or


[05/24/05 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: May 20-24
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!

1776 (HBO, New!) - The pay channel and Tom Hanks & Gary Goetzman's Playtone banner are set to team for a new multi-part mini-series based on David McCullough's recently published book "1776." Said project, which Hanks and Goetzman will executive produce, will track George Washington's military campaign against the British. The news marks HBO and Playtone's second small screen adaptation of a McCullough novel, the first being the upcoming 11-hour project "John Adams." Kirk Ellis, who spearheaded "Adams" (writing nine of the 11 hours), is understood to be in talks to do the same for "1776." Production on "Adams" is set to begin in the fall while no timetable was given for "1776."

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC) - Roger Bart, who recurred this past season as creepy pharmacist George Williams, will be upped to series regular when the smash hit drama returns for its second season this fall. No details however were specified about his character's future storylines.

THE ENGAGEMENT RING (TNT, New!) - Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond") is in talks to star in her second telefilm for the cable channel (the first being last year's "Goodbye Girl" remake). The "Moonstruck"-esque romantic comedy tracks the story of a woman (Heaton) and a man (yet to be cast) who run neighboring wineries and find their growing attraction hindered by a misunderstanding between their respective mother and uncle over an engagement ring lost 50 years ago.

HOOKING UP (ABC, New!) - ABC News is reportedly putting the finishing touches on a new documentary series which focuses on several women as they navigate the online dating scene and how technology itself is altering the social mores around courtship. The project, which could be ready to air by early July, comes from executive producer Terence Wrong (ABC's various "24/7" series, including "Boston 24/7," "Hopkins 24/7" and "NYPD 24/7"). It's understood the Alphabet will air the series as either five one-hour or 10 half-hour installments.

P. DIDDY PRESENTS THE BAD BOYS OF COMEDY (HBO, New!) - Sean "P. Diddy" Combs's latest endeavor is set to premiere on Friday, June 10 at 11:00/10:00c. The stand-up series, which will tape at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, will be hosted by Doug E. Fresh with DJ Mr. C handling the musical duties. Combs himself (who is executive producing with Walter Latham) will also appear briefly in each installment (a la Russell Simmons in "Def Comedy Jam"). Among the comedians set to appear during the show's freshman run are: Howie Bell, Rayzor, Malik, Marcus Combs, Ronnie Jordan, Mike Brooks, Big Jay, Will-E-Robo, Darius Bradford, Damon Williams, Tone X and Bobo Lamb. "Bad Boys," along with "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry" (which launches its fifth season that same night at 11:30/10:30c), will fill the 11:00/10:00c hour until the return of "Real Time With Bill Maher" on August 19.

RENO 911/STELLA (Comedy Central) - The cable channel has confirmed due to the delay of "Chappelle's Show's" third season, "Reno 911" will launch its third season on Tuesday, June 14 at 10:00/9:00c, not 10:30/9:30c as previously reported. Newcomer "Stella's" time period has also been changed. Originally slated for the post-"South Park" slot on Wednesdays, the series will instead follow "Reno" on Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30c beginning June 28.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [may 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· 1776 (HBO)
· BOSTON 24/7 (ABC)
· CHAPPELLE'S SHOW (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· ENGAGEMENT RING, THE (TNT)
· EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (CBS)
· GOODBYE GIRL, THE (TNT)
· HOOKING UP (ABC)
· HOPKINS 24/7 (ABC)
· JOHN ADAMS (HBO)
· NYPD 24/7 (ABC)
· P. DIDDY PRESENTS THE BAD BOYS OF COMEDY (HBO)
· REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER (HBO)
· RENO 911 (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· RUSSELL SIMMONS PRESENTS: DEF POETRY (HBO)
· SOUTH PARK (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· STELLA (COMEDY CENTRAL)





[06/21/17 - 07:16 PM]
Netflix Releases Key Art for "Marvel's The Defenders"
The series follows Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones), a quartet of singular heroes with one common goal - to save New York City.

[06/21/17 - 04:12 PM]
OWN Is Tuesday Night's #1 Cable Network for Women with Season Premieres of "Queen Sugar" and "The Haves and the Have Nots"
OWN spins the numbers for Tuesday, June 20.

[06/21/17 - 01:48 PM]
Lifetime Has All Your Summer Viewing Needs Covered
Highlights include new series "Growing Up Supermodel," "So Sharp" and "Little Women LA: Couples Retreat."

[06/21/17 - 01:34 PM]
Whitney. "Can I Be Me" Moves to Friday, August 25 at 9 PM ET/PT on Showtime(R)
On August 26, Showtime will offer the much-anticipated pay-per-view boxing match between undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor live from Las Vegas.

[06/21/17 - 12:12 PM]
Nickelodeon to Premiere Season Two of "The Dude Perfect Show" on Saturday, July 22, at 9:00 P.M. (ET/PT)
Upcoming episodes will also feature some of today's biggest athletes and celebrities such as Bethany Hamilton, DeMarcus Ware and Jack Griffo.

[06/21/17 - 10:12 AM]
Golf Channel Announces "Summer of '76," Next Golf Films Project, Premiering Tuesday, July 18 at 9 P.M. ET Ahead of The 146th Open
"Winning The Open in '76 was one of fondest moments of my career," said Johnny Miller.

[06/21/17 - 10:08 AM]
American Ballet Theatre Superstar Misty Copeland Set as Guest Judge on NBC's "World of Dance"
Copeland will be joining for round three of the competition, "The Cut," where the competitors face the deepest and most intense cut of the season.

[06/21/17 - 09:46 AM]
Arlen Escarpeta Joins Cast of Crackle's "The Oath," Executive Produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
He will play the role of Damon Byrd, an undercover FBI agent trying to find his footing.

[06/21/17 - 09:02 AM]
New Cast of Characters Joining Hulu's "Freakish"
Plus: Leo Howard, Liza Koshy, Adam Hicks, Tyler Chase, Meghan Rienks and Melvin Gregg will reprise their roles.

[06/21/17 - 09:01 AM]
Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Gifts Viewers with Special Christmas Celebrations in July
New entries include "The Christmas Cure" (July 15) and "Home for Christmas Day" (July 16).

[06/21/17 - 09:01 AM]
David Oyelowo to Voice the Role of Scar in Disney Junior's "The Lion Guard," Which Continues the Epic Storytelling of "The Lion King"
Scar will appear in the flames of a volcano after Simba and Nala's young son, Kion, unwittingly summons him by using the Roar of the Elders in anger.

[06/21/17 - 09:01 AM]
"Big Brother" Announces This Summer's New Twist: "Summer of Temptation"
"Temptation has always been a part of Big Brother but this summer we are testing the Houseguests like never before," said Rich Meehan.

[06/21/17 - 08:39 AM]
Science Channel to Go Live for Great American Eclipse on Monday, August 21
Eclipse totality starts on the Oregon coast at about 1:20 PM ET and ends around 2:50 PM ET on the South Carolina coast.

[06/21/17 - 08:32 AM]
FYI to Premiere New Home Design Series "You Can't Turn That Into a House" - Saturday, July 15 at 9:30pm ET
Two Missouri brothers are traveling the country rewriting the rules of home design by taking on the most unconventional, most bizarre, most dangerous run-down structures and transforming them into surprising, ingenious and luxurious dream homes.

[06/21/17 - 08:31 AM]
National Geographic Announces Pablo Picasso to Be Subject of Season Two of Scripted Anthology Series "Genius"
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Ken Biller, Francie Calfo and Gigi Pritzker will all return as executive producers.