or


[03/15/13 - 11:28 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 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!


BACKSTROM (CBS/20th; W: Hart Hanson; D: TBA) - Beatrice Rosen ("Cuts") has snagged a role on the drama pilot, based on Leif G.W. Persson's literary hero Everett Backstrom (yet to be cast), a homicide detective/equal-opportunity misanthrope. She's set as Nadia Chichikov ("dirty-girl sexy, fatalistic, poetic, Russian immigrant"), who works as civilian support for the Special Crimes Group in the Portland Police Department. Dennis Haysbert and Kristoffer Polaha also star. (Deadline.com)


GANG RELATED (FOX/20th; W: Chris Morgan; D: Allen Hughes) - Tom Berenger has bowed out of the drama pilot, about Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez), a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department only to be caught between his crime family ties and an increasing sense of loyalty to his new brothers in blue. He had been set to play Sam Chapel, the tough, dynamic police captain heading up the Task Force. It's understood the actor "did not quite mesh with the rest of the cast and his vision of the character was different from that of the show's producers." Cliff Curtis, Inbar Lavi, Jay Hernandez, RZA, Shantel VanSanten and Sung Kang also star. (Deadline.com)


GROUND FLOOR (TBS/Warner Bros.; W: Bill Lawrence & Greg Malins; D: Gail Mancuso) - James Earl and Rene Gube are the latest additions to the multi-camera comedy pilot, about the "Romeo and Juliet"-esque courtship of Harvard grad Brody (Skylar Astin) and maintenance supervisor Jennifer (Briga Heelan) who work at the same company. Earl is set as Derrick, a "laid-back guy who works with Jennifer on the ground floor"; while Gube plays Threepeat, "a money manager with super-gelled hair." John C. McGinley also stars. (Deadline.com)


I AM VICTOR (NBC/Universal; W: Mark Goffman; D: TBA) - Josh Zuckerman ("90210") has been cast in the drama pilot, about Victor Port (John Stamos), a high powered divorce attorney with a unique view of relationships, including that marriage is just a contract. He'll play Victor's associate Wes Fini ("neurotic Italian-Catholic") alongside the previously cast Angela Sarafyan, Lorenza Izzo, Matthew Lillard, McKaley Miller, Megan Dodds and Terry Kinney. (Deadline.com)


I SUCK AT GIRLS (FOX/Warner Bros.; W: Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker; D: TBA) - Alex Kapp Horner, Kevin Hernandez and Tyler Foden have all been cast in the single-camera comedy pilot, about Frankie Dunlevy (Connor Buckley), a lanky, self-deprecating 15-year-old coming of age in San Diego circa 1991. Horner will play his mom Joanne ("pretty, sharp, sweet but definitely not a pushover"), who's enrolled in law school, leaving dad Jack (Christopher Meloni) in charge of Frankie and his sister Rachel (Claudia Lee). Foden and Hernandez then will play Frankie's best friends Mikey ("stoic, tough kid from a broken home") and George ("way too confident for how nerdy he is"), respectively. (Deadline.com)


SLEEPY HOLLOW (FOX/20th; W: Alex Kurtzman, Phillip Iscove & Roberto Orci; D: Len Wiseman) - John Cho ("Go On") will guest star on the drama pilot, about Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), a Captain during the Revolutionary War, who is mysteriously transported to present day Sleepy Hollow, where he takes on the supernatural alongside Detective Abbie Archer (Nicole Beharie). He's set as Andy Dunn, a likeable officer who stumbles across Crane in the present day. Katia Winter and Orlando Jones also star. (Deadline.com)


SUPER CLYDE (CBS/CTS; W: Greg Garcia; D: Michael Fresco) - British actor Stephen Fry ("Bones") has boarded the comedy pilot, about Clyde (Rupert Grint), a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a "superhero" for the downtrodden after inheriting his uncle's fortune. He'll play said late uncle's butler, Randolph, who becomes Clyde's "Alfred" in his efforts to help people. Justine Lupe and Tyler Labine also star in the single-camera project. (Deadline.com)


SURGEON GENERAL, THE (CBS/CTS; W: Samuel Baum; D: Rod Lurie) - Mike Colter ("Ringer") has scored a role on the drama pilot, about John Sherman (Jason Isaacs), a fictional Surgeon General of the United States and the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He's on board as Connor McCallan ("tall, handsome, brash"), an epidemiologist on his team. The project also stars Beth Riesgraf, Katherine McNamara, Kathryn Morris and Sean Astin. (Deadline.com)


TOGETHERNESS (HBO; W/D: Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass) - Amanda Peet ("Bent") has been tapped to star in the comedy pilot, about two couples living under the same roof who struggle to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams. She'll play Tina Morris, "an energetic and beautiful woman who is fun, outgoing, mischievous and smart in both dress and brainpower. Tina relocates from Houston to Los Angeles and moves in with her sister Michelle Pierson (Melanie Lynskey) and her husband Brett." Steve Zissis also stars in the single-camera project. (Deadline.com)


TWO WRONGS (FOX/20th; W: Michelle Morgan; D: TBA) - Argentinian actor Ezequiel Stremiz has been tapped for a role on the comedy pilot, about a couple (Jake Hoffman, Kelli Garner) whose friends and family don't think they are right for each other. He'll play Johnny ("sexy, TV's answer to Owen Wilson"), her frequently shirtless ex-boyfriend. The single-camera project also stars Mimi Kennedy. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED JODI ARIAS PROJECT (Lifetime, New!) - Writers Richard Blaney and Gregory Small are spearheading a docudrama at the cable channel about current news network staple Jodi Arias, who "is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander, whose body was found with a gunshot to the head, multiple stab wounds and a slit throat in 2008." Joshua D. Maurer, Alixandre Witlin and Judith Verno are executive producing the project. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED JOHN LEGUIZAMO PROJECT (ABC/ABC Studios; T: Jeff Astrof; D: TBA) - Troy Garity ("Boss") has snagged a role on the comedy pilot, based on Leguizamo's life as a husband, father and fish out of water on New York's Upper West Side. He'll play Crash, "a loyal friend of John's from the Old Neighborhood who was a talented graffiti artist and now is John's personal assistant and lives in the basement of John's brownstone." Andrea Savage, Elizabeth Peña and Luke Ganalon also star in the multi-camera effort. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED RAND RAVICH PROJECT (NBC/20th; W: Rand Ravich; D: TBA) - Michael Beach, James Lafferty and Joshua Erenberg have all been cast in the drama pilot, about Marcus Finley (Lance Gross), an idealistic Secret Service agent who finds himself at the epicenter of an international crisis on his first day after the President's son and his schoolmates are kidnapped. Beach will play FBI Director Olsen; with Lafferty as Mr. Nash ("the kind of teacher high school crushes were made for"), who's likewise taken; and Erenberg as one of the students, Anton Roth ("a chubby kid with a genius IQ"), who's skipped three grades. Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson, Halston Sage, Max Martini, Max Schneider, Rachael Taylor and Stevie Lynn Jones also star. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Jack Coleman, Stephen Martines and Nick Tarabay are among the latest faces set to drop by "Burn Notice" this summer (Deadline.com); Dallas Roberts has joined the cast of "Unforgettable" while James Laio and Tawny Cypress will recur during the show's sophomore run (Deadline.com); Gregg Henry is bound for "The Killing" as Holder's (Joel Kinnaman) seasoned new partner, "a career cop who's managed to neither excel to the top ranks nor ruffle anyone's feathers" (Deadline.com); Cara Buono will guest on "The Good Wife" as "a woman who hires Lockhart Gardner after her husband dies on the job under questionable circumstances" (TVLine.com); and Brian Williams, Dan Patrick, Matt Lauer and Anderson Cooper have all had exploratory conversations to succeed Alex Trebek as host of "Jeopardy!" (Deadline.com).






  [march 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· 90210 (CW)
· BACKSTROM (FOX)
· BENT (NBC)
· BONES (FOX)
· BOSS (STARZ)
· BURN NOTICE (USA)
· CRISIS (NBC)
· CUTS (UPN)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GANG RELATED (FOX)
· GO ON (NBC)
· GOOD WIFE, THE (CBS)
· GROUND FLOOR (TBS)
· I AM VICTOR (NBC)
· JEOPARDY (SYNDICATION)
· JODI ARIAS: DIRTY LITTLE SECRET (LIFETIME)
· KILLING, THE (NETFLIX)
· KING JOHN (ABC)
· RINGER (CW)
· SLEEPY HOLLOW (FOX)
· SUPER CLYDE (CBS)
· SURGEON GENERAL, THE (CBS)
· SURVIVING JACK (FOX)
· TOGETHERNESS (HBO)
· TWO WRONGS (FOX)
· UNFORGETTABLE (CBS)











[09/30/14 - 02:53 PM]
"Monday Night Football" Helps ESPN Win the Night among All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, September 29.

[09/30/14 - 02:18 PM]
"Parenthood" Delivered the Show's Highest 18-49 Rating in Live+3 Since October 3, 2013
NBC further spins the numbers for Thursday, September 25.

[09/30/14 - 02:04 PM]
Discovery Channel Moves Up the Cable Ranker and Into the Top Five for Adults and Men During 3Q14
Discovery spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[09/30/14 - 01:22 PM]
Animal Planet Explores the Striking Similarities of People and Primates in the Natural History Special "The Real Apes of the Planet"
The new two-hour documentary premieres Tuesday, October 21 at 8:00/7:00c on the cable channel.

[09/30/14 - 01:02 PM]
Lifetime Announces Holiday Movie Slate for 2014
"An En Vogue Christmas," "Seasons of Love," "Wally Lamb's Wishin' and Hopin'" and "The Santa Con" will join the previously announced "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever."

[09/30/14 - 01:01 PM]
Nickelodeon Is Top-Rated Total Day Network for 3Q and September 2014
Nickelodeon spins the numbers for the month and the quarter to date.

[09/30/14 - 12:59 PM]
Premiere of "Gotham" Leads FOX to Rank No. 2 for the Week Among Adults 18-34 and Fourth Among Adults 18-49
FOX spins the numbers for the week of September 22-28.

[09/30/14 - 12:55 PM]
FX Networks Stays in Relationships with "Married" and "You're the Worst"
"Married" is continuing on FX and "You're The Worst" is moving to its new home on FXX.

[09/30/14 - 12:20 PM]
TNT Extends Its Summer Victory by Ranking as Basic Cable's #1 Network in Primetime for Q3 2014 Among Total Viewers
Turner spins the numbers for the third quarter to date.

[09/30/14 - 12:14 PM]
Disney/ABC Television Group Announces the 13th Annual 2014 Talent Showcase, Presented by ABC Casting, Tuesday, October 7, in New York
The 14 featured actors were selected from nearly 7,000 candidates who submitted their resumes, and approximately 500 who auditioned for ABC casting executives in New York.

[09/30/14 - 12:13 PM]
Disney Channel Sweeps Total Day During 3Q 2014 in Total Viewers and Across All Major Youth Demos
Disney Channel spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[09/30/14 - 12:09 PM]
Frances Berwick Named President of Newly Formed Lifestyle Network Group within NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
Also, Adam Stotsky has been appointed General Manager of E! Entertainment, responsible for day-to-day operations of the network, in addition to his current role as President, Esquire Network.

[09/30/14 - 12:08 PM]
"The Great Halloween Fright Fight," A One-Hour Special to Haunt Households Before Halloween, Premieres October 28 on ABC
The new special will feature a number of families competing for the greatest haunted Halloween displays and a $50,000 prize.

[09/30/14 - 11:53 AM]
Comedy Central(R) Secures All-Star Cast for New Scripted Series "Another Period"
Lauren Ash, Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Beth Dover, Brett Gelman, Brian Huskey, David Koechner, Jason Ritter, David Wain and Armen Weitzman will join series stars and creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome.

[09/30/14 - 11:23 AM]
The Kilcher Clan Returns to Discovery for Season Four of "Alaska: The Last Frontier"
This season, the Kilchers face unexpected and daunting challenges due to a historically warm winter.