or


[10/30/08 - 06:31 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, October 30
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!


BOLDLY GOING NOWHERE (FOX) - Newcomer Lennon Parham has been tapped for the female lead on the comedy pilot, about what happens day-to-day on an intergalactic spaceship helmed by a rogue captain (Ben Koldyke). She'll play Joyce, the ship's by-the-book pilot. Also signing on are Chad L. Coleman as Cobalt and Artemis Pebdani as Startemis. Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton are behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which Wayne McClammy is directing.


COUGAR TOWN (ABC, New!) - "Friends" alum Courteney Cox and "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence are set to team for a new single-camera comedy about an attractive, newly single 40-year-old mom (Cox) with a 17-year-old son. The Alphabet has ordered a pilot to the project, which is set up at ABC Studios. Lawrence is penning the half-hour alongside Kevin Biegel and executive producing with Cox. Lawrence's Doozer and Cox's Coquette banners are the midst of overall deals with the studio. Cox guest stars on the first three episodes of "Scrubs's" new season.


GLEE (FOX) - Stephen Tobolowsky ("Heroes") and Jane Lynch ("Two and a Half Men") have both landed recurring roles on the potential drama, about a Spanish teacher (Matthew Morrison) tasked with taking over a high school glee club. Lynch will play Sue Sylvester, whom the casting notice details as: "30-45, all ethnicities. The anal, tightly wound, and ruthlessly ambitious leader of the Harrison High cheer leading squad." Tobolowsky then, based on his age, is believed to be playing Sandy Ryerson: "35-45, all ethnicities. He's gay, but covers it...most of the time. With a pastel sweater thrown over his shoulders, Sandy is the former Glee Club teacher, who is given the axe after an episode of inappropriate touching. Later, Sandy runs into Will, the new Glee Club coach, and reveals that he's found himself a profitable sideline -- selling medical marijuana to needy, weed-addicted customers like Ken Tanaka." Cory Monteith, Jayma Mays, Jessalyn Gilsig and Lea Michele also star in the hour, which comes from co-creators Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy.


OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS (USA) - Emily Rose ("Brothers & Sisters") has been tapped for the lead role on the drama pilot, about a top trauma surgeon who, upon returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, finds herself working at a dysfunctional military hospital. Her casting lifts said contingency off the pilot's production. John Peaslee and Judd Pillot are behind the hour, which is based at Universal Cable Productions. Conan O'Brien and David Kissinger of Conaco Productions also serve as executive producers.


PRETTY LITTLE MISTAKES (NBC, New!) - Bruce Marshall Romans and Kiersten Van Horne are developing a new drama at the Peacock based on the novel of the same name by Heather McElhatton. The project, which is being supervised by "Friday Night Lights" showrunner Jason Katims for Universal Media Studios, follows a female protagonist as she decides between college or travel following graduation from high school. It's not clear how the series will mirror the book's choose-your-own-adventure aspect, which leads to 150 possible endings. Fuse Entertainment's Mikkel Bondensen and Kristen Campo are also on board as executive producer and producer, respectively.


PRIVILEGED (The CW) - "Do Not Disturb" alum Dave Franco has landed a multi-episode arc on the freshman drama. He'll play a love interest for Lucy Hale's Rose character. No other specifics were released.


UNTITLED ICE CUBE PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Actor/rapper Ice Cube is developing a new hourlong dramedy at the Peacock. The project, specifics of which weren't released, is understood to a buddy cop show. Universal Media Studios is behind the hour, which Cube will write and executive produce alongside Cube Vision's Matt Alvarez. Cube however isn't attached to star but could potentially make guest appearances.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters, Entertainment Weekly





  [october 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· BOLDLY GOING NOWHERE (FOX)
· BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC)
· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DO NOT DISTURB (FOX)
· FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DIRECTV)
· FRIENDS (NBC)
· GLEE (FOX)
· HEROES (NBC)
· OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS (USA)
· PRETTY LITTLE MISTAKES (NBC)
· PRIVILEGED (CW)
· SCRUBS (ABC)
· TWO AND A HALF MEN (CBS)
· UNTITLED ICE CUBE PROJECT (NBC)











[10/25/14 - 09:00 AM]
"The Blacklist" Grows by a Season-High 65% in 18-49 Going from Live + Same Day to Live +3
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, October 20.

[10/25/14 - 08:59 AM]
Season Debut of "Grimm" Delivers the Show's Top Rating Since March 21
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 24.

[10/25/14 - 08:38 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Once Again Pushes FOX in Front
Said coverage bumps ABC and CBS to second place in adults 18-49 and total viewers, respectively.

[10/25/14 - 08:28 AM]
ABC Beats NBC's Friday Debuts - "Shark Tank" and "20/20" Rank as Top 2 Series in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 24.

[10/24/14 - 08:36 PM]
Video: "Empire" - The Sexy, New Powerful Drama Coming to FOX in January 2015
Watch the new promo that just debuted following tonight's World Series coverage on the network.

[10/24/14 - 08:02 PM]
ABC Cancels "Manhattan Love Story"
The previously announced special "The Great Christmas Light Fight" will fill its time period this coming Tuesday while a full hour of "Selfie" has been booked for November 4.

[10/24/14 - 12:08 PM]
Oscar(R) Nominee Paul Giamatti and Golden Globe(R) Winner Damian Lewis Cast as Leads in the Showtime(R) Drama Project "Billions"
Acclaimed director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Divergent, Limitless) has signed on to direct the drama pilot, which will be filmed in New York in early 2015.

[10/24/14 - 11:22 AM]
ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" Social Platforms to Give Fans a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Janel Parrish's "Pretty Little Liars"-Themed Dance
The ABC Family social media team has partnered with "Dancing with the Stars" to give "PLL" fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Janel and her professional partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, as they get ready for their big performance.

[10/24/14 - 11:14 AM]
TV Land Presents: A Frightfully Funny "Roseanne" Halloween Marathon Event
TV Land will honor these notorious tricksters with a full-day marathon event that highlights "Roseanne's" Halloween episodes, leaving viewers cackling on Sunday, October 26 from 6:00 AM- 6:00 PM ET/PT!

[10/24/14 - 11:02 AM]
"Once Upon A Time" to Air Special Two-Hour Event "Smash the Mirror" on Sunday, November 16
Look for back-to-back episodes beginning at 8:00/7:00c on said night.

[10/24/14 - 11:00 AM]
"Marvel's Agent Carter" Rounds Out Cast with Lyndsy Fonseca
She'll play an aspiring actress living in 1946 New York, who will befriend Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she herself seeks to find her place in the post-war world.

[10/24/14 - 10:52 AM]
NBC Expands "The Voice" Live Playoffs with Extra Hour, Night
The Peacock will pre-empt "Marry Me" and "About a Boy" on Tuesday, November 11 as well as "The Mysteries of Laura" on Wednesday, November 12 to make room for the expanded "Voice" editions.

[10/24/14 - 09:46 AM]
Four-Time Emmy Winner Jim Parsons to Star in NBC's Animated Holiday Event "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas"
The one-hour special premieres Tuesday, December 16 at 8:00/7:00c on the network.

[10/24/14 - 09:35 AM]
Terrifying Monsters Run Amok During Animal Planet's Inauguaral "Beastly Nights" Programming Event
Just in time for Halloween, Animal Planet unleashes five nights of cryptic creatures, near-death tales and never-before-seen footage.

[10/24/14 - 09:16 AM]
CBS Stars Get Social with a Week-Long #CBSInstagramTakeover Oct. 27 - Nov. 2!
In addition to Instagram, fans can follow along on the series' Facebook pages and CBS.com.