or


[02/03/05 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: February 3
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 newly revamped "Series in Development" charts. Visitors can now filter our listings by network, genre and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!

BLUE SKIES (NBC, New!) - Jhoni Marchinko ("Will & Grace") has scored a cast-contingent pilot order from the Peacock for a new comedy about a 27-year-old woman who finds herself the "reluctant enabler" to her eccentric family. The project, additional details of which were not available, is set up at NBC Universal Television.

BOSTON LEGAL (ABC) - Chi McBride is set to reprise his "Boston Public" role of Steven Harper in an upcoming episode of the David E. Kelley-produced series. The controversial installment is understood to revolve around the Winslow High principal's decision to ban certain network news coverage on school grounds. It's not clear if any of the other "Public" cast members will appear in the episode nor when it will air. Kelley is no stranger to crossovers, as "Boston Public," "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice" have all mingled at some point.

THE COMMUTERS (CBS) - Stephen Kay ("Boogeyman") has been tapped to direct the drama pilot, which revolves around three couples in the suburbs, the husbands of which all commute together each day on the train to New York City. Dan Bucatinsky ("All Over the Guy") created "Commuters," which is set up at Paramount Network Television.

DEVIANT BEHAVIOR (A.K.A. UNTITLED JOSH BERMAN PROJECT) (FOX) - Josh Berman's ("C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation") untitled drama pilot has been given a production green light and a title. The project, which is set up at Regency Television, revolves around a team that tracks serial killers. No other details were available.

DOG TOWN LAYWERS (The WB) - Jay Baruchel ("The Stones," "Undeclared") has scored the lead role in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama pilot, about the relationship between a young prodigy lawyer (Baruchel) and his mentor, a jaded defense attorney who has fallen from the big leagues. Jonathan Shapiro ("The Practice") created the Warner Bros. Television-based project, which will be executive produced by Shapiro, Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman.

EMILY'S REASONS WHY NOT (ABC, New!) - The Alphabet has given a showrunner-contingent pilot order to a small screen adaptation of Carrie Gerlach's book of the same name. The comedy, about a woman who publishes a self-help book but doesn't take her own advice, is set up at Sony Pictures Television and Pariah Television. Pariah's Gavin Polone and Vivian Cannon will executive produce the project along with Emily Kapnek ("As Told by Ginger").

THE GHOST WHISPERER (CBS, New!) - Famed psychic James Van Praagh ("The Dead Will Tell") has set up another project at the Eye, this time a cast-contingent drama pilot about a young newlywed who talks to the dead. John Gray ("Helter Skelter") is attached to write and direct the pilot as well as executive produce with Touchstone Television-based producers Ian Sander and Kim Moses ("Profiler"). Van Praagh will serve as a co-executive producer.

HOT PROPERTIES (ABC, New!) - Suzanne Martin ("Maybe It's Me") is back at ABC as the writer/producer has received a pilot commitment from the Alphabet for a new comedy about four women who run a real estate office in New York. The project is set up at Warner Bros. Television. Martin spent the past development season at ABC where she created the Gina Gershon-led comedy pilot "Hot Momma."

IN JUSTICE (ABC) - Jason O'Mara ("The Agency") has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about a group of impassioned lawyers who aid the wrongly convicted. He'll play a detective working for the team in the project, which is set up at Touchstone Television and comes from feature writers Robert & Michelle King ("The Vertical Limit"). O'Mara's involvement stems from a talent holding deal the actor signed with the network and the studio in October (read the story). He's also no stranger to ABC, having spent the past development season as part of the failed drama pilot "Countdown."

QUANTICO (CBS, New!) - Jeff Davis and Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy") have booked a pilot order from the Eye for a new a suspense thriller set inside the F.B.I.'s behavioral analysis unit. The drama project is set up at Touchstone Television with Davis writing the pilot script and executive producing with Gordon.

STACKED (A.K.A. UNTITLED PAMELA ANDERSON PROJECT) (FOX) - Tom Everett Scott ("That Thing You Do!") has joined the cast of the Pamela Anderson-led comedy, which now features the title "Stacked." Scott will play a bookstore owner who hires Pamela Anderson's character, a woman who's trying to change her life and break her habit of falling for less-than-responsible men. Steve Levitan is behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based project, which already has an on-air commitment of six episodes.

THE UNIT (A.K.A. UNTITLED DAVID MAMET/SHAWN RYAN PROJECT) (CBS) - Recent "The Shield" collaborators David Mamet and Shawn Ryan have been given a green light to produce the drama pilot, which now is running under the title "The Unit." The project, which previously had a put pilot commitment, chronicles the lives of the members of a special forces unit and their families. Mamet will write the pilot script and executive produce the 20th Century Fox Television-based project along with Ryan.

UNTITLED DAVID DIAMOND/DAVID WEISSMAN PROJECT (CBS) - The untitled project, from writers David Diamond & David Weissman ("The Family Man") and director Brett Ratner, has been given a green light to produce a pilot. The drama revolves around the lives of a sports agent and his wife, a magazine editor, as they juggle parenthood. Ratner will direct the project, which is set up at 20th Century Fox Television and Paramount Network Television, from a script by the duo.

UNTITLED SEAN JABLONSKI/JASON KATIMS PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Sean Jablonski ("Nip/Tuck") and Jason Katims ("Roswell") have scored a pilot order from FOX for a new drama which follows the staff of a fertility clinic. The pair will write and executive produce the project, which is set up at the 20th Century Fox Television-based Imagine Television, along with Imagine's David Nevins and Brian Grazer.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [february 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· AGENCY, THE (CBS)
· ALLY MCBEAL (FOX)
· BLUE SKIES (NBC)
· BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
· BOSTON PUBLIC (FOX)
· COMMUTERS, THE (CBS)
· COUNTDOWN (ABC)
· CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
· CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (CBS)
· DEAD WILL TELL, THE (CBS)
· EMILY'S REASONS WHY NOT (ABC)
· FERTILE GROUND (FOX)
· GHOST WHISPERER (CBS)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HELTER SKELTER (CBS)
· HOT MOMMA (ABC)
· HOT PROPERTIES (ABC)
· IN JUSTICE (ABC)
· JUST LEGAL (WB)
· KILLER INSTINCT (FOX)
· MAYBE IT'S ME (WB)
· NIP/TUCK (FX)
· PRACTICE, THE (ABC)
· PROFILER (NBC)
· ROSWELL (UPN)
· SHIELD, THE (FX)
· STACKED (FOX)
· STONES, THE (CBS)
· UNDECLARED (FOX)
· UNIT, THE (CBS)
· UNTITLED DIAMOND & WEISSMAN PROJECT (CBS)
· WILL & GRACE (NBC)





[05/26/16 - 03:11 PM]
ITV and Hulu Commission Exciting Eight-Part Drama Series "Harlots"
Acclaimed actresses Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay are set to star in the series, which will be produced by Monumental Pictures.

[05/26/16 - 02:37 PM]
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" Gets "Weird" with a One-Week Free Preview of This Season's Premiere Episode
IFC is previewing the first episode of this upcoming season free on IFC.com, through the IFC mobile app, On Demand and wherever the internet lives one week before it premieres on IFC on Friday, June 3.

[05/26/16 - 02:32 PM]
"Brett Gelman's Dinner in America" Special Premieres Friday, July 1st at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim
The premise is simple: A roundtable discussion in which Brett attempts to engage four distinguished actors - Loretta Devine, Shareeka Epps, Joe Morton and Mack Wilds - in an open forum on racism.

[05/26/16 - 01:43 PM]
AMC.com Releases the Director's Commentary on the "Preacher" Pilot
Series executive producers and directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg give viewers an exclusive inside look at the premiere episode.

[05/26/16 - 12:52 PM]
CBS to Finish "Angel from Hell," "Rush Hour" Runs on Saturday Nights
Look for the former to return on Saturday, July 2 while the latter will resume on Saturday, July 23.

[05/26/16 - 12:41 PM]
Video: Showtime(R) Drops the New Trailer for Its Music Series "Roadies," The First Original Series from Oscar(R) Winner Cameron Crowe
The series gives an insider's look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of roadies who live for music and the de facto family they've formed along the way.

[05/26/16 - 12:07 PM]
Michael Bloom Joins TBS & TNT as Senior Vice President of Unscripted Series and Specials
Most recently, Bloom was instrumental in forging the architecture for ELeague, the new eSports co-venture between Turner and WME | IMG.

[05/26/16 - 12:03 PM]
Kobe Bryant Named "Athlete of the Decade" by Spike TV
Spike TV proudly honors the Lakers' iconic superstar with its first ever "Athlete of the Decade" award to be presented at the network's 10th Annual "Guys Choice" event.

[05/26/16 - 12:02 PM]
WGN America's "Outsiders" Star David Morse Throws Out First Pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Game, In Celebration of the Start of Production on the Hit Series' Season Two
Morse's first pitch comes on the heels of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto declaring Wednesday, May 18 "Outsiders Day," with a proclamation ceremony at City Hall.

[05/26/16 - 12:01 PM]
NBC Olympics to Provide 4K Ultra HD Coverage of Rio Olympics to Distribution Partners
The coverage will be made available on one-day delay and will include 4K UHD footage from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, track and field, basketball, the men's soccer final, and judo, as well as Rio scenics.

[05/26/16 - 12:00 PM]
HBO Confirms Fall Debuts for "Westworld," "Divorce," "Insecure," "High Maintenance"
Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, "Westworld" explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

[05/26/16 - 11:15 AM]
Three-Time Emmy(R) Award Nominee Terrence "J" Jenkins to Co-Host "2016 Miss USA(R)" Airing Live from the New T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, June 5, on FOX
Fans should stay tuned for more exciting announcements about the competition.

[05/26/16 - 10:35 AM]
Jamie Lynn Spears Steps Back Into the Spotlight in New TLC Special "When the Lights Go Out"
The one-hour special premieres Sunday, June 26 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[05/26/16 - 10:24 AM]
Logo Unveils Summer Slate with New Specials, Returning Series and Groundbreaking Documentaries
Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos launch the all-new summer block on Monday, May 30 as the executive producers of "Secret Guide To Fabulous: Summer," hosted by curators of taste John Gidding, Ronnie Woo, Theodore Leaf and Rob Younkers.

[05/26/16 - 10:02 AM]
Miley Cyrus, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon and Tom Hanks Join Comedy Icons Maya Rudolph and Martin Short for Premiere Episode of "Maya & Marty"
The summer series debuts this Tuesday, May 31 at 10:00/9:00c on NBC.