or


[07/29/03 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: July 29
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

THE BOOK OF RUTH (CBS, New!) - Christine Lahti ("Chicago Hope") is set to star in the Eye's small screen adaptation of Jane Hamilton's best-selling novel. The project tracks a young woman with low self-esteem who lives in the shadow of her bright brother and clashes with her strong-willed, domineering mother, played by Lahti. Suzette Couture ("Martha Inc.") will write the adaptation while Robert Greenwald will executive produce the telefilm, which is scheduled to begin shooting in September to air sometime next season.

BOOMTOWN (NBC) - Nina Garbiras, who plays journalist Andrea Little on the series, will not return for the show's second season. Her character is being written out of the series as the drama will now shift focus to being primarily about the cops' (Gary Basaraba, Jason Gedrick, Donnie Wahlberg and Mykelti Williamson) point-of-view instead of that of the reporters, paramedics and politicians. Also as part of the shift, Lana Parrilla's paramedic character will now enter the police academy while actress Vanessa Williams is set to join the cast for at least 10 of the season's first 13 episodes. She'll play Katherine Pierce, a detective investigating the murder of the two cops from last season's final episodes. Also set to appear this season are Stacy Keach ("Titus") as father to Neal McDonough's character, along with Kelly Hu ("X2") and Rebecca DeMornay as jewel thieves. The drama returns to NBC's schedule on August 8 where it will move to its fall home of Fridays at 10:00/9:00c.

EVERWOOD (WB) - Actor Mike Erwin, who plays Colin Hart on the series, has signed a talent holding deal with the network. The Frog will place the actor in one of its new projects targeted for fall 2004.

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (CBS) - Actor Brad Garrett is looking to renegotiate his current contract on the series, the first of many moves expected by the comedy's supporting players as the series potentially wraps its run this season. Much of the rumbling comes from the fact the majority of the cast (Patricia Heaton, Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts) is set to receive significant pay raises should the show return for a ninth season in 2004-05. But now with that seeming unlikely, the cast will undoubtedly looking to push some of that money to the current season. In Garrett's case, he's not even signed through the ninth season. In addition, unlike Ray Romano or co-creator Phil Rosenthal, the rest of the cast has no backend income from the show's lucrative sale into syndication.

STEPHEN KING'S KINGDOM HOSPITAL (ABC) - Andrew McCarthy, Diane Ladd and Bruce Davison have all signed on to the project, which is set to kick off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, February 5 at 9:00/8:00c. McCarthy (recently a guest on "Monk") will play Dr. Hook, a surgeon who lives in the hospital basement and collects medical equipment while Ladd ("Rambling Rose") is set as the psychic hypochondriac Mrs. Druse, a regular in Kingdom Hospital's emergency room. Davison ("X2") will play Dr. Stegman, an arrogant, inept physician. The project, based on the Danish miniseries "The Kingdom" from Lars Von Trier, revolves around a bizarre hospital where patients and staff have chosen to ignore tell-tale signs of mysticism and unseen powers. King calls the series "ER" meets "The Shining." All three actors have options to return for a second season of the series with production set to begin on August 11 on the 15 hours ordered.

UNTITLED STEVEN SPIELBERG PROJECT (TNT) - The prolific producer has signed with the cable channel to develop an ambitious 12-hour epic about the settlement of the Western frontier. Dreamworks Television's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will be co-executive producers of the project which tracks two multi-generational American and Native American families, with each telling the stories of the development of the West from their own point of view. No directors, writers or actors are attached to the project which isn't set to start production until summer 2004 for a 2005 air date. The limited series is expected to follow the "Band of Brothers" model used at HBO where the mini-series is broken up into weekly episodes, instead of a straight night-by-night run as was the case for Spielberg's "Taken" mini-series for Sci Fi.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [july 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· BAND OF BROTHERS (HBO)
· BOOK OF RUTH, THE (CBS)
· BOOMTOWN (NBC)
· CHICAGO HOPE (CBS)
· ER (NBC)
· EVERWOOD (WB)
· EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (CBS)
· INTO THE WEST (TNT)
· MARTHA, INC.: THE STORY OF MARTHA STEWART (NBC)
· MONK (USA)
· ROBINSONS, THE: LOST IN SPACE (WB)
· STEPHEN KING'S KINGDOM HOSPITAL (ABC)
· STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS: TAKEN (SYFY)
· TITUS (FOX)





[02/13/16 - 08:44 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Leads the Night Among Adults 18-49
"Shark Tank" and "20/20" post big gains from a week ago.

[02/13/16 - 08:40 AM]
ABC Wins Friday with "Shark Tank" and "20/20" at Season Highs
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, February 12.

[02/13/16 - 08:29 AM]
"Grimm" Matches Its 18-49 High Since Nov. 6
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, February 12.

[02/12/16 - 05:55 PM]
The Academy Announces Third Slate of Presenters for the 88th Oscars(R)
"The Oscars(R)," hosted by Chris Rock, will air live Oscar Sunday, February 28, on ABC.

[02/12/16 - 02:05 PM]
MTV's Comedy Darlings, "Awkward" and "Faking It" Return with Plenty of Surprises on Tuesday, March 15 at 10PM and 10:30PM ET/PT
The second half of "Awkward" season 5 kicks off at the beginning of summer, a year after we last saw Jenna and her friends.

[02/12/16 - 02:01 PM]
Jamie-Lynn Sigler Signs on to Guest Star on Freeform's Hit Series "Baby Daddy"
Sigler will portray Sarah Gilcrest, the "hot teacher" from Ben's high school days.

[02/12/16 - 01:19 PM]
Discovery Family Channel Celebrates Valentine's Day with a Weekend Filled with Shows Dedicated to Love and Friendship
The network will offer something for every member of the household from animated series such as "Strawberry Shortcake," "My Little Pony" and "Littlest Pet Shop" to special episodes of "Cake Boss" and some beloved films from a recent past.

[02/12/16 - 01:18 PM]
Discovery Family Channel Celebrates President's Day with a Special Programming Line Up
Look for a special presentation of "Broadway at the White House" and the film "The American President" on Monday, February 15.

[02/12/16 - 01:02 PM]
LEGO Star Wars Animated Short Featuring "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Characters to Debut Monday, February 15 on Disney XD
"Poe to the Rescue" is the first episode in "LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises," a series of all-new animated shorts that take place prior to the First Order's attack on Jakku.

[02/12/16 - 11:04 AM]
Video: "Confirmation" - Long Lead Tease (HBO Films)
The Kerry Washington-led film premieres Saturday, April 16 on the pay channel.

[02/12/16 - 10:22 AM]
Video: "Veep" Season 5 - Clip Tease (HBO)
The series returns for its 10-episode fifth season on Sunday, April 24.

[02/12/16 - 10:15 AM]
Syfy Greenlights Original Sci-Fi Thriller "Prototype" to Pilot
The project centers on three unlikely cohorts who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics - a discovery which in turn puts their lives in grave danger.

[02/12/16 - 09:39 AM]
Video: AMC Releases a First-Look Trailer for the Upcoming Mini-Series Event "The Night Manager" Premiering on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 PM ET/PT
Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki star in the project.

[02/12/16 - 09:04 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, FOX Split Demo Crown
FOX however is the most-watched network on the night.

[02/12/16 - 09:03 AM]
Showtime(R) Kicks Off Grammy(R) Weekend by Unveiling the Official Trailer for Cameron Crowe's New Music Series "Roadies"
Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino star in the project, premiering Sunday, June 26 at 10:00/9:00c.