or


[04/10/06 - 12:00 AM]
Development Update: April 10
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!

24 (FOX) - Kiefer Sutherland has inked a massive three-year, eight-figure deal with 20th Century Fox Television to remain with the series through the 2008-09 season. The pact also calls for the actor to establish a 20th-based production company starting in June where he'll develop new series projects. The acting portion alone is said to be worth more than $40 million, likely making Sutherland the highest paid actor in a drama series. So far however FOX has only formally committed to "24" through the 2006-07 season, during which Sutherland will be elevated from a co-executive producer to executive producer. There he'll serve alongside fellow executive producers Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, Howard Gordon and Evan Katz. It should also be noted the deal is for Sutherland's TV services only as any potential movie incarnation would be handled separately.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS) - Johnny Galecki (Jay on "Hope & Faith") is set to star opposite Jim Parsons in the comedy pilot, about two brilliant theoretical physicists (Galecki, Parsons) who meet a woman who shows them how little they know about real life. Iris Bahr also stars in the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, which comes from creators Bill Prady and Chuck Lorre.

HIM & US (ABC) - Deren Leroy ("Mr. & Mrs. Smith") has been upped to series regular on the comedy pilot, about a fictional British rock star (Anthony Stewart Head) and his entourage. Leroy plays one of the bodyguards of Head's character. Ashley Williams, Hugh Sachs, Kim Cattrall and Michael Trucco also star in the Touchstone Television-based half-hour, which Charles Shyer directed from a script by Cindy Chupack. Bob Halley, Bruce Roberts, Elton John and Michael Edelstein also serve as executive producers.

THE KING OF QUEENS (CBS) - Liz Astrof, a co-executive producer on the series, has inked a two-year, seven-figure overall deal with CBS Paramount Network Television. The pact will keep Astrof on board the veteran comedy should it return next season as well as call for her to develop new projects for the studio.

SHE SAID/HE SAID (The CW) - Smith Cho (Glitter Cho on "Emily's Reasons Why Not") has joined the cast of the pilot, a romantic comedy starring Nick Lachey and Lindsay Sloane told from men's and women's perspectives. She'll play the best friend of Sloane's character in the CBS Paramount Network Television/Warner Bros. Television-based project, which also features Chris J. Johnson and Lacey Chabert. Daniel Berendsen and Heidi Clements are behind the half-hour, while Garry Hart also serves as an executive producer.

YOU'VE REACHED THE ELLIOTTS (CBS) - Danielle Savre (Callie on "Summerland") is the latest addition to the comedy pilot, about a man (Chris Elliott) who navigates being a celebrity and a parent. She'll play the daughter of Elliott's character in the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, which also stars Christopher McDonald and Cynthia Stevenson. Rob Des Hotel is behind the project, which also comes from executive producers Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [april 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· 24 (FOX)
· BIG BANG THEORY, THE (CBS)
· EMILY'S REASONS WHY NOT (ABC)
· HIM & US (ABC)
· HOPE & FAITH (ABC)
· KING OF QUEENS, THE (CBS)
· SHE SAID, HE SAID (CW)
· SUMMERLAND (WB)
· YOU'VE REACHED THE ELLIOTTS (CBS)





[07/22/14 - 01:49 PM]
Hide the Donuts! FXX Is Bringing Homer Simpson's Dome to Comic-Con
Starting in August, FXX will become the cable network home for all seasons of "The Simpsons," excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX.

[07/22/14 - 01:47 PM]
HGTV Still Tops on Sundays - "Flipping the Block" One of HGTV's "Best Series Premieres Ever"
HGTV spins the numbers for Sunday, July 20.

[07/22/14 - 01:14 PM]
Velocity's Hit Car Restoration Series "FantomWorks" Returns for Season Two on Sunday, July 27 at 9 and 10 PM ET/PT
Dan Short and his team kick-off Velocity's week-long summer programming event "Dream Car Week" with all-new back-to-back episodes from season two.

[07/22/14 - 12:10 PM]
Virtual Reality Meets Middle Earth - And The Muppets (!) at Warner Bros.' Star-Packed Booth for Comic-Con 2014
Plus: from Thursday through Sunday, a cavalcade of talent will be signing for fans at the Warner Bros. booth.

[07/22/14 - 12:04 PM]
Spike TV's "Comic-Con All Access" to Be Programmed and Controlled by Fans Via Social Media
Additionally, Spike will celebrate the industries "Game Changer of the Year," as voted by the fans.

[07/22/14 - 11:34 AM]
Adult Swim Once Again Ranks #1 Among Basic Cable Networks for Primetime Delivery of Adults 18-34
Turner spins the numbers for the week of July 14-20.

[07/22/14 - 11:20 AM]
TNT Wins Fourth Week in a Row, with "Major Crimes," "Rizzoli & Isles" and "The Last Ship" Leading the Pack
TNT spins the numbers for the week of July 14-20.

[07/22/14 - 11:16 AM]
Hilarious Roastmaster Jeff Ross Mentors Comics to Roast Famed Funnyman Gilbert Gottfried on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" Thursday, July 24
The result is a no-holds barred, hilarious night of comedy at the Avalon Ballroom in Hollywood, where the comics roast not only Gottfried, but also each other.

[07/22/14 - 11:13 AM]
Premiere of New American Heroes Channel Series "Gunslingers" Breaks Network Record for P2+ and HH Delivery
American Heroes Channel spins the numbers for Sunday, July 20.

[07/22/14 - 11:12 AM]
HBO Confirms Sept. 20 Debut for "On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z"
Featuring the superstars in their first collaborative tour - and their first HBO concert event - the special will tape September 12 and 13 at Stade de France in Paris.

[07/22/14 - 10:32 AM]
PBS Arts Fall Festival 2014 Kicks Off September 26
Entering its fourth season, the PBS Arts Fall Festival has become a Friday night fall tradition, reaching more than 33 million viewers since its conception in 2011.

[07/22/14 - 10:31 AM]
PBS and BBC Worldwide North America Sign Deal to Bring Fourth Season of "Call the Midwife" to U.S.
Look for a special holiday episode on Sunday, December 28 followed by season four on Sunday, March 29.

[07/22/14 - 10:30 AM]
PBS Announces New Series: "The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman"
The show will premiere in 2015 as part of the PBS "Think Wednesday" lineup of science and nature programming.

[07/22/14 - 10:29 AM]
New PBS Documentary Reveals the Untold Story of the U.S. Navy SEALs
The two-hour special premiers on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/22/14 - 10:28 AM]
PBS and "American Experience" Announce "Walt Disney" to Premiere Fall 2015
The film features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and includes interviews with animators and artists who worked with him.