or


[04/03/07 - 05:41 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, April 3
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 signature "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!


3 KINGS (MTV, New!) - RDF USA ("Wife Swap") and Ashton Kutcher's Katalyst Films ("Punk'd") are developing a U.S. version of the British reality format of the same name. Said project, which will be shot in front of an audience, revolves around a set of masked contestants - possibly Kutcher himself or other celebrities - competing in a series of offbeat challenges focused on three separate areas: speed, skill and pain. Among the possibilities: tossing items at a bull until the bull chases them out of a ring. The winner then assumes the role of "king" while the losers are unmasked. MTV has given a pilot order to the project, which will be executive produced by Chris Coelen, Greg Goldman, Jason Goldberg and Kutcher via their respective companies.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: TBA
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Ashton Kutcher, Chris Coelen, Greg Goldman, Jason Goldberg
Studios: Katalyst Films, RDF USA


DAMAGES (A.K.A. UNTITLED KESSLERS & ZELMAN PROJECT) (FX) - The cable channel has given a series order of 13 episodes to the project, a legal drama toplined by Glenn Close. Production is set to begin next month in New York for a late summer premiere. Noah Bean, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Ted Danson and Zeljko Ivanek also star in the Sony Pictures Television-based hour, which comes from co-creators Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler and Todd A. Kessler. Allen Coulter directed the pilot.

Commitment: Ordered to series (13 episodes)
Cast: Glenn Close (Patty Hewes), Noah Bean (David), Rose Byrne (Ellen Parsons), Tate Donovan (Tom Kent), Ted Danson (Arthur Frobisher), Zeljko Ivanek (Ray Fiske)
Writers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
Director: Allen Coulter
Executive Producers: Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler
Studio: Sony Pictures Television


THE GREAT AMERICAN SINGING BEE (NBC, New!) - The Peacock and Britain's ITV are both developing a new game show format in which contestants "sing in the blanks" when presented with partial song lyrics. The Gurin Co.'s Phil Gurin ("Weakest Link") and Juma Entertainment's Bob Horowitz ("Battle of the Network Reality Stars") are behind both projects, the ITV version of which is expected to hit the airwaves first. As for specifics, each episode reportedly starts with 28 contestants onstage who are then eliminated by being asked to sing a word, phrase or entire verse of a song, depending on the round. The winner then will take home an unspecified prize. NBC is said to be close to ordering a pilot for the project with an eye towards fast-tracking its production.

Commitment: Ordered to pilot
Cast: TBA
Writer: TBA
Director: TBA
Executive Producers: Bob Horowitz, Phil Gurin
Studios: The Gurin Company, Juma Entertainment


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [april 2007]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· BATTLE OF THE NETWORK REALITY STARS (BRAVO)
· DAMAGES (DIRECTV)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· PUNK'D (BET)
· SINGING BEE, THE (CMT)
· THREE KINGS (MTV)
· WEAKEST LINK, THE (NBC)
· WIFE SWAP (ABC)





[09/01/15 - 01:51 PM]
David Hill and Reginald Hudlin to Produce 88th Oscars(R) Telecast
"What a great and exciting honor! The quest is to honor the year in film, honor the art, and above all, make it fun," said Hill.

[09/01/15 - 01:12 PM]
Vice President Joe Biden to Visit CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Thursday, Sept. 10
Biden will join the previously announced guests Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and country singer Toby Keith.

[09/01/15 - 12:59 PM]
SundanceTV Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Iconic "Ghostbusters" Films with the "Slimer Saturday" Marathon, Kicking Off Saturday, September 5th at 1:00 PM ET/PT
Viewers can settle in to watch their favorite team of paranormal experts take on ghosts, ghouls and Marshmallow Men alike in these classic comedies.

[09/01/15 - 12:50 PM]
"Little People Big World: A Bigger Conversation" 2-Hour Special Airs Tonight at 8/7c on TLC
For the first time ever, this beloved family sits down for an exclusive, 2-hour candid interview with NBC News correspondent Andrea Canning.

[09/01/15 - 12:19 PM]
This Labor Day Weekend, Grab a Ringside Seat to the Greatest Boxing Movie Saga of All Time with El Rey Network's "Rocky" Movie Marathon
The "Rocky" Movie Marathon includes the first five films in the series, aired back-to-back with introductions by Stallone.

[09/01/15 - 12:16 PM]
Disney Channel Routs Summer Competition for 4th-Consecutive Year in Total Viewers and Major Youth Demographics
Disney Channel further spins the numbers for the summer to date.

[09/01/15 - 12:11 PM]
ABC Family Is the Summer's #1 Cable TV Network for the 3rd Time in Last 4 Summers in Women 18-34
ABC Family further spins the numbers for the summer to date.

[09/01/15 - 12:06 PM]
Starz Play Launches on the Roku Platform
Roku customers can find Starz Play in the Movies & TV category within the Roku Channel Store.

[09/01/15 - 11:41 AM]
Catch Up on "Empire" with a Season One Marathon This Labor Day on FX
Said stunt is time for the show's second season launch on Wednesday, September 23.

[09/01/15 - 11:31 AM]
NBC's Saturday Afternoon Coverage of American Pharoah's 2nd Place Finish Is Most Watched Travers Stakes in 20 Years
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, August 29.

[09/01/15 - 11:11 AM]
Food Network Is Full of Tricks and Treats with "Halloween Baking Championship" Hosted by Richard Blais
The four-part series launches Monday, October 5 at 9:00/8:00c on the cable channel.

[09/01/15 - 11:10 AM]
"Honor Thy Saturday" by Watching College Football on FOX & FOX Sports 1
Gridiron legends Brian "The Boz" Bosworth, Eric Dickerson and William "Refrigerator" Perry star as college football gods in FOX Sports' new ad campaign launching this week.

[09/01/15 - 10:56 AM]
"Ninja Warrior" Ties Its Top 18-49 Rating in Three Years and Delivers Its #2 Most-Watched Episode Ever
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, August 31.

[09/01/15 - 10:27 AM]
"The Whispers" Season Finale Hits 4-Week Highs in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Monday, August 31.

[09/01/15 - 10:26 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "American Ninja Warrior" Reclaim Top Spots
The Peacock easily wins the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.