or


[05/26/09 - 06:40 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, May 26
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!


BETWEEN THE DYING AND THE DEAD (HBO) - Al Pacino has been tapped to topline the pay channel's biopic of right-to-die champion Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Barry Levinson is helming the project from a script by Adam Mazer with Levinson, Steve Lee Jones, Lydia Dean Pilcher and Glenn Rigberg executive producing. As for specifics, "Dying" will track "Kevorkian's construction of his infamous 'Mercy Machine,' his first assisted suicide in the early 1990s and the resulting media frenzy." Kevorkian was subsequently convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 and was released in 2007. Longtime Kevorkian associates Harry Wylie and Neal Nicol penned "Between the Dying and the Dead," the manuscript upon which the film is based.


E!/STYLE ORIGINAL SERIES - The Comcast-owned cable channels have confirmed their remaining summer premieres. E! will roll out newcomers "Kourtney & Khloe" and "Reality Hell" on Sunday, August 9 at 10:00/9:00c and 10:30/9:30c respectively. Sibling Style then will offer up season two of "Ruby" on Sunday, July 5 at 8:00/7:00c while freshman entry "Giuliana & Bill" is due on Wednesday, August 5 at 9:00/8:00c.


YO MOMMA (MTV) - Wilmer Valderrama has inked a three-year overall deal with RelativityReal, the reality/alternative TV arm of Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media. The multihyphenate will develop new series projects for the company via his WV Enterprises banner. Already in the works: the half-hour comedy "Earth to Pablo" at Nickelodeon, a blind script commitment from the Disney Channel and "Brooklyn Sound" at MTV, a soap about "a tough neighborhood where teenagers use their talent and passion to achieve stardom." Valderrama and WV's Danny Villa are executive producing all of the aforementioned projects. The news marks RelativityReal's second overall deal, the first being with Jay Blumenfield and Anthony Marsh earlier this year.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [may 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· BROOKLYN SOUND (MTV)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GIULIANA & BILL (E)
· KOURTNEY & KHLOE (E)
· REALITY HELL (E)
· RUBY (STYLE)
· YOU DON'T KNOW JACK (HBO)











[05/21/15 - 03:43 PM]
Updated: ABC's 2014-15 Primetime Ratings
ABC further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/21/15 - 03:27 PM]
Kickstarter Sensation "Kung Fury" Delivers Bad to the Bone 80's Action, Artistry and Hilarity... and El Rey Is the Only Place on Your TV Badass Enough to Show It
An official selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the visually spectacular 30-minute action comedy was created by Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg and backed by the Kickstarter community.

[05/21/15 - 02:26 PM]
Update: NBC Wins the 2014-15 Primetime Season in Adults 18-49, Claims Its Second Consecutive September-to-May Crown
NBC further spins the numbers for the season to date.

[05/21/15 - 02:09 PM]
Final: ABC's 2015 May Sweep Ratings
ABC further spins the numbers for the May sweeps period.

[05/21/15 - 01:40 PM]
Hulu's "The Hotwives of Las Vegas" Cast Announced
The second season is set to premiere exclusively on Hulu and Hulu Plus with episodes to stream weekly starting on Tuesday, August 18.

[05/21/15 - 01:01 PM]
Video: Watch Your Pack! MTV's "Teen Wolf" Season Five Trailer Has Arrived!
Look for the special two night premiere on Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30.

[05/21/15 - 11:21 AM]
The World Premiere of "Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail" Debuts June 13 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central
For fans that can't wait for Ross' new material, the special will be available on June 13 on CC: Stand-Up Direct.

[05/21/15 - 11:04 AM]
Special Companion Piece Editions of "Extreme Weight Loss" -- "Love Can't Weight" -- To Premiere June 23 on ABC
David Tutera, Rocco DiSpirito and "Duff" Goldman will guest star as part of the couple's "Wedding Dream Team."

[05/21/15 - 10:58 AM]
The Final Broadcast of the "Late Show with David Letterman" Delivers 13.76 Million Viewers - Its Largest Audience Since 1994
CBS spins the late-night numbers for Wednesday, May 20.

[05/21/15 - 10:12 AM]
TLC Signs on for a New Season of "Our Little Family"
The network ordered eight hour-long episodes and a one-hour special with the family answering behind-the-scenes questions, slated to premiere in September 2015.

[05/21/15 - 09:14 AM]
HGTV and DIY Network Renew Five Series
The former's "Island Life" and "Island Hunters" and the latter's "Texas Flip and Move," "Garage Gold" and "Building Alaska" are all due back.

[05/21/15 - 09:02 AM]
USA Network to Air Academy Award(R)-Winning Film "Born on the Fourth of July" with an Introduction by Academy Award-Nominated Actor Tom Cruise
In commemoration of Memorial Day, the groundbreaking film will air on USA Network, Saturday, May 23 at 7/6c and feature a special, new introduction from lead actor Tom Cruise.

[05/21/15 - 08:57 AM]
"Mysteries of Laura" Captures Its Top Results Since February 25
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, May 20.

[05/21/15 - 08:31 AM]
ABC's "500 Questions" Opens Solidly Against CBS' "Survivor" Finale
ABC spins the numbers for Wednesday, May 20.

[05/21/15 - 08:24 AM]
Fan-Driven Programming Marathon & Twitter Party Planned for "Fixer Upper" on Memorial Day Weekend
In addition, fans of the series can live tweet with stars Chip and Joanna Gaines from 7 p. m. to 8 p.m. ET/PT using #FixerUpper.