[07/20/09 - 06:25 PM]
Development Update: Monday, July 20
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!

THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE (The CW) - Production on the freshman drama has reportedly been pushed from July 22 to July 31. Industry insiders have speculated said move is the result of co-star Mischa Barton's recent hospitalization however it's believed it has more to do with the fact some of the sets were not completed on time. The delay nevertheless isn't expected affect the show's previously announced September 16 launch.

BIG LOVE (HBO) - Adam Beach ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") has booked a recurring role on the show's upcoming fourth season. He's on board as Tommy Flute, the son of Bill's partner, the head of the Indian Gaming Casino Jerry Flute (Robert Beltran). No other details about his character however were released.

COPPER (ABC) - Melanie Nicholls King ("Law and Order"), Enuka Okumu ("24"), Travis Milne, Ben Bass, Eric Johnson ("Smallville"), Matt Gordon, Noam Jenkins and Aidan Devine are the latest additions to the drama, which follows rookie cops at work and play. No details about their respective roles however were given. Thumper Inc. and E1 Entertainment are behind the hour, with Ilana Frank, John Morayniss, Noreen Halpern and Tassie Cameron executive producing.

GAME OF THRONES (HBO) - Sean Bean ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring") has been tapped for the lead role on the drama pilot, about "a battle among seven kingdoms and between two ruling families for control of the Iron Throne, the possession that ensures survival through a 40-year winter to come." He'll play Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark, who becomes the closest adviser to one of the kings. Mark Addy is in final negotiations to play said King, Robert. Also signing on are Kit Harrington as Jon Snow, Bean's bastard son; Jack Gleeson as Joffrey, King Robert's son; and Harry Lloyd as Viserys, a powerless ruler who seeks to marry off his sister to a powerful king. Tom McCarthy is directing the hour from a script by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss based on the George R.R. Martin fantasy-book series. Production is set to begin in October with Guymon Casady, Carolyn Strauss, Vincent Gerardis and Martin also serving as executive producers.

ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY (TLC, New!) - The cable channel has given a six-episode order to RDF USA for a new reality series about the lives of a morbidly obese family facing everyday realities. The company's Mike Duffy created the project, which will feature a North Carolina family: "a 40-year-old man weighing 340 pounds; his 35-year-old wife, who is close to 400 pounds; and their 330- and 340-pound teenage kids." Duffy is executive producing alongside Chris Coelen and showrunner Julia Silverton.

SINGLE SERVING (NBC, New!) - "Top Chef´┐Ż host Padma Lakshmi is developing a new comedy at the Peacock and Universal Media Studios. The potential half-hour, which comes from Charlie Corwin's Original Media, would star Lakshmi as a woman working in the culinary world. The pair are currently talking with writers to hammer out the concept for the project, which has a script commitment from the network.

THREE RIVERS (CBS) - Newcomer Amber Clayton has joined the cast of the freshman drama, about organ transplants as seen through the eyes of the doctors, donors and recipients involved. She'll play Lisa Reed, a "witty pragmatic young ER doctor who helps facilitate transplant cases." The addition comes as producers plan to reshoot the pilot, which will also feature the recasting of several characters.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

  [july 2009]  

· 24 (FOX)

[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.

[11/24/15 - 12:30 PM]
"Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Star Wars Special" to Air Wednesday, November 25 on ABC
Said encore replaces the previously announced repeat of "Nashville" that night.

[11/24/15 - 12:29 PM]
TV One's Hit Scripted Comedy "Born Again Virgin" Returns with All-New Episodes Tuesday, December 8 at 9 P.M. ET/PT
The scripted comedy is back with more dating adventures of three 30-something best friends and the challenges they face while attempting to navigate a new romantic landscape and trying to avoid the pitfalls of empty relationships.

[11/24/15 - 11:30 AM]
Music Icon and Animal Activist Emmylou Harris to Be Honored on "The All-Star Dog Rescue Celebration" Thanksgiving Night, Thursday, November 26, On FOX
Eugene Bostick and Michael Schoepf also will be honored as ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things to better the lives of rescue animals.

[11/24/15 - 11:18 AM]
Showtime(R) Documentary Series "Dark Net" to Premiere Thursday, January 21st at 11 PM ET/PT
Each half-hour episode will shed light on themes such as bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction, the webcam sex trade and more.

[11/24/15 - 11:04 AM]
ABC Family Announces Winter Premiere Dates
New scripted drama "Recovery Road" and fan favorite "The Fosters" will now premiere on Monday, January 25.

[11/24/15 - 11:01 AM]
Hallmark Channel Is the Most-Watched Network for the 3rd Consecutive Weekend Among Households, W25-54 and Total Viewers
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the week of November 16-22.

[11/24/15 - 10:38 AM]
With the Cast of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "Kimmel" Draws Its 4th-Biggest-Ever Monday Audience
ABC spins the late-night numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 10:16 AM]
New Year, New You! TLC Amps Up Friday Nights with the Return of Fan-Favorite TLC Talent
Fan-favorite talent including Stacy London, Clinton Kelly, Devyn Simone, Monte Durham and Lori Allen come together to make Friday nights bigger and better than ever.

[11/24/15 - 10:00 AM]
Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster Are Back as "Sesame Street" Debuts Its 46th Season Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 on HBO
The award-winning show will include 30-minute episodes, new preschool-relevant themes, new show opening and closing songs, an updated set, a new segment called "Smart Cookies" and a new cast member, Nina.

[11/24/15 - 09:01 AM]
LL Cool J to Host the 17th Annual "A Home for the Holidays," An Entertainment Special Celebrating Families, To Be Broadcast Friday, Dec. 18 on the CBS Television Network
Special performances are dedicated to these children and their new adoptive families, whose stories are featured in pre-taped segments to help raise awareness of this important social issue.

[11/24/15 - 08:51 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Holds Off Surging ABC in Demo Race
The Peacock leads the night among adults 18-49 while the Alphabet is the most-watched network.

[11/24/15 - 08:37 AM]
NBC Sweeps 6 of 6 Monday Half-Hours Among the Big 4 in 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 08:35 AM]
ABC Ranks as Monday's Most Watched Broadcaster for the 2nd Straight Week
ABC spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 08:06 AM]
New Premiere Date and Time: Travel Channel's New Series "Planet Primetime"
The series will now launch with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, January 19 at 8:00/7:00c.