or


[07/22/08 - 06:49 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, July 22
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!


DAMAGES (FX) - Matthew Davis ("What About Brian") is the latest actor to join the cast of the show's second season, Entertainment Weekly reports. He'll play "a top-secret, recurring role" according to the report. Marcia Gay Harden, Mario Van Peebles, Timothy Olyphant and William Hurt previously signed onto the series earlier this year.


DOLLHOUSE (FOX) - Joss Whedon has opted to shoot a new first episode of the midseason drama. "I've been busying myself with a little something I like to call DOLLHOUSE. Finishing a new episode. Finishing a new... here's the headline... FIRST episode," the creator posted to Whedonesque.com. He goes on to add, "Well, the idea to do a new first episode wasn't the network's. It was mine. I understood their consternation, and saw the gap between my style and their expectations, and I suggested I shoot a new ep and make the one I'd shot the second. It isn't going to be buried, like the pilot of Firefly. It's simply coming after another, slightly cleaner ep. And because unlike Firefly, it isn't a two hour epic which introduces everyone to each other, the onus isn't on the new ep to explain a million things."


THE L WORD (Showtime) - Elizabeth Berkley ("CSI: Miami") has scored an arc on the show's upcoming final season. She'll play "the straight girl that got away from Jennifer Beals' Bette in college," according to Entertainment Weekly. Berkley and Beals co-starred together in the 2005 feature "Roger Dodger."


NIGHT & DAY (A.K.A. UNTITLED JOEL SURNOW PROJECT) (TNT) - The cable channel has greenlit production on the drama pilot, "a fast-paced, gritty drama about the life of an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms." Joel Surnow and Todd Robinson are behind the hour, which they wrote and are executive producing. The previously untitled project was among the six dramas revealed as part of its development slate back in May (read the story).


NUMB3RS (CBS) - "Dexter" alum Keith Carradine has been cast in a three-episode arc on the show's upcoming season, reports Entertainment Weekly. He'll play the Fed who stands in the way of Charlie Epps (David Krumholtz) regaining his security clearance. Charlie lost said clearance in the season finale after leaking "sensitive" information in protest over the FBI's treatment of a fellow professor.


PURGATORY (Comedy Central, New!) - Comedian Bill Burr has landed a pilot commitment from the cable channel for a topical news show (a la Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly) which would take on a single theme or topic and explore it through his point of view using standup, sketch and digital shorts. Burr is executive producing the half-hour alongside 3 Arts Entertainment's Jeff Cesario and David Becky. Like "Mind of Mencia" and "The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show," the "pilot" will actually be a presentation at the Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles after which the network will decide whether to move forward with a series order. Burr is no stranger to the cable channel as his latest stand-up special ("Bill Burr: Why Do I Do This?") is set to air on Sunday, August 31.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [july 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· CSI: MIAMI (CBS)
· DAMAGES (DIRECTV)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
· DOLLHOUSE (FOX)
· FIREFLY (FOX)
· L WORD, THE (SHOWTIME)
· MIND OF MENCIA (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· NAKED TRUCKER & T-BONES SHOW, THE (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· NIGHT & DAY (TNT)
· NUMB3RS (CBS)
· PURGATORY (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· WHAT ABOUT BRIAN (ABC)











[03/27/15 - 01:33 PM]
Video: "The Casual Vacancy" - Trailer (HBO)
Based on the novel by acclaimed author J.K. Rowling, the mini-series premieres Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30.

[03/27/15 - 01:13 PM]
Bravo Media's "The Millionaire Matchmaker" Earns Highest-Rated Episode of the Season with 2.2 Million Total Viewers
Bravo spins the numbers for Sunday, March 22.

[03/27/15 - 12:31 PM]
Masi Oka to Return as Hiro Nakamura on NBC's "Heroes Reborn"
"I'm excited to return to my 'Heroes' roots," said Oka. "Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I'm hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV."

[03/27/15 - 11:38 AM]
The "Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber" Premieres on Monday, March 30 at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT on Comedy Central and Online Via CC.com and the Comedy Central App
The global multiplatform comedy event kicks off with "The Roast of Justin Bieber Pre-Show," airing 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central and simultaneously through the app and cc.com.

[03/27/15 - 11:13 AM]
Showtime Sports(R) to Chronicle the Most Anticipated Event of the Year with "Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao"
The first installment kicks off Saturday, April 18 on the cable channel.

[03/27/15 - 11:11 AM]
E!'s "The Royals" Shows Significant Audience Growth in Its Second Week
E! further spins the numbers for Sunday, March 22.

[03/27/15 - 10:37 AM]
Syfy's "Dominion" Adds New Recurring Characters for Season 2
Joining the series' stellar cast are recurring guest stars Nic Bishop, Simon Merrells, Christina Chong, Olivia Mace and Luke Tyler.

[03/27/15 - 10:27 AM]
Video: Starz Releases First Look Live Action Teaser of Original Series "Blunt Talk"
The series will premiere on Starz in the summer of 2015.

[03/27/15 - 10:16 AM]
NBC Goes on 8 "First Dates" as Network Orders Popular U.K. Format to Series
The observational documentary series, from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media, takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and love may be in the air.

[03/27/15 - 10:15 AM]
Showtime(R) Offers a Sneak Preview of New Comedy Series "HAPPYish" After the Season Finale of "Shameless" on Sunday, April 5
The newcomer will then formally launch on Sunday, April 26 at 9:30/8:30c.

[03/27/15 - 08:49 AM]
"The Blacklist" Builds by 60% on Its 18-49 Lead-In Versus Round Three of the NCAA Basketball Tournament
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, March 26.

[03/27/15 - 08:43 AM]
Live + 3: ABC's "Secrets and Lies" Scores a New Series High in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Sunday, March 22.

[03/27/15 - 08:32 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: NCAA Enters Week Two on Top for CBS
The Eye leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[03/27/15 - 08:22 AM]
"Scandal" and "Grey's" Rank as Thursday's Top 2 Series in Adults 18-49 for the 2nd Consecutive Week
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, March 26.

[03/27/15 - 08:08 AM]
2015 NCAA Tournament Delivers Record-Setting Numbers for Sweet 16 Thursday and Tournament Coverage-to-Date
CBS spins the numbers for Thursday, March 26.