or


[11/05/13 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, November 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!


THE ADVOCATE (CBS, New!) - Ayelet Waldman ("Applebaum") is developing a new drama at the Eye about "a former doctor who has found her calling as a medical advocate, where she works on behalf of patients and their loved ones, solving medical crises and mysteries, and guaranteeing people the care they deserve." CBS Television Studios is behind the hour with Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz of Carol Mendelsohn Productions executive producing alongside Judy Smith ("Scandal"). (Deadline.com)


COMPLICATIONS (USA/FTS; W: Matt Nix; D: TBA) - Jason O'Mara ("Vegas") has scored the lead role on the drama pilot, about John Ellis, a disillusioned suburban ER doctor, who finds his existence transformed when he intervenes in a drive-by shooting, saving a young boy's life and killing one of his attackers. When he learns the boy is still marked for death he finds himself compelled to save him at any cost and discovers that his life and his outlook on medicine may never be the same. (Deadline.com)


FINDING CARTER (MTV; W: Emily Silver & Terri Minsky; D: TBA) - Alexis Denisof (Much Ado About Nothing) is the latest addition to the drama pilot, about Carter (Kathryn Prescott), a teenager who has the perfect life with her fun-loving single mom Lori until a police bust reveals that Lori abducted her as a toddler. Denisof will play David Wilson, Carter's father, "who frequently is the family mediator and the most levelheaded in the house. As a novelist, he saw his only real success with his true crime novel Losing Lyndon about the disappearance of his daughter." Anna Jacoby-Heron, Cynthia Watros, Nolan Sotillo and Zac Pullam also star. (THR.com)


FRAGILE (ABC, New!) - Thompson Evans (Hit List) is spearheading a domestic take on the 2012 Spanish series "Frágiles," about "a highly regarded, eccentric trauma surgeon who has a near-death experience, after which he decides to put down his scalpel and treat patients' physical challenges by making them confront their emotional ones." Bob Sertner Productions' Bob Sertner, Island Productions' Victor Garcia and Powwow Media Partners' Daniel Gutman are also on board to executive produce. Garcia, Victor Mato and Manu Sanabria created the original series. (Deadline.com)


GRETA STONE (ABC, New!) - Bestselling novelist Patricia Cornwell is developing a new drama at the Alphabet about "a young, orphaned, highly skilled female cop who is has an uncanny ability to solve crime." Stephanie Sengupta ("Reign") is co-writing the hour alongside Cornwell as well as executive producing alongside Matt Gross via his ABC Studios-based Gross Entertainment. (Deadline.com)


HOURMAN (The CW, New!) - Michael Caleo ("Ironside") is set to bring the DC Comics hero Hourman to the small screen. Said effort will revolve around "a "brilliant yet troubled pharmaceutical analyst who discovers that he can see glimpses of tragic events about to occur one hour into the future. Determined to win back his ex-wife and son, he heroically prevents these tragedies from unfolding, finding both purpose and redemption along the way." Warner Bros. Television-based Lin Pictures is behind the hour with the company's Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz executive producing alongside Caleo. (TVGuide.com)


OPEN (HBO/Fox 21; W: Lauren Gussis & Ryan Murphy; D: TBA) - Cheyenne Jackson ("30 Rock") is the latest addition to the drama pilot, "a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships." He'll play a new character Murphy reportedly has created for him, "a handsome meth addict." Anna Torv, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michelle Monaghan, Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley also star in the project. (Deadline.com)


THE PAINTED GIRLS (The CW, New!) - Cathy Marie Buchanan's book - about "three sisters studying at a top ballet academy in 1880s Paris, where decadence, poverty, sex, drugs and a serial killer are running rampant throughout the city" - is being developed as a drama at the netlet. Tony-nominated playwright Geoffrey Nauffts (Next Fall) will pen the hour and serve as a co-executive producer with The Dan Jinks Company's Dan Jinks ("Emily Owens, MD") executive producing for CBS Television Studios. (Deadline.com)


POMONA KINGS (FOX, New!) - Jaime Paglia ("Eureka") and James Middleton ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") have set up a potential drama at the network about "a star-crossed romance of the prodigal son and drag-racing daughter of warring family patriarchs in the world of custom car shops and drag racing in Southern California." Marcus Wiley is also on board to executive produce the hour, which has yet to be laid off at a studio. (Deadline.com)


ROOTS (History, New!) - A new eight-hour mini-series based on Alex Haley's novel of the same name - subtitled "The Saga of an American Family" - is in the works at the cable channel. Mark Wolper, whose father David L. Wolper was an executive producer on the original 1977 adaptation for ABC, is executive producing the updated take, which "will draw both on the book and the original mini from a contemporary perspective." "Roots" revolves around Kunta Kinte, "an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent and sold into slavery in the United States, and follows his life and the lives of his alleged descendants in the U.S. down to Haley." (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED PALLY & GREGOR & MAND PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Adam Pally ("The Mindy Project") is set to team with Dan Gregor and Doug Mand ("How I Met Your Mother") for a new single-camera comedy about "two guys who strike it rich after developing a mobile application." Said trio will pen the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which has a penalty attached. (THR.com)


UNTITLED SOO HUGH PROJET (ABC, New!) - Soo Hugh ("Under the Dome") has sold a potential drama to the Alphabet billed as "a race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world by using the Earth's most precious resource: children." ABC Studios is behind the hour with Grady Girl Productions' Dawn Olmstead and Amblin Television's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank executive producing alongside Hugh. (THR.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Russian actor Yuri Kolokolnikov has been tapped to play Styr, the Magnar of Thenn on "Game of Thrones" (EW.com); Rob Corddry will drop by "Trophy Wife" as "a martial arts instructor who runs a strip mall dojo that Pete (Bradley Whitford) takes his kids for karate lessons" (EW.com); Lori Loughlin is bound for "The Neighbors" as the "arch-nemesis" of Jami Gertz's Debbie Weaver (HollywoodLife.com); Annie Mumolo will guest on "The Goldbergs" as "a rival "smother" opposite fellow Bridesmaids alum Wendi McLendon-Covey" (THR.com); and Khandi Alexander has been cast as Maya Lewis, "otherwise known as the mother to Kerry Washington's beleaguered fixer, Olivia" on "Scandal" (THR.com).






  [november 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· 30 ROCK (NBC)
· ADVOCATE, THE (CBS)
· APPLEBAUM (CBS)
· COMPLICATIONS (USA)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· EMILY OWENS, MD (CW)
· EUREKA (SYFY)
· FINDING CARTER (MTV)
· FRAGILE (ABC)
· GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
· GOLDBERGS, THE (ABC)
· GRETA STONE (ABC)
· HOURMAN (CW)
· HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (CBS)
· IRONSIDE (NBC)
· MINDY PROJECT, THE (FOX)
· NEIGHBORS, THE (ABC)
· OPEN (HBO)
· PAINTED GIRLS, THE (CW)
· POMONA KINGS (FOX)
· REIGN (CW)
· ROOTS (HISTORY)
· SCANDAL (ABC)
· TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (FOX)
· TROPHY WIFE (ABC)
· UNDER THE DOME (CBS)
· UNTITLED PALLY & GREGOR & MAND PROJECT (NBC)
· VEGAS (CBS)
· WHISPERS, THE (ABC)











[10/20/14 - 03:29 PM]
"Gold Rush" Season Five Premiere Tops Cable Television on Friday
Discovery spins the numbers for Friday, October 17.

[10/20/14 - 02:02 PM]
John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting to Perform Original Song for 100th Episode Of "Hawaii Five-0," Nov. 7
The song, titled "All For One," will premiere during the broadcast of the milestone episode.

[10/20/14 - 01:20 PM]
CMT's Highest-Rated Series Ever "Party Down South" Keeps the Party Going This Holiday Season with Two All-New, One-Hour Specials
"Party Down South: Drunksgiving" airs Thursday, November 20 followed by "Party Down South: Christmas Hangover" on Thursday, December 18.

[10/20/14 - 01:19 PM]
HGTV and DIY Network Greenlight Seven New Series
"America's Most Desperate Kitchens," "Log Cabin Living," "Shalina Joy Project" and "Real Estate Riches" are on tap at the former while "First Time Flippers," "Miami Rehab" and "The Treehouse Guys" are coming to the latter.

[10/20/14 - 12:42 PM]
Discovery Fit & Health Pulls Back the White Curtain on Outrageous Medical Emergencies When "Untold Stories of the ER" Returns with the Craziest Cases Special and 100th Episode
The 100th episode kicks off all-new episodes, beginning Friday, November 14 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
Three Families Are "Risking It All" for a Life Off the Grid
TLC's latest original series premieres Tuesday, November 18 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 12:22 PM]
"Real World: Skeletons" Set to Premiere December 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on MTV
This season, the series begins in the traditional way with seven strangers moving into an old nightclub turned fabulous urban loft in Chicago's West Loop, but each of these roommates has skeletons in their closets.

[10/20/14 - 12:18 PM]
USA Network Orders Third Season of Breakout Comedic Reality Series "Chrisley Knows Best"
Plus: look for a half-hour "Chrisley" holiday special set for this December.

[10/20/14 - 12:10 PM]
Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to Perform Duets with Top Country Acts on "The 48th Annual CMA Awards"
Grande will be joining two-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town for an on-air collaboration.

[10/20/14 - 11:51 AM]
ABC Family Invites Fans to Tweet the "Dearly Departed" During a Halloween Special of "Pretty Little Liars," Airing Tuesday, October 21
Janel Parrish ("Mona"), Andrea Parker ("Mrs. DiLaurentis") and Bryce Johnson ("Det. Darren Wilden") will live tweet with fans during the East Coast broadcast.

[10/20/14 - 11:49 AM]
"Untold with Maria Menounos" Premieres Thursday, October 30th at 8:00PM ET/PT
The series takes a closer look at two major entertainment stories that are making headlines today: the Transgender movement and Depression in Comedians.

[10/20/14 - 11:06 AM]
Live + 7 Ratings: ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" Is the Week's #1 Biggest Gainer in TV Playback in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 11:04 AM]
A Wedding, a Breakup and a Divorce?! Don't Miss the "Total Divas" Mid-Season Finale Sunday, October 26 at 9pm ET on E!
Plus: WWE(R) Diva Alicia Fox(TM) and WWE Diva Paige(TM) joint the cast when new episodes resume Sunday, January 4 at 10:00/9:00c.

[10/20/14 - 10:55 AM]
CBS Freshman Dramas Post Strong Second-Week Live +7-Day Lifts
CBS further spins the numbers for the week of September 29-October 5.

[10/20/14 - 10:40 AM]
Pizza Aficionados Sal Basille and Francis Garcia Return to Travel the Country on a Culinary Expedition in Cooking Channel's "Pizza Masters"
The six-episode series launches Friday, December 5 at 9:00/8:00c on the network.