or


[07/25/08 - 06:57 PM]
Development Update: Friday, July 25
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!


ASK-ELIZABETH (MTV, New!) - The cable channel is developing a new unscripted project based on Elizabeth Berkley and her husband Greg Lauren's web site of the same name. Said destination, which launched in 2006, features a library of video content intended to help empower girls worldwide. MTV's News & Docs division is shepherding the TV incarnation, which is expected to shoot a pilot this fall. The series then would feature Berkley as she facilities her workshops in schools and for organizations around the world.


CROSSROADS (FX, New!) - Laurence Malkin and Chad Thumann ("Five Fingers") have landed a script commitment from the cable channel for a high-action cop show "set in the modern-day wild, wild West," according to Variety. The project, additional details of which remain under wraps, then is set up at Warner Horizon Television and McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision with McG executive producing.


DIRTY SEXY MONEY (ABC) - Matthew Gross has inked a three-year, seven-figure overall deal with ABC Studios. The pact calls for the non-writing producer to continue to oversee day-to-day production on "Dirty Sexy Money" as well as develop new series projects for the studio. Gross's self-titled banner is behind such TV efforts as "Day Break" and such films as "Across the Universe."


SAMANTHA WHO? (ABC) - Co-creator/executive producer Donald Todd has inked a new two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. The pact covers his duties as showrunner of the Alphabet comedy as well as any development during said period.


SCREAM QUEENS (VH1) - Shawnee Smith ("Saw") has been tapped to host the upcoming reality series, which will give 10 unknown actresses a shot at winning a "major role" in a Lionsgate horror movie. Writer/director/producer James Gunn ("Slither") has also come aboard the project, where he'll direct the contestants' performances. The pair join the previously cast John Homa, who serves as the contestants' acting coach. Biagio Messina, Dave Hamilto, Jeff Olde, Jim Ackerman and Joke Fincioen are executive producing the eight-episode series, which is set to roll out this fall.


TELL ME YOU LOVE ME (HBO) - The pay channel has pulled the plug on its previously planned second season of the sexually explicit drama, about the lives of three couples undergoing counseling. "Given the considerable amount of time that has passed and despite the best efforts of everyone involved, we were unable to find the direction of the show for the second season," creator/executive producer Cynthia Mort said in a statement released to the press. "There are so many other stories to tell and many other ways to tell them. I look forward to doing that with HBO in the future." HBO's West Coast president Michael Lombardo added: "We really feel Cynthia has an important voice that belongs on HBO and we look forward to the next show she will create for us." The network originally picked up the show's second season back in October (read the story), despite an average audience of 910,000 total viewers at the time.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [july 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· ASK-ELIZABETH (MTV)
· CROSSROADS (FX)
· DAY BREAK (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DIRTY SEXY MONEY (ABC)
· SAMANTHA WHO? (ABC)
· SCREAM QUEENS (VH1)
· TELL ME YOU LOVE ME (HBO)





[07/24/14 - 02:01 PM]
NBC to Wrap "Crossbones" Run on Saturday, August 2
The show's planned installments for Friday, August 1 and Friday, August 8 will now air on Saturday, August 2 starting at 8:00/7:00c.

[07/24/14 - 01:42 PM]
FOX Sports Delivers 23 Hours of Live Coverage from "Hot August Nights" Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson
Bob Varsha leads a seven-member broadcast team, which includes Mike Joy, Steve Magnante, Ralph Sheheen, April Rose, Justin Bell and Tom Jensen.

[07/24/14 - 01:20 PM]
Video: "Legends of TV Land" Panel Reveals Sneak Peek of Upcoming Animated Episode of "Hot in Cleveland" - Featuring Zombies!
Said installment airs next Wednesday, July 30 at 10:00/9:00c on the cable channel.

[07/24/14 - 01:20 PM]
Series Premiere of FX's Newest Original Comedy Series "Married" Pulls in 1.5 Million Total Viewers and 1.1 Million Adults 18-49
FX spins the numbers for Thursday, July 17.

[07/24/14 - 12:30 PM]
Video: USA Network Unveils "Dig" at Comic-Con(R)
The channel also announced a first of its kind activation with Snapchat, inviting fans to #DIGDeeper with a social media scavenger hunt for the mysterious DIG symbol.

[07/24/14 - 12:01 PM]
Brand New Christmas Special, "Toy Story That Time Forgot," Pixar Animation Studios' Second New Special for Television Featuring Your Favorite Characters from the "Toy Story" Films," To Air December 2 on ABC
Tom Hanks and Tim Allen will once again reprise their roles from the films.

[07/24/14 - 10:53 AM]
"Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend" Announces Amy Purdy to Join Multi-City Tour This Fall
Purdy, a Paralympic Bronze Medalist snowboarder and "Dancing with the Stars" finalist, will join Oprah on stage for Toyota's "Standing O-Vation," which will recognize extraordinary people in communities around the country.

[07/24/14 - 10:03 AM]
FX Unleashes "The Strain Transformation" App
Fans can discover what will happen when an ancient parasitic plague enters their system and transforms them into a monstrous vampire.

[07/24/14 - 10:03 AM]
Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" Releases New Series of Vignettes Called "Single Shots"
The first episode, premiering today, is titled "Donuts" and includes scenes of various comedians including Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman and Brian Regan talking to Jerry about the popular fried dough confections.

[07/24/14 - 09:43 AM]
Nickelodeon and USAopoly Partner to Create Exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Themed Monopoly(R) Games
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Edition allows fans of Nickelodeon's current TV show to vie for 22 popular locations found throughout the CG-animated series.

[07/24/14 - 08:39 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Got Talent" Puts NBC Back on Top
The Peacock's summer franchise expands originals to Wednesdays with a victory in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[07/24/14 - 07:47 AM]
CMT's Highest-Rated Series "Party Down South" Earns Its Highest-Rated Episode Ever, Up Double Digits
CMT spins the numbers for Thursday, July 17.

[07/24/14 - 07:47 AM]
CBS Sports to Broadcast Notre Dame vs. Navy in Prime Time on Saturday, November 1
The Notre Dame vs. Navy game caps off a college football tripleheader as the Network also will broadcast an SEC match-up featuring Florida vs. Georgia at 3:30 PM, ET.

[07/24/14 - 07:02 AM]
"Fashion Rocks(R)," A Live Concert Celebrating the Powerful Relationship Between Fashion and Music, Returns to CBS on Tuesday, Sept. 9
Afrojack, The Band Perry, Duran Duran, KISS, Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, Nico & Vinz, Rita Ora, Pitbull and Usher are among those slated to perform.

[07/24/14 - 06:29 AM]
Syfy and Philips Announce First Ever Transmedia Lighting Experience for "Sharknado" and "Sharknado 2" In-Home Screening
The Syfy Sync app will feature a specially designed "light track" - a visual soundtrack - that adds a heightened layer to the movie-watching experience.