or


[03/30/06 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: March 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!

ANDY BARKER, P.I. (NBC) - Ion Overman (Viviana on "Love, Inc.") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about an accountant-turned-gumshoe (Andy Richter). Her involvement is likely in second position to her duties on the UPN comedy. Amy Farrington, Harve Presnell, Marshall Manesh and Tony Hale also star in the NBC Universal Television-based half-hour, which Jason Ensler is directing from a script by Conan O'Brien and Jonathan Groff. A.J. Morewitz, David Kissinger and Jeff Ross of O'Brien's Conaco Productions also serve as executive producers.

THE ANGRIEST MAN IN SUBURBIA (CBS) - Matthew Glave (Colonel Paul Emerson on "Stargate SG-1") is the latest addition to the comedy pilot, about a married stay-at-home father (Mitch Rouse) dealing with the pesky problems of everyday life. He'll play the neighbor of Rouse's character. Kiernan Shipka, Maria Pitillo and Ty Panitz also star in the Sony Pictures Television-based project, which comes from creator Ajay Sahgal, director Barnet Kellman and executive producers Gavin Polone and Jamie Tarses.

CHEERLEADER NATION (Lifetime) - The cable channel has quietly shifted the docu-reality series to Fridays at 7:00/6:00c. No specific reason was given for the change, which takes effect tomorrow night.

DRIFT (ABC) - Amy Carlson (A.D.A. Kelly Gaffney on "Law & Order: Trial by Jury") has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about a New York detective (Jason O'Mara) who loses his young daughter, an act which leaves him with a form of post-traumatic stress insomnia. Details on Carlson's character weren't released. She joins the previously cast Chazz Palminteri, Marcia Gay Harden, Naelee Rae and Vanessa Ferlito in the Touchstone Television-based hour, which Paul W.S. Anderson is directing from a script by creator John Glenn. Bert Salke, Chris Brancato and Jeremy Bolt also serve as executive producers.

EUREKA (Sci Fi) - Sales materials released by the network have confirmed the series will launch on Monday, July 17 at 9:00/8:00c with its two-hour pilot. Episodes will then air Mondays at 9:00/8:00c, marking the first time one of Sci Fi's scripted dramas has aired outside its "Sci Friday" block since its short-lived "Monday Prime" lineup in 2001.

EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (ABC) - Tom Forman, the show's executive producer/showrunner, has inked a two-year, low- to mid-seven figure overall deal with CBS Paramount Network Television. The pact calls for Forman, who will exit the Endemol USA-based "Home Edition" after this season, to develop new series for the studio.

HOUSE (FOX) - David Shore, the Emmy-winning creator of the series, has inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with the show's producer, NBC Universal Television. The pact will keep Shore attached as showrunner for the next two seasons as well as give him the option to develop new series projects for the studio. Separately, Shore has confirmed he'll make his directorial debut on the show's May 23 season finale.

INSEPARABLE (CBS) - Actor/writer Larry Wilmore (a guest star on "The Office") has booked a role on the comedy pilot, about a young couple who must deal with the wife's large extended family. He'll join the previously cast Chip Zien, Christine Baranski, Coby Ryan McLaughin, Ed O'Neill, Krysten Ritter, Rachel Boston and Rosa Blasi in the project, which is based at NBC Universal Television. Pamela Fryman is directing the half-hour from a script by co-creators Joe Port and Joe Wiseman with David Guarascio and Moses Port also serving as executive producers.

LOVE MONKEY (CBS) - The short-lived dramedy has found a new broadcast outlet as VH1 will begin running the five previously unaired installments of the series on Tuesdays at 9:00/8:00c beginning April 18. To catch viewers up, a marathon of the three episodes aired thus far will be shown on Tuesday, April 11 starting at 7:00/6:00c.

LOVESPRING (Lifetime) - Jennifer Elise Cox (Mary on "Six Feet Under"), Jane Lynch (Joyce Wischnia on "The L Word"), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Deputy Clementine Johnson on "Reno 911!"), Sam Pancake (Cameron on "Kitchen Confidential"), Mystro Clark (guest star on "The Shield") and Jack Plotnick (Steve Mamella on "Reno 911!") have reportedly been named the principal cast members of the upcoming comedy, about a matchmaking agency marketed to customers as an "elite Beverly Hills" company, despite its location in Tarzana, California. Details on their respective characters weren't given. The series, which is set to bow on Monday, June 12 at 11:00/10:00c, comes from Big Cattle Productions and Lionsgate Television with Brad Issacs, Eric McCormack, Guy Shalem and Michael Foreman serving as executive producers.

MORE, PATIENCE (FOX) - Alicia Witt has departed the comedy pilot, about a quirky 30-year-old New York therapist who has difficulty navigating her personal life. "Creative differences" was the only reason given for her exit. Jed Seidel is behind the Sony Pictures Television-based half-hour, which Arlene Sanford is directing. Pariah's Gavin Polone and Jamie Tarses also serve as executive producers.

PRISON BREAK (FOX) - Nick Santora and Zack Estrin, two of the show's supervising producers, have inked separate two-year, seven-figure overall deals with 20th Century Fox Television. The pact will cover the pair's duties on the show as well as promote them to co-executive producers next season. In addition, both will have the option to develop new series projects for the studio.

ROLLERGIRLS (A&E) - The cable network plans to burn off the show's remaining unaired installments as part of a three-hour block beginning this Sunday (April 2) at 12:00 p.m. EST. A&E pulled the series from its Monday, 10:00/9:00c slot last month, confirming its cancellation shortly thereafter (read the story).

SHARK (CBS) - Samuel Page (Jesse Parker on "Point Pleasant") has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about a celebrity defense attorney-turned-prosecutor (James Woods). He'll play Casey Flynn, an assistant district attorney. Alexis Cruz, Danielle Panabaker, Jeri Ryan, Romy Rosemont, Sarah Carter and Sophina Brown also star in the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour, which comes from creator Ian Biederman and director Spike Lee. Brian Grazer and David Nevins of Imagine Television also serve as executive producers.

THIEF (FX) - A somewhat lackluster - for FX anyway - 2.5 million viewers tuned into the show's debut on Tuesday, well behind the openers to fellow network dramas "The Shield" (4.8 million), "Rescue Me" (4.1 million), "Nip/Tuck" (4.1 million) and "Over There" (3.7 million). Among adults 18-49, "Thief" drew 1.4 million viewers (1.1 rating/3 share), just shy of "The Real World" on MTV (1.7 million, 1.3/3) and tied with Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch." Nevertheless, said numbers were on par with "The Shield's" average for its fifth season (2.8 million overall, 1.8 million in 18-49).

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [march 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· ANDY BARKER, PI (NBC)
· ANGRIEST MAN IN SUBURBIA, THE (CBS)
· CHEERLEADER NATION (LIFETIME)
· DRIFT (ABC)
· EUREKA (SYFY)
· EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (HGTV)
· HOUSE (FOX)
· INSEPARABLE (CBS)
· KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL (FOX)
· L WORD, THE (SHOWTIME)
· LAW & ORDER: TRIAL BY JURY (NBC)
· LOVE MONKEY (CBS)
· LOVE, INC. (UPN)
· LOVESPRING INTERNATIONAL (LIFETIME)
· MORE, PATIENCE (FOX)
· NIP/TUCK (FX)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· OVER THERE (FX)
· POINT PLEASANT (FOX)
· PRISON BREAK (FOX)
· REAL WORLD, THE (FACEBOOK)
· RENO 911 (QUIBI)
· RESCUE ME (FX)
· ROLLERGIRLS (A AND E)
· SHARK (CBS)
· SHIELD, THE (FX)
· SHIELD, THE (FX)
· SIX FEET UNDER (HBO)
· STARGATE: SG-1 (SCI FI)
· THIEF (FX)





[02/24/21 - 04:47 PM]
ViacomCBS Unveils Comprehensive Streaming Strategy and Expansive Slate of Originals Headed to Paramount+
Paramount+ will feature a powerful combination of live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment from ViacomCBS' portfolio of world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel.

[02/24/21 - 03:21 PM]
Showtime(R) Announces "Ray Donovan" Feature-Length Film
Star Liev Schreiber will return in his Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominated role and co-write the script along with series showrunner David Hollander, who will also serve as director.

[02/24/21 - 03:05 PM]
Showtime(R) Drama Series "Halo" to Launch Exclusively on Paramount+
Currently in production in Budapest, the series is set to premiere on Paramount+ in early 2022.

[02/24/21 - 03:04 PM]
Kelsey Grammer to Reprise His Role as Dr. Frasier Crane in "Frasier" for Paramount+
Grammer will executive produce along with writers Chris Harris and Joe Cristalli, and Grammnet Productions Tom Russo and Jordan McMahon.

[02/24/21 - 03:02 PM]
Highly Anticipated Seventh and Final Season of Darren Star's "Younger" to Premiere on Paramount+
The beloved MTV Entertainment Studios comedy will come to a close with the final 12 episodes available at a soon-to-be-announced date on the ViacomCBS streaming platform.

[02/24/21 - 03:01 PM]
Nickelodeon's All-New Animated "Rugrats" Reunites Members of the Original Voice Cast to Reprise Roles
Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the series is set to debut this spring on Paramount+, the highly anticipated streaming service from ViacomCBS.

[02/24/21 - 03:00 PM]
Nickelodeon Establishes Avatar Studios, Brand-New Content Division Devoted to Expanding the World of "Avatar: Last Airbender" and "The Legend of Korra"
The first project from Avatar Studios is slated as an animated theatrical film set to begin production this year.

[02/24/21 - 02:55 PM]
Paramount+ Is the Home of the Star Trek Universe
All-new animated kids' series "Star Trek: Prodigy" will join "Star Trek: Discovery," "Star Trek: Picard," the animated series "Star Trek: Lower Decks" and the upcoming "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" on the streamer.

[02/24/21 - 02:43 PM]
"60 Minutes+," A New Streaming Version of the Sunday Classic, Debuts on Paramount+
Jonathan Blakely has been named the news program's executive producer and its content will originate from the production team in New York.

[02/24/21 - 12:01 PM]
Video: Trailer Debut - Hulu's "Solar Opposites" Season Two
The series returns with eight all-new episodes Friday, March 26, only on Hulu.

[02/24/21 - 11:25 AM]
Video: OWN Releases Official Trailer & Key Art for New Drama "Delilah," Premiering on Tuesday, March 9
Maahra Hill stars as Delilah Connolly, a headstrong, highly principled lawyer living in Charlotte, North Carolina.

[02/24/21 - 11:02 AM]
"America's Got Talent" Judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara to Return for Season 16 Set to Air This Summer on NBC
To celebrate the return of America's favorite judging panel, "AGT" will be hosting one final nationwide "Last Chance Audition" for the upcoming season on Saturday, March 6.

[02/24/21 - 11:02 AM]
A&E's Emmy Award-Winning Docuseries "Intervention" Returns This March for a New Season Highlighting Addiction in Las Vegas Alongside an All-New Season of "Hoarders"
Debuting with a two-hour premiere on Monday, March 15, "Intervention" continues to provide an unfiltered look at the devastation caused by addiction in a new season based in Nevada's notorious Sin City.

[02/24/21 - 11:00 AM]
The CW Network Sets Spring 2021 Premiere Dates
Newly announced premieres include "Kung Fu" and "The Republic of Sarah" as well as the return of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "Dynasty" and "In The Dark."

[02/24/21 - 09:30 AM]
Disney+ Announces Premiere Dates for New Series "Big Shot," "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," Marvel Studios' "Loki," "The Mysterious Benedict Society," "Monsters at Work," "Chip 'N' Dale: Park Life," and "Turner & Hooch"
Also on tap are new seasons of "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" and "Zenimation" as well as the previously announced launches of "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier" and "The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers."