or


[09/15/09 - 06:28 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, September 15
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 BLACK PANTHERS/IDA TARBELL (HBO, New!) - Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films is developing a pair of historical mini-series at the pay channel. First up is "Ida Tarbell," about the life of the journalist who exposed the unfair practices of John D. Rockefeller and his Standard Oil monopoly. Mimosa Jones ("Wild Card") is writing the script. Also in the works is "The Black Panthers," a look at the inner circle of the 1960s movement based on David Hilliard's "Huey: Spirit of the Panther" and Elaine Brown's "A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story." Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress") is attached to write and direct the project. Both efforts will be executive produced by Winfrey and Harpo's Kate Forte. Franklin, Jesse B. Franklin, Cecil Cox and Craig Rice are also attached as executive producers on "Panthers."


DOLLHOUSE (FOX) - "Reaper" alum Ray Wise has booked an arc on the sophomore drama. He'll play Howard, "an intelligent higher-up in the Dollhouse who has huge presence and humor," Entertainment Weekly reports. It's not clear when his first episode will air. Wise joins previously announced guests Jamie Bamber, Keith Carradine, Alexis Denisoff, and Summer Glau on the show's new season, due on Friday, September 25 at 9:00/8:00c.


HANK (ABC) - Jordan Hinson ("Eureka") has joined the cast of the freshman comedy, set to launch on Wednesday, September 30 at 8:00/7:00c. She'll play Maddie, the daughter of Kelsey Grammer's character. Hinson is the third actress attached to said role: Macey Cruthird played Maddie in the original pilot only to be replaced by Sasha Pieterse back in July. Hinson was subsequently brought in after producers decided to age the Maddie character. In addition, Andrew D. Weyman ("Roommates") was tapped to helm the new pilot, which was filmed last month. James Burrows directed the original pilot.


PARENTHOOD (NBC) - Oscar- and Emmy-winner Helen Hunt reportedly has been offered the role of Maura Tierney's character on the midseason drama. Last week Tierney announced she could not participate on the freshman drama due to her breast cancer treatment. The series revolves around four adult siblings (including Peter Krause, Erika Christensen and Dax Shepard) and their parents (Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson). Jason Katims is behind the Universal Media Studios-based project and is executive producing alongside Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.


SINS OF THE MOTHER (LMN, New!) - Jill Scott ("The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency") has been tapped to star in the original movie, about "a grad student who returns home to face her abusive, alcoholic mother only to discover that her mom is sober and has a 3-year-old daughter and new life." Scott would play the mother in the project, which is based on Carleen Brice's book "Orange Mint and Honey." Paul Kaufman is directing the project from a script by Elizabeth Hunter with Damon Lee executive producing for Mother Road Productions. Production is set to begin this week.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [september 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· BLACK PANTHERS, THE (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DOLLHOUSE (FOX)
· EUREKA (SYFY)
· HANK (ABC)
· IDA TARBELL (HBO)
· NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY, THE (HBO)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· REAPER (CW)
· SINS OF THE MOTHER (LMN)
· WILD CARD (LIFETIME)





[09/15/14 - 01:22 PM]
"Genesis - Sum of the Parts" to Make Its Premiere on Showtime(R)
The film reunites the multi-Platinum-selling, Grammy(R)-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band to tell personal accounts of their rise to fame and fortune.

[09/15/14 - 12:49 PM]
FX Rides "Sons of Anarchy" to Record Ratings
FX spins the numbers for Tuesday, September 9.

[09/15/14 - 12:25 PM]
Galaxy's Quest: On October 11, Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy Returns to Rescue Frantic Felines and Their Guardians
"My Cat from Hell" returns with seven all-new episodes of rescuing out-of-control cats and repairing the relationships they're ruining.

[09/15/14 - 12:16 PM]
New Episodes of CNBC's Popular Series "The Profit" Return Tuesday, October 14 at 10PM ET/PT
The 10 original hour-long episodes, including a special update episode, follow self-made millionaire and serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis as he saves struggling businesses while investing his own cash in the process.

[09/15/14 - 11:01 AM]
Travis Pastrana and the "Nitro Circus Live" Crew Return to MTV2 for All-New Season on Wednesday, October 8 at 11 P.M. ET/PT
Additionally, "Nitro Circus: The Movie" will make its world television premiere on MTV2 on Wednesday October 1 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

[09/15/14 - 10:52 AM]
Take It Off with VH1 for Season Two of "Dating Naked"
The first season of "Dating Naked" has been averaging a .6 among Adults 18-49 and averaging 1 million total viewers (P 2+) each week, based on Live +3 ratings.

[09/15/14 - 10:28 AM]
A&E Network Premieres New Original Series "Dead Again" Thursday, October 2 at 10:00 PM ET/PT
The hour-long series follows a top team of detectives who will re-examine controversial murder cases in which unresolved questions still linger long after the verdict was determined.

[09/15/14 - 10:11 AM]
Hallmark Channel Announces World Television Premiere of Hallmark Hall of Fame Original Movie, "One Christmas Eve", Starring Anne Heche, November 30
In "One Christmas Eve," Anne Heche stars as a recently-divorced mom who wants her two kids' first Christmas "without dad" to be perfect.

[09/15/14 - 10:04 AM]
Langley Productions and Spike TV to Honor "Cops" Audio Technician Bryce Dion
Bryce Dion was a 7-year veteran of "Cops" who was tragically killed during production on August 26 in Omaha, NE.

[09/15/14 - 09:43 AM]
"Friends Flyaway to New York" Sweepstakes Gives Fans a Chance to Win a Trip to Visit the Central Perk Pop-Up Shop Brought to You by Eight O'clock Coffee
Said contest is timed with the 20th anniversary of the premiere of "Friends."

[09/15/14 - 09:36 AM]
Syfy's New Zombie Series "Z Nation" Bites Off 1.6 Million Viewers During September 12 Premiere
Syfy spins the numbers for Friday, September 12.

[09/15/14 - 09:14 AM]
American Heroes Channel Reveals How History Got It Wrong in "America: Facts vs. Fiction"
The series returns with with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, October 7 at 10:00/9:00c.

[09/15/14 - 09:00 AM]
"Conan" to Celebrate George Harrison the Week of Sept. 22 with Performances by Beck, Norah Jones, Dhani Harrison & Friends and More
The celebration will coincide with the release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75, a major reissue of the artists' first six solo albums.

[09/15/14 - 08:58 AM]
Nickelodeon's TV and Digital Channels to Go Dark for Eleventh Annual Worldwide Day of Play, Saturday, Sept. 20
Additionally, the network's national prosocial partners - United States Tennis Association, NFL PLAY 60, the Boys and Girls Club of America and Key Club, among others - will host several thousand local events across the country to help celebrate kids' love of play.

[09/15/14 - 08:47 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Sunday Night Football" Keeps NBC on Top
The Peacock easily wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.