or


[09/15/10 - 07:08 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, 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!


ALCATRAZ (FOX, New!) - FOX has snagged J.J. Abrams's top-secret drama project, about "mysteries, secrets and the most infamous prison of all time." Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt are behind the hour, which Abrams and Bryan Burk are executive producing via their Warner Bros. Television-based Bad Robot banner. Sarnoff, Abrams and Burk then will serve as executive producers with Lilien and Wynbrandt as co-executive producers. It's understood FOX has given a pilot order to the project.


BETHENNY GETTING MARRIED (Bravo) - Filming has reportedly begun on a second season of the reality series. The cable channel however has yet to confirm said development or any potential title change due to the fact Frankel has now wed.


THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS) - Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons have all completed their salary negotiations after almost three months. The trio will each earn $200,000 an episode for the upcoming fourth season, up from about $60,000 last season. Subsequent paydays are pegged at $250,000 for Season 5, $300,000 for Season 6 and $350,000 for Season 7. In addition, they'll receive 0.25% of the show's lucrative backend with over $1 million paid in an advance against it now and another $1 million in Season 7. Meanwhile, co-stars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are likewise set to begin their own negotiations shortly.


CSI: NY (CBS) - Emmy-winner John Larroquette has booked a new gig on the veteran crime procedural. He'll play Deputy Chief of Manhattan Borough Detectives Ted Carver, who "butts heads with Mac (Gary Sinise) when it appears the Big Apple is being terrorized by a sniper" beginning in the November 5 episode. His character is further detailed as "hard-nosed and savvy, Carver rose through the ranks and carefully navigated the political waters of the NYPD to obtain the rank of Deputy Chief."


DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC) - John Schneider ("Smallville") is the latest addition to the Sunday soap. He'll play the father of the incoming Brian Austin Green, beginning with the seventh episode this season. No other specifics were given.


HOUSE (FOX) - Emmy-winner Candice Bergen has been cast as Cuddy's (Lisa Edelstein) mother on the long-running medical drama. She'll first appear in a November episode and is expected to stick around until January. Details about her character however are being kept under wraps.


HUMAN TARGET (FOX) - Tracie Thoms ("Cold Case") has landed a role on the show's sophomore season. She'll play Michelle, the ex-wife of Chi McBride's character, a role which may be recurring. Look for her first appearance in episode five, which also features Roger Bart.


PRINCE OF TIDES (ABC) - The Alphabet is once again trying to bring Pat Conroy's 1986 novel-turned-1991 Barbra Streisand/Nick Nolte film, about "a destructive family relationship and a father's abuse of his wife and children told through the eyes of one of the grown-up children," to the small screen. Craig Anderson originally sold the project as a TV movie back in 2003, which ultimately never moved forward. Bob Brush and Mel Harris are penning the new project, which is being eyed as a full-fledged series. Sony Pictures Television then is producing alongside Anderson, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum and Mitch Hurwitz. Conroy is on board as a non-writing consultant.


UNTITLED VICE PRESIDENT PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Sheldon Turner ("Up in the Air") and Shaun Cassidy ("Invasion") are developing a new dramedy at the Alphabet about a fictional vice president and his female chief of staff. Said hour, which is set up at ABC Studios, will be "less about politics and more about office dynamics, including a budding romance between the chief of staff and the veepee's son." Turner and Cassidy will then executive produce along with Jennifer Klein.


Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters





  [september 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· ALCATRAZ (FOX)
· BETHENNY EVER AFTER (BRAVO)
· BIG BANG THEORY, THE (CBS)
· COLD CASE (CBS)
· CSI: NEW YORK (CBS)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HOUSE (FOX)
· HUMAN TARGET (FOX)
· INVASION (ABC)
· PRINCE OF TIDES (ABC)
· SMALLVILLE (CW)
· UNTITLED VICE PRESIDENT PROJECT (ABC)











[05/23/15 - 09:21 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Wins Demo Race with "Shark Tank" Repeat
The Alphabet leads the night among adults 18-49.

[05/23/15 - 08:21 AM]
ABC Leads Its 7th Straight Friday in Adults 18-49 with the Top 3 Shows
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, May 22.

[05/23/15 - 06:29 AM]
NBA Western Conference Finals Game 2 Delivers 49 Percent Audience Increase from Last Time on ESPN
ESPN spins the numbers for Friday, May 22.

[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 - 08:42 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: Repeats Power CBS to Victory in Viewers, Demos
"The Big Bang Theory" is the evening's top show in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[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.