[01/05/12 - 11:09 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 5
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!

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE (NBC) - Frances Conroy ("American Horror Story") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, "set in the near future in a society where humans co-exist with mechanical androids that look like people but are treated like second-class citizens." She'll play "the very wealthy Lydia (Conroy) whose late husband founded the firm that makes Mechanicals." James Murray and Patrick Heusinger also star in the project, which Stephen Hopkins is directing from a script by Michael McDonald. ABC Studios and Universal Television are co-producing. (Deadline.com)

THE CLIENT LIST (Lifetime) - Elisabeth Rohm is set to recur on the upcoming drama, which stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley, "a Texas housewife who, after being deserted by her husband, ends up running a massage parlor which serves as a front for a call girl service." She's on board as Riley's nemesis, Taylor, a rich and judgmental Texas socialite. (Deadline.com)

ISABEL (NBC) - Abigail Mavity ("Zeke & Luther") and Skyler Gisondo ("Psych") have both been cast in the comedy pilot, about "an otherwise normal, angry middle-class family that wrestles with the challenges of everyday life while raising daughter Isabel (Sophia Mitri Schloss) who has magical qualities." She'll play Isabel's older sister Karen, a self-involved teenager, while Gisondo will play her brother Eric. Todd Holland is directing the Universal Television-based project from a script by co-creators Howard Busgang and Tom Nursall. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - NBC is in negotiations to acquire CTV's upcoming medical drama "Saving Hope" (Deadline.com); The CW likewise is on track to carry Canadian soap "The L.A. Complex" (Deadline.com); Eric Johnson is bound for "Alcatraz" as "a smooth-talking bank robber with an interest in safety deposit boxes" while Michael Eklund will likewise turn up as "a kidnapper who returns his victims to their homes after killing them" (TVGuide.com); Erica Gimpel has been tapped as Carla, the woman who took the title character off the streets, in a two-episode arc on "Nikita" (EOnline.com); and Nikki DeLoach is set to recur in flashback on "Ringer" as the oft-mentioned stripper whose murder Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) witnessed (TVGuide.com).

  [january 2012]  


[11/25/15 - 11:01 AM]
Disney Channel Orders a Third Season of "Girl Meets World"
Production resumes in Los Angeles in January with season three scheduled to premiere in spring 2016.

[11/25/15 - 11:00 AM]
HBO Confirms Debut Date for Animated Adult Comedy Series "Animals"
The 10-episode series will launch on Friday, February 5 at 11:30/10:30c.

[11/25/15 - 10:35 AM]
American Hero and Fan Favorite Alek Skarlatos to Join "Dancing With The Stars: Live! -- Dance All Night Tour"
Skarlatos made headlines around the world in August 2015 when he and his friends heroically overpowered a man that opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris.

[11/25/15 - 10:04 AM]
Gwen Stefani and Sia to Perform on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 Telecasts of NBC's Emmy Award-Winning Series "The Voice"
Sia will perform the single "Alive" from her upcoming album "This Is Acting" while Stefani will sing her current single "Used to Love You."

[11/25/15 - 09:01 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Pulls in Front with "Dancing with the Stars" Finale
The Alphabet leads the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[11/25/15 - 08:42 AM]
New Debut Date for "Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists"
The exclusive HBO presentation is now slated to debut Monday, December 14.

[11/25/15 - 08:36 AM]
Week Two of "Chicago Med" Is Up 50% vs. Last Season's Slot Average
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/25/15 - 08:33 AM]
ABC Wins the Final Tuesday of November with a Season-High Performance
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, November 24.

[11/24/15 - 04:45 PM]
Video: First Promo for "Grease: Live" to Air During "Scream Queens" Tonight
Get your first look at the upcoming promo for the much-ballyhooed live event.

[11/24/15 - 02:44 PM]
Michigan State at Ohio State: Highest-Rated Game of Season across All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 02:41 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, November 23.

[11/24/15 - 01:48 PM]
Spike TV Unwraps Big Ratings for "Lip Sync Battle" Holiday Special
Spike TV further spins the numbers for Thursday, November 19.

[11/24/15 - 01:40 PM]
The CW Extends "The Flash/Arrow" Crossover by Four Minutes
Lead outs "iZombie" and "Supernatural" will air in their entirety following said event.

[11/24/15 - 01:26 PM]
"48 Hours: The Strange Case of Kurt Sonnenfeld" Is Saturday's #1 Program with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[11/24/15 - 01:01 PM]
NBC's Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Celebrates the Music of the Holidays Live on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales will host the live broadcast from New York City's Rockefeller Center.