or


[07/31/03 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: July 31
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

ANGEL (WB) - Sarah Thompson ("Boston Public") and Mercedes McNab ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") have each signed on to appear in six episodes of the drama's upcoming fifth season. Thompson will play Eve, the new assistant to Angel (David Boreanaz) at the law firm Wolfram & Hart while McNab will reprise her role as Harmony, the ditsy vampire and former flame of Spike (the previously announced new regular James Marsters). The additions are designed to fill the void left by exiting regulars Charisma Carpenter and Vincent Kartheiser. Thompson's character is said be considered a possible love interested for Angel. The producers are also hoping to lure several "Buffy" alums to make appearances this season, however no firm commitments have been made.

EATER (FX) - The sci-fi mini-series, produced by Jan de Bont and based on Gregory Benford's novel, is still in the works according to Fox TV Studios movies/mini-series VP Eric Poticha. The project was originally announced in August 2001.

EMPIRE FALLS (HBO) - Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ed Harris and Robin Wright Penn are all in final talks to join the cast of the Paul Newman-led telefilm. Director Fred Schepisi is also close to signing on to helm the project, an adaptation of Richard Russo's novel.

JUDGING AMY (CBS) - Adrian Pasdar ("Mysterious Ways") has signed on to appear in at least 10 episodes of the drama's fifth season beginning with its season premiere. He's set to play an assistant D.A. and potential love interest for the title character (Amy Brenneman).

K STREET (HBO) - Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney's production company, Section Eight, has signed a two-year development deal with Warner Bros. Television. The pact already had its first project: a telefilm about legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow directed by Clooney and written by Jon Robin Baitz ("People I Know"). Like Clooney's previous effort "Fail Safe," the telefilm would air live. The deal comes on the heels of Clooney and Soderbergh's first TV project "K Street," set to air this fall on HBO.

MURDER AT THE PLAYBOY MANSION (USA, New!) - The cable channel is set to go forward with a new telefilm which revolves around a murder that takes place at one of Hugh Hefner's parties. In a comedic twist several Playboy Playmates are enlisted to help solve the crime. Dan Petrie, Jr. wrote the script and will direct the project with Hefner himself and Alta Loma Entertainment's Dick Rosenzweig executive producing. The new project comes just two weeks after the pair sealed a deal with comic book legend Stan Lee to create a cartoon about superhero Playmates. Fox TV Studios is behind the telefilm, with movies/mini-series VP Eric Poticha ("44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout") spearheading the project.

NEXT ACTION STAR (NBC) - Distributor GRB Entertainment has licensed the Joel Silver-produced reality series to several networks across the globe, including Sky One in the U.K., TVNZ in New Zealand and Sony's AXN action channels. The 10-episode series, set to premiere at midseason on NBC, features a nationwide search for a pair of actors (one male and one female) who will star in a telefilm produced by Silver. In addition to Silver, GRB topper Gary R. Benz will executive produce the project along with Rick Telles and Cris Abrego of Brass Ring Entertainment and Gregory Noveck and Steve Richards of Silver Pictures Television.

SHOP & STYLE (Syndication) - NBC will launch a new weekly shopping series on select owned-and-operated stations (currently affiliates New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia have been lined up) beginning Monday, August 4. The project, hosted by standup comics Lynne Koplitz (Food Network's "How to Boil Water") and Kerry McNally, is a one-hour version of the company's 24-hour shopping network, ShopNBC. During the first week, ShopNBC itself will simulcast the series after which it will go exclusive to the local stations. NBC is using the show, in which viewers will be able to purchase various products, to highlight its 12-year-old ShopNBC channel in a similar way it used last week's airing of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" to showcase the Bravo series. Currently set to appear in the first week are Cheryl Tiegs, "Fear Factor" winner Olivia Jones and home and garden expert Rebecca Kolls. Diane Masciale ("Dateline NBC") will executive produce the series with John Gilmartin directing.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [july 2003]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· 44 MINUTES: THE NORTH HOLLYWOOD SHOOTOUT (FX)
· ANGEL (WB)
· BOSTON PUBLIC (FOX)
· BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (UPN)
· DATELINE NBC (NBC)
· EATER (FX)
· EMPIRE FALLS (HBO)
· FAIL SAFE (CBS)
· FEAR FACTOR (MTV)
· JUDGING AMY (CBS)
· K STREET (HBO)
· MURDER AT THE PLAYBOY MANSION (USA)
· MYSTERIOUS WAYS (PAX)
· NEXT ACTION STAR, THE (NBC)
· QUEER EYE (BRAVO)
· SHOP & STYLE (SYNDICATION)





[09/16/21 - 11:01 AM]
BET Breakout Hit "Twenties" from Creative Force Lena Waithe of Hillman Grad Productions Returns for Season 2 Wednesday, October 13, Along with a New Original After-Show Hosted and Executive Produced by B. Scott
B. Scott will be joined by the cast and an esteemed roster of guests including voices from the Black LGBTQ+ community that haven't always been given a platform to share their personal experiences.

[09/16/21 - 10:35 AM]
Netflix Announces New Series "Jigsaw," An Innovative, Suspenseful Crime Thriller
The thrilling, action-packed heist drama takes an innovative nonlinear approach to storytelling in a way where viewers are in control.

[09/16/21 - 10:31 AM]
Max Original Adult Animated Series "Ten Year Old Tom" Debuts September 30 on HBO Max
"I wanted to write a show about a kid who's trying to make sense of the world around him, but to do it in a way that doesn't pull punches," said creator Steve Dildarian.

[09/16/21 - 10:31 AM]
Video: "Create the Escape" - Official Trailer
The series, due October 7 on Peacock, allows kids to create, design and build their very own escape rooms.

[09/16/21 - 10:13 AM]
First Three Episodes of "Heels," Critically Acclaimed Wrestling Drama Starring Stephen Amell and Alexander Ludwig, Available to Stream for Free Beginning Friday, September 17
The episodes will also be available on Amazon, Apple, Att, Century Link, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Dish, Dtv, Google, Roku, Sling, Verizon And Vubiquity.

[09/16/21 - 10:01 AM]
Video: "Another Life" Season 2 - Official Trailer - Netflix
The stakes couldn't get higher as Niko and her crew witness the annihilation of a planet. How do you negotiate with aliens capable of such brutality?

[09/16/21 - 10:01 AM]
Video: "Big Sky" Season Two - Extended Trailer Featuring New Cast of Characters Available Now
"Big Sky" follows private detectives Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt as they reunite to investigate a car wreck outside of Helena, Montana, which they soon discover may not be as straightforward a case as it seems.

[09/16/21 - 10:00 AM]
Paramount+ Orders New Scripted Medical Adventure "Skymed" to Series
Life, death and drama at 20,000 feet, "Skymed" weaves together intense character journeys and high-stakes medical rescues, as we follow the triumphs, heartbreaks and tribulations of budding nurses and pilots flying air ambulances in remote Northern Canada.

[09/16/21 - 09:14 AM]
See the New Alicia Keys Like You've Never Seen Her Before in "Noted: Alicia Keys the Untold Stories"
Produced by Keys, "Noted" is a four-part documentary series for YouTube Originals filled with breathtaking, introspective moments and visual displays.

[09/16/21 - 09:05 AM]
Video: "Assault on VA-33" - Official Trailer - The Roku Channel
When a band of terrorists takes over a veterans hospital, only one man can stop them.

[09/16/21 - 09:02 AM]
Netflix Reveals Premiere Date and First Look Photos for "True Story," The Dramatic Limited Series Starring Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes
A tour stop in Kid's (Hart) hometown of Philadelphia becomes a matter of life and death for one of the world's most famous comedians when the consequences of a lost evening with his wayward older brother (Snipes) threaten to destroy everything he's built.

[09/16/21 - 09:01 AM]
Season Two of HBO Docu-Comedy Series "How to with John Wilson" Debuts November 26
John Wilson continues his heartfelt mission of self-discovery, exploration and observation as he films the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on six new deceptively simple topics.

[09/16/21 - 08:01 AM]
Video: "Fever Dream" - Official Trailer - Netflix
The charged relationship between two young moms, one a visitor and the other a local, reveals a looming environmental catastrophe and a spiritual crash.

[09/16/21 - 05:01 AM]
Video: "Sex Education" - Season 3 - Trailer 2 - Netflix
Word of the "sex school" gets out as a new head teacher tries to control a rambunctious student body and Otis attempts to hide his secret hookup.

[09/15/21 - 04:01 PM]
Video: "We Couldn't Become Adults" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Prodded by a friend request, a feckless forty-something recalls his past relationships from the 90s onward, looking for his vanished hopes and dreams.