or


[06/09/11 - 11:46 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, June 9
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 CLOSER (TNT) - Mark Pellegrino ("Being Human") is set to recur on the show's upcoming final season, which premieres Monday, July 11 on the network. He'll play Gavin Q. Baker III, "a gay, former city attorney-turned-partner in a private law firm which specializes in defending police officers who has never lost a case." Said arc is understood to last at least five episodes.


DEXTER (Showtime) - Molly Parker ("Swingtown") is the latest to score a role on the upcoming sixth season of the pay channel series. She'll play Lisa Marshall, the sister of fellow addition Colin Hanks's character, Travis, "a brilliant expert on ancient artifacts who somehow becomes linked to a series of grisly murders in Miami."


DISH NATION (Syndication, New!) - Twentieth Television has booked a six-week test run for a new "TMZ"-esque series on the Fox owned-and-operated stations in New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit and Baltimore. The half-hour effort, premiering July 25, will feature highlights from the top moments of four drive-time radio teams: Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill (The Big Show with Scott & Todd on New York's WPLJ), Rick Smiley (Rick Smiley Morning Show on Atlanta's WHTA), Blaine Fowler and Allyson Martinek (Blaine & Allyson on Detroit's WDVD and DJ Felli Fel (Los Angeles' Power 106). No producing auspices however were given.


HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix) - Robin Wright is in early talks to star in the upcoming Kevin Spacey-led original series, a political thriller based on Michael Dobbs's book turned U.K. mini-series of the same name. She'd presumably play the female lead in the project, from Media Rights Capital, Spacey's Trigger Street Productions and director David Fincher.


THE KID (TBS, New!) - Donald Todd ("Samantha Who?") is spearheading a new dramedy at the cable channel about "the relationship between a pro golfer - a young but socially awkward prodigy trying to live up to the hype others have generated around him - and his caddy - both on and off the course." Actor David Morse, Jim "Bones" Mackay (Phil Mickelson's longtime caddie), Sports Illustrated writer Michael Bamberger and Jay Hass all conceived the hour alongside Todd, who will pen the script and executive produce with Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin. Warner Horizon Television is producing.


NO SECRETS (HBO) - Rowan Joffe ("The American") has been tapped to pen the Charles Ferguson-helmed docudrama, a look at the story behind Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks site which aims to "collect and disseminate via the Internet private, secret and classified information from anonymous sources." Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are also on board to executive produce the project, which is based on Raffi Khatchadourian's New Yorker article of the same name (subtitled "Julian Assange's Mission for Total Transparency"). They'll join previously announced executive producers Joshua Maurer and Alixandre Witlin of City Entertainment, David Stern of KippSter Entertainment as well as Ferguson himself with Audrey Marrs serving as a co-executive producer and Timothy Prager as a co-producer.


THE OFFICE (NBC) - Co-star/showrunner Paul Lieberstein has inked a massive three-year overall deal with Universal Media Studios. The pact covers his duties on the veteran comedy as well as calls for him develop new projects for the studio. Financial details weren't specified.


SKINS (MTV) - The cable channel has passed on a second season of the much-ballyhooed series. "Skins is a global television phenomenon that, unfortunately, didn't connect with a US audience as much as we had hoped," MTV said in a statement. "We admire the work that the series' creator Bryan Elsley did in adapting the show for MTV, and appreciate the core audience that embraced it." In total, the show's 10-episode freshman run averaged 1.395 million viewers and a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49. Said numbers nevertheless were above its subsequent replacement on Monday nights: season two of "Hard Times of RJ Berger" which averaged just 963,000 viewers and 0.4 rating among adults 18-49.


TOUCH (FOX) - Danny Glover is the latest addition to the Kiefer Sutherland-led drama, about an unassuming baggage handler at JFK (Sutherland) who discovers that his autistic, mute son (David Mazouz) can predict events before they happen. He'll play Arthur DeWitt (formerly Boris Podolsky in the original script), an Andre Gregory-esque professor who posits that "cellular energy, microwaves, electromagnetic radiation, these hold the answers to a new and higher state of consciousness for mankind." Tim Kring is behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based hour, to be directed by Francis Lawrence.


ZACH STONE IS GONNA BE FAMOUS (MTV) - Caitlin Gerard and Armen Weitzman have both joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about the title character (Bo Burnham), "a recent high school graduate who is opting out of college to pursue the new American dream: becoming famous with no particular talent whatsoever [by] hiring a camera crew to shadow and film his everyday life." They'll play Amy, Zach's girlfriend "who is heading off to Brown and is almost the girl next door," and Greg, his "nebbish best friend who also edits all of his video footage," respectively. Burnham and Dan Lagana co-wrote the half-hour, which is likewise executive produced by 3 Arts Entertainment's Dave Becky.






  [june 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· BEING HUMAN (SYFY)
· CLOSER, THE (TNT)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
· DISH NATION (SYNDICATION)
· HOUSE OF CARDS (NETFLIX)
· KID, THE (TBS)
· NO SECRETS (HBO)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· SAMANTHA WHO? (ABC)
· SKINS (MTV)
· SWINGTOWN (CBS)
· TMZ (SYNDICATION)
· TOUCH (FOX)
· ZACH STONE IS GONNA BE FAMOUS (MTV)











[03/04/15 - 03:03 PM]
Nickelodeon Renews Two Live-Action Hits "Bella and the Bulldogs" and "The Thundermans"
Year-to-date, "Bella and the Bulldogs" is the number-one show on Nickelodeon with premieres averaging two million total viewers.

[03/04/15 - 01:43 PM]
Taryn Manning, Raymond Cruz, Samantha Droke, Katie Sarife, Pam Grier and Joe Morton Star in the Lifetime(R) Original Movie "Cleveland Abduction" Premiering April 25
The film explores the true story of Michelle Knight, a 21-year-old single mom whose life was irrevocably changed by a chance encounter with an unsuspected criminal.

[03/04/15 - 12:39 PM]
Adventure Junkies Take Off-the-Beaten Path and Brave Nature's Extreme Elements in Animal Planet's "100 Miles from Nowhere"
Beginning Sunday, April 5, weekend adventurer Matt Galland and his adrenaline-fueled best buddies Danny Bryson and Blake Josephson venture to some of the most untouched pockets of the planet where cameras - let alone people - rarely have gone.

[03/04/15 - 11:38 AM]
National Geographic Channel and Acclaimed Actor Kal Penn Explore the Hidden Ways Information, Data and Maps Provide Insight Into the World Around Us... And Our Daily Lives
"The Big Picture with Kal Penn" launches Monday, March 30 at 9:00/8:00c on the network.

[03/04/15 - 11:30 AM]
Starz Releases New, Darker Key Art for Continuation of "Outlander" Season One
The series returns with the remaining eight episodes from season one beginning on Saturday, April 4 at 9:00/8:00c.

[03/04/15 - 11:10 AM]
Eight New Episodes to Be Presented Over Four Days of "Tune in 4 What?!" Programming Event, March 26-29 on Disney Channel
Each episode in the "Tune In 4 What?!" event will be available to verified viewers on WATCH Disney Channel the morning of its premiere.

[03/04/15 - 10:15 AM]
TNT Extends "Cold Justice" with Additional Spring & Summer Episodes, Plus Two New Justice Served Specials Hosted by John Walsh
The show's winter finale is set for March 6, with the spring episodes slated to launch April 10.

[03/04/15 - 10:01 AM]
From Rainn Wilson's Production Company SoulPancake, "Impress Me" Set To Make Exclusive Television Premiere Wednesday, March 18 on Pop
The scripted comedy centers on celebrity impressionists Ross Marquand and Jim Meskimen who are trying to quit doing impressions and transition into serious, dramatic actors.

[03/04/15 - 09:18 AM]
Netflix and Leonardo DiCaprio to Partner on Upcoming Documentary Projects
Netflix and DiCaprio will work together to identify and develop potential fact-based projects, with a particular focus on environmental and conservation themes, including original documentaries and docu-series as well as acquired existing projects.

[03/04/15 - 09:04 AM]
ABC Entertainment and Marvel Television Launch "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Double Agent" on MarvelsDoubleAgent.com, ABC.com and the WATCH ABC App
The five-part original web series follows the actions of a newly hired production assistant who is actually working as a double agent on behalf of an unknown enemy known only as The Mastermind.

[03/04/15 - 09:02 AM]
TV One to Premiere Original Film "Hear No Evil" Starring Jahnee Wallace, Jill Marie Jones, Richard T. Jones and Jackie Long
Russ Parr, from Up To Parr Productions, serves as the Director and Screenwriter.

[03/04/15 - 08:50 AM]
NBC Dominates the Night, "Voice" Delivers Its Second-Most-Watched Tuesday Ever
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, March 3.

[03/04/15 - 08:37 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice," "Chicago Fire" Claim Top Spots
The latter gets a boost from a two-hour edition of the former.

[03/04/15 - 07:32 AM]
ESPNU Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Today
ESPNU is ESPN's fifth network, preceded by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, and ESPNEWS.

[03/04/15 - 07:31 AM]
ESPN, NHL & NHLPA Reach Agreement for 2016 World Cup
The World Cup will take place at Toronto's Air Canada Centre from September 17 - October 1, 2016 and will culminate with a best-of-three final.