or


[10/21/08 - 06:43 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, October 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!


BUNKER HILL (TNT) - Bridget Moynahan ("Six Degrees") has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about a cop (Donnie Wahlberg) who returns to the Boston neighborhood he grew up in. She'll play Erin, the sister-in-law of Wahlberg's character, who has a love-hate relationship with him stemming from the death of her cop husband. Walon Green is behind the Warner Horizon Television-based hour, which Jon Avnet is attached to direct.


GLEE (FOX) - "Nip/Tuck" alum Jessalyn Gilsig has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about Will (Matthew Morrison), a Spanish teacher at an Ohio high school who has the daunting task of taking over the school's glee club, which has become a heaven for outcasts. She'll play Terri Schuester, whom the casting notice details as follows: "30ish, attractive, Midwestern, a former glee club member. She was Will's high school sweetheart - but now she's married to him and living in an apartment that regularly erupts in conflict. Determined to have a baby, she's also determined to be married to a man with an income, a future, and a backbone - but all Will has at the moment is a stubborn determination to have fun while going broke. Working at Sheets N' Things, a company that might be going toes up any hour now, she's taking on extra shifts to pay the bills, and wants Will to carry his share of the economic responsibility by taking on a real job with a real company, and leaving the Glee Club kids to fend for their odd selves. Terri's quite adamant about this, because she is pregnant." Cory Monteith, Jayma Mays and Lea Michele also star in the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour, which Ryan Murphy co-created alongside Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.


GOOD VIBES (FOX) - Josh Gad ("Back to You"), Adam Brody ("The O.C."), Debi Mazar ("Entourage"), Olivia Thirlby ("Kidnapped"), Alan Tudyk ("Firefly") and Jake Busey ("Broken") have all signed on to lend their voices to the animated pilot presentation, about two high school surfer dudes who live near the beach in California. David Gordon Green is behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based project, which he's also executive producing alongside Good Humor Television's Tom Werner and Mike Clements and animator Brad Ableson. As for specifics, Gad will play Mondo, an out-of-shape, shaggy-haired teen looking to master surfing and win over Jeena (voiced by Thirlby) - who thinks of Mondo more like a brother - while Brody is set as Woodie, Mondo's best friend. Busey then is playing Turk, Mondo's chief rival; with Mazar as Babs, Mondo's mother; and Tudyk as Lonnie, an old surf bum who doubles as the show's narrator. The show's table read is set for early November.


SINCERELY, TED L. NANCY (FOX) - "Ugly Betty" alum Kevin Sussman has landed the title role on the comedy pilot presentation, about a regular guy (Sussman) who, after suffering through too many faulty products and customer service mishaps, decides to take on the corporations by writing letters that "seek to avenge the consumer frustrations of people everywhere." Sussman's casting lifts said contingency off the pilot's production. Barry Marder, Chuck Martin, Gary Auerbach and Rob Lee are the executive producers of the Lionsgate Television-based project, which is based on the book of the same name.


UNTITLED KATHRYN HAHN PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Former "Crossing Jordan" co-star Kathryn Hahn has inked a talent holding deal with the network. The pact calls for FOX to cast her in one of its current properties or potentially develop one around her. It's understood the network isn't limiting her to comedy or drama.


UNTITLED VINCE VAUGHN PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Jim and Steve Armogida ("The Return of Jezebel James") have been tapped to pen a potential new comedy pilot for the network from actor/executive producer Vince Vaughn. The single-camera half-hour, which is set up at 20th Century Fox Television, revolves around a couple of young men who are just out of college and starting to experience the real world. Vaughn then will executive produce via his Wild West Picture Show Productions banner alongside his sister Victoria Vaughn.


WORST WEEK (CBS) - The Eye has asked for two more scripts of the freshman comedy, despite posting rocky numbers on Monday nights behind tentpole "Two and a Half Men." Last night's installment drew a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49 where it held just 63% of "Men's" lead-in.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [october 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· BACK TO YOU (FOX)
· BUNKER HILL (TNT)
· CROSSING JORDAN (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· ENTOURAGE (HBO)
· FIREFLY (FOX)
· GLEE (FOX)
· GOOD VIBES (MTV)
· KIDNAPPED (NBC)
· NIP/TUCK (FX)
· OC, THE (FOX)
· RETURN OF JEZEBEL JAMES, THE (FOX)
· SINCERELY, TED L NANCY (FOX)
· SIX DEGREES (ABC)
· TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)
· UNTITLED KATHRYN HAHN PROJECT (FOX)
· UNTITLED VINCE VAUGHN PROJECT (FOX)
· WORST WEEK (CBS)





[08/31/16 - 05:01 PM]
Tenacious Girls Are Center Stage in Two New Netflix Original Series for Tweens
Premiering in 2017, the "Untitled Horse Mystery Project" and "The Worst Witch" bring tenacious girls front and center in two different coming-of-age stories.

[08/31/16 - 02:33 PM]
DIY Network's "Texas Flip N Move" Scores Its Highest-Rated Episode Ever
DIY Network spins the numbers for Friday, August 26.

[08/31/16 - 02:05 PM]
VH1 Snags G.O.O.D. Music Star Teyana Taylor for "The Breaks"
She'll join the "The Breaks" in a recurring role in addition to doing a stint on the network's upcoming "Hip Hop Squares."

[08/31/16 - 02:00 PM]
Fridays Heat Up When 18 New Chefs Enter "Hell's Kitchen" on the Season 16 Premiere, September 23, on FOX
The last contestant to withstand the pressure will claim the grand prize - a Head Chef position at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at The Venetian Las Vegas.

[08/31/16 - 11:34 AM]
Video: Watch an All-New First Look at Season Two of "Scream Queens"
Season Two graduates from the college campus and into a hospital with a haunted past, as a new and terrifyingly funny mystery begins.

[08/31/16 - 11:26 AM]
The All-New Season of "This Old House(R)" Tackles Two Diamonds in the Rough: An Arts & Crafts Storybook House and an Abandoned Brick Beauty
The 18-time Emmy award winning home improvement series features the two storied houses rich with history, design and construction challenges in 26 new episodes premiering September 29 on PBS.

[08/31/16 - 11:03 AM]
Bravo Media's "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" Is Back on the Market with a Supersized Premiere Thursday, October 6 at 9PM ET/PT
Powerhouse agents Josh Altman, Josh Flagg and Brits James Harris and David Parnes return for season nine along with familiar face, Madison Hildebrand.

[08/31/16 - 11:01 AM]
Alex Kalymnios on Board to Direct Starz' "The White Princess"
In casting news, Amy Manson boards the production in the role of Lady Catherine Gordon, cousin to King James IV of Scotland.

[08/31/16 - 11:00 AM]
U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Gabby Douglas, Nathan Adrian and Conor Dwyer to Visit CBS's "The Late Late Show with James Corden" Thursday, Sept. 1
The Olympians will join Corden for a round of his popular game, "Nuzzle Whaaa?"

[08/31/16 - 10:24 AM]
Video: #LoweRoast Preview Clip - Jeff Ross Channels Prince, Shreds Ann Coulter
Armed with an electric guitar and a Prince outfit, Roastmaster General Jeff Ross shreds Ann Coulter.

[08/31/16 - 10:11 AM]
Get Ready for Halloween with Crafty Chefs and Spine-Chilling Sabotages in "Cutthroat Kitchen: Tournament of Terror"
From a spider web-themed spider roll challenge to a liver and fava beans battle, the competitors must scare up their best dishes while braving witches, mummies, ghosts and zombies.

[08/31/16 - 10:04 AM]
FYI Greenlights New Culinary Competition Series "Man vs Master" - Chef Richard Blais to Host
In "Man vs Master," unknown chefs working in the trenches of the food industry will compete for the opportunity of a lifetime - a coveted apprenticeship with a world-renowned celebrity chef - but in order to win, they will have to beat the master in a face-off first.

[08/31/16 - 09:25 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Got Talent," "Better Late" Rise in Latest Victory
The Peacock wins the night among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[08/31/16 - 09:19 AM]
"CBS All Access" Rolls Out Commercial-Free Option for Subscribers
In addition to the existing subscription offering of $5.99/month, subscribers now have the option to watch CBS All Access's on-demand content commercial-free for $9.99/month.

[08/31/16 - 08:32 AM]
Netflix Announces New Talk Show with Bill Nye
Set to launch Spring 2017, each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.