or


[08/15/11 - 10:46 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 15
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!


DOPE (HBO, New!) - "Mildred Pierce" director Todd Haynes and executive producers John Wells and Christine Vachon are on track to reteam for a potential drama series at the pay channel based on Sara Gran's novel about "a woman who re-enters her life after being away at the farm to treat her heroin addiction and becomes a private eye" in 1950 New York. Julianne Moore, who co-stars in the network's upcoming "Game Change," is reportedly circling the project, which Haynes would direct from a script by Gran herself. (Deadline.com)


KATE PLUS 8 (TLC) - The cable channel has passed on a third season for its "Jon and Kate Plus 8" spin-off. "TLC has decided not to renew another season of Kate + 8," the network said in a statement. "By the end of this season Kate + 8 will have hit the 150 episode mark (including Jon & Kate + 8); an exceptional milestone. TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future." The show's de facto swan song then is set for Monday, September 12.


TWO ROADS (ABC, New!) - "Detroit 1-8-7" alums Jason Richman and David Zabel are developing a new "Sliding Doors"-esque drama at the Alphabet about "a young woman who struggles with doubt on her wedding day whether to go through with it or not." ABC Studios is behind the hour, as result of Zabel's overall and Richman's blind script deals with the studio, which would then track both paths of the lead character. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED JOSH BERMAN/PETER TOLAN PROJECT (ABC, New!) - "Drop Dead Diva" creator Josh Berman has booked a potential drama at the Alphabet about "a female FBI profiler who teams up with a homicide detective for the first time since he left her at the altar after coming out of the closet." Said effort, which comes from Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer's Sony Pictures Television-based Fedora Entertainment, has a penalty attached should it not go to pilot. Fellow Sony-based Berman then will write and executive produce alongside Tolan and Wilmer. (Variety.com)


UNTITLED SEAN HAYES PROJECT (NBC) - "Rescue Me" co-creator Peter Tolan is reportedly close to signing onto the network's proposed Sean Hayes-led comedy, which would revolves around two gay men tasked with raising a 12-year-old. Tolan would pen the half-hour and executive produce alongside his and Michael Wimer's Sony Pictures Television-based Fedora Entertainment. Universal Media Studios is also co-producing. (EW.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Actress/writer Paula Pell ("30 Rock") has been tapped as Ron Swanson's mother on "Parks & Recreation" (TVLine.com); Jessy Schram ("Falling Skies") will play Cinderella on ABC's "Once Upon a Time" with David Anders ("The Vampire Diaries") as a doctor who dates Ginnifer Goodwin's Snow White (Zap2It.com); "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon will recur on NBC's "Up All Night" as Calvin, "the wildly popular co-host to talk show star Ava (Maya Rudolph), who can't help but be jealous of the attention her energetic sidekick receives," with Jennifer Hall ("Nip/Tuck") also on board as Missy, Ava's "insecure (and not quite respected) assistant" (TVGuide.com); plus Cassidy Freeman ("Smallville") will turn up on NBC's "The Playboy Club" as Frances Dunhill, a Chicago socialite who begins a faux relationship with Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian) that benefits them both (TVLine.com).






  [august 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· 30 ROCK (NBC)
· AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (NBC)
· DETROIT 187 (ABC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DOPE (HBO)
· DROP DEAD DIVA (LIFETIME)
· FALLING SKIES (TNT)
· GAME CHANGE (HBO)
· JON & KATE PLUS 8 (TLC)
· KATE PLUS 8 (TLC)
· MILDRED PIERCE (HBO)
· NIP/TUCK (FX)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· PARKS & RECREATION (NBC)
· PLAYBOY CLUB, THE (NBC)
· RESCUE ME (FX)
· SMALLVILLE (CW)
· TWO ROADS (ABC)
· UNTITLED BERMAN & TOLAN PROJECT (ABC)
· UNTITLED SEAN HAYES PROJECT (NBC)
· UP ALL NIGHT (NBC)
· VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE (CW)





[09/16/14 - 03:07 PM]
Lifetime Announces Premiere Dates for "Project Runway All Stars" and "Project Runway: Threads"
Alyssa Milano hosts the former series, which returns Thursday, October 30 at 9:00/8:00c.

[09/16/14 - 03:06 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, September 15.

[09/16/14 - 02:31 PM]
GSN and Jerry Springer Taking "Baggage on the Road" in New Traveling Spinoff of Hit Dating Game Show "Baggage"
"It's hard to be shocked in my line of work, but I'm continually amazed at how revealing the contestants on the show have been," says Springer.

[09/16/14 - 02:00 PM]
Nomination Period for Fourth Annual "Fox Writer's Intensive" Begins Today
Nominations can be submitted by one of the FWI's partnering organizations or through submission by talent agents and management companies.

[09/16/14 - 01:20 PM]
Equestrian Coverage on NBCSN Highlighted by Central Park Grand Prix Live Thurs., Sept. 18 at 7 PM ET
The event features some of the world's top show jumpers including U.S. Champion Kent Farrington and Olympic gold medalists McLain Ward and Laura Kraut in a $200,000 FEI world ranking class.

[09/16/14 - 01:18 PM]
"Ray Donovan" Delivers Highest Rated Episode & Night Ever!
Showtime spins the numbers for Sunday, September 14.

[09/16/14 - 01:04 PM]
Season Three Finale of History's "Mountain Men" Hits 3.0 Million Total Viewers, Ranking as Cable's Top Show for the Night
History spins the numbers for Sunday, September 14.

[09/16/14 - 12:37 PM]
Mark Feuerstein Joins "Nurse Jackie"
He will play Barry Wolfe, a high-powered, cutthroat lawyer who will represent Jackie as she pieces her life back together following her arrest last season.

[09/16/14 - 12:07 PM]
"Ebola: Inside the Deadly Outbreak" to Simulcast On Discovery Channel and Discovery Fit & Health Thursday Sept. 18 at 10PM
The one-hour premiere special is a comprehensive look into the history, containment, and medical implications of this highly infectious disease.

[09/16/14 - 12:04 PM]
Adult Swim Ranks #1 Among Basic Cable Networks for Total Day Delivery of Adults 18-24 & 18-34 for the Second Week Of September
Turner spins the numbers for the week of September 8-14.

[09/16/14 - 10:45 AM]
Bears-49ers on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" Is NFL's Most-Watched West Coast Sunday Primetime Game Ever
NBC further spins the numbers for Sunday, September 14.

[09/16/14 - 10:31 AM]
Famed Wire Walker Nik Wallenda to Attempt His Most Challenging Tightrope Walk Yet Over the Chicago Skyline Untethered
"Skyscraper Live with Nik Wallenda" will air live around the world in over 220 countries beginning at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT, Sunday, November 2 on the Discovery Channel.

[09/16/14 - 10:18 AM]
Spike TV Travels the Infamous Silk Road to Develop New Drama, "Deep Web," From Tony Krantz and Gary Oldman's Flying Studio Pictures
The project is the incredible saga of an ambitious computer aficionado in Silicon Valley who, with the help of his friends, evolves into an internet underworld crime boss fueled by a web portal where one can buy anything - from a kidney to cocaine to a rocket-launcher.

[09/16/14 - 10:13 AM]
CMT Heads Back to the Bayou This Fall with the Return of "Swamp Pawn" and "Swamp Hunters" Beginning Saturday, October 11 at 9 PM, ET/PT
A special crossover episode of the two series will premiere Saturday, November 8 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.

[09/16/14 - 09:53 AM]
Video: Tuesday's Are Getting a Little Happier When MTV's New Series "Happyland" Premieres on September 30 at 11:00 PM ET/PT
The project is a soapy teen dramedy exploring the underbelly of one of the country's most popular theme parks, going behind the scenes to reveal the not so magical reality of the park workers.