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[04/06/05 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: April 6
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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14 HOURS (TNT) - The telefilm, which stars Rick Schroder and JoBeth Williams, was seen by 3.9 million viewers during its premiere on Sunday.

BRAVO MAY EVENTS (Bravo) - Bravo has released its preliminary May schedule, which includes a mix of premieres, finales and marathons. Kicking off things is the season finale of "Project Greenlight" on Thursday, May 12 at 10:00/9:00c. Earlier in the week, viewers can catch a previously unaired episode of "Queer Eye for the Straight Girl" on a special night and time: Sunday, May 8 at 11:00/10:00c. Later in May, fans of "Blow Out" can gear up for the show's return in June with two marathons of its six-episode freshman run (Sunday, May 22 starting at 11:00 a.m. eastern and Friday, May 27 beginning at noon eastern). Finally, "Sports Kids Moms & Dads," the third installment in the network's "Moms & Dads's" franchise," is set to launch on Tuesday, May 31 at 11:00/10:00c.

CRUMBS (ABC) - The comedy pilot, about two estranged brothers - one gay, one straight (Eddie McClintock, Fred Savage) - who are forced to come together and run the family business when their parents (Jane Curtin, William Devane) get divorced, is scheduled to tape on Tuesday, April 26 at the CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles. In addition, Ted Wass ("I'm With Her") has been tapped to direct the project, which comes from creator Marco Pennette and Touchstone Television-based producers Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin. Maggie Lawson also stars.

HBO MAY EVENTS (HBO) - The pay channel has confirmed various dates and events on its May schedule. First up, viewers can look for the spring finale of "Real Time With Bill Maher" on Friday, May 13 at 11:00/10:00c. Not to worry, "Maher" returns with 11 new episodes beginning Friday, August 19. That same night at 9:00/8:00c sees the launch of "Costas Now," the revamped monthly version of "On the Record With Bob Costas." Later that month, "Deadwood" wraps its season on Sunday, May 22 at 9:00/8:00c with the two-night, two-part mini-series "Empire Falls" on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 (both beginning at 9:00/8:00c.

HOME INTERVENTION (A.K.A. DESIGN INTERVENTION) (NBC) - The backdoor pilot special has been slated to air on Sunday, April 17 at 7:00/6:00c. Here's how NBC's press materials describe the project: "In this new special, Vern Yip ("Trading Spaces") comes to the rescue of a family that has lost all hope -- and become nearly bankrupt in their quest to build a home. Yip meets Randy Rutledge, who bought a piece of land with his wife a decade earlier and intended to build their dream house. Since that initial purchase, life got in the way and the house was never finished. Meanwhile, the Rutledge family expanded to include two children and their pets, all attempting to live in a house with gaping holes, no bathroom doors and no kitchen. Yip arrives with his team of contractors and builders to help Rutledge finally finish the house of his dreams and regain some self-respect in the process. Rutledge must still do the work -- but now he has a much larger team supporting him. With the help of Yip, the family has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get his project back on track."

NEWLYWEDS: NICK & JESSICA (MTV) - 3.43 million viewers tuned into the show's swan song last Wednesday, including a strong 1.9 rating/5 share among adults 18-49.

UNTITLED DAVID ISAACS/KEN LEVINE PROJECTS (New!) - Writer/producers David Isaacs and Ken Levine ("Frasier," "The Simpsons") have signed a premium two-script deal with HBO Independent Productions. The pact calls for the duo to develop two half-hour comedy projects, one featuring British-Iranian comedian Omid Djalili for FOX and another unspecified project for HBO itself.

USA MAY EVENTS (USA) - USA's latest original series "Kojak" is set to wrap its first season on Sunday, May 22 at 10:00/9:00c while a marathon of all 10 hours of the show's freshman run has been slated for Monday, May 30 starting at 11:00 a.m. eastern. Meanwhile, fans of "The 4,400" can count down the weeks until its June 5 return with repeats of its first season on Saturday nights starting May 7. And as reported previously, "Rapid Fire," USA's fourth "true crime" original, will debut on Tuesday, May 24 at 9:30/8:30c.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters and Audiences Unlimited





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· 14 HOURS (TNT)
· 4400, THE (USA)
· BLOW OUT (BRAVO)
· CRUMBS (ABC)
· DEADWOOD (HBO)
· EMPIRE FALLS (HBO)
· FRASIER (NBC)
· HOME INTERVENTION (NBC)
· I'M WITH HER (ABC)
· KOJAK (USA)
· NEWLYWEDS: NICK & JESSICA (MTV)
· ON THE RECORD WITH BOB COSTAS (HBO)
· PROJECT GREENLIGHT (HBO)
· QUEER EYE (BRAVO)
· RAPID FIRE (USA)
· REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER (HBO)
· SIMPSONS, THE (FOX)
· UNTITLED ISAACS & LEVINE PROJECT (HBO)
· UNTITLED OMID DJALILI PROJECT (FOX)





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