[02/24/09 - 06:38 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, February 24
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!

AB FAB (FOX) - Zosia Mamet and Toni Trucks have been cast in the final principal roles on the comedy pilot, about neurotic fashion publicist Eddie (Kathryn Hahn) and her best friend Patsy (Kristen Johnson), an outrageous fashion editor. Mamet will play Saffron, Eddie's sensible teen daughter who's driven crazy by the duo. Trucks will play Novelette, Eddie's newly hired assistant. Christine Zander is behind the project, which is based at Sony Pictures Television.

THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (The CW) - The netlet has handed a pilot order to the project, a drama about the lives of a group of young models of varying levels of success living together in a "models co-ed residence" in New York City. Adam Giaudrone is behind the hour, which is set up at the CBS Paramount Network Television-based Katalyst Films. Ashton Kutcher, Carol Barbee, Jason Goldberg, Karey Burke and the newly added Mike Kelley are the executive producers.

MASTERWORK (FOX) - Feature helmer Jeffrey Nachmanoff ("Traitor") has signed on to direct the drama pilot, a thriller about a race against time to recover the world's most sought-after artifacts. Paul T. Scheuring created the hour, which is set up at 20th Century Fox Television.

MELROSE PLACE (The CW) - Davis Guggenheim ("3 lbs.") has been tapped to direct the netlet's "Melrose" revival, which formally received a pilot order this week. Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin penned the script to the project, about a group of twentysomethings living in the trendy Melrose neighborhood of Los Angeles, which is set up at CBS Paramount Network Television.

NCIS (CBS) - LL Cool J has closed his deal to star in the proposed "NCIS" spin-off, which will air as a two-parter on the parent series later this season. He'll play Special Agent Sam Hanna, a former Navy SEAL who works in the undercover unit of NCIS in Los Angeles. "NCIS" showrunner Shane Brennan penned said installments, to be directed by Tony Wharmby. CBS Paramount Network Television is producing.

INSIDE THE BOX (ABC) - Jason George ("Eli Stone") and Sarah Drew ("Everwood") are the latest additions to the drama pilot, about an ambitious female news producer and her colleagues at a Washington network news bureau. George will play an on-camera correspondent with Drew as a new peon at the network. Richard E. Robbins penned the Shonda Rhimes-produced/ABC Studios-based hour, which Mark Tinker is directing.

MERCY (NBC) - Diego Klattenhoff ("Men in Trees") has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about three nurses who bond through the ups and downs of their professional and personal lives. He's set as a contractor and blue-collar worker who is married to one of the nurses. Elizabeth Heldens penned the pilot script to the Universal Media Studios-based project, which Adam Bernstein is attached to direct.

PRYORS (A.K.A. UNTITLED KELSEY GRAMMER PROJECT) (ABC) - The Kelsey Grammer-led comedy is now reportedly running under the title "Pryors." Grammer stars as a hotshot Wall Street executive who loses his job and is forced to move back with his wife and kids to his hometown and reconnect with his family. Tucker Cawley penned the pilot script and is executive producing alongside Good Humor Television's Tom Werner and Mike Clements for Warner Bros. Television.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

  [february 2009]  

· 3 LBS. (CBS)

[10/20/16 - 03:55 PM]
Oxygen Media Tests the Bonds of Friendship When New Competition Series "The Battle of the Ex-Besties" Premieres Tuesday, December 6 at 11PM ET/PT
Hosted by Sibley Scoles, the series follows fourteen former BFFs who are forced to confront - and hopefully forget - past differences in order to win a life-changing $100,000 grand prize.

[10/20/16 - 01:49 PM]
Investigation Discovery Delivers Nearly One Million Viewers for World Television Premiere of "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"
Investigation Discovery further spins the numbers for Saturday, October 15.

[10/20/16 - 01:04 PM]
Investigation Discovery Looks at When Happily Ever After Goes Horribly Wrong in All-New Series "Married with Secrets"
The new eight-part series premieres Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/16 - 12:27 PM]
BBC America Debuts New Original Co-Production "Undercover" with Two-Night Premiere Event in November
Look for said event on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 at 8:00/7:00c.

[10/20/16 - 11:47 AM]
TLC's "Little People, Big World" Returns with the Roloffs Facing a Whole New Reality
Season 12 rolls out Tuesday, November 22 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.

[10/20/16 - 11:45 AM]
GSN Adds "Wheel of Fortune" to Daytime Schedule Beginning Monday, October 24
In addition, GSN Games has launched Wheel of Fortune(R) Slots: The Ultimate Collection, a new mobile app bringing together a variety of stunning Wheel of Fortune-themed slots games and authentic elements from the TV show.

[10/20/16 - 11:14 AM]
A&E Network to Premiere New Season of Hit Series "Wahlburgers" November 16
Look for back-to-back episodes on Wednesday nights beginning at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/16 - 11:04 AM]
Bravo Media's "Top Chef" Announces 8 Returning Chefs Vying for Redemption on the New Season Premiering Thursday, Dec. 1 at 10PM ET/PT
It's the ultimate challenge of old blood versus new, on the Emmy and James Beard Award winning series, as the chefs head to Charleston to battle it out alongside eight talented "Top Chef" newcomers.

[10/20/16 - 09:31 AM]
CBS Orders "Salvation," A New Event Series for Broadcast in Summer 2017
A suspense thriller, the series centers on an MIT grad student and a tech superstar who bring a low-level Pentagon official a staggering discovery - that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.

[10/20/16 - 09:07 AM]
Rise and 'Shine... Discovery's "Moonshiners" Returns Tuesday, November 15 at 9PM ET/PT
This season these master whiskey makers are putting everything on the line to evolve their craft and take their handmade liquor to the next level.

[10/20/16 - 08:48 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front Among Adults 18-49
The Alphabet leads the night with its coverage of The Third Presidential Debate.

[10/20/16 - 08:33 AM]
Award-Winning Comedian Ricky Gervais Brings Brent Back! David Brent: Life on the Road Premieres on Netflix February 10, 2017
Directed, written and produced by award-winning, comedic genius Gervais, David Brent: Life on the Road sees a documentary crew catching up with the idiosyncratic David Brent from the BBC2's mockumentary "The Office."

[10/20/16 - 07:48 AM]
"Outrageous Acts of Science" Returns to Science Channel for an All New Season October 26 at 9PM
The all-new episodes show mind-blowing displays of science in action while counting down the week's Top 20 videos.

[10/20/16 - 07:35 AM]
OneRepublic to Rock Rotterdam at the 2016 MTV EMAs
The multi-platinum pop-rock quintet will join host Bebe Rehxa and previously-announced performers Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, DNCE, Lukas Graham and Zara Larsson on stage.

[10/20/16 - 07:14 AM]
"RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Season 2 Slays Records as the Most Viewed Season of a Logo Original Series to Date
Plus: look for a reunion special on October 27 and "Season 6 RuVealed" on November 3.