or


[12/03/09 - 06:41 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, December 3
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 CITY/THE HILLS (MTV) - The cable channel has renewed both reality franchises, which wrapped their current seasons on Tuesdsay. Earlier this season Kristin Cavallari assumed "The Hills's" reigns from Lauren Conrad. Said pickup marks the sixth season of the series and the second for the Whitney Port-led "The City."


DELTA BLUES (TNT) - Abraham Benrubi ("Happy Town"), Celia Weston ("Observe and Report") and DJ Qualls ("Road Trip") have all joined the cast of the drama pilot, about Dwight Hendricks (Jason Lee), "a Memphis police officer who lives with his mother and moonlights as a tribute artist." Weston will play Dwight's mother with Benrubi as Sgt. J.C. Lightfoot, "a 6-foot-5 Caucasian man with a braided ponytail who is only one-eighth Chickasaw but lives by his tribe's wisdom and dispenses sage quotations to the rest of the Memphis detectives," and Qualls as "a cop and Dwight's protege." Leonard Howz, Robyn Lively and Sam Hennings also star in the Warner Horizon Television-based hour, which comes from co-creators Joshua Harto and Liz Garcia. Clark Johnson is directing.


HONEST (HBO, New!) - Eric Simonson (Hallmark's "Hamlet") is developing a new drama at the pay channel about "a secretive man who goes on the run." He'll write and executive produce the hour alongside Carolyn Strauss and Manage-Ment's Dan Halsted ("Platinum"). No other details were given.


INSIDE JOKES (FOX, New!) - Merv Griffin Entertainment and "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly are set team for a potential new improv series at the network. The project, which has a pilot order, which is billed as "a rapid-fire collection of one-liners and gags." Production is underway with Connolly, Roy Bank, Ted Brunetti, Ron Ward and John Moffitt executive producing. Cameron Bender is the host of the series with Carrie Wiita, Lauren Rose Lewis, Jay Phillips, Paul Schackman and Mary Scheer among the featured players. Brunetti created half-hour, which Gerry Cohen ("Rita Rocks") is directing.


TRUE BLOOD (HBO) - Grant Bowler ("Ugly Betty") and newcomer Theo Alexander are the latest additions to the show's third season. Alexander will play Talbot, "an 'intensely beautiful' vampire, the boyfriend of Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), the vampire king of Mississippi." Bowler then is set as Coot, "a werewolf, the menacing ringleader of a biker gang." Both roles are billed as recurring. Other characters yet to be cast include "white trash Debbie, hot Latino orderly Jesus, handsome vampire Franklin, alpha male werewolf Alcid and hot but trashy Chrystal."


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [december 2009]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· CITY, THE (MTV)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· ENTOURAGE (HBO)
· HAPPY TOWN (ABC)
· HILLS, THE (MTV)
· HONEST (HBO)
· INSIDE JOKES (FOX)
· MEMPHIS BEAT (TNT)
· PLATINUM (UPN)
· RITA ROCKS (LIFETIME)
· TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)











[05/22/15 - 01:09 PM]
First Look Images: FX's "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson"
Get your first look at Sarah Paulson, Billy Magnussen, John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Courtney Vance in the limited series, due in early 2016.

[05/22/15 - 11:02 AM]
"The Bastard Executioner" Swings Into Action This Fall on FX
Kurt Sutter's new series is billed as "a gripping and brutal journey through the Late Middle Ages."

[05/22/15 - 10:54 AM]
First Look Image: Danny Trejo as "The Regulator" on El Rey Network/Miramax's 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series"
Currently in production on its sophomore season, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is slated to return late Summer 2015.

[05/22/15 - 10:32 AM]
NBC's Star-Studded Inaugural Charity Event "Red Nose Day" Raises Over $21 Million to Help Lift Children and Young People Out of Poverty
Julia Roberts, Jimmy Fallon, Blake Shelton, Neill Patrick Harris, Richard Gere, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Pharell, Coldplay, One Direction and Zac Efron were just a few of the many celebrities appearing in the three-hour entertainment event.

[05/22/15 - 10:25 AM]
E! Delivers Ratings Highs Led by "Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce" Special and Season Finale of "The Royals"
E! further spins the numbers for Sunday, May 17.

[05/22/15 - 08:32 AM]
"500 Questions" Earns ABC's Best Summer Rating in its Slot Since August 2013
ABC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 08:31 AM]
"Mad Men" Finale Is Series' Highest-Rated Episode Ever Among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54
AMC further spins the numbers for Sunday, May 17.

[05/22/15 - 08:21 AM]
NBC's "Red Nose Day" Was No. 1 Among the Big 4 Networks in the 10 p.m. Hour
NBC spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 07:01 AM]
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 Delivers 47 Percent Ratings Increase from Last Time on ESPN
ESPN spins the numbers for Thursday, May 21.

[05/22/15 - 06:42 AM]
HGTV and DIY Network Greenlight Six New Series
After delivering 11 consecutive months of ratings growth, top 10 cable network HGTV, along with its sister network, DIY Network, have confirmed production orders for six new series.

[05/22/15 - 06:02 AM]
Netflix Announces "A Very Murray Christmas"
Written by Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray and Mitch Glazer and directed by Sofia Coppola, the special is an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself, as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City.

[05/22/15 - 06:01 AM]
CMT to Kickoff "Friday Night Lights" Memorial Day Event with the Network Premiere of the Film, And a Marathon of the Series Hosted by Jessie James Decker Featuring Fan-Voted Poll Results of Favorite Series Characters
Fans can head over to CMT's Facebook page to vote for their favorite "Friday Night Lights" characters from season one.

[05/22/15 - 05:31 AM]
Joel McHale Set to Host "The 2015 ESPYS" on ABC July 15
"The ESPYS" will be broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

[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.