or


[04/28/11 - 10:26 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, April 28
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!


I'M IN THE BAND (Disney XD) - The cable channel has passed on a third season of the series. The back half of the show's sophomore season will roll out later this year. The news marks the second series to get the hook by the two-year-old channel, the other being "Aaron Stone" back in November. Still to be announced: the future of "Zeke and Luther," which recently wrapped production on its third season.


NCIS (CBS) - Co-creator Don Bellisario has filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against producer CBS Television Studios over unpaid financial considerations from spin-off "NCIS: Los Angeles." The complaint claims that Bellisario's "NCIS" contract includes "first opportunity" rights to be involved in "spin-offs, sequels or remakes," a clause that was never executed. Furthermore, even without his involvement, said extensions entitled him to sizable passive payments. Bellisario departed the franchise in 2007 over conflicts with star Mark Harmon.


NO SECRETS (HBO) - Oscar-winner Charles Ferguson ("Inside Job") has been tapped to direct the pay channel's Julian Assange docudrama. Joshua Maurer and Alixandre Witlin of City Entertainment and David Stern of KippSter Entertainment are behind the BBC co-production, which "takes an in-depth look at Assange and follows him and his WikiLeaks operatives" as they prepare to leak the infamous "38-minute classified video filmed from inside of the cockpit of an U.S. Army Apache Helicopter." Ferguson will also produce the film alongside Audrey Marrs, while a writer is expected to be locked up shortly. "No Secrets" is based on Raffi Khatchadourian's article of the same name from The New Yorker.


SPARTACUS: BLOOD & SAND (Starz) - Cynthia Addai-Robinson ("Flash Forward") has joined the cast of the show's upcoming second season. She'll take over for Lesley-Ann Brandt as Naevia, Lucretia's "body slave" who fell in love with gladiator Crixus (Manu Bennett). Addai-Robinson isn't the only new face set for season two: Liam McIntyre as previously announced will take over for Andy Whitfield in the title role.


TWILIGHT EYES (Starz, New!) - Dean Koontz's 1987 novel - about the psychically powered Slim MacKenzie, who uses his abilities to hunt monsters that have the ability to mimic human beings - is being eyed as a potential limited series at the pay channel. Stephen Tolkin ("Brothers & Sisters") is penning the adaptation, which will be set in the present day. Koontz and Tolkin then will executive produce alongside Rob Lee of Bayonne Entertainment.






  [april 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· AARON STONE (DISNEY XD)
· BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FLASH FORWARD (ABC)
· I'M IN THE BAND (DISNEY XD)
· NCIS (CBS)
· NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS)
· NO SECRETS (HBO)
· SPARTACUS (STARZ)
· TWILIGHT EYES (STARZ)
· ZEKE & LUTHER (DISNEY XD)





[06/29/16 - 09:29 AM]
The Second Season of Pop's "Sing It On" Premieres on Wednesday, July 27 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT
The eight-episode docu-series showcases the real-life stories of four wickedly talented and highly charismatic collegiate a cappella teams.

[06/29/16 - 09:02 AM]
Ovation TV Sets Revolutionary Programming Stunt for Bastille Day, July 14
"Pardon Our French!," Ovation's day-long programming event, will feature French-themed films, documentaries and exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes footage from "Versailles."

[06/29/16 - 09:02 AM]
"Squidbillies" Season 10 Premieres Sunday, July 10 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim
This season features all-new covers of the theme song each week from a variety of musical artists including Father John Misty, Kurt Vile, The B-52s, Sharon Van Etten, Jimmy Cliff and Rebecca Schiffman.

[06/29/16 - 08:51 AM]
Stewart Copeland of The Police Rocks Out in Travel Channel's "Island Fever"
In the hour-long special, Copeland dives headfirst into the Java Sea to surf Bali's famous waves, drinks local moonshine in the rice fields and jams with a Balinese gamelan drumming group.

[06/29/16 - 08:35 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Got Talent" Once Again Keeps NBC on Top
The Peacock wins the night in adults 18-49 as well as total viewers.

[06/29/16 - 08:03 AM]
Dave Navarro to Be First Male Honoree at Investigation Discovery's Annual "Inspire a Difference" Event in October
Navarro will join such former honorees as Marcia Gay Harden, Rosario Dawson, Angie Harmon and Kristin Chenoweth.

[06/29/16 - 08:00 AM]
E!'s Hit Series "Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry" Returns Wednesday, August 17 at 8PM ET/PT for a Powerful New Season
Kris Jenner, Moby, Tori Spelling, Roselyn Sanchez, Kevin McHale, Carole Radziwill, Austin Mahone, Jewel and Lil John are among those featured this season.

[06/28/16 - 03:42 PM]
OWN Delivers 2Q 2016 Primetime Growth and Most-Watched Week in Network History
OWN spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[06/28/16 - 02:37 PM]
Sarah Gadon to Star in Netflix and CBC Miniseries "Alias Grace"
The six-hour miniseries, inspired by the historical true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks, is written and produced by Sarah Polley and directed by Mary Harron.

[06/28/16 - 02:29 PM]
Smithsonian Channel Goes Wild on Wednesdays This Summer with Some of the World's Deadliest Predators
Through five consecutive weeks of one-hour specials, the stunt will span the globe in search of elusive sharks, mighty lizard kings, viper queens, killer hornets and desert lions.

[06/28/16 - 12:31 PM]
Double the Episodes, Double the Surprises on the Second Season of "Cooks vs. Cons"
New episodes begin Sunday, July 10 at 10:00/9:00c on Food Network.

[06/28/16 - 12:16 PM]
Hallmark Channel's Most Recent Original Premiere Marks 4th Consecutive Week with Top HH-Rated Movie of the Week
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the week of June 20-26.

[06/28/16 - 11:18 AM]
All Eyes Were on the 2016 "BET Awards" as 7.2mm Total Viewers Tuned in Across 12 Viacom Networks for the Premiere Telecast on Sunday, June 26
BET spins the numbers for Sunday, June 26.

[06/28/16 - 11:09 AM]
Bravo Media's Lavish Ladies from Down Under Return for a New Season of "The Real Housewives of Melbourne" on Friday, July 22 at 9 PM ET/PT
Newcomer Susie McLean will join returning cast members Chyka Keebaugh, Gamble Breaux, Gina Liano, Jackie Gillies, Janet Roach, Lydia Schiavello and Pettifleur Berenger.

[06/28/16 - 10:54 AM]
"ER Week" Is Back on Discovery Life with Unpredicatble Moments Leading Up to the Premiere of "Trauma Doctors"
These elite doctors take the emergency room to the streets providing on-site medical treatments that are normally only done in hospitals, transforming a patient's chance of survival.