or


[04/13/10 - 12:06 AM]
Development Update: Tuesday, April 13
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 AMERICAN PAINTER EMMA DIAL (HBO, New!) - Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote") is looking to bring Samantha Peale's novel of the same name, "an 'uptown/downtown' story set in [New York's] art world as a young woman grapples with an identity crisis and the limits of her potential," to the small screen. Sarah Treem ("How to Make It in America") is writing the pilot script, which is expected to be a half-hour. She'll also executive produce alongside Hoffman and his Cooper's Town banner partner Emily Ziff. Sara Murphy, also of the company, will produce.


BEACH LANE (NBC) - Patton Oswalt ("Big Fan") and Kristen Johnston ("3rd Rock From the Sun") have both been cast in the comedy pilot, about Mike Brennan (Matthew Broderick), a celebrity author hired by an irresponsible millionaire heir to run his struggling small-town newspaper in the Hamptons. He'll play James Wilson, the aforementioned heir who's "tanned and tousled from a life of leisure." Johnston then is set as Neelie Wilson, James's stepmother, who actually holds the purse strings. Paul Simms is behind the half-hour, which is set up at Broadway Video Television and Universal Media Studios.


INSATIABLE: TALES FROM A LIFE OF DELICIOUS EXCESS (Starz, New!) - Robert Lantos's Serendipity Point Films and Rob Lee's Bayonne Entertainment are developing Gael Greene's autobiography as a potential series for the pay channel. The 2006 book detailed the "Top Chef Masters" judge/New York Magazine's food writer's "affairs with famed chefs, porn stars and her experiences among the Studio 54 set, as well as her discoveries on the plate during her 40 years at New York mag." No writer has been tapped to pen the adaptation, which is being executive produced by Lantos and Lee with Serendipity's Ari Lantos and Mark Musselman serving as producers.


LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES (NBC) - Blake Masters ("Brotherhood") has been tapped to co-create the latest "Law & Order" spin-off, which could land a straight-to-series commitment. Franchise steward Dick Wolf is behind the hour, which is set up at his Universal Media Studios-based Wolf Films. No other specifics were given.


THE KILLING (AMC) - Billy Campbell ("The 4400") is the first to be cast in the drama pilot, which "ties together three distinct stories by a single murder and as the detectives assigned to the case disagree about the best course of action, they chase down a variety of leads and suspects." He'll play Darren Richmond ("early 40s, Gavin Newsom's good looks - minus the slick back"), a City Council President who's billed as Seattle's JFK. Veena Sud penned the hour, which is set up at Fox Television Studios and Mikkel Bondesen's Fuse Entertainment.


PERFECT COUPLES (NBC) - Kyle Howard ("My Boys") has been cast in the final principal role on the comedy pilot, about three couples at various stages of their relationships. He'll play Dave ("a no-drama guy who thoroughly enjoys his needier friends' quirks"), who's dating the equally low-maintenance Julia (Christine Woods). His casting is presumably in second position to the TBS series. David Walton, Hayes MacArthur, Mary Elizabeth Ellis and Olivia Munn co-star in the Universal Media Studios-based half-hour, which Andy Ackerman is helming off a script by Jon Pollack and Scott Silveri.


SECRET TREASURE (NBC, New!) - ITV Studios has booked a pilot order from the Peacock for a new game show in which "requires players to juggle instinct, intuition and attitude." Jeff Apploff ("Don't Forget the Lyrics!") is behind the project, which "pits six contestants against one another as they answer trivia questions and attempt to steal and reveal each other's cash-filled 'secret treasure boxes.'" He'll also executive produce, presumably alongside ITV CEO Paul Buccieri.


TEAM SPITZ (CBS) - Max Ehrich ("The Pregnancy Pact") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about Jeff Spitz (Rob Riggle), a bombastic high school football coach. He'll play Jake, a cocky player on the team who thinks he's entitled the starting quarterback job. Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Slavin also star in the project, which comes from director Ted Wass and co-creators Bill Martin and Mike Schiff. CBS Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television are co-producing. Separately, Ehrich is also set to guest star in the CBS drama presentation "The Quinn-tuplets," about five siblings whose childhood was documented on TV. He's on board as the teenage version of one of them, Patrick, who's played by Sam Witwer as an adult.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [april 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· 4400, THE (USA)
· AMERICAN PAINTER EMMA DIAL, THE (HBO)
· BEACH LANE (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS! (FOX)
· HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA (HBO)
· INSATIABLE: TALES FROM A LIFE OF DELICIOUS EXCESS (STARZ)
· KILLING, THE (NETFLIX)
· LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES (NBC)
· MY BOYS (TBS)
· PERFECT COUPLES (NBC)
· PREGNANCY PACT (LIFETIME)
· QUINN-TUPLETS, THE (CBS)
· SECRET TREASURE (NBC)
· TEAM SPITZ (CBS)
· THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN (NBC)
· TOP CHEF MASTERS (BRAVO)











[03/02/15 - 10:05 AM]
The World Television Premiere of "Ari Shaffir: Passive Aggressive" Debuts on Comedy Central on March 13 at Midnight ET/PT
For fans that can't wait for Shaffir's new material, the special will be available on March 13 on CC: Stand-Up Direct.

[03/02/15 - 10:02 AM]
HBO Secures Three-Year Broadcast Deal with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
Taping live April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall, the exclusive HBO special "2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" debuts Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and marks the 30th anniversary of the event.

[03/02/15 - 10:01 AM]
Video: BBC America's "Orphan Black" First Full Trailer and Show Release Now Live
Season three plunges the clone sisterhood, Project Leda, into unexpected territory with the realization that they're not alone.

[03/02/15 - 09:45 AM]
One Good Bird Seeks to Break the Rules in Nickelodeon's Brand-New Animated Series "Harvey Beaks" Premiering Sunday, March 29, At 7:00PM (ET/PT)
Viewers can catch a special first-look of the series, Saturday, March 28, at 9:30/8:30c immediately following the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards.

[03/02/15 - 09:29 AM]
Food Network Hits the High Seas in One-Hour Primetime Special "Disney Dream Cruise with Food Network" on Friday, March 27th at 8PM ET/PT
Melissa d'Arabian, Amanda Freitag, Katie Lee and Jeff Mauro have exclusive access and explore the inner workings on-board the Disney Dream cruise ship during the sun, fun and food-filled vacation experience with their family and friends.

[03/02/15 - 09:26 AM]
Showtime(R) Releases the Season Two Poster Art for Psychological Thriller "Penny Dreadful"
As previously announced, the new season rolls out on Sunday, May 3 at 10:00/9:00c.

[03/02/15 - 09:01 AM]
Live Television Broadcast of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy(R) Awards to Air Exclusively on Pop on Sunday, April 26 from the Historic Warner Bros. Studio Lot
In addition, NATAS announced that the Daytime Creative Arts Emmy(R) Awards gala will take place on Friday, April 24 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles.

[03/02/15 - 08:51 AM]
The Basketball Tournament Secures Television Deal With ESPN, Doubles Prize Money To $1 Million for Second Year of Winner Take-All Event
Opening rounds begin July 10-12 at regional sites in Los Angeles and Atlanta and continue July 17-19 in Chicago and Philadelphia.

[03/02/15 - 08:48 AM]
First Look BBC America's "London Spy" - Ben Whishaw Image Released
The project is the story of a chance romance between two people from very different worlds - one from the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service, the other from a world of clubbing and youthful excess.

[03/02/15 - 08:43 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: "Last Man on Earth" Opens on Top for FOX
The newcomer leads the night among adults 18-49.

[03/02/15 - 08:20 AM]
Ariana Grande, One Direction, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and Fifth Harmony Among Nominees for the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards
Categories for music's biggest event for families include fan favorites "They're The One - Best Music Group," "The Freshest - Best New Artist," "The Bestest - Song of the Year" and "XOXO - Best Crush Song."

[03/02/15 - 08:02 AM]
Golf Channel Announces New Competition Series, "Altered Course"
The series features teams as they navigate re-imagined and extreme golf holes in excess of 700 yards, traversing the natural obstacles and challenging terrain as fast as possible.

[03/02/15 - 08:00 AM]
Mark Cuban to Become the President of the United States with Ann Coulter Assuming Duties of Vice President in "Sharknado 3"
Also on tap are Bo Derek, Jerry Springer, Chris Kirkpatrick and Chris Jericho.

[03/02/15 - 07:17 AM]
Bravo Media's "The Real Housewives of New York City" Returns on Tuesday, April 7 at 9PM ET/PT
After a three-season hiatus, Bethenny Frankel makes her highly anticipated return joining Carole Radziwill, Heather Thomson, Kristen Taekman, LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and new housewife Dorinda Medley.

[03/02/15 - 06:05 AM]
Lori Loughlin and Bailee Madison Start Production on the Highly Anticipated Holiday Adventure "Northpole: Open for Christmas" (wt) A Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere Holiday 2015
Loughlin stars as Mackenzie, a successful businesswoman who inherits her beloved aunt's inn, and chooses to restore the hotel to its original grandeur only to sell it right before Christmas.