[12/01/08 - 06:39 PM]
Development Update: Monday, December 1
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!

BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) - Steve Buscemi ("The Sopranos") and Kelly Macdonald ("The Girl in the Cafe") are in talks to star in the Martin Scorsese-helmed pilot, which chronicles the 1920s origins of Atlantic City. Buscemi would play Nucky Johnson, "a cunning businessman who runs a liquor distribution ring at the onset of Prohibition," while Macdonald is being eyed for Margaret, "a smart Irish immigrant who married the wrong man to get out of her parents' house." Terrence Winter penned the pilot script based on the book of the same name by Nelson Johnson. Winter, Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson are the executive producers.

DR. OZ (Syndication) - Mindy Moore Borman ("The View," "Good Morning America") has signed on as an executive producer of the upcoming talk show, which features "The Oprah Winfrey Show" mainstay Dr. Mehmet Oz, a New York surgeon. Sony Pictures Television has already cleared the show in roughly 80% of the country, including 23 of the top 25 markets, for a fall 2009 launch. Winfrey herself is also executive producing the project via her Harpo Productions banner.

THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY (HBO) - Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack will both receive posthumous executive producer credits on their upcoming drama for the pay channel. The project's feature-length premiere drew almost 7.0 million viewers when it aired in March on BBC1. Production is underway in Botswana on six additional hours with Charles Sturridge and Tim Fywell directing, Timothy Bricknell producing and Richard Curtis executive producing. Jill Scott, Anika Noni Rose, Desmond Dube, Lucian Msamati and Paterson Joseph star in the project, which is based on Alexander McCall-Smith's books about "the poignant and amusing adventures of Precious Ramotswe (Scott), the proprietor of the only female-owned detective agency in Botswana."

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

  [december 2008]  


[11/25/15 - 11:01 AM]
Disney Channel Orders a Third Season of "Girl Meets World"
Production resumes in Los Angeles in January with season three scheduled to premiere in spring 2016.

[11/25/15 - 11:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Debut Date for Animated Adult Comedy Series "Animals"
The 10-episode series will launch on Friday, February 5 at 11:30/10:30c.

[11/25/15 - 10:35 AM]
American Hero and Fan Favorite Alek Skarlatos to Join "Dancing With The Stars: Live! -- Dance All Night Tour"
Skarlatos made headlines around the world in August 2015 when he and his friends heroically overpowered a man that opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

[11/25/15 - 10:04 AM]
Gwen Stefani and Sia to Perform on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 Telecasts of NBC's Emmy Award-Winning Series "The Voice"
Sia will perform the single "Alive" from her upcoming album "This Is Acting" while Stefani will sing her current single "Used to Love You."

[11/25/15 - 09:01 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front with "Dancing with the Stars" Finale
The Alphabet leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/25/15 - 08:42 AM]
New Debut Date for "Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists"
The exclusive HBO presentation is now slated to debut Monday, December 14.

[11/25/15 - 08:36 AM]
Week Two of "Chicago Med" Is Up 50% vs. Last Season's Slot Average
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/25/15 - 08:33 AM]
ABC Wins the Final Tuesday of November with a Season-High Performance
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/24/15 - 04:45 PM]
Video: First Promo for "Grease: Live" to Air During "Scream Queens" Tonight
Get your first look at the upcoming promo for the much-ballyhooed live event.

[11/24/15 - 02:44 PM]
Michigan State at Ohio State: Highest-Rated Game of Season across All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 02:41 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 01:48 PM]
Spike TV Unwraps Big Ratings for "Lip Sync Battle" Holiday Special
Spike TV further spins the numbers for Thursday, November 19.

[11/24/15 - 01:40 PM]
The CW Extends "The Flash/Arrow" Crossover by Four Minutes
Lead outs "iZombie" and "Supernatural" will air in their entirety following said event.

[11/24/15 - 01:26 PM]
"48 Hours: The Strange Case of Kurt Sonnenfeld" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 01:01 PM]
NBC's Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Celebrates the Music of the Holidays Live on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City's Rockefeller Center.