or


[11/29/10 - 06:38 PM]
Development Update: Monday, November 29
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!


AZTECS (Starz, New!) - Hans Beimler ("The Middleman") is developing an eight-part limited series for the pay channel billed as "a historic re-telling of the romantic relationship between Hernan Cortes and Malinali whose love story was a twisted tale of passion and deceit, of murder, ambition, and shattered dreams that brought an empire to its knees, forever altering the fate of America and Europe." Eva Longoria and Virginia Trinkle of Unbelievable Entertainment are reportedly executive producing alongside Beimler.


BIRD DOG (TNT) - Eliza Dushku ("Dollhouse") has booked the female lead on the drama pilot, about "an unlikely partnership of two cops who happen to be father and daughter." She'll play Gail McGrath, "who followed in her father's footsteps in becoming a police officer but had little else in common with him. She left the big city she had grown up in to move to a small Pacific Northwestern town where she was patrolling the streets until her dad, a NYC cop, showed up on her front doorstep to join her as her new partner." Mike Robe is behind the hour, which is set up at Warner Horizon Television.


BRAIN TRUST (TBS) - D.B. Sweeney ("The Event") has scored the lead role on the drama pilot, about Detective Billy Doyle, "whose career and life have hit rock bottom after he accidentally ends his partner's career. Doyle's life gets turned around, however, when a recent murder case gets unexpected and unconventional help from three hyper-smart geniuses from a private think tank. If Doyle can survive the chaos and keep these new partners in line, they just may be the antidote to resurrect his career and, ultimately, his life." Dean Devlin and Marco Schnabel are behind the hour, which comes from the former's Electric Entertainment.


LIFE UNEXPECTED (The CW) - Co-star Kristoffer Polaha has inked a talent holding deal with The CW's corporate siblings CBS and CBS Television Studios. The pact calls for the duo to develop a new series projects for the actor or cast him in one of their existing properties should the netlet drama not return for a third season.


PARENTING BY COMMITTEE (ABC, New!) - Alyssa Embree and Jessica Koosed are developing a new comedy at the network about "four single women who find their lives completely changed when one discovers she is having a baby. The four proceed to raise the boy without a man via parenting by committee." Said half-hour is set up at ABC Studios and Eva Longoria's Unbelievable Entertainment. Embree and Koosed are penning the pilot and executive producing alongside Longoria and Virginia Trinkle.


SENDERA (ABC, New!) - Actors-turned-producers Eva Longoria ("Desperate Housewives") and Kathryn Morris ("Cold Case") are developing a new drama for the Alphabet "described as a modern day Shakespearean drama about two wealthy families, one from Texas the other from Mexico, locked in a struggle for power, land, sex and legacy." Sally Robinson is penning the hour, which Longoria and Morris will executive produce via their respective companies, Unbelievable Entertainment and Hotplate Productions, for ABC Studios. Alan Barnette, Josh Gold and Virginia Trinkle are also believed to be executive producers.


UNTITLED KEVIN WILLIAMSON PROJECT (The CW, New!) - Kevin Williamson ("The Vampire Diaries") is in the early stages of developing a potential new drama for the netlet about "a group of people who investigate paranormal happenings." Fellow "Diaries" co-creator Julie Plec is reportedly in talks to come onboard and co-write the project with him. Williamson recently inked an overall deal with producer Warner Bros. Television.


UNTITLED OWEN BENJAMIN PROJECT (FOX, New!) - Comedian Owen Benjamin ("The Jay Leno Show") is set to star in a potential multi-camera comedy for the network about "a question-everything high school counselor balancing bachelorhood and his eccentric family." Marsh McCall ("Ruby & the Rockits") is co-writing the half-hour and will executive produce alongside Bill Haber, Peter Principato, Paul Young and Joel Zadak for ABC Studios.






  [november 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· AZTECS (STARZ)
· BIRD DOG (TNT)
· BRAIN TRUST (TBS)
· COLD CASE (CBS)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DOLLHOUSE (FOX)
· EVENT, THE (NBC)
· GHOST (CW)
· JAY LENO SHOW, THE (NBC)
· LIFE UNEXPECTED (CW)
· MIDDLEMAN, THE (ABC FAMILY)
· PARENTING BY COMMITTEE (ABC)
· SENDERA (ABC)
· UNTITLED KRISTOFFER POLAHA PROJECT (CBS)
· UNTITLED OWEN BENJAMIN PROJECT (FOX)
· VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE (CW)





[12/02/20 - 12:31 PM]
AMC+ Airs First-Ever "The Walking Dead Holiday Special" on Sunday, December 13
As previously announced, the six new episodes will debut Sunday, February 28 at 9:00/8:00c followed by a new episode of "Talking Dead" each week.

[12/02/20 - 12:16 PM]
ESPN & ABC Combine to Nationally Televise All Five NBA Christmas Day Games with 13 Consecutive Hours of Live Event Coverage
This marks ESPN's 19th season of Christmas Day game coverage.

[12/02/20 - 12:05 PM]
College Football Catapults Viewership Across ESPN Networks to Register Record Thanksgiving Weekend
ESPN spins the numbers for Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28.

[12/02/20 - 10:40 AM]
Video: All-New Extended Trailer for "The Masked Dancer," Premiering Sunday, December 27 on FOX!
The spin-off series will regularly air on Wednesday nights beginning January 6.

[12/02/20 - 10:34 AM]
OWN Expands Popular Friday Night Unscripted Series Lineup with "Belle Collective" Premiering January 15
The new series centers on the personal and professional lives of five successful, glamourous boss women who are redefining what it means to be a southern belle in Jackson, Mississippi.

[12/02/20 - 10:00 AM]
CBS All Access Renews Six-Man Football Docuseries "Texas 6" for Second Season
The first three episodes are currently available to stream exclusively on CBS All Access, with new episodes available on-demand weekly on Thursdays beginning tomorrow.

[12/02/20 - 09:56 AM]
Video: All-New Extended Trailer for "Call Me Kat," Premiering Sunday, January 3 on FOX!
As previously announced, the Mayim Bialik-led comedy premieres Sunday, January 3.

[12/02/20 - 09:03 AM]
Tubi Adds "The Masked Dancer" to Its Expanding Lineup of FOX Entertainment Programming
Episodes will be made available on Tubi shortly after their linear premiere.

[12/02/20 - 09:02 AM]
Ken Jeong and Joel McHale Count Down to 2021 on the All-New Special "FOX's New Year's Eve Toast & Roast 2021" (working title) Thursday, December 31, on FOX
Jeong and McHale will commemorate the past year from coast-to-coast with a live, three-and-a-half-hour "Toast & Roast" to 2020.

[12/02/20 - 09:01 AM]
FOX Unmasks a Fifth Season of Television's #1 Entertainment Show, "The Masked Singer"
"This show brings joy to so many families across the country, especially during these trying times, and we can't wait to get even more celebrities suited up in crazy costumes for an hour of pure fun every week," said Rob Wade.

[12/02/20 - 09:01 AM]
Discovery Announces the Global Launch of discovery+, The Definitive Streaming Service for the Best Real Life Entertainment in the World, Debuting January 4, 2021
Verizon will accelerate adoption of discovery+ in the U.S. with an exclusive offer that makes original programming and on-demand favorites available to new and existing customers with select plans.

[12/02/20 - 09:01 AM]
Adult Swim Greenlights Half-Hour Comedy "Teenage Euthanasia"
Set in a mildly apocalyptic near-future, "Teenage Euthanasia" centers around the Fantasy Family and their inland Florida funeral home, Tender Endings.

[12/02/20 - 08:59 AM]
Stream "Euphoria" Special Episode Early on HBO Max
HBO Max is surprising fans with an early late-night premiere of a new special episode on Thursday, December 3.

[12/02/20 - 08:32 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Bachelorette" Tops Demos for ABC
The Alphabet once again leads the night among adults 18-49 while NBC is the most-watched network.

[12/02/20 - 08:00 AM]
Nickelodeon's Brand-New Animated Preschool Series "Kinderwood" Debuts on Noggin, Net's Interactive Learning Service, Thursday, Dec. 3
A special festive episode will also air Thursday, December 3 on Nickelodeon as part of the net's "Nickmas" holiday-themed lineup.