or


[05/19/14 - 11:31 PM]
Development Update: Monday, May 19
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!


DAMIEN (Lifetime, New!) - Glen Mazzara ("The Walking Dead") is developing a small screen follow-up to the 1976 horror classic "The Omen" which centers on the film's young boy Damien Thorn, "now an adult and haunted by his past, he's faced with a series of macabre events and must finally face his true destiny: he is the Antichrist." He'll write and executive produce via his Fox Television Studios-based 44 Strong Productions banner. Ross Fineman of Fineman Entertainment likewise will executive produce. (THR.com)


IRON KING, THE (FX, New!) - Maurice Druon's historical book series "The Accursed Kings" - about the French monarchy in the 13th and 14th centuries - is being developed as a potential drama at the cable channel. Carol Polakoff, Kristina Sorensen and Daniela Albin of Viewfinder Pictures are all behind the project, however no writing auspices were given. (Deadline.com)


LOTTERY, THE (Lifetime/Warner Horizon; W: Timothy J. Sexton; D: Danny Cannon) - Athena Karkanis has joined the cast of the upcoming drama, which is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children and a national lottery is held to decide the surrogates for 100 embryos that have been successfully fertilized. She'll play Vanessa, "who has earned her job and risen through the political ranks all the way to chief of staff to the POTUS." Louise Lombard played said role, then known as Tori, in the original pilot. David Alpay, Marley Shelton, Martin Donovan and Michael Graziadei also star. (Deadline.com)


SLAP, THE (NBC/Universal; W: Jon Robin Baitz; D: Lisa Cholodenko) - Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) has signed on to helm and executive produce the first two episodes of the limited series, a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. This seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets, and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it. Tony Ayres, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Ted Gold also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


STITCHERS (ABC Family; W: Jeffrey A. Schechter; D: TBA) - Newcomers Emma Ishta and Kyle Harris are the first to be cast in the drama pilot, about "a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be 'stitched' into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave." Ishta will play Kristen Clark, "the smart, socially awkward girl with a rare condition, which makes her unable to feel emotions or correctly gauge the passage of time"; with Harris as Cameron, "the chief tech/handler at the secret government agency." Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken also serve as executive producers. (THR.com)


UNTITLED ED BURNS PROJECT (FX, New!) - Ed Burns ("The Wire") is developing a cyber crime drama at the cable channel. Cyber crime/counter-terrorism expert Marc Goodman is also on board to executive produce the hour, as are Carol Polakoff, Kristina Sorensen and Daniela Albin of Viewfinder Pictures. No other details were given. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Steven Berkoff will recur on "Witches of East End" as King Nikolaus, "the patriarch of the Beauchamp family, who also happens to be a darkly powerful warlock and rules Asgard with an iron (and corrupt) fist" (Deadline.com); and Brett Cullen has been cast as Barbie's father Don Barbara on "Under the Dome" (EW.com).






  [may 2014]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· DAMIEN (LIFETIME)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· IRON KING, THE (FX)
· LOTTERY, THE (LIFETIME)
· SLAP, THE (NBC)
· STITCHERS (ABC FAMILY)
· UNDER THE DOME (CBS)
· UNTITLED ED BURNS PROJECT (FX)
· WALKING DEAD, THE (AMC)
· WIRE, THE (HBO)
· WITCHES OF EAST END (LIFETIME)











[10/22/14 - 01:40 PM]
World Series Game 1 Drives FOX to Prime Time Ratings Win
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.

[10/22/14 - 01:37 PM]
Lifetime Greenlights Limited Series "Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles"
Christina Ricci will reprise her haunting role as the notorious murder suspect she portrayed in the network's hit original movie "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax."

[10/22/14 - 01:14 PM]
Sneak Play of "Becoming," from LeBron James' Springhill Production Company and ESPN Films, Added at 5:30 P.M. Sunday, October 26 on Disney XD
It will also be presented in the previously announced 8:00 p.m. timeslot on Disney XD and on Friday, November 7 (7:00 p.m., ET/4:00 p.m., PT) on ESPN.

[10/22/14 - 12:44 PM]
Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot" Returns with Search for World's Largest Sasquatch
On Sunday, November 9, the series returns with a special two-hour episode that takes Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymaker, researchers James "Bobo" Fay and Cliff Barackman and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland off to the wilds of Alaska.

[10/22/14 - 11:31 AM]
Syfy's Hit Competition Series "Face Off" to Return for Eighth Season January 13 at 9PM
In a twist on the show's traditional format, three former champions, Rayce Bird (Season 2), Anthony Kosar (Season 4) and Laura Tyler (Season 5), will return in the premiere and select teams of five new artists who they will coach throughout the season.

[10/22/14 - 11:14 AM]
ABC Grows Year to Year in Total Viewers and Holds Steady in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for the weeks of September 22-October 19.

[10/22/14 - 11:05 AM]
Comedy Icon Steve Coogan to Star in "Happyish" on Showtime(R)
He'll succeed the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the project, a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place.

[10/22/14 - 11:04 AM]
Discovery Family Channel to Premiere the Third Season of Hasbro Studios' Popular Animated Series "Transformers Rescue Bots," November 1
The season three premiere of "Transformers Rescue Bots" returns with the episode "Land Before Prime," where Optimus Prime is forced to embrace his primal side when the Rescue Bots discover a mysterious island filled with dinosaurs.

[10/22/14 - 10:58 AM]
"NCIS: New Orleans" Delivers Its Highest Adults 18-49 Rating Since Its Series Premiere
CBS spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.

[10/22/14 - 10:49 AM]
First-Ever LEGO(R) Batman Television Special, "LEGO DC Comics: Batman: Be-Leaguered," Premieres October 27 on Cartoon Network
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this powerhouse partnership between the LEGO Group and DC Entertainment is a funny, lighthearted tale new to the DC Comics universe.

[10/22/14 - 10:42 AM]
"CMA Country Christmas" Adds Performances by Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley with Rock Legend Steven Tyler
Artists previously announced include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, and Carrie Underwood.

[10/22/14 - 10:41 AM]
Inspired by the Success of "Shark Tank" ABC Announces the Launch of "Beyond the Tank"
"Beyond the Tank" will feature a look back at past "Shark Tank" pitches and deals to examine the highs and lows that can come from an appearance in the tank.

[10/22/14 - 10:31 AM]
TNT Greenlights "Cold Justice" Spinoff
Rather than tackling homicides, however, the new series will focus on sex crimes.

[10/22/14 - 10:27 AM]
Stars of ABC Family's "Melissa & Joey," "Baby Daddy" and "Freak Out" to Participate in Live Twitter Chats with Fans Tonight
Melissa Joan Hart and Taylor Spreitler; Melissa Peterman and Chelsea Kane; and Jonathan Sadowski are among the participants.

[10/22/14 - 10:01 AM]
Video: Sneak Peek at truTV's Upcoming New Series "Breaking Greenville"
The series, formerly known as "Local News," will launch in December on the cable channel.