or


[02/08/10 - 06:52 PM]
Development Update: Monday, February 8
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!


AMERICAN CHOPPER (TLC) - The cable channel has pulled the plug on the veteran reality series after six seasons, TMZ.com reports. "The Teutuls will always be a part of the Discovery family and we congratulate them on a tremendously successful series run," a spokesperson told the site. The show's final episode airs this Thursday at 9:00/8:00c.


187 DETROIT (ABC) - Aisha Hinds ("Hawthorne") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about "a fictional documentary crew that follows a top homicide division." She'll play Maureen Mason, a 15-year veteran lieutenant who's overworked and underpaid. John Michael Hill also stars in the hour, which comes from ABC Studios and Mandeville Films. Jeff Nachmanoff is directing from a script by Jason Richman.


THE EVENT (NBC) - Jason Ritter ("Parenthood") has landed the lead role on the drama pilot, about "a decent, regular fellow who battles against mysterious circumstances that envelope a larger conspiracy." He'll play Sean Walker, said fellow, in the project, which comes from creator Nick Wauters and Universal Media Studios. Russ Buchholz and Steve Stark also serve as executive producers.


HAWAII FIVE-O (CBS) - "Lost" co-star Daniel Dae Kim is the first to be cast on the drama pilot, an update of the classic cop series. He's on board as Chin Ho Kelly, a role played by Kam Fong in the original series. Meanwhile, Alex O'Loughlin ("Three Rivers") is reportedly in talks to topline the hour as Steve McGarrett. Alex Kurtzman, Peter Lenkov and Roberto Orci co-created the project, which is set up at CBS Television Studios.


MATADORS (ABC) - Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights") is likewise the first to sign onto the drama pilot, about "two feuding Chicago families, one in the district attorney's office and the other in the city's most influential private law firm." He's believed to be playing Alex Galloway, a third-generation Chicago defense attorney who's in the midst of a "Romeo & Juliet"-esque romance with a member of the other clan. Sony Pictures Television is behind the hour, which comes from creator Jack Orman.


NO ORDINARY FAMILY (ABC) - Emmy-winner Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") is set to topline the drama pilot, about a typical American family who gains special abilities after their plane crash lands into the Amazon River. He'll play Jim Powell, the clan's patriarch who acquires super strength, in the ABC Studios-based project. In addition, he'll serve as a co-executive producer alongside co-creators Greg Berlanti and Jon Harmon Feldman. David Semel ("Rex Is Not Your Lawyer") is also on board to direct and executive produce.


OPEN BOOKS (CBS) - Laura Benanti ("Eli Stone") has landed the lead role on the comedy pilot, about a book editor at a small boutique publishing house in New York. She'll play said woman, June Gage, in the project, which comes from Warner Bros. Television. Gail Lerner penned the multi-camera half-hour and is executive producing.


RIDE ALONG (FOX) - Todd Williams has scored a role on the drama pilot, about "one of Chicago's toughest cops as he struggles to clean up the corruption in town." He'll play Isaac Joiner, "a beat copper who thrives on the adrenaline of his job." Shawn Ryan is behind the hour, which comes from 20th Century Fox Television.


THE QUICKENING (A&E) - The cable channel has apparently passed on the drama pilot, about "a bi-polar LAPD detective must wrestle with the fact that the medication she has been prescribed makes her "normal" but her disorder, with all the paranoia and risks it comes with, makes her extraordinary." Radha Mitchell toplined the hour, which also starred Amaury Nolasco, Jeffrey Nordling, John Heard and Michael Arden. Jennifer Salt penned the project for Fox Television Studios. No specific reason was given for the decision. A&E has one other drama pilot, "Sugarloaf," still under consideration for a series pickup.


TRUE LOVE (CBS) - Minka Kelly ("Friday Night Lights") has been cast in the comedy pilot, about four twentysomething in New York looking for love. She'll play one of the quartet, Kate Windsor, "a pretty, clean-scrubbed Midwestern who is a sweet but strong-willed romantic." Matt Tarses is behind the project, which is co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios. Jamie Tarses also serves as an executive producer via her FanFare Productions.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [february 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· AMERICAN CHOPPER (DISCOVERY)
· CHICAGO CODE, THE (FOX)
· DETROIT 187 (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· ELI STONE (ABC)
· EVENT, THE (NBC)
· FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (DIRECTV)
· GLADES, THE (A AND E)
· HAWAII FIVE-0 (CBS)
· HAWTHORNE (TNT)
· LOST (ABC)
· MAD LOVE (CBS)
· MATADORS (ABC)
· NO ORDINARY FAMILY (ABC)
· OPEN BOOKS (CBS)
· PARENTHOOD (NBC)
· QUICKENING, THE (A AND E)
· REX IS NOT YOUR LAWYER (NBC)
· SHIELD, THE (FX)
· THREE RIVERS (CBS)





[02/11/16 - 02:49 PM]
FOX Sports Secures National Television Rights to Titans of Mavericks Big Wave Surfing Event
"This winter has already seen some of the biggest waves ridden around the world," says Melissa Forman.

[02/11/16 - 02:33 PM]
CMT's "Party Down South" Boosts Thursday Night Programming Block with Strong Premiere and Double-Digit Growth in Week 2
CMT further spins the numbers for Thursday, January 28 and Thursday, February 4.

[02/11/16 - 01:51 PM]
AMC Orders New Late-Night Talk Show, "Geeking Out" (Working Title)
The 30-minute show will take a timely look at pop culture through a fanboy lens and feature talk, clips, celebrity interviews and out-of-the-studio segments.

[02/11/16 - 01:28 PM]
Video: "Silicon Valley" - Season 3 Tease (HBO)
The pay channel releases the first tease for the new season, premiering Sunday, April 24.

[02/11/16 - 01:13 PM]
The CW Sets Upcoming Premiere Dates and Returns
Highlights include the premiere of "Containment" (Tuesday, April 19) and the return of "Reign" (Monday, April 25) and "Beauty and the Beast" (Thursday, June 2).

[02/11/16 - 01:09 PM]
History's Epic Event Series "Roots" Set to Premiere on Memorial Day 2016
"Roots" will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to History.

[02/11/16 - 11:40 AM]
HGTV "Fixer Upper" Crushed Cable Ratings Among P25-54 and W25-54 on Tuesday Night
HGTV spins the numbers for Tuesday, February 9.

[02/11/16 - 11:36 AM]
Hulu Acquires Exclusive Streaming Rights to Syfy's "12 Monkeys" in New Deal with NBCUniversal
Through the deal, Hulu acquires a full library of programming for series "Battlestar Galactica" and "Saved by the Bell," which are available to stream now.

[02/11/16 - 11:20 AM]
Animal Planet's "Insane Pools: Off the Deep End" Transforms Boring Pools Into Backyard Paradises
This season, the team dives into a slew of firsts, including some of their biggest builds, new locations and extreme, never-before-attempted creations.

[02/11/16 - 11:08 AM]
"The Willis Family" Returns to TLC with a Music and Family-Filled Second Season
The Willis are back with an all-new type of balancing act as they swap life on the road for their home in Nashville in the new season premiering on Tuesday, March 15.

[02/11/16 - 11:01 AM]
"LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures" Is Coming to Disney XD this Summer
The fun-filled adventure comedy series will introduce all-new heroes and villains in exciting adventures with many familiar Star Wars characters.

[02/11/16 - 10:05 AM]
FYI(TM) Premieres New Original Series "Bride & Prejudice" Tuesday, March 8 at 9PM ET/PT
The series follows three star-crossed couples who desperately want to get married, but whose prejudiced family members do not approve of their unions.

[02/11/16 - 10:01 AM]
Multiple Grammy Award Winners Yolanda Adams and Michael W. Smith to Perform on "The Passion"
Adams will kick off the show with a special live performance and Smith has been tapped for a role as one of Jesus' disciples.

[02/11/16 - 09:51 AM]
Spike's "Bar Rescue" Celebrates 100th Episode on Sunday, March 6 at 9/8c
For said installment, Jon Taffer heads to a Minneapolis, MN suburb to settle the score between two feuding bar owners at Mac & Chester's and SRO.

[02/11/16 - 09:31 AM]
Disney Junior's "Doc McStuffins" to Feature Adoption Storyline When the McStuffins Family Welcomes a Baby This Spring
"Doc McStuffins" has been lauded globally for its imaginative storytelling about a young girl who aspires to be a doctor like her mom and runs a clinic for stuffed animals and toys.