or


[05/23/11 - 10:02 PM]
Development Update: Monday, May 23
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 KENNEDYS (Reelz) - Jonathan Koch's Asylum Entertainment has inked a deal with the fledgling cable channel to develop original series. The company was behind the much-ballyhooed mini-series, which set ratings records for the network. Joel Surnow will serve as a consulting executive on the potential series, most likely a drama. Said pact however isn't limited to any genre.


NURSE JACKIE/UNITED STATES OF TARA (Showtime) - The pay channel has reportedly ordered a fourth season of its Edie Falco-led comedy "Nurse Jackie" while its Monday night companion "United States of Tara" won't be returning for another go-around. Through seven episodes this season, "Jackie" is averaging 536,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49 with "Tara" at 326,000 viewers and a 0.1 rating among adults 18-49. Both series wrap their current seasons on June 20.


PEOPLE CITY (HBO, New!) - Novelist Sam Lipsyte is developing a new comedy at the pay channel about "a 25-year-old man hired by an eccentric New York couple to be their child's caretaker." He'll pen the effort and executive produce alongside Michael London ("Sideways") with Jocelyn Hays Simpson ("A Visit From the Goon Squad") on board as a co-executive producer.


PORT ROYAL (FX, New!) - Graham King's GK-tv and Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment are developing a new 17th century period drama at the cable channel about the Jamaican port's notorious rise as "the richest and wickedest city in the new world, and as a self-governing safe haven for cutthroat pirates, corrupt politicians and ruthless merchants." FX Productions and Fox International Channels are co-producing the project, which is based on an idea by Hurd who will executive produce alongside King, Tim Headington and Craig Cegielski. No writing or directing auspices however were given.


UNTITLED PHIL SPECTOR PROJECT (HBO) - Bette Midler and Jeffrey Tambor have both joined the cast of the Al Pacino-led biopic of Phil Spector. She'll play Linda Kenney Baden, Spector's defense attorney, with Tambor as Bruce Cutler, a fellow attorney. David Mamet is writing and directing the project, which will track the record producer's legal struggle, which ended in 2009 after being convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson.


WEEDS (Showtime) - Lindsay Sloane ("Help Me Help You") has scored a role on the veteran comedy. She'll play Maxeen, "a quirky conceptual artist in New York who takes a liking to Andy (Justin Kirk)," in at least six episodes this season, which premieres Monday, June 27.






  [may 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HELP ME HELP YOU (ABC)
· KENNEDYS, THE (REELZ)
· NURSE JACKIE (SHOWTIME)
· PEOPLE CITY (HBO)
· PHIL SPECTOR (HBO)
· PORT ROYAL (FX)
· UNITED STATES OF TARA, THE (SHOWTIME)
· VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD, A (HBO)
· WEEDS (SHOWTIME)





[06/24/16 - 11:08 AM]
James Earl Joins "Scream Queens" in the Series Regular Role of "Candy Striper"
Set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation, Earl is one of the new male leads opposite recently announced Emmy Award nominee John Stamos and Taylor Lautner.

[06/24/16 - 10:51 AM]
Hulu's Fall 2016 Slate
The streaming service confirms dates for "The Mindy Project" (October 4), "Chance" (October 19), "Shut Eye" (December 7) and more!

[06/24/16 - 09:30 AM]
"Good Witch" Season Finale Delivers Hallmark Channel's Highest-Rated and Most-Watched Episode of the Season
The Hallmark Channel further spins the numbers for Sunday, June 19.

[06/24/16 - 09:01 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: "Big Brother" Sparks CBS Victory
The Eye claims the top spot in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[06/24/16 - 08:32 AM]
Third Season of Emmy-Nominated Amazon Original Series "Annedroids" is Now Available on Prime Video
The series spotlights, through trial and error, how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can inspire children to do great things.

[06/24/16 - 08:23 AM]
Queen Latifah and Flavor Unit Tap Actor Anthony Anderson to Reveal "The Best Place To Be" in New Travel Channel Series
The series follows Hollywood's hottest A-List celebrities as they share the best places to eat, drink, shop and sightsee at their most favorite international destinations.

[06/24/16 - 07:30 AM]
VH1's Hit Series "Basketball Wives LA" Returns Sunday July 17th at 9:00 PM ET/PT
Returning cast members include Shaunie O'Neal, Tami Roman, Jackie Christie, Malaysia Pargo, Brandi Maxiell and Angel Brinks.

[06/24/16 - 07:19 AM]
NBA Superstar LeBron James and Business Partner Maverick Carter Draft a Winning Lineup for New CNBC Series "Cleveland Hustles"
The series teams four successful Cleveland business leaders with local entrepreneurs looking for an investment to launch their own brick-and-mortar stores.

[06/23/16 - 05:44 PM]
CBS to Encore "American Gothic" Series Premiere This Sunday
Said rebroadcast will replace the previously announced repeat of "Elementary" at 10:00/9:00c.

[06/23/16 - 05:31 PM]
YouTube Orders Lionsgate Television's Dance Drama Series "Step Up," Inspired by Global Movie Phenomenon
Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton, all producers of the original films, will executive produce the series, along with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum.

[06/23/16 - 04:50 PM]
Video: Watch Now - The Full Series Premiere of "Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons"
The pay channel has released the entire debut episode online.

[06/23/16 - 02:11 PM]
Aimee Garcia Joins "Lucifer" in Series Regular Role of "Ella"
She's set as the department's new forensic scientist... and she sure does love her job.

[06/23/16 - 02:01 PM]
Hulu's "Casual" Renewed for Third Season
In addition, Jason Reitman has signed a first look deal with Hulu for all television related projects.

[06/23/16 - 01:24 PM]
IFC's "Documentary Now!" Makes Sense with Maya Rudolph
In "Test Pattern," Rudolph joins series' regulars Fred Armisen and Bill Hader on the stage as they perform one of the greatest concerts that never really happened.

[06/23/16 - 01:17 PM]
Bravo Media Announces Inaugural Awards Special "The Bravos" Premiering on Wednesday, July 20 at 10PM ET/PT
The inaugural celebration will feature a show-stopping performance of "Pretty Mess" by Erika Jayne and appearances from both celebrity and Bravolebrity guests.