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)











[01/28/15 - 02:41 PM]
"Pretty Little Liars" Is Tuesday's #1 TV Telecast in Women 18-34 and Females 12-34
ABC Family spins the numbers for Tuesday, January 27.

[01/28/15 - 02:27 PM]
Tamera Mowry of ABC Family's "Melissa & Joey" to Participate in Live Twitter Chat with Fans Tonight
Starting at 8pm ET/5pm PT, fans can tweet Tamera Mowry (@TameraMowryTwo) using #MelissaandJoeychat in their message.

[01/28/15 - 02:23 PM]
Disney XD's Special 1-Hour "Lab Rats" Delivers 6-Month Ratings Highs in Total Viewers and Across Target Kid and Boy Demographics
Disney XD spins the numbers for Monday, January 26.

[01/28/15 - 02:20 PM]
History's(R) "Sons of Liberty" Concludes with 3.3 Million Total Viewers
History spins the numbers for Tuesday, January 27.

[01/28/15 - 02:10 PM]
TNT to Premiere "Neighborhood Sessions with Jennifer Lopez," First in a New Series of Music Specials with Partner State Farm(R)
The special is slated to premiere Saturday, February 14 during TNT's exclusive coverage of NBA All-Star Weekend, directly following the network's coverage of State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday.

[01/28/15 - 01:35 PM]
Romance Takes Center Stage in Oxygen Media's "Two Weeks of Real Love" Movie Marathon Beginning Monday, February 2 Leading Up to Valentine's Day
The romantic comedies include fan favorites such as the 1989 classic "Say Anything" "Maid in Manhattan," "Serendipity," "13 Going on 30," "License to Wed" and more.

[01/28/15 - 01:19 PM]
"Gold Rush" Sets Season Record with More Than Six Million Viewers on Friday, January 23
Discovery spins the numbers for Friday, January 23.

[01/28/15 - 01:16 PM]
Premiere of "Ellen's Design Challenge" Captures #1 Spot on HGTV's Monday Night Lineup
HGTV spins the numbers for Monday, January 26.

[01/28/15 - 11:42 AM]
Video: Key & Peele Deliver All-New East/West Bowl "Pro Edition" Ahead of the "Key & Peele Super Bowl Special"
The special premieres Super Bowl Weekend on Friday, January 30 at 10:00/9:00c on Comedy Central.

[01/28/15 - 11:28 AM]
WGN America Announces Premiere Date for Season Two of Its Spellbinding Original Drama "Salem" and Debuts First-Look Photo
The show's 13-episode sophomore run kicks off on Sunday, April 5 at 10:00/9:00c.

[01/28/15 - 11:25 AM]
Nick Offerman Stars in Digital Short Promoting NBC Sports Group's NASCAR Coverage
One 30-second and one 60-second TV spot from the video will air this Sunday during NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX, beginning with pre-game coverage at Noon ET.

[01/28/15 - 11:18 AM]
Trailer Park: "Welcome to Myrtle Manor" Is Back on the Map with Season Three on TLC
Look for the first of 10 new episodes on Thursday, February 26 at 10:00/9:00c.

[01/28/15 - 11:01 AM]
New Spike TV Series Helps Families in Financial Crisis
In "Family Takeover," Victor Antonio, a Fortune 500 business strategist, helps families pull themselves out from the economic abyss.

[01/28/15 - 10:04 AM]
Production Has Begun on the Starz Original Series "Blunt Talk"
The Patrick Stewart-led comedy will launch this summer on the pay channel.

[01/28/15 - 09:26 AM]
Bravo Media Celebrates the Oscars on "Inside the Actors Studio" with Neil Patrick Harris Airing February 12 at 8PM ET/PT
"We have a history of celebrating the Academy Awards on 'Inside the Actors Studio,'" said Lipton. "This year we have the Oscar host himself, Neil Patrick Harris, making magic, literally and figuratively, on our stage."