or


[01/30/06 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: January 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 branded "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!

13 GRAVES (FOX) - Matthew Lillard ("Scooby Doo") and Dominic Sena ("Swordfish") have both signed onto the drama pilot, about an ex-treasure hunter whose search for his missing brother puts him in the hunt for Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro's fabled Incan gold. Lillard will play the lead role of Matthew McQueen in the project, which comes from 20th Century Fox Television and creator J.H. Wyman. Sena then is on board to direct the hour from a script by Wyman.

A DAY IN THE LIFE (ABC) - Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa's ("The King of Queens") comedy project for the Alphabet has been given the green light to produce a pilot. The half-hour project, which comes from Sony Pictures Television, is described as a "real-time" comedy about a young couple's wedding day. Goldsmith and Yuspa will write and executive produce the half-hour, which previously received a put pilot commitment.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (NBC) - Kyle Chandler ("Early Edition") is the first to be cast in the drama pilot, a small screen take on the 2004 movie of the same name. No specific details however were given about his character. Sarah Aubrey, Peter Berg, John Cameron, Brian Grazer and David Nevins are behind the hour, a co-production of NBC Universal Television, Imagine Television and Film 44.

THE HASKETT CHRONICLES (NBC, New!) - Tony Award nominated playwright Willie Reale ("A Year With Frog and Toad") has booked a pilot order from NBC and Conan O'Brien's NBC Universal Television-based Conaco Productions for a new drama about a politician who is murdered but given a chance to come back to the physical world (albeit, this time as a drug addict who lives in a halfway house) in order to save his soul. Reale will write and executive produce the hour along with O'Brien and Conaco's Jeff Ross, A.J. Morewitz and David Kissinger.

HELP ME HELP YOU (ABC, New!) - Jenni Konner and Alexandra Rushfield ("The Nanny Diaries") have landed a pilot order from ABC and Regency Television for a new single-camera comedy about an unusual group of people who meet through group therapy. The pair will write and executive produce the half-hour, additional details of which weren't given.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (ABC, New!) - "According to Jim" executive producer Howard J. Morris has snagged a blind six-episode commitment from ABC and Touchstone Television for a new comedy about four thirty-something friends in Los Angeles who are reunited after one of them goes through a crisis and realize that their lives have not gone according to plan. Said development comes as the result of a bidding war between the Alphabet and NBC for the half-hour project, which has also received an order of 12 additional scripts. Morris will write the pilot script and executive produce along with Emile Levisetti (via his Bushwacker Productions).

NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY (ABC, New!) - The Alphabet has given a pilot order to a new comedy based on Risa Green's novel of the same name. Stacy Traub ("Kitchen Confidential") is behind the half-hour project, about a married couple about to have a baby and their friends. Traub will write and executive produce the pilot along with Warner Bros. Television-based producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum ("Two and a Half Men").

SEX, POWER, LOVE & POLITICS (CBS) - Current "Desperate Housewives" guest star Jay Harrington has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about four underachieving staffers in their mid-30s who work on Capitol Hill and live next to each other. No details were given about Harrigton's character in the project, which comes from Sony Pictures Television. Pamela Fryman is directing the pilot from a script by creator Greg Malins.

UGLY BETTY (A.K.A. BETTY LA FEA) (ABC) - America Ferrera ("The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") has been tapped for the lead role in the drama pilot, about an unattractive girl who's hired by a Vogue-esque fashion magazine to stop her new boss's habit of sleeping with his attractive assistants. She'll play the title role of Betty Suarez, who's described in the casting notice as: "24, Latina, with a busy unibrow, coke-bottle glasses and hairspray caked bangs, Betty is a bright, spirited, optimistic, good-natured, patient young college graduate with a passion for the publishing world, particularly magazines. Determined to one day own her own glossy publication, she inadvertently lands a cushy job as assistant to the Editor-in-Chief at a fashion magazine. Clearly, an outsider, made to feel very unwelcome, and even manipulated into quitting at one point, Betty is a good-hearted, no-nonsense and very creative gal who's willing to do what it takes to realize her dreams." Ferrera's involvement lifts the cast-contingency off the pilot's production. Salma Hayek, Silvio Horta, Ben Silverman and Jose Tamez are the executive producers of the project, which comes from Touchstone Television, Reveille and Ventanarosa.

UNDER PRESSURE (CBS, New!) - Feature writers J.P. Donahue and Kevin Polay ("Torque") have scored a pilot order from the Eye and CBS Paramount Network Television for a new drama loosely based on Robert Kurson's book "Shadow Divers." Said project centers on a modern-day "Indiana Jones"-esque character who takes on mysteries from the past and the present. John Chatterton and Richie Kohler, the deep wreck divers on which "Shadow Divers" is based, are also understood to be attached as consultants to the hour.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [january 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· 13 GRAVES (FOX)
· ACCORDING TO JIM (ABC)
· BIG DAY (ABC)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· EARLY EDITION (CBS)
· FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DIRECTV)
· HASKETT'S CHANCE (NBC)
· HELP ME HELP YOU (ABC)
· IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (ABC)
· KING OF QUEENS, THE (CBS)
· KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL (FOX)
· NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY (ABC)
· SEX, POWER, LOVE & POLITICS (CBS)
· TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)
· UNDER PRESSURE (CBS)











[01/28/15 - 02:41 PM]
"Pretty Little Liars" Is Tuesday's #1 TV Telecast in Women 18-34 and Females 12-34
ABC Family spins the numbers for Tuesday, January 27.

[01/28/15 - 02:27 PM]
Tamera Mowry of ABC Family's "Melissa & Joey" to Participate in Live Twitter Chat with Fans Tonight
Starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT, fans can tweet Tamera Mowry (@TameraMowryTwo) using #MelissaandJoeychat in their message.

[01/28/15 - 02:23 PM]
Disney XD's Special 1-Hour "Lab Rats" Delivers 6-Month Ratings Highs in Total Viewers and Across Target Kid and Boy Demographics
Disney XD spins the numbers for Monday, January 26.

[01/28/15 - 02:20 PM]
History's(R) "Sons of Liberty" Concludes with 3.3 Million Total Viewers
History spins the numbers for Tuesday, January 27.

[01/28/15 - 02:10 PM]
TNT to Premiere "Neighborhood Sessions with Jennifer Lopez," First in a New Series of Music Specials with Partner State Farm(R)
The special is slated to premiere Saturday, February 14 during TNT's exclusive coverage of NBA All-Star Weekend, directly following the network's coverage of State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday.

[01/28/15 - 01:35 PM]
Romance Takes Center Stage in Oxygen Media's "Two Weeks of Real Love" Movie Marathon Beginning Monday, February 2 Leading Up to Valentine's Day
The romantic comedies include fan favorites such as the 1989 classic "Say Anything" "Maid in Manhattan," "Serendipity," "13 Going on 30," "License to Wed" and more.

[01/28/15 - 01:19 PM]
"Gold Rush" Sets Season Record with More Than Six Million Viewers on Friday, January 23
Discovery spins the numbers for Friday, January 23.

[01/28/15 - 01:16 PM]
Premiere of "Ellen's Design Challenge" Captures #1 Spot on HGTV's Monday Night Lineup
HGTV spins the numbers for Monday, January 26.

[01/28/15 - 11:42 AM]
Video: Key & Peele Deliver All-New East/West Bowl "Pro Edition" Ahead of the "Key & Peele Super Bowl Special"
The special premieres Super Bowl Weekend on Friday, January 30 at 10:00/9:00c on Comedy Central.

[01/28/15 - 11:28 AM]
WGN America Announces Premiere Date for Season Two of Its Spellbinding Original Drama "Salem" and Debuts First-Look Photo
The show's 13-episode sophomore run kicks off on Sunday, April 5 at 10:00/9:00c.

[01/28/15 - 11:25 AM]
Nick Offerman Stars in Digital Short Promoting NBC Sports Group's NASCAR Coverage
One 30-second and one 60-second TV spot from the video will air this Sunday during NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX, beginning with pre-game coverage at Noon ET.

[01/28/15 - 11:18 AM]
Trailer Park: "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" Is Back on the Map with Season Three on TLC
Look for the first of 10 new episodes on Thursday, February 26 at 10:00/9:00c.

[01/28/15 - 11:01 AM]
New Spike TV Series Helps Families in Financial Crisis
In "Family Takeover," Victor Antonio, a Fortune 500 business strategist, helps families pull themselves out from the economic abyss.

[01/28/15 - 10:04 AM]
Production Has Begun on the Starz Original Series "Blunt Talk"
The Patrick Stewart-led comedy will launch this summer on the pay channel.

[01/28/15 - 09:26 AM]
Bravo Media Celebrates the Oscars on "Inside the Actors Studio" with Neil Patrick Harris Airing February 12 at 8PM ET/PT
"We have a history of celebrating the Academy Awards on 'Inside the Actors Studio,'" said Lipton. "This year we have the Oscar host himself, Neil Patrick Harris, making magic, literally and figuratively, on our stage."