or


[09/30/05 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: September 28-30
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!

BERT & DICKIE (HBO, New!) - Owen Wilson ("Wedding Crashers"), Larry Charles ("Seinfeld") and Rick Rubin are set to team for a new half-hour comedy at the pay channel, about an odd-couple standup comedy team that can't ever manage to come out on top, personally or professionally. HBO has given a script order to the project, which the trio will co-write and executive produce. Wilson however will not star. Separately, Charles has exited his role as an executive producer of the HBO series "Entourage" as the director is set to begin production on the 20th Century Fox film "Borat," a spin-off of "Da Ali G Show" starring Sacha Baron Cohen.

BIG CATTLE PRODUCTIONS PROJECTS (New!) - Eric McCormack's NBC Universal Television-based Big Cattle Productions has found network homes for three projects - two comedies and a drama - targeted for the 2006-07 season. UPN has committed to "Evil," a serialized "real time" drama about a week-long camp reunion that turns into a frightfest. Michael Reisz ("Boston Legal") created the project and is writing the pilot script. On the comedy front, NBC is the home to "Morningside Heights," from David Light, about would-be priests, rabbis and monks who all live in the same dorm while Lifetime is behind a "Curb Your Enthusiasm"-esque comedy set in the dating service world from Brad Issacs ("King of the Hill") and Guy Shalem. The latter project has already completed production on a pilot presentation.

The company is also said to be developing at least three other projects: "Hunting Rabbits," a drama from Alex Taub ("Smallville"), about two ex-repo men who find themselves working for the government after failing to pay their taxes; "Assisted Living," a comedy from "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" creators Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming; and "Night Fall," a horror drama from feature writer Irving Belateche (the upcoming "Time Killer"). McCormack and company topper Michael Forman will serve as executive producers on all the projects.

CRISS ANGEL: MINDFREAK (A&E)/GHOST HUNTERS (Sci Fi) - Both cable reality series are set to air one-hour Halloween specials on Monday, October 31 at 10:00/9:00c. Here's how A&E's web materials describe the "Criss" installment: "In, CRISS ANGEL MINDFREAK: HALLOWEEN EDITION master provocateur, Criss Angel will alarm us all when he attempts the potentially lethal escape, �iN-Pieces.� For this stunt, Criss Angel will be shackled � handcuffed � and then nailed into a pine casket that is rapidly approaching a giant, industrial BioChipper � a menacing, gigantic, mechanical slicing machine capable of shredding massive tree trunks in a matter of seconds. With his shackled hands in clear sight at all times, Criss Angel must escape from the casket before he is shredded into a million pieces... Throughout the special, we will see Criss Angel�s intense preparation for this awe-inspiring, spectacle." Sci Fi has yet to release an official description of the "Hunters" special.

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM/EXTRAS (HBO) - 1.55 million viewers tuned into "Curb Your Enthusiasm's" fifth season premiere on Sunday, less half of its season four premiere audience (3.3 million on 1/4/04). That installment however followed a new episode of "Sex and the City." As for "Extras," the British import posted just 988,000 viewers for its premiere, down 36% from its "Curb" lead-in.

FAMILY GUY (FOX) - Writer/producer David Goodman ("Futurama") has inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. The pact calls for Goodman to continue in his showrunning duties on the animated series (along with creator Seth MacFarlane) as well as develop new projects for the studio.

KILL SWITCH (ABC, New!) - "Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry is set to executive produce a new suspense drama for the Alphabet from feature writer Don Mancini ("Child's Play"). The network has given a script commitment to the project, which centers on a woman who is executed for killing her daughter's murderer and then enters a sort of purgatory, wherein every week she finds herself in the body of someone about to be killed and must figure out who the murderer will be and prevent it from happening. The project, which Mancini will write and executive produce, is set up at Touchstone Television, where Cherry has an overall deal.

THE LAW FIRM (NBC) - Bravo has rescheduled the last three episodes of the short-lived NBC series for Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. eastern beginning tomorrow. Episodes had been running on Tuesdays at 8:00/7:00c until September 20, after which it was pulled from the schedule for unspecified reasons.

LOCUSTS: THE 8TH PLAGUE/MANTICORE (Sci Fi) - The cable channel has confirmed its two Saturday night originals for the month of November will be "Locusts: The 8th Plague" and "Manticore." The former, which airs November 12 at 9:00/8:00c, is described as follows: "Genetically engineered locusts escape from a research facility and go on a flesh-eating rampage. Now a team of scientists and investigators must destroy the swarm before it grows too large to be stopped. Dan Cortese (TV's Veronica's Closet), Julie Benz (Darla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Steven Spielberg presents Taken) and David Keith (Path of Destruction) star."

The latter, which premieres November 26 at 9:00/8:00c, is detailed as: "A team of U.S. soldiers in post-liberated Iraq locates a "weapon of mass destruction," but it's not what anyone expected: It's the mythological beast known as the Manticore � a half-lion, half-dragon. It has been unleashed by an Iraqi of ancient Persian ancestry who seeks revenge on the Americans and modern Iraqis he blames for devastating his country. Robert Beltran (Star Trek: Voyager), Heather Donahue (The Blair Witch Project, Steven Spielberg presents Taken) and Chase Masterson (Terminal Invasion, The Specials, Leeta on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) star."

RECIPE FOR A PERFECT CHRISTMAS (Lifetime, New!) - Christine Baranski ("Happy Family"), Carly Pope ("Popular") and Bobby Cannavale ("Kingpin") are set to star in an upcoming original movie for the cable channel, production of which began this week. The romantic comedy, set to air on Monday, December 5, tracks a first-time food critic (Pope) whose life is turned upside down when her uninhibited mother (Baranski) shows up unannounced to stay for the holidays. Cannavale plays an ambitious young chef who Pope's character sets up with her mother in exchange for her reviewing his restaurant, but problems arise when she realizes her true feelings for him.

THIRTEEN (FOX, New!) - "24" creators/executive producers Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran have received a put pilot commitment from FOX for a new serialized drama that takes a film noirish look at a contemporary investigator looking into a kidnapping in Los Angeles. The project, which is described as modern-day "L.A. Confidential," is set up at 20th Century Fox Television. Said title "Thirteen" is considered tentative as it refers to the fact each season will unfold over a 13-episode arc rather than in "real time" a la "24." As for specifics, the pair told Daily Variety they're currently working on the pilot script, which will "follow a man who's confronting his past" and "will tentacle through the fabric of the city, from the lowliest junkie to the highest CEO tapped into the government."

UNTITLED TODD KOMARNICKI PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Feature producer Todd Komarnicki ("Elf") has scored a blind six-figure development deal at FOX. The pact calls for Komarnicki to write and co-executive produce a pilot for the network, which will be set up at Steve Pearlman and Andrew Plotkin's Warner Bros. Television-based Class IV Productions. Pearlman and Plotkin then will serve as executive producers on the project, details of which have yet to be hashed out.

UNTITLED VICTOR FRESCO PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Writer/producer Victor Fresco ("Andy Richter Controls the Universe") has booked a put pilot order from NBC for a new high-concept comedy about an average Joe whose world is turned upside down when he realizes that his life is being driven by supernatural forces representing good and evil. 20th Century Fox Television, with whom Fresco has an overall deal, is behind the project. Fresco spent the past season behind the short-lived FOX comedy "Life on a Stick" and also served as a consulting producer on NBC's "The Office."

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [september 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· 24 (FOX)
· ANDY RICHTER CONTROLS THE UNIVERSE (FOX)
· ANGEL (WB)
· BERT & DICKIE (HBO)
· BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
· BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (UPN)
· CRISS ANGEL: MINDFREAK (A AND E)
· CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (HBO)
· DA ALI G SHOW (HBO)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· ENTOURAGE (HBO)
· EVIL (CW)
· EXTRAS (HBO)
· FAMILY GUY (FOX)
· FUTURAMA (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· GHOST HUNTERS (SYFY)
· HAPPY FAMILY (NBC)
· KILL SWITCH (SYFY)
· KING OF THE HILL (FOX)
· KINGPIN (NBC)
· LAW FIRM, THE (NBC)
· LIFE ON A STICK (FOX)
· LOCUSTS: THE 8TH PLAGUE (SYFY)
· LOVESPRING INTERNATIONAL (LIFETIME)
· MANTICORE (SYFY)
· MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS (NBC)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· PATH OF DESTRUCTION (SYFY)
· POPULAR (WB)
· RECIPE FOR A PERFECT CHRISTMAS (LIFETIME)
· SEX AND THE CITY (HBO)
· SMALLVILLE (CW)
· STAR TREK: VOYAGER (UPN)
· STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENTS: TAKEN (SYFY)
· TERMINAL INVASION (SYFY)
· THIRTEEN (FOX)
· UNTITLED TODD KOMANICKI PROJECT (FOX)
· UNTITLED VICTOR FRESCO PROJECT (NBC)
· VERONICA'S CLOSET (NBC)





[04/22/17 - 08:34 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Slips Into Top Spot Among Adults 18-49
With CBS in repeats, the Peacock takes home the demo crown.

[04/21/17 - 01:37 PM]
TV One Announces Production of New Original Documentary Series, "Evidence of Innocence"
Hosted by Benjamin Crump, the series will profile the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn't commit, the journey each endured to have their cases overturned and the challenge to rebuild their lives.

[04/21/17 - 01:25 PM]
DIY Network Produces Pilot Starring Grammy Award-Winning Rap Artist Sir Mix-A-Lot
The special one-hour episode will feature Anthony - a Grammy(R) award winning rap artist and expert house-flipper - as he finds, renovates and flips houses in his hometown of Seattle.

[04/21/17 - 12:20 PM]
"Josh Gates' Destination Truth" Brings More Epic Adventures to Travel Channel
In the 43 one-hour episodes, explorer Josh Gates experiences hilarious and harrowing adventures in search of the truth behind the world's most unusual mysteries.

[04/21/17 - 11:46 AM]
Melissa Benoist and Julia Garner Join the Cast of "Waco"
Produced by Weinstein Television, the series is currently in production in Santa Fe, NM.

[04/21/17 - 11:42 AM]
Investigation Discovery to Encore "Killing Richard Glossip" in Wake of Arkansas Execution Last Night
As previously announced, and ahead of the premiere earlier this week, ID greenlit a fifth episode to capture new developments that come to light in the case.

[04/21/17 - 10:21 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Premiere Date Changes
Look for "A Bundle of Trouble: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery" now on Sunday, May 21 while "Site Unseen: An Emma Fielding Mystery" is moving to Sunday, June 4.

[04/21/17 - 10:12 AM]
TV One Presents Stories of Perseverance, Love and Triumph with 2017-2018 Slate of Original Movies
"We are so excited to produce and present such a wide range of original films that expand the narrative of our community," said D'Angela Proctor.

[04/21/17 - 10:11 AM]
TV One Represents with Expanded Morning News, Current Affairs and Lifestyle Line-Up, Plus Increased Commitment to Family Reality and True Crime & Justice Shows During 2017 Upfront Presentation
"Our goal is to provide our discerning audience of information-conscious influencers with more of what they are looking for in original films, family reality, true crime and justice content," said Brad Siegel.

[04/21/17 - 10:01 AM]
Multiplatinum Superstar G-Eazy to Perform on Tuesday, April 25 Live Telecast of NBC's "The Voice"
G-Eazy will perform his new song "Good Life," which bears the honor of being the end title and closing track in Universal Pictures' most recent box office smash, "The Fate of the Furious."

[04/21/17 - 09:15 AM]
Freeform Picks Up a Third Season of the Hit Saga Series "Shadowhunters"
"Shadowhunters" returns for the second half of season two on Monday, June 5, with Shadowhunters and Downworlders reeling from what happened at the New York Institute in the winter finale.

[04/21/17 - 08:31 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Wins Tight Demo Race
The Eye edges ABC, FOX and NBC by one-tenth of a ratings point among adults 18-49.

[04/20/17 - 05:16 PM]
NFL Network to Televise 18 NFL Games in 2017
Presented by Bud Light, the slate of 13 regular season games kicks off when the Houston Texans visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, September 14 exclusively on NFL Network.

[04/20/17 - 05:13 PM]
From Kickoff to Super Bowl LII, NBC Bookends the 2017 NFL Season & Is Home to a Record 28 Regular Season and Postseason Games
NBC's schedule opens with a blockbuster Kickoff Weekend featuring four 2016 playoff teams.

[04/20/17 - 05:10 PM]
FOX Sports Owns the Fall: Network Announces 2017 NFL Schedule Following Powerhouse Super Bowl Season
Presenting a 2017 lineup that includes 100 regular-season games, FOX's NFL coverage is led by nine editions of "America's Game of the Week," the country's most-watched television program for eight straight years.