or


[03/24/11 - 11:50 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, March 24
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!


BAD MOM (ABC) - Johnny Pemberton ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") has snagged a role on the comedy pilot, about Julia (Jenna Elfman), a single mother of two, who's forced to actually raise her kids once her mother, Marian (Frances Conroy) - who had been filling said void, decides she wants her life back. He's presumably playing Indiana ("short, wispy moustache"), the teenage drop out son of Julia's friend Linda (Sharon Horgan) who's either smoking pot or feebly trying to put the moves on Julia. Tom Everett Scott also stars in the ABC Studios-based half-hour, which Chris Koch is directing from a script by Horgan.


BLACK JACK (Comedy Central, New!) - Producer/director David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express") is reportedly close to a cast-contingent pilot commitment from the cable channel for a new single-camera comedy about the title character "who, after 20 years as the most kick-ass special ops agent the US government has had on its payroll, finally goes too far and is de-commissioned. He's sent home to begin the most treacherous mission he's ever faced -- normal life." Michael Starrbury penned the half-hour which Green will direct with his Rough House partners Danny McBride, Jody Hill and Matt Reilly also on board to executive produce.


CHEW (Showtime, New!) - John Layman and Rob Guillory's comic book - about federal agent Tony Chu, a "cibopath" able to get psychic impression from the things he eats who is assigned to the most usual and bizarre crimes - is being developed as a comedy at the pay channel. Terri Hughes Burton and Ron Milbauer ("Eureka") penned the adaptation, which is expected to be "tweaked under Showtime's guidance," with Stephen Hopkins attached to direct. Said trio will also executive produce alongside Circle of Confusion's David Engel with Hopkins's producing partner Kate Garwood producing.


COOPER & STONE (The CW) - David Ramsey ("Outlaw") has booked a role on the drama pilot, about two pop culture savvy detectives - Jenna Cooper (Alex Breckenridge) and Stone (Vanessa Ferlito) - working in Chicago's Northside precinct. He'll play Frank Mazzara, a "gruff, veteran uniform cop" who was once Stone's training officer. Riley Smith co-stars in the CBS Television Studios-based hour, from director John Dahl and writer Laurie Arent.


GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES (ABC) - Mark Deklin ("Lone Star") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), a widowed mother of two who - to get a fresh start - moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up. He'll play Blake Caruth ("dashingly handsome"), Amanda's first crush who's now married to Cricket (Miriam Shor), a former Plain Jane who was tormented by Amanda as a teen. Alan Poul is directing the ABC Studios-based hour, from writer Robert Harling. Annie Potts, David James Elliott, Jennifer Aspen, Kristin Chenoweth and Marisol Nichols also star.


THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN EARS (AMC, New!) - Scott Rosenberg ("Happy Town") has booked a potential drama at the cable channel about "a record executive with kids who tries to balance work and family life." Said hour, which is based on the Danish series of the same name, is set up at Fox Television Studios.


PAN AM (ABC) - Jack Orman has signed a new two-year, seven-figure overall deal with producer Sony Pictures Television. The pact covers his duties on the pilot, a period drama about the pilots and flight attendants working at the iconic Pan Am airline in the 1960s, should it go to series as well as any future development.


VOYAGE (AMC, New!) - John Shiban ("Breaking Bad") is developing a new drama at the network described as "a grounded look at human beings' first contact with extraterrestrial life seen through the eyes of an ambitious female scientist and her team at Jet Propulsion Laboratories." Sony Pictures Television is behind the hour with Lynda Obst producing. "Voyage" is one of six projects being eyed by AMC for potential pilot orders, including the aforementioned "The Man With the Golden Ears" and the previously announced "The Fourth Estate," from creator Gideon Yago, Landscape Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America.


WONDER WOMAN (NBC) - Justin Bruening ("Knight Rider") has been tapped as Steve Trevor in the drama pilot, about the DC Comics heroine of the same name. Trevor is the government agent who crash landed on Themyscira, home of the mythical Amazons; fell in love with one of them, Diana (Adrianne Palicki); and brought her back with him to New York. They've since broken up as Diana now operates out of L.A. and Steve is a lawyer for the Justice Department. Cary Elwes, Elizabeth Hurley, Pedro Pascal and Tracie Thoms also star in the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, which Jeffrey Reiner is directing from a script by David E. Kelley.






  [march 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
  


· BAD MOM (ABC)
· BLACK JACK (COMEDY CENTRAL)
· BREAKING BAD (AMC)
· CHEW (SHOWTIME)
· COOPER & STONE (CW)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EUREKA (SYFY)
· FOURTH ESTATE (AMC)
· GCB (ABC)
· HAPPY TOWN (ABC)
· IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA (FXX)
· KNIGHT RIDER (NBC)
· LONE STAR (FOX)
· MAN WITH THE GOLDEN EARS, THE (AMC)
· OUTLAW (NBC)
· PAN AM (ABC)
· VOYAGE (AMC)
· WONDER WOMAN (NBC)











[10/25/14 - 09:00 AM]
"The Blacklist" Grows by a Season-High 65% in 18-49 Going from Live + Same Day to Live +3
NBC further spins the numbers for Monday, October 20.

[10/25/14 - 08:59 AM]
Season Debut of "Grimm" Delivers the Show's Top Rating Since March 21
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 24.

[10/25/14 - 08:38 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: World Series Once Again Pushes FOX in Front
Said coverage bumps ABC and CBS to second place in adults 18-49 and total viewers, respectively.

[10/25/14 - 08:28 AM]
ABC Beats NBC's Friday Debuts - "Shark Tank" and "20/20" Rank as Top 2 Series in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 24.

[10/24/14 - 08:36 PM]
Video: "Empire" - The Sexy, New Powerful Drama Coming to FOX in January 2015
Watch the new promo that just debuted following tonight's World Series coverage on the network.

[10/24/14 - 08:02 PM]
ABC Cancels "Manhattan Love Story"
The previously announced special "The Great Christmas Light Fight" will fill its time period this coming Tuesday while a full hour of "Selfie" has been booked for November 4.

[10/24/14 - 12:08 PM]
Oscar(R) Nominee Paul Giamatti and Golden Globe(R) Winner Damian Lewis Cast as Leads in the Showtime(R) Drama Project "Billions"
Acclaimed director Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Divergent, Limitless) has signed on to direct the drama pilot, which will be filmed in New York in early 2015.

[10/24/14 - 11:22 AM]
ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" Social Platforms to Give Fans a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Janel Parrish's "Pretty Little Liars"-Themed Dance
The ABC Family social media team has partnered with "Dancing with the Stars" to give "PLL" fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Janel and her professional partner, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, as they get ready for their big performance.

[10/24/14 - 11:14 AM]
TV Land Presents: A Frightfully Funny "Roseanne" Halloween Marathon Event
TV Land will honor these notorious tricksters with a full-day marathon event that highlights "Roseanne's" Halloween episodes, leaving viewers cackling on Sunday, October 26 from 6:00 AM- 6:00 PM ET/PT!

[10/24/14 - 11:02 AM]
"Once Upon A Time" to Air Special Two-Hour Event "Smash the Mirror" on Sunday, November 16
Look for back-to-back episodes beginning at 8:00/7:00c on said night.

[10/24/14 - 11:00 AM]
"Marvel's Agent Carter" Rounds Out Cast with Lyndsy Fonseca
She'll play an aspiring actress living in 1946 New York, who will befriend Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as she herself seeks to find her place in the post-war world.

[10/24/14 - 10:52 AM]
NBC Expands "The Voice" Live Playoffs with Extra Hour, Night
The Peacock will pre-empt "Marry Me" and "About a Boy" on Tuesday, November 11 as well as "The Mysteries of Laura" on Wednesday, November 12 to make room for the expanded "Voice" editions.

[10/24/14 - 09:46 AM]
Four-Time Emmy Winner Jim Parsons to Star in NBC's Animated Holiday Event "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas"
The one-hour special premieres Tuesday, December 16 at 8:00/7:00c on the network.

[10/24/14 - 09:35 AM]
Terrifying Monsters Run Amok During Animal Planet's Inauguaral "Beastly Nights" Programming Event
Just in time for Halloween, Animal Planet unleashes five nights of cryptic creatures, near-death tales and never-before-seen footage.

[10/24/14 - 09:16 AM]
CBS Stars Get Social with a Week-Long #CBSInstagramTakeover Oct. 27 - Nov. 2!
In addition to Instagram, fans can follow along on the series' Facebook pages and CBS.com.