or


[06/06/08 - 04:28 PM]
Development Update: Friday, June 6
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!


BABY LOVE (TNT, New!) - Project Cuddle, a national organization that works to save babies from being abandoned or harmed, is set to be the focus of a potential new telefilm at the cable channel. John Stamos is executive producing the project (via his St. Amos Productions), which would tell the true story of Project Cuddle founder Debbe Magnusen's enduring battle to prevent baby abandonment. Andy Wolk ("Lincoln Heights") is already on board to write and direct the Sony Pictures Television-based film with St. Stamos's Marc Alexander serving as a co-executive producer.


HULK HOGAN'S CELEBRITY CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING (CMT) - Reality staples Danny Bonaduce, Dennis Rodman, Dustin "Screech" Diamond, Todd Bridges and Trishelle Cannatella as well as '80s pop star Tiffany, Playboy playmate Nikki Ziering, Erin Murphy (Tabitha Stephens on "Bewitched"), Frank Stallone and super-heavyweight boxer Eric "Butterbean" Esch are all set to compete on the upcoming reality series. In addition, professional wrestling manager Jimmy Hart will join Hogan and former World Championship Wrestling president Eric Bischoff as judges on the show, while former pro wrestlers Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake and Brian Knobbs will serve as the cast's coaches. Production is underway in Los Angeles on the eight-episode series for a fall premiere. Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan and Jason Hervey serve as the executive producers alongside CMT's Bob Kusbit and Melanie Moreau.


LITTLE BRITAIN (HBO) - "Friends" alum David Schwimmer is set to helm the Los Angeles studio segments of the upcoming series, an import of the famed U.K. sketch comedy series starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams. In addition, Rosie O'Donnell and Sting are among the celebrities set to appear in said segments. Simon Fuller, Larry Brezner, David Steinberg, Walliams, Lucas and director Michael Patrick Jann are the executive producers of the half-hour, which rolls out this fall. Stephanie Cone Laing is producing.


SAVING GRACE (TNT) - Nancy Miller has sealed a new overall deal with "Grace" producer Fox Television Studios. The pact covers her duties on the cable drama, which returns next month, as well as calls for her to develop new series projects for the studio where she'll oversee and mentor young writers. Fellow studio-based creator Matt Nix ("Burn Notice") inked a similar deal last month.


UPPITY FILMS PROJECTS (New!) - Samuel L. Jackson ("Afro Samurai") has inked a two-year first-look deal with CBS Paramount Network Television. The pact gives the CBS-sibling first crack at any of Jackson's potential development via his Uppity Films banner. While Jackson will not be featured in a starring role on any show he develops, industry insiders suggest he is open to the idea of limited appearances.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [june 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· AFRO SAMURAI (SPIKE TV)
· BABY LOVE (TNT)
· BURN NOTICE (USA)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FRIENDS (NBC)
· HULK HOGAN'S CELEBRITY CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING (CMT)
· LINCOLN HEIGHTS (ABC FAMILY)
· LITTLE BRITAIN USA (HBO)
· SAVING GRACE (TNT)





[03/28/17 - 02:16 PM]
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman Handcraft Their Return to NBC with Six-Episode Order for "The Handmade Project"
The competition series celebrates artisanship and the makers who can create amazing things with their hands ... and a few tools too.

[03/28/17 - 01:39 PM]
"Rescue Dog to Super Dog" Gives Assistance and Comfort to Those in Need and Purpose and a Forever Home to Rescue Dogs
In Animal Planet's new series, shelter dogs are given a second chance to become a companion to someone in need.

[03/28/17 - 01:22 PM]
24-Hour Disney Junior Channel Celebrates 4 Years at #1 Turbocharged by "Mickey and the Roadster Racers"
Disney Channel spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[03/28/17 - 01:15 PM]
Animal Owners Look to Make Big Changes for Their Overweight Pets in Animal Planet's "My Fat Pet"
In Animal Planet's all-new series, animal expert and trainer Travis Brorsen works with pets and their owners through a four-month long weight-loss journey.

[03/28/17 - 01:01 PM]
"Saturday Night Live" Returns in April with All-Star Lineups
Look for Louis C.K. and The Chainsmokers on April 8 followed by Jimmy Fallon and Harry Styles on April 15.

[03/28/17 - 12:58 PM]
NBC to Broadcast All Winter Olympic Programming Live Across All Time Zones
Whether daytime, primetime or late night, all U.S. viewers will be able to watch NBC's coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, at the same time.

[03/28/17 - 12:38 PM]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Goes Beyond the Iconic Franco Zeffirelli Miniseries in "The Real Jesus of Nazareth"
40 years later, the actor who portrayed the Son of God, Robert Powell, is returning to the Holy Land to seek out clues to the real historical figure who inspired Christianity.

[03/28/17 - 11:44 AM]
Nickelodeon Wins 1Q 17 with All Kids' Demos, Marks Yearly Growth and Captures All Top Ten Shows for Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11
Nickelodeon spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[03/28/17 - 11:16 AM]
The Family Celebrates Five Years Together in the Emotional 90-Minute Series Finale of "Switched at Birth," Airing Tuesday, April 11, on Freeform
In the emotional 90-minute series finale of the award-winning drama, Kathryn becomes nostalgic when she realizes that it's been five years since the switch was discovered and the two families started living together.

[03/28/17 - 10:41 AM]
"Married at First Sight" Moves to Lifetime Starting April 20
The new spin-off series, "Married at First Sight: Second Chances," giving two past viewer favorites the chance to find love again, debuts Thursday, April 27.

[03/28/17 - 10:30 AM]
Video: Showtime(R) Releases Exclusive Clip from Upcoming Documentary "Disgraced"
The documentary features former Baylor University men's basketball assistant coach Abar Rouse and secret audio recordings of former head coach Dave Bliss.

[03/28/17 - 10:13 AM]
FOX Sports Welcomes Back Big Personality Pierzynski
Hired by FOX Sports initially to be an analyst for the 2011 MLB postseason, Pierzynski joined the FOX Sports team again in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

[03/28/17 - 10:05 AM]
Investigation Discovery Announces Three-Night Special Event Taking Viewers Back to Face 1970s Serial Killer in "Son of Sam: The Hunt for a Killer"
The three-night special event will premiere this summer on the cable channel.

[03/28/17 - 10:05 AM]
Emmy(R)-Winning HBO Comedy Series "Veep," Starring Emmy(R)-Winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Returns for Its Sixth Season April 16
Recurring guest stars on the new season include Amy Brenneman, Margaret Colin, Stephen Fry and Paul Scheer.

[03/28/17 - 10:05 AM]
Discovery Channel Announces 2017-2018 Upfront Programming Slate
Highlights include the new scripted anthology series called "Manhunt: Unabomber," which premieres with a special two-hour episode on Tuesday, August 1 at 9:00/8:00c.