or


[02/04/09 - 06:48 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, February 4
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!


AN AMERICAN FAMILY (ABC) - Sofia Vergara ("The Knights of Prosperity") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, while Jason Winer ("This Might Hurt") has been tapped to direct. The project, from 20th Century Fox Television and co-creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, revolves around three families. Vergara, who has a talent deal with ABC, will play a woman married to a much older man. Jesse Tyler Ferguson also stars in the half-hour.


BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) - British actor Stephen Graham is the latest addition to the drama pilot, which chronicles the early 20th century origins of Atlantic City. He will play future notorious gangster Al Capone, then in his early 20s working as the muscle for a Chicago gangster, who befriends Michael Pitt's character, Jimmy Darmody. Martin Scorsese is helming the hour from a script by Terrence Winter. Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald are also featured in the show's ensemble.


EMPIRE STATE (ABC) - Jeremy Podeswa ("The Tudors") has signed on to direct the drama pilot, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet-esque romance set against the conflict between two Manhattan families. He'll work from a script by Michael Seitzman, who's executive producing alongside Mark Gordon and Deborah Spera for ABC Studios.


I, CLAUDIA (ABC) - Feature helmer Dean Parisot ("Fun with Dick and Jane") is set to direct the drama pilot, about a young female prosecuting attorney and future U.S. presidential contender. John Scott Shepherd is behind the ABC Studios-based hour, which he's executive producing with Matthew Gross.


THE MIDDLE (ABC) - Eden Sher ("Weeds") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, which tells the story of a middle-class Midwestern family with three kids through the eyes of the mother (Patricia Heaton). She'll play the middle child, an offbeat character whose only distinction is in being "average in every way," in the Warner Bros. Television-based project, which also stars Neil Flynn and Charlie McDermott. DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler are the creators.


TREME (HBO) - Steve Zahn is in negotiations while Kim Dickens is set to co-star in the pilot, a post-Katrina-themed drama that chronicles the rebuilding of New Orleans through the eyes of local musicians. Zahn would play Davis Rogan - "a whip-smart street dancer, local radio DJ, band member and proud New Orleans native with anger issues" - with Dickens as "a hardworking chef who opened her own restaurant and has an on-again/off-again relationship with Rogan." Clark Peters, Wendell Pierce and Khandi Alexander also star in the hour, which comes from executive producers David Simon, Eric Overmyer and Nina Noble.


V (ABC) - Yves Simoneau is set to reteam with "The 4400" creator Scott Peters on the project, a reimagining of NBC's 1980s mini-series about an alien invasion. He'll direct from Peters's script on the project, which is set up at Warner Bros. Television and Jace Hall's HDFilms.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [february 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· 4400, THE (USA)
· BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EMPIRE STATE (ABC)
· KNIGHTS OF PROSPERITY, THE (ABC)
· MIDDLE, THE (ABC)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· SEE KATE RUN (ABC)
· THIS MIGHT HURT (ABC)
· TREME (HBO)
· TUDORS, THE (SHOWTIME)
· V (ABC)
· WEEDS (SHOWTIME)





[08/16/17 - 12:11 PM]
OWN Announces New Drama Series from Academy Award-Winning "Moonlight" Writer/Producer Tarell Alvin McCraney
Haunted by the death of his closest friend, and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out.

[08/16/17 - 11:44 AM]
Lifetime's Twisted Secrets September Features the Premieres of the Movies "Ten" Starring China Anne McClain, Vampire Flick "Drink, Slay, Love" from Producer Bella Thorne and "Sea Change" Based on the YA New York Times Bestseller
Based on the teen horror novel by Gretchen McNeil, "Ten" is the story of a weekend retreat gone wrong.

[08/16/17 - 11:41 AM]
Video: Watch the New Trailer for TNT's "Good Behavior"
The new season will premiere Sunday, October 15, now at the later time of 10:00/9:00c.

[08/16/17 - 10:09 AM]
TLC's "My Giant Life" Returns with a Brand-New Season of Tall Tales to Tell on Sunday, September 17th at 10/9c
Haleigh, Alicia Jay, Katja, Lindsay, Krista and Coco will take viewers inside their everyday lives as they deal with issues that far surpass height than ever before.

[08/16/17 - 10:05 AM]
Joy Nash Cast as Lead in AMC's Upcoming Series "Dietland"
Set against the backdrop of the beauty industry, this part-character drama and part-revenge fantasy explores society's obsession with weight loss and beauty in a bold, original and wickedly entertaining way.

[08/16/17 - 10:00 AM]
Carlton Cuse Signs Multiyear Pact with ABC Studios
Under the Genre Arts banner, Cuse will develop projects and collaborate with other writers to bring their visions to the screen under the new agreement.

[08/16/17 - 09:01 AM]
USA Network and Universal Cable Productions Confirm Spinoff Pilot Starring Gina Torres to Air in the Current Season of "Suits"
When Jessica Pearson is forced to enter the dirty world of Chicago politics, she must rely on her legal wits and valiant relationships from Pearson Specter Litt to navigate this unknown territory.

[08/16/17 - 08:23 AM]
An All-New Season of "Victoria" Premieres January 14, 2018 on "Masterpiece" on PBS
More than 16.2 million viewers tuned in for "Victoria's" premiere season, making it the highest-rated drama on PBS in 20 years - second only to "Downton Abbey."

[08/16/17 - 08:17 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Continues Its Win Streak
The Peacock, powered by "America's Got Talent," has won Tuesday night for 13 consecutive weeks.

[08/15/17 - 01:43 PM]
Julian McMahon Joins Cast of Hulu Original Series, "Marvel's Runaways"
While his origins and ultimate intentions are unknown, McMahon will be a pivoltal player in the Runaways' rebellion against their parents.

[08/15/17 - 01:14 PM]
Showtime Sports(R) to Chronicle the 2017 United States Naval Academy Football Team with Weekly Docu-Series "A Season with Navy Football"
After chronicling The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Florida State Seminoles in its first two seasons, the original franchise returns to reveal a vastly different picture of student-athlete life.

[08/15/17 - 11:21 AM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Newest "Garage Sale Mystery Month" Premiere Scores as Highest-Rated and Most-Watched Telecast in Network History
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the week of August 7-13.

[08/15/17 - 11:20 AM]
Video: Netflix Announces the Launch Date and Debuts Trailer for Original Documentary Short "Resurface"
The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won a Special Jury Mention and will launch globally on Netflix on September 1.

[08/15/17 - 10:44 AM]
Smithsonian Channel(TM) Calls All Aboard with "Mighty Cruise Ships" and "Mighty Trains"
Look for both series back-to-back beginning Sunday, September 3 at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/15/17 - 10:31 AM]
2017 "NFL on CBS" Broadcast Pairings Feature Five New Teams Led by New Lead Announce Team of Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
Beth Mowins will become the first woman to ever call play-by-play for the network's NFL games when she teams with new game analyst Jay Feely to call Cleveland-Indianapolis on September 24.