or


[05/09/06 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Staffing 'Heroes,' 'Lights'; Other Pilot News
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- NBC is on track to give series orders to its drama pilots "Heroes" and "Friday Night Lights," as staffing reportedly has begun on both projects.

Jesse Alexander ("Alias") has been named a co-executive producer on the former entry, about a group of ordinary people who wake up with incredible powers. Tim Kring created the NBC Universal Television-based project, which is also executive produced by Dennis Hammer and David Semel, the two-hour pilot's director.

The show's ensemble cast includes Greg Grunberg ("Alias"), Hayden Panettiere ("The Book of Daniel"), Leonard Roberts ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Masi Oka ("Scrubs"), Milo Ventimiglia ("The Bedford Diaries"), Noah Gray-Cabey ("My Wife and Kids"), Santiago Cabrera ("Empire"), Sendhil Ramamurthy ("Numb3rs"), Tawny Cypress ("Jonny Zero"), Adrian Pasdar ("Desperate Housewives") and Ali Larter ("Final Destination 2").

As for "Lights," Jason Katims ("Pepper Dennis") has been tapped as the project's showrunner/executive producer. He'll serve alongside fellow executive producers Brian Grazer, David Nevins, John Cameron, Sarah Aubrey and creator Peter Berg.

Adrianne Palicki ("South Beach"), Aimee Teegarden ("Cold Case"), Connie Britton ("24"), Gaius Charles, Jesse Plemons ("Grey's Anatomy"), Kyle Chandler ("Grey's Anatomy"), Minka Kelly ("What I Like About You"), Scott Porter, Taylor Kitsch and Zach Gilford ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") all star in the NBC Universal Television/Imagine Television/Film 44-produced hour, which is based on the feature film/book of the same name.

Meanwhile in other pilot news, Glen Mazzara ("The Shield") has signed on as an executive producer of FOX's newcomer "Primary." The network ordered 12 additional episodes of the series, about hostage negotiators (Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt) who try to balance their budding relationship and their job, on Monday. Craig Silverstein created the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour while director Tim Story also serves as an executive producer.

Lastly, working titles have emerged for several previously unmonikered projects: "Rules of Engagement" (Tom Hertz's sitcom for CBS), "The Nine" (Hank Steinberg and K.J. Steinberg's ensemble drama for ABC), "Separated at Worth" (Shana Goldberg-Meehan's sitcom for ABC), "Let Go" (Bonnie Hunt's single-camera comedy for ABC), "The Sunshine State" (Brad Copeland's comedy, also for ABC) and "The Great Malones" (Chris Sheridan's half-hour for NBC).

In addition, ABC's "Sisters in Law" has been rebranded "High Bar"; "The Guys," also at ABC, is now "American Men"; Danny Comden's "Jump" is now running under the title "Learning to Fly"; and Carol Mendelsohn's "In the Shadow of the Law" at CBS is now "Capital Law."





  [may 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· 24 (FOX)
· ALIAS (ABC)
· AMERICAN MEN (ABC)
· BEDFORD DIARIES, THE (WB)
· BOOK OF DANIEL, THE (NBC)
· BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (UPN)
· CAPITAL LAW (CBS)
· COLD CASE (CBS)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· EMPIRE (ABC)
· FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DIRECTV)
· GREAT MALONES, THE (NBC)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HEROES (NBC)
· HIGH BAR (ABC)
· JONNY ZERO (FOX)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· LEARNING TO FLY (ABC)
· LET GO (ABC)
· MY WIFE & KIDS (ABC)
· NINE, THE (ABC)
· NUMB3RS (CBS)
· PEPPER DENNIS (WB)
· RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (CBS)
· SCRUBS (ABC)
· SEPARATED AT WORTH (ABC)
· SHIELD, THE (FX)
· SOUTH BEACH (UPN)
· STANDOFF (FOX)
· SUNSHINE STATE (ABC)
· WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU (WB)





[07/28/16 - 12:43 PM]
TLC's "Playhouse Masters" Climbs Into Imaginative Spaces
Tyson and Audy Leavitt create the most elaborate, over-the-top playhouses out of their family-run shop called "Charmed Playhouses."

[07/28/16 - 11:24 AM]
#Squadgoals Takes on New Meaning in an All New Season of Velocity's "Garage Squad"
The all new season starring National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) driver Bruno Massel, lead mechanic Joe Zolper, and co-host Heather Storm premieres Wednesday, August 24.

[07/28/16 - 11:18 AM]
TBS Greenlights Digital Animated Series "Storyville" and Begins Development on Notorious B.I.G.-Inspired Series
Musicians, actors, comedians, writers and artists will tell true life stories which will be animated in rich detail, exposing the sheer absurdity of celebrity life in all of its glory.

[07/28/16 - 10:26 AM]
Esquire Network Greenlights New Seasons of Hit Documentary Franchise "Friday Night Tykes" and Spin-Off "Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country"
A combination of fan-favorite teams are set to return, with all-new teams presenting an authentic look at the cultural phenomenon that is American football.

[07/28/16 - 10:03 AM]
PBS to Present "Spotlight Education," A Special Week of Programming Featuring Reports About America's Students and New Models of Learning, September 12-17
The stunt features eleven films and documentaries on local PBS stations September 12-17.

[07/28/16 - 10:02 AM]
PBS and American Experience Announce "The Great War" to Premiere April 2017
The six-hour, three-night event, will premiere in April 2017 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America's entry into the war on April 6, 1917.

[07/28/16 - 10:01 AM]
Frontline on PBS Presents "Divided States of America," A Look at the Polarized Nation the Next President Will Inherit
The four-hour, two-night documentary miniseries looks back at events during the Obama presidency that have revealed deep divisions in our country, and examines the America the next president will inherit.

[07/28/16 - 10:00 AM]
Lin-Manuel Miranda - Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Creator of Broadway Smash Hit Hamilton - Hosts Sixth Annual PBS Arts Fall Festival
"Hamilton's America" gives viewers a look at Miranda and his colleagues' creative process during the three years leading up to the Broadway opening of the record-breaking musical winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

[07/28/16 - 10:00 AM]
Nat Geo WILD Taps Charles Dance to Narrate Epic Global Miniseres Event "Savage Kingdom"
The project is a rare look at warring animal clans battling for survival in a remote region of Africa that is drying up after years of flood-soaked abundance.

[07/28/16 - 10:00 AM]
Disney XD Picks Up Second Season of Its Innovative Hidden-Camera Prank Series "Walk the Prank"
The series has reached 35.4 million viewers including 13.2 million Kids 6-14 and 6.3 million Boys 6-14 on Disney XD and Disney Channel.

[07/28/16 - 09:56 AM]
El Rey Network's Original Wrestling Series "Lucha Underground" Returns for Season 3 on Wednesday, September 7 at 8PM ET
Masked heroes and villains will continue to battle it out for wrestling supremacy in the hour-long weekly series, giving fans a ringside seat to the blood-pumping, chant-starting lucha libre drama and excitement.

[07/28/16 - 09:16 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "Got Talent" Seal Another Victory
The Peacock once again is the evening's most-watched network in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[07/28/16 - 09:05 AM]
FYI(TM) Greenlights New Original Series "Kiss Bang Love"
In "Kiss Bang Love," singles searching for love will participate in a new social experiment to find their match based on blindfolded kissing.

[07/28/16 - 09:04 AM]
Make a Date with Adult Swim's New Drive-In Tour - 10 Cities Host Nights of Fun and Freebies!
Each stop of the five-week, 10-city national tour, brings an ultimate exclusive sneak peek at unaired episodes, never-before-seen pilots and specials, and loads of other Adult Swim favorites.

[07/28/16 - 08:52 AM]
HBO Renews "Ballers" for Third Season
"Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg and the rest of the 'Ballers' team have once again delivered a winner for our viewers," said Casey Bloys.