or


[03/21/08 - 05:51 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 21
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!


DAVID'S SITUATION (HBO, New!) - Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are returning to HBO as the pair have landed a pilot order for a new comedy featuring Cross (playing himself) as he leaves Hollywood to move into a suburban, gated community where he has two roommates, a right-wing conservative and a liberal hippie. The pair, who actually broke the news about the project on their web site last week, further detail it as follows: "HBO has officially picked up the pilot Bob and I pitched them and wrote. We should be shooting in LA in the beginning of MAY. We'll keep you posted on exactly when and where (we'll have room for 150 audiencers). We are both very, very excited about it and feel it's really strong and important to the health of America. We know that America is hurting right now and old people like to say that "Laughter's the best medicine" So, keep hope old people, an injection of 10cc's of funny is about to be shot all up in your funny bones!" Odenkirk will also direct the pilot as well as executive producing alongside Stu Smiley with Dionne Kirschner producing.


MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL (CBS) - "Dancing With the Stars" alum Jennie Garth and Eric Ladin ("Generation Kill") are the latest additions to the comedy pilot, about two best friends and co-owners of a bike shop whose relationship becomes complicated when one (Tim Peper) begins dating the ex-wife (Garth) of the other (Josh Cooke). Garth will play said girl while Ladin is set as a guy described as "the world's worst salesman." Mike Sikowitz is behind the half-hour, which is based at Sony Pictures Television.


NIGHT LIFE (A.K.A. SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE) (FOX) - Bruno Campos ("Nip/Tuck") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about a man (David Denman) going through a midlife crisis who quits his dead-end office job to be a paramedic on the night shift. Campos will play Dr. Steve Larouche, a role which is billed as possibly recurring. It's described in the casting notice as follows: "40s. Please resubmit all ethnic choices - Open Ethnicity. Dr. Steve Larouche loves himself, a medical attending who works in the trauma room at St. Anthony's hospital, Steve generally works in a furious hurry, and forgets his last patient as soon as he moves on to the next one. A tough-minded, highly skilled and competent doctor, Steve is used to losing a patient every so often, and gets busted by Wayne for his allegedly callous behavior in laughing outside a room full of grieving family members." Ashley Williams, Glynn Turman, Karolina Muller, Kerry Bishe, Nate Mooney and Tommy Ford also star in the ABC Studios-based half-hour, which Zach Braff is helming from a script by Adam Braff. The Braffs are also executive producing alongside Emile Levisetti.


UNTITLED AL D'AMATO PROJECT (Syndication, New!) - Former U.S. senator Al D'Amato (R-New York) is reportedly set to topline a new court show targeted for the 2009-10 season. Multiple syndicators are said to have expressed interest in the project, which would feature "Senator Pothole" as he was dubbed for his willingness to meet with constituents and help them with their individual cases. Following his stint in the Senate, D'Amato penned the book "Power, Pasta & Politics: The World According to Senator Al D'Amato" in 1995 and founded the consulting firm Park Strategies four years later.


UNTITLED BRENDA HAMPTON PROJECT (ABC Family) - Shailene Woodley ("Felicity: An American Girl Adventure") has scored the lead role on Brenda Hampton's upcoming drama, about a pregnant teen (Woodley). Her character, Amy Nicholson, is further detailed in the casting notice as: "Legal 18 or emancipated to play 15 years old, any ethnicity, pretty, freshfaced, wholesome-looking, Amy is a Good Girl: she's polite to her parents, dresses like a young lady, and plays the French Horn; she's intelligent, thoughtful and has a pretty good sense of self esteem. Unfortunately, Amy fell for the slick charms of teen seducer Ricky Richardson, lost her virginity during band camp over the summer, and is now pregnant. Aware that her life could be ruined by any or all of the choices facing her, Amy is wholly unsure of her next move, and for the moment is trying to navigate her regular high school routine with a terrible secret." Ron Underwood is directing the show's pilot from a script by Hampton.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [march 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
· DAVID'S SITUATION (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FELICITY: AN AMERICAN GIRL ADVENTURE (WB)
· GENERATION KILL (HBO)
· MY BEST FRIEND'S GIRL (CBS)
· NIGHT LIFE (FOX)
· NIP/TUCK (FX)
· SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER, THE (ABC FAMILY)
· UNTITLED AL D'AMATO PROJECT (SYNDICATION)





[12/18/17 - 11:21 AM]
A&E Network to Premiere Two-Night Special Documentary Event "Waco: Madman or Messiah" Beginning Sunday, January 28 at 9PM ET/PT
Pulled from the archives of never-before broadcast audio and rare video footage, recovered from 247 FBI negotiation tapes, viewers will hear directly from late cult leader David Koresh himself and nine surviving members of the Branch Davidian sect.

[12/18/17 - 11:15 AM]
Showtime(R) Elects "Our Cartoon President" to Premiere on Sunday, February 11 at 8 PM ET/PT
The network will give viewers an early preview of the series, making the first episode available across multiple platforms online and On Demand on Sunday, January 28.

[12/18/17 - 10:30 AM]
"NCIS: Los Angeles" Star LL Cool J to Host the New One-Hour Special "MVP: Most Valuable Performer," Live Thursday, Jan. 25 on CBS
The MVP contest began December 1 with the first videos of the 32 participating players available online at si.com/mvp for fans to watch and vote for their favorite performer.

[12/18/17 - 10:09 AM]
"Giada Entertains" Returns for Third Season on Sunday, January 7th at 11AM ET/PT on Food Network
From a menu of international dishes to game day and Giada's own second annual film festival party, the 13-episode series is packed with ideas on how to throw unforgettable get-togethers.

[12/18/17 - 10:00 AM]
CBS Corporation Licenses Off-Network Syndication Rights for "NCIS: New Orleans" to TNT
TNT has the rights to the first three seasons of the acclaimed drama starring Scott Bakula and each subsequent season after the drama has aired on CBS Network.

[12/18/17 - 09:36 AM]
Video: Super Trailer - VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Miami"
The series is the newest installment of cable's #1 unscripted franchise and will delve into Miami's rich Latinx culture, highlighting the hip-hop, Latin and reggaeton music scenes.

[12/18/17 - 09:03 AM]
Ovation TV Shows Viewers the Love This February with Star-Studded Month of Artful Series and Movie Premieres
Throughout the month, Ovation will debut season 11 of "The Artful Detective" and new series "X Company," plus the broadcast premieres of indie films "Marjorie Prime" and "Manifesto."

[12/18/17 - 08:29 AM]
Homicide Bureau Attorney Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi Takes Viewers Inside the Fight for Justice in Investigation Discovery's New Series "True Conviction"
The season premieres Tuesday, January 16 at 11:00/10:00c before moving in subsequent weeks to its regular timeslot of Tuesdays at 10:00/9:00c.

[12/18/17 - 08:26 AM]
NBCUniversal Acquires Rights to Stream "Sunday Night Football" to All Mobile Devices
Although NBC Sports Digital has been streaming "Sunday Night Football" to desktops, tablets, and connected TVs for years, the 2018 season will mark the first time it will have rights to stream to mobile phones.

[12/18/17 - 08:21 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Sunday Night Football" Powers Another NBC Victory
The Peacock easily wins the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[12/18/17 - 08:02 AM]
Warm Up This Winter with MTV's "Siesta Key" Returning January 15th at 10:00 PM ET/PM
Picking up right where it left off, the group of young friends wraps up summer before diving into a whole new pool of drama in the fall.

[12/18/17 - 07:00 AM]
Sheila Nevins, Longtime President of HBO Documentary and Family Programming, to Leave the Network in Early 2018
"The word legend is often thrown around loosely in our business, but in Sheila's case it actually applies," says HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler.

[12/18/17 - 06:32 AM]
Video: "Bright: The Action" - Will Smith in Netflix's Action-Packed Feature Film Bright
In this brand new featurette, the fearless cast discuss shooting the movie's mind-blowing action sequences and more!

[12/18/17 - 06:01 AM]
BET Networks Unlocks the Doors to "BET's Mancave" - a New Original Late-Night Talk Series from Executive Producer Steve Harvey and Truly Original Premiering Thursday, January 18 at 10:30 PM ET/PT
The 12-episode weekly half-hour series features the award-winning journalist and series creator Jeff Johnson along with three other outspoken men kicking back and getting transparent about today's hot-button topics.

[12/17/17 - 08:12 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, NBC Top Demos; CBS Leads Viewers
"Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" and "UFC on FOX" lead the night among adults 18-49.