[09/05/12 - 11:08 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, September 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!

THE GOOD SHEPHERD (Showtime, New!) - Robert De Niro's 2006 feature - about tumultuous early history of the CIA - is being developed as a drama series at the pay channel. Eric Roth, the film's screenwriter, is on board to pen the small screen take with De Niro likewise set to direct. CBS Television Studios is behind the hour, with Jane Rosenthal of Tribeca Productions also executive producing alongside the duo and Berry Welsh serving as a producer. (Deadline.com)

NEXT CALLER (NBC) - Desmin Borges has joined the cast of the midseason comedy, about a mismatched duo - Cam (Dane Cook) and Stella (Collette Wolfe) - who host a relationship call-in show in New York City. He'll play Cam's socially awkward confidant in the Lionsgate Television-based half-hour, which also stars Jeffrey Tambor, Joy Osmanski and Wole Parks. Stephen Falk penned the pilot, which was directed by Marc Buckland. (TVLine.com)

UNTITLED DIANA SON PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Diana Son ("NYC 22") has sold a potential drama to the Eye about "the chief trauma surgeon at a respected Manhattan hospital who suddenly becomes a single mother when she loses her stay-at-home husband to a fatal accident" and opts to take "over her father-in-law's venerable Brooklyn brownstone-based family medical practice." CBS Television Studios-based Tribeca Productions is behind the hour with the company's Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal also serving as executive producers. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED KEVIN BIEGEL PROJECT (FOX, New!) - "Cougar Town" co-creator Kevin Biegel has sold a potential comedy at the network based on his relationship "with his siblings and follows three very different brothers working together in the Army at a small base in Florida." 20th Century Fox Television is behind the single-camera project, which has a penalty attached. Biegel will write and executive produce. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED MIKE WOLFE PROJECT (CBS, New!) - Writer Tom Brady and director Fred Savage are developing a multi-camera comedy at the Eye based on the experiences of "American Pickers" star Mike Wolfe. CBS Television Studios-based The Tannenbaum Co. is behind the half-hour, which is billed as a "workplace comedy set in an antiques and collectibles shop." Wolfe, Brady, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum are executive producing. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED S. CRAIG ZAHLER PROJECT (FX, New!) - Feature writer S. Craig Zahler ("Asylum Blackout") is developing a new drama at the pay channel set in the underworld of New York's modern day Chinatown, about "rival gangsters who must rely upon traditional fighting techniques to maintain their territories after the triad bosses ban all firearms in the area following a bloody shootout." No other auspices or studio were given. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED J.H. WYMAN PROJECT (FOX, New!) - J.H. Wyman ("Fringe") has snagged a pilot production commitment from the network for a new drama "set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids." Said hour is set up at the Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot Productions with J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk executive producing alongside Wyman. Kathy Lingg is also attached as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Geoff Stults will recur on "Ben & Kate" as part of a talent holding deal with producer 20th Century Fox Television (Deadline.com); David Meunier, David Andrews and Kim Raver have all landed recurring roles on "Revolution" (EW.com, TVLine.com); Amanda Schull is bound for "Suits" as "a tenacious assistant district attorney in the second half of season two" (THR.com); Tone Bell has joined the cast of "Whitney" as R.J., "very sexy, sort of new guy character friend" for Chris D'Elia's Alex (TVLine.com); Kate del Castillo will guest on the Halloween installment of "Grimm" loosely based on "the famed legend of a woman who drowned her children" (THR.com); Christina Ricci will guest star as "a controversial comedienne" on "The Good Wife" (@CBSTweet); Frances Conroy will return to "American Horror Story" as "the ultimate angel" (@MrRPMurphy); and 20th Century Fox Television and 21 Laps/Adelstein Productions are developing a multi-camera comedy starring comedian Cristela Alonzo (Deadline.com).

  [october 2016]  

· NYC 22 (CBS)

[10/21/16 - 02:02 PM]
NLCS Game 5 Is Second Most-Watched Telecast in FS1 History
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Thursday, October 20.

[10/21/16 - 12:08 PM]
Freeform Brings Fan Favorite "Stitchers" and New Original Sci-Fi Series "Beyond" to Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con on October 29 and 30
"Stitchers" co-stars Ritesh Rajan, Damon Dayoub and Sarah Davenport are among those scheduled to appear.

[10/21/16 - 10:05 AM]
Freeform's Annual "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" Starts on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24
Said offerings include the premiere "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "Boxtrolls," and the network premiere of the fourth installment of the hit "Cinderella Story" franchise, "A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits."

[10/21/16 - 10:04 AM]
Freeform's Funday Programming Event Begins November 12 and Continues Through November 13
Highlights include the network premieres of "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After."

[10/21/16 - 10:03 AM]
"Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour" to Premiere on Showtime(R) on December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT
The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

[10/21/16 - 09:55 AM]
David Blaine Is Back With an Extraordinary Special, "David Blaine: Beyond Magic," Airing Tuesday, November 15, on ABC
Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash "David Blaine: Real or Magic," Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet.

[10/21/16 - 09:35 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Haters Back Off!" Star Miranda Sings Shares Some of Her Favorite Things
Based on the character created by Colleen Ballinger, "Haters Back Off!" delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings.

[10/21/16 - 09:31 AM]
Video: Netflix Unveils The Ivory Game Trailer and Poster
From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking.

[10/21/16 - 09:29 AM]
Premiere Date Change - A&E Network Will Now Air Original Docu-Series "The Killing Season" on November 12
The newcomer will now roll out with back-to-back episodes one week later than previously announced.

[10/21/16 - 09:24 AM]
No One Can Hear You Scream: Investigation Discovery's All-New Series "Dead Silent" Premieres Tuesday, October 25 at 9/8C
In the six-part series, myth, urban legend, and horror movie dread collide to showcase real-life, dark and twisted tales too frightening to be imaginary.

[10/21/16 - 09:02 AM]
Oxygen Media Strikes Again with New True Crime Series "Killision Course" Premiering Saturday, November 5th at 9PM ET/PT
The four-episode, genre breaking series, recreates true stories of murder connecting the victim, accomplice and killer, on a joy ride of suspense, betrayal and obsession.

[10/21/16 - 08:47 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Holds Off Competition with NFL
The Eye wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/20/16 - 03:55 PM]
Oxygen Media Tests the Bonds of Friendship When New Competition Series "The Battle of the Ex-Besties" Premieres Tuesday, December 6 at 11PM ET/PT
Hosted by Sibley Scoles, the series follows fourteen former BFFs who are forced to confront - and hopefully forget - past differences in order to win a life-changing $100,000 grand prize.

[10/20/16 - 01:49 PM]
Investigation Discovery Delivers Nearly One Million Viewers for World Television Premiere of "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"
Investigation Discovery further spins the numbers for Saturday, October 15.

[10/20/16 - 01:04 PM]
Investigation Discovery Looks at When Happily Ever After Goes Horribly Wrong in All-New Series "Married with Secrets"
The new eight-part series premieres Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00/9:00c.