or


[08/31/09 - 06:21 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 31
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!


24 (FOX) - Mido Hamada ("Path to 9/11") is the latest addition the show's ever-expanding season eight ensemble. He'll play the recurring role of Mehran, "the leader of a group of operatives in an Islamic country working against their president." No other details were given.


DROP DEAD DIVA (Lifetime) - "American Idol" alum Paula Abdul has filmed a cameo for the show's September 20 episode. In said installment, she appears in a dream sequence as a judge (wearing "a chunky belt and glittery skirt below a flowing top crafted from a black judge robe") who motivates Brooke Elliott's character "to sue a clothing retailer that only sells small dresses."


HOUSE (FOX) - Michael Weston is set to reprise his role as Lucas Douglas on an upcoming episode of the series, Entertainment Weekly reports. The actor recurred last season as a private eye House hires to spy on his colleagues. Said role was apparently considered for a potential spin-off series however nothing materialized.


MERCY (NBC) - "Star Trek: Voyager" alum Kate Mulgrew is set to recur on the freshman drama, about a group of nurses and their relationships. She'll continue on as Jeannie Flanagan, the alcoholic mother of the Taylor Schilling's character, after guest starring in the pilot. No other details were released.


PARKS & RECREATION (NBC) - Entertainment Weekly reports Fred Armisen has booked a guest role on the show's sophomore season. He'll play the counterpart to Amy Poehler's character from Pawnee's sister city. "Leslie arranges for [Armisen and his colleagues] to come for a visit, but they're from a city in Venezuela," co-creator Michael Schur told the publication. "They're very confused because in Venezuela the government is so powerful; their parks department travels with military escorts and motorcades and stuff. They have all the money in the world because of their oil and they [don't understand] why Pawnee's parks department is so rinky-dink."


UNITED STATES OF TARA (Showtime) - Joshua Leonard ("Humpday") is set to recur on the show's upcoming second season. He'll play Ricky, a "boho-trustifarian." No other specifics were given about the role.


UNTITLED MATT WILLIAMS PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Former ABC mainstay Matt Williams ("Home Improvement," "Roseanne") has scored a script commitment from the network for a new multi-camera comedy about "a sports psychologist and father of three who runs his office out of his home and faces the challenges of being an involved dad in today's world." Williams will pen and executive produce the half-hour alongside his Wind Dancer Productions partners Carmen Finestra and David McFadzean. ABC Studios is behind the project, which has a penalty attached if it doesn't go to pilot.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [august 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· 24 (FOX)
· AMERICAN IDOL (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DROP DEAD DIVA (LIFETIME)
· HOUSE (FOX)
· MERCY (NBC)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· PATH TO 9/11, THE (ABC)
· STAR TREK: VOYAGER (UPN)
· UNITED STATES OF TARA, THE (SHOWTIME)
· UNTITLED MATT WILLIAMS PROJECT (ABC)





[10/19/17 - 01:30 PM]
All-Star Autism Benefit "Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs," Hosted by Jon Stewart, to Be Presented Live on HBO Nov. 18
Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Abbi Jacobson, Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Olivia Munn, John Oliver and Adam Sandler are among the initial wave of performers.

[10/19/17 - 01:29 PM]
"Bring It!" and "The Rap Game" Return November 24
Lifetime's Friday mainstays will once again air back-to-back beginning at 9:00/8:00c.

[10/19/17 - 12:50 PM]
"2017 CMT Artists of the Year" Special Soars to New Ratings Highs and Ranks as Most Watched in Event History
CMT spins the numbers for Wednesday, October 18.

[10/19/17 - 12:06 PM]
AMC Launches New Virtual Reality App, AMC VR, with Brand-New "The Walking Dead" VR Content
Additionally, timed to "The Walking Dead's" 100th episode, AMC VR will debut an extended 360-degree bonus scene from the Season 8 premiere starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Seth Gilliam.

[10/19/17 - 12:03 PM]
American Heroes Channel and Time Inc.'s People(R) Present the 2017 Red Bandanna Hero Award to Combat Wounded Coalition Founder Lt. Jason Redman
A television special produced by Time Inc. Productions, "9/11 Hero: The Red Bandanna Legacy" will also highlight three Red Bandanna Heroes when it premieres on AHC on Saturday, October 28.

[10/19/17 - 11:59 AM]
Hallmark Channel Announces the Launch of "Countdown to Christmas" Fantasy Game
Viewers who play the game will have the opportunity to take their enthusiasm for their favorite Hallmark Channel holiday movies and play for the top prize of $20,000.

[10/19/17 - 11:01 AM]
Emmy(R) Award Nominees Robert and Michelle King to Executive Produce "Your Honor" for Showtime(R)
The project is a legal thriller that rips through all strata of Chicago society.

[10/19/17 - 10:56 AM]
Investigation Discovery (ID), America's #1 True Crime Network, Kicks Off Its Scripted Strand with World Premieres of "Dating Game Killer" and "Final Vision"
Guillermo Diaz and Carrie Preston star in the former while Scott Foley and Dave Annable lead the latter.

[10/19/17 - 10:34 AM]
WGN America Sets "Bellevue" Premiere Date for Tuesday January 23, 2018
The eight-episode, one-hour series stars Academy(R) and Golden Globe(R) winner Anna Paquin as Detective Annie Ryder, Shawn Doyle as Police Chief Peter Welland and Allen Leech as Eddie Roe.

[10/19/17 - 10:00 AM]
"Better Things" Renewed for Third Season - Peabody-Winning Comedy Series Returns to FX in 2018
"'Better Things' success is testament to the creative genius of Pamela Adlon as a writer, director and actor," said Eric Schrier.

[10/19/17 - 09:47 AM]
Discovery Channel's "Gold Rush" Finds Ratings Gold with Season 8 Premiere
Discovery further spins the numbers for Friday, October 13.

[10/19/17 - 08:30 AM]
Video: New Trailer - Netflix's "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond"
The film is director Chris Smith's fascinating deep dive into actor Jim Carrey's time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman.

[10/19/17 - 08:13 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX, "Empire" Hold Off the Demo Competition
The network's flagship drama is down week-to-week among adults 18-49.

[10/19/17 - 08:06 AM]
HGTV Stars Chip and Joanna Gaines Return for Season Five of "Fixer Upper" on Tuesday, November 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT
In May 2018, Joanna and Chip also will star in a new spin-off series, "Fixer Upper: Behind the Design."

[10/19/17 - 07:31 AM]
Video: Netflix Releases Second Trailer for "Marvel's The Punisher" and Reveals Launch Date
The Jon Bernthal-led drama will roll out Friday, November 17 on the streaming service.