[08/25/16 - 09:34 AM]
Showtime(R) Sets Premiere Date for "Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee"
Oscar nominee and two-time Sundance Film Festival winner Nanette Burstein delivers a deep investigation into the mysterious life of visionary anti-virus entrepreneur John McAfee.

[08/25/16 - 09:33 AM]
History(R) Commemorates the 15th Anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks with a Week of Original Primetime Specials
A new special, "15 Septembers Later," will premiere on Labor Day, Monday, September 5 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/25/16 - 09:24 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Got Talent" Seal Another Victory
The Peacock continues its win streak among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[08/25/16 - 09:00 AM]
"ACM Honors" Performers Added - Alicia Keys, Miranda Lambert and More!
Plus: Mike Fisher, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride and Thomas Rhett will present at the ceremony taking place Tuesday, August 30, at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.

[08/25/16 - 08:43 AM]
Adventurer Josh Gates Embarks on an Epic Mission to Tackle the Age-Old Question: Is the Yeti Real?
In Travel Channel's four-week special event, adventurer and explorer Josh Gates embarks on an epic and enthralling journey through Nepal and Bhutan, in search of the truth behind the legend.

[08/25/16 - 08:03 AM]
Bravo Media's New Real Estate Series "Yours, Mine or Ours" Premieres Monday, October 3 at 10 PM ET/PT
Bravo Media enlists boisterous real estate agent Reza Farahan and interior designer and decorator Taylor Spellman to help couples, living under separate roofs, figure out which residence they should call home.

[08/25/16 - 08:01 AM]
Amazon Original Live-Action American Girl Special "Melody" Casts Marsai Martin in Lead Role
Executive produced by Common, Melody will also star Frances Fisher as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison as Melody's grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor as Melody's mother Frances Ellison.

[08/25/16 - 08:00 AM]
Pop Superstars The Chainsmokers to Perform "Closer" at 2016 "MTV Video Music Awards"
They join previously announced performers Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy, Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Future and Video Vanguard recipient Rihanna.

[08/24/16 - 05:44 PM]
Ariana Grande to Reunite with Nicki Minaj On-Stage for Performance of "Side to Side" at 2016 "MTV Video Music Awards"
The 2016 VMAs will air live from New York's iconic Madison Square Garden for the first time ever on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00/8:00c.

[08/24/16 - 03:32 PM]
Lifetime Greenlights Britney Spears Biopic
Production begins this September in Vancouver for a 2017 premiere on Lifetime.

[08/24/16 - 02:31 PM]
"Live with Kelly" Kicks Off 2016-17 Season on September 5, 2016
As the exciting search for Kelly's new on-air partner continues, a diverse group of personalities will join her on the show.

[08/24/16 - 01:15 PM]
Renowned Abolitionist Harriet Tubman Leads the Way in Season Two of WGN America's Trailblazing Series, "Underground" from Sony Pictures Television
Aisha Hinds has been cast as a recurring guest star in the pioneering role of Harriet Tubman.