[11/15/12 - 11:13 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, November 15
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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BOOK CLUB (The CW, New!) - Nina Colman ("Gigantic") has sold a potential drama to the netlet inspired by Hope Hartman's recent documentary about "eight women who have been members of a book club in Washington, D.C., that has lasted more than 60 years." Said effort will revolve around "a young woman in New York who starts a book club with three friends, her mother and grandmother." The "book of the week" framework then will be used to examine the lives of club members. Warner Bros. Television is behind the hour with Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz of Lin Pictures executive producing. (Variety.com)

BRIDGE, THE (FX) - Oscar-nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno ("Maria Full Of Grace") is the latest to board the drama pilot, about two detectives from the United States (Diane Kruger) and Mexico (Demián Bichir) who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the American-Mexican border. She'll play the latter's second wife "who is at home to tend to the kids while Marco works long hours." Annabeth Gish, Emily Rios, Matthew Lillard, Ted Levine and Thomas M. Wright also star in the project, which Gerardo Naranjo is helming off a script by Elwood Reid and Meredith Stiehm. (Deadline.com)

HOT MESS (MTV, New!) - Annabelle Stephenson, Matthew Atkinson, Mathew Botuchis and Shoshana Bush are the first to be cast in the comedy pilot, about Amanda Marshall (Stephenson), "who is caught between her current and former boyfriend, and her close circle of friends from college." Atkinson plays Nick, "a member of Amanda's crew"; with Botuchis as "his partner in crime Todd"; and Bush as Vivi, "Amanda's closest girlfriend." Lauren Iungerich is writing and directing the half-hour - a redeveloped version of her previous effort "Dumb Girls" - as well as executive producing alongside Robyn Meisinger and Kim Fleary. (Deadline.com)

HUNTED (Cinemax) - The pay channel reportedly is looking to renew the freshman drama despite its production partner BBC opting against a second season. "We are making plans with creator and executive producer Frank Spotnitz and star Melissa George to present a new chapter in the Sam Hunter mythology," Cinemax's Kary Antholis said in a statement. "We are very pleased with what Hunted has done for Cinemax's brand and are very excited about what lies ahead." No other details were given. (Deadline.com)

KING & MAXWELL (TNT) - Chris Butler ("The Good Wife") has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about two former secret service agents (Jon Tenney, Rebecca Romijn) whose unique skill set often gives them a leg up on suspects and conventional law enforcement. He's on board as "the street smart and tough partner to FBI Agent Brandon Murdock (Michael O'Keefe)." Ryan Hurst also stars in the CBS Television Studios-based hour, which is adapted from characters created by bestselling author David Baldacci. Michael Katleman is directing from a script by Shane Brennan. (Deadline.com)

MISSIONARY, THE (HBO) - Jesse Plemons ("Friday Night Lights") has joined the cast of the drama pilot, about Roy (Benjamin Walker), a young American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin in the late 1960s. He's set as Sherwood Elbridge, "a young Coca-Cola executive who helps smuggle defectors out of the Eastern Bloc." Baltasar Kormakur is directing the project from a script by Charles Randolph and Malcolm Gladwell. (Deadline.com)

OUR FATHER (HBO, New!) - Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick ("Zombieland") and director Jay Roach ("Game Change") are set to team for a new drama about "one of America's most powerful pastors who fights to rediscover faith, reconnect with family, and return to dominance in the face of unlikely enemies." Roach will direct the potential hour should it move forward as well as executive produce alongside said duo via his two-year overall deal with the pay channel. (Deadline.com)

SUPER FUN NIGHT (ABC) - Lauren Ash ("Scare Tactics") has booked the remaining lead role on the single-camera comedy pilot, about three nerdy female friends on a quest to have "super fun" every Friday night. She'll play Marika ("a classic grenade who always wears ill-fitting sports attire"), a role played by Edi Patterson in the original CBS multi-camera version. Rebel Wilson and Liza Lapira also star in the project, which the former penned for the Warner Bros. Television-based Conaco Productions. (THR.com)

UNSUPERVISED (FX) - Co-creator David Hornsby took to Twitter to confirm the animated series has indeed been canceled by the cable channel. The show's three remaining episodes will turn up on Thursday nights at 11:30/10:30c beginning December 6. "Unsupervised's" previous 10-episode run averaged 611,000 viewers and a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49, well short of its lead-in "Archer" (1.177 million viewers, 0.7 adults 18-49 rating). (@HornsbyDavid)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Eddie Izzard will guest on NBC's "Hannibal" as "an inmate at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, the very same facility where Hannibal Lecter is eventually incarcerated" (EW.com); Marianne Jean-Baptiste will reprise her role as Violet's (Amy Brenneman) support group member Gabi on "Private Practice" (THR.com); Mykelti Williamson and Frances Fisher are set to recur on "Touch" as seen it all LAPD detective and the ultra-competent head of Aster Corps, respectively (THR.com); Rebecca Mader is bound for the final season of "30 Rock" as a "temptress" of sorts (TVLine.com); and Anthony Bourdain has pulled the plug on his Travel Channel series "The Layover" after his voice and likeness were used in an ad for Cadillac by the network without his permission (Variety.com).

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[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.