or


[05/14/04 - 12:00 AM]
'House,' 'Inside,' 'Savages' Begin Staffing for Fall
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest pilot buzz, culled from various reports and sources:

BLIND JUSTICE (ABC) - The Alphabet continues to remain high on the drama, which is expected to roll out at midseason. It's understood the current plan is to run "N.Y.P.D. Blue" for 22 or so consecutive weeks on Tuesdays at 10:00/9:00c, with "Justice" taking over the hour in March. That scenario would give ABC some extra firepower during February sweeps with "Blue's" swan song airing that month. Not surprisingly, "Justice" comes from "Blue" vets Steven Bochco, Matt Olmstead and Nicholas Wootton.

CATS AND DOGS (A.K.A. PLAY NICE) (UPN) - The Charisma Carpenter/Tyler Labine comedy is now said to be running under the title "Cats and Dogs." Said pilot, which comes from Paramount Network Television and the Littlefield Co., reportedly screened well earlier this week.

EMPIRE (ABC) - ABC has officially cut the show's production commitment to six hours, as previously indicated (read the story). All parties seem happy with the decision as the producers were said to be fearful the Alphabet would scrap the project entirely. The limited series' budget however will still remain at $30 million with writer Thomas Wheeler tightening up storylines to fit the new six-hour limit. In addition to Wheeler, Chip Johannessen, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan are the executive producers of the Touchstone Television/Storyline Entertainment project which more than likely will roll out at midseason or November sweeps at the earliest.

GREY'S ANATOMY (A.K.A. UNDER THE KNIFE) (ABC) - Shonda Rhimes' medical drama pilot appears to have gone through another title change, this time to "Grey's Anatomy."

HOUSE (FOX) - Executive producers David Shore, Paul Attanasio and Katie Jacobs have been given the go ahead to begin staffing the drama project, a clear indicator FOX will give or has already given a series order to the project. Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard, Jennifer Morrison, Jesse Spencer and Lisa Edelstein all star in the drama, which focuses on a team of doctors charged with solving complicated medical mysteries that mystify other health-care professionals. The news would mark the second "medical mystery" project to get the green light, the other being NBC's "The Cure." NBC Universal Television and Heel and Toe Films are behind "House."

THE INSIDE (FOX) - Staffing is said to have begun on the drama pilot, about a 23-year-old woman (Rachel Nichols) who poses as a 16-year-old high school student in order to investigate a drug ring but complications arise as she has to navigate the world of high school all over again and slowly becomes emotionally attached to the person she's supposed to be investigating. Peter Facinelli also stars. The project, which is set up at 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television, comes from Kathryn Bigelow, Todd Kessler, Glenn Kessler, Brian Grazer and David Nevins.

LIAR (CBS) - The Eye is said to be considering turning its Saturday schedule into a reality-themed night with the D.L. Hughley-hosted update of "To Tell the Truth" among the possibilities. Also mentioned: "Fire Me Please!," a previously unreported version of the overseas format "Sack Race."

LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (A.K.A. DOING IT) (ABC) - The teen drama now features the title "Life as We Know It."

LOST (ABC) - The J.J. Abrams drama is looking more likely for a midseason bow. Various sources indicate ABC is leaning toward having the series take over "Alias'" Sunday, 9:00/8:00c time period at midseason as an alternative to the show's often low-rated repeats. While the pilot has been received well, there's indications some ABC executives feel the project doesn't have the legs to become a full-fledged series. The alternative is a more limited structure along the lines of fellow Alphabet drama "Empire."

THE SAVAGES (ABC) - The Mel Gibson-produced comedy pilot is reportedly close to a series order as the producers, which also include Bruce Davey, Julie Thacker and Mike Scully, have been given the go ahead to begin staffing the show. Keith Carradine stars as a blue-collar dad raising five teenage boys, ages 11 to 17, much like Gibson who himself is the father of six boys. NBC Universal Television and Gibson's Icon Productions are behind the project. Gibson himself directed the pilot.

UNTITLED PRACTICE PROJECT (ABC) - Early indicators put the spin-off, as previously suggested, on Sundays at 10:00/9:00c in "The Practice's" old slot following "Alias."

And some quick hits:

-- Still hot: John Stamos, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Rodney Carrington's projects for ABC; dramas "Desperate Housewives" and "Eyes," also at ABC; Chris O'Donnell, John Goodman and Jason Alexander's respective comedy pilots at CBS; the Stanley Tucci drama "The Webster Report" at CBS; FOX's animated comedy "American Dad" as well as the drama "Point Pleasant"; and UPN's Mel Gibson-produced/Taye Diggs-led drama "Kevin Hill."

-- Heating up: ABC's comedy "We Are Family"; dramas "Clubhouse," "Dr. Vegas" and "Colderon" over at CBS; John Wells and Mimi Leder's drama "Johnny Zero" at FOX; the comedy "Related by Family," also at FOX; and the drama "Countdown" over at ABC.

-- Cooling off: the Jessica Simpson and the Marsh McCall/Joel Stein comedy projects at ABC.





  [may 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· ALIAS (ABC)
· AMAZING WESTERBERGS, THE (CBS)
· AMERICAN DAD (TBS)
· BLIND JUSTICE (ABC)
· BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
· CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (CBS)
· CLUBHOUSE (CBS)
· COMPLETE SAVAGES (ABC)
· COUNTDOWN (ABC)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· DR. VEGAS (CBS)
· EMPIRE (ABC)
· EYES (ABC)
· FIRE ME, PLEASE (CBS)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HOUSE (FOX)
· IN THE GAME (2004 VERSION) (ABC)
· IN THE GAME (2005 VERSION) (ABC)
· INSIDE, THE (FOX)
· JAKE IN PROGRESS (ABC)
· JESSICA (ABC)
· JONNY ZERO (FOX)
· KEVIN HILL (UPN)
· LIAR (CBS)
· LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (ABC)
· LIFE ON A STICK (FOX)
· LIKE CATS & DOGS (UPN)
· LISTEN UP (CBS)
· LOST (ABC)
· MEDICAL INVESTIGATION (NBC)
· NEWS TO ME (ABC)
· NYPD BLUE (ABC)
· POINT PLEASANT (FOX)
· PRACTICAL MAGIC (CBS)
· PRACTICE, THE (ABC)
· RODNEY (ABC)
· TO TELL THE TRUTH (SYNDICATION)
· WE ARE FAMILY (ABC)
· WEBSTER REPORT, THE (CBS)











[03/29/15 - 09:41 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with ABC
"48 Hours" was the night's most-watched program among the broadcast networks.

[03/29/15 - 09:35 AM]
"Saturday Night Live," With Host Dwayne Johnson, Is the #1 Telecast of the Night on the Big 4 Networks in Metered-Market Households and Adults 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, March 28.

[03/28/15 - 07:56 PM]
Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards Winners
Kids from around the world cast more than 500 million votes, a record-breaking tally.

[03/28/15 - 08:53 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: NCAA Continues Its Reign for CBS
The Eye once again leads the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[03/28/15 - 08:36 AM]
"Grimm" Is Currently Reporting Its Top Total-Viewer Result Since January 23
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, March 27.

[03/27/15 - 11:21 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 27
Updates include: Ernie Hudson bound for "Delores & Jermaine" at ABC; Corbin Bernsen cast in HBO's "Living on Video"; and AMC gives the moniker "Fear the Walking Dead" to the franchise's upcoming spin-off.

[03/27/15 - 01:33 PM]
Video: "The Casual Vacancy" - Trailer (HBO)
Based on the novel by acclaimed author J.K. Rowling, the mini-series premieres Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30.

[03/27/15 - 01:13 PM]
Bravo Media's "The Millionaire Matchmaker" Earns Highest-Rated Episode of the Season with 2.2 Million Total Viewers
Bravo spins the numbers for Sunday, March 22.

[03/27/15 - 12:31 PM]
Masi Oka to Return as Hiro Nakamura on NBC's "Heroes Reborn"
"I'm excited to return to my 'Heroes' roots," said Oka. "Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I'm hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV."

[03/27/15 - 11:38 AM]
The "Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber" Premieres on Monday, March 30 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT on Comedy Central and Online Via CC.com and the Comedy Central App
The global multiplatform comedy event kicks off with "The Roast of Justin Bieber Pre-Show," airing 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central and simultaneously through the app and cc.com.

[03/27/15 - 11:13 AM]
Showtime Sports(R) to Chronicle the Most Anticipated Event of the Year with "Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao"
The first installment kicks off Saturday, April 18 on the cable channel.

[03/27/15 - 11:11 AM]
E!'s "The Royals" Shows Significant Audience Growth in Its Second Week
E! further spins the numbers for Sunday, March 22.

[03/27/15 - 10:37 AM]
Syfy's "Dominion" Adds New Recurring Characters for Season 2
Joining the series' stellar cast are recurring guest stars Nic Bishop, Simon Merrells, Christina Chong, Olivia Mace and Luke Tyler.

[03/27/15 - 10:27 AM]
Video: Starz Releases First Look Live Action Teaser of Original Series "Blunt Talk"
The series will premiere on Starz in the summer of 2015.

[03/27/15 - 10:16 AM]
NBC Goes on 8 "First Dates" as Network Orders Popular U.K. Format to Series
The observational documentary series, from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media, takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and love may be in the air.