[11/22/10 - 06:45 PM] Development Update: Monday, November 22 Updates include: Jorge Garcia first to land on FOX's "Alcatraz"; CMT renews "The Singing Bee"; and Miranda Otto books "Locke & Key" at FOX.
[03/02/09 - 06:49 PM] Development Update: Monday, March 2 Updates include: Melissa George and Teri Polo land CBS pilots; a quartet joins NBC's "Day One"; and "Sarah Silverman" producers balk at Comedy Central's budget cuts.
[08/24/07 - 06:59 PM] Development Update: Week of August 20-24 Updates include: New roles set on "24," "Bones," "Brothers & Sisters," "Jericho," "Lost" and "Ugly Betty," Kathryn Morris gets a raise on "Cold Case" and ABC Family and A&E each order two more pilots.
[07/20/07 - 10:12 AM] The CW's 2007-2008 Primetime Schedule "Beauty and the Geek" will kick off the netlet's fall schedule on September 18 while "Life Is Wild" will round out its lineup on October 7.
[07/17/07 - 06:16 PM] Recasting Bug Hits NBC's 'Life,' 'Bionic,' Others Mae Whitman and Melissa Sagemiller are out of NBC's "Bionic Woman" and "Life" respectively, while changes are in store for The CW's "Eight Days a Week" and NBC's "Lipstick Jungle." Plus: a recap of the recastings to date this season.
[07/06/07 - 03:09 PM] Development Update: Week of July 2-6 Updates include: Stephanie Niznik and Scott Patterson land roles on the CW's newcomers, options are picked up on the casts of four pilots, Dana Delany in talks to join ABC's "Housewives" and the usual mix of casting news.
[06/29/07 - 06:40 PM] Development Update: Week of June 25-29 Updates include: Recasting bug hits "Life Is Wild," "Moonlight," "Private Practice" and "Reaper," ABC keeps "Football Wives" warm, Jason O'Mara to topline ABC's "Life on Mars" import plus the usual mix of casting news.
[05/17/07 - 10:15 AM] The CW Kicks Off Its Second Season with Six New Series he CW Network unveiled the schedule for its 2007-2008 season today at Madison Square Garden before more than 3,000 advertisers, affiliates and national media. The announcement was made by Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment, The CW.
[02/27/07 - 12:54 AM] Development Update: Tuesday, February 27 Updates include: MTV adds six new series while Fred Willard, Christopher Titus, Dylan McDermott and Carrie-Anne Moss all land pilot gigs.
[02/19/07 - 12:29 AM] Development Update: Monday, February 19 Updates include: Jill Clayburgh and Natalie Zea find ABC's "Dirty Sexy Money," Summer Glau joins FOX's "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and more!
[02/16/07 - 12:42 AM] Development Update: Friday, February 16 Updates include: Ryan Murphy gets new overall deal/season of "Nip/Tuck," the CW lines up pilot directors and TBS adds Frank Caliendo's sketch comedy series.
[01/09/07 - 12:02 AM] Development Update: Tuesday, January 9 Updates include: ABC, CBS, NBC and the CW all order pilots plus Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez are set to star in an ABC Family holiday movie.
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ADDITIONAL NOTES: confirmed as canceled on 2/12/08
DESCRIPTION: (from The CW's press release) Katie Clarke (Leah Pipes, "Clubhouse") may never forgive her veterinarian father, Danny (D.W. Moffett, "For Your Love") for dragging their entire blended family out of New York City to spend a year living in a broken-down lodge called The Blue Antelope on a game reserve deep inside South Africa. In fact, the one area of agreement among Katie, her 11-year-old brother Chase (K'sun Ray, "Smith"), their rebellious teenage step-brother Jesse (Andrew St. John, "General Hospital") and 7-year-old step-sister Mia (Mary Matilyn Mouser, "Eloise"), is that Danny has lost his mind. For Danny and his second wife, Jo (Stephanie Niznik, "Everwood"), however, the reasons for the move are very clear. Once they married and brought their children together under one roof, it soon became obvious that the kids had little in common and the family was drifting apart. In New York, Katie was a good student with close friends and a serious boyfriend. Mature beyond her years, Katie took on even more adult responsibilities when her mother died, helping her younger brother Chase deal with the loss. Jo's children had to deal with their parents' divorce after their father went to prison for a white-collar crime. Jesse reacted by cutting school, rebelling against every rule and resenting his mother's remarriage, while little Mia comforted herself with her obsession with the New York Mets. While they worried about the family, Danny and Jo had their own demanding careers to deal with. Jo was a sought-after divorce attorney who worked long hours, while Danny's skills as a vet made him a favorite with wealthy New Yorkers and their pampered, overweight pets. When Danny learned of the urgent need for vets in South Africa, he saw the opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to change all their lives for the better. Once the family arrives in South Africa, Danny realizes his motivations go beyond his desire to keep his troubled family together while making a difference in the lives of the people and animals of this amazing place. His deceased first wife Claire grew up at The Blue Antelope, and the lodge is still home to her reclusive father Art (David Butler). The Blue Antelope was once a thriving safari business, but after the loss of his daughter, Art let the lodge slip into disrepair. Now that Danny has arrived with Art's grandchildren and a new family, Art may finally find a reason to get his life back on track. The adjustment to this strange land is difficult for Jo and the children, but not for Danny. He's instantly at home working with the locals to vaccinate their cattle, and using his skills to heal wounded wild animals as well ?? in their first few days in South Africa, the family encounters an injured lioness, a lost cub and a gentle giraffe. Katie and Jesse spend the first days in Africa resenting the upheaval of their lives and feeling completely out of place. Things begin to change when they meet a few of the locals, including a handsome and somewhat reckless young Brit, Oliver Banks (newcomer Calvin Goldspink), and Tumelo (newcomer Atandwa Kani), who dreams of becoming a veterinarian, against the wishes of his doctor father. Katie is intrigued by both boys ?? one British and one South African ?? and by their knowledge of local customs and culture. Meanwhile, Jesse can't help but notice Oliver's sultry twin sister Emily (newcomer Tiffany Mulheron), as well a beautiful, mysterious young woman named Mbali (casting TBD), a singer/bar tender at a local hangout called Ant's Hill. While they are definitely strangers in a strange land with a lot to learn about their new home, Katie, Jesse and the rest of the family are nevertheless beginning to love the breathtaking vistas of the bush country, the wild animals and the vibrant culture enveloping them. A year in this strange but beautiful place might not be so bad after all. "Life is Wild" is a production of CBS Paramount Network Television Inc., Warner Bros. Television and Company Pictures, an All 3 Media Company, with executive producers Michael Rauch ("Love Monkey," "Beautiful People"), Charlie Pattinson ("Wild at Heart," "Shameless") and George Faber ("Wild at Heart," "Skins"), and co-executive producers Sue Tenney ("7th Heaven"), Dana Baratta ("Providence") and Jim Sadwith ("Elvis," "Crackers").