[03/08/13 - 11:32 PM] Development Update: Friday, March 8 Updates include: Shawn Hatosy to get "Reckless" at CBS; Chris D'Elia to topline NBC's "Undateable"; and ABC orders three more episodes of "Celebrity Wife Swap."
[02/03/10 - 06:34 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, February 3 Updates include: "Big Love" gets a fifth season from HBO; ABC sets a launch date for "Happy Town"; and Sarah Chalke to topline ABC's "Freshmen."
[09/15/09 - 06:28 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, September 15 Updates include: Ray Wise to visit FOX's "Dollhouse"; Jordan Hinson joins the cast of ABC's "Hank"; and Helen Hunt in talks to join NBC's "Parenthood."
[12/01/08 - 06:39 PM] Development Update: Monday, December 1 Updates include: Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald added to Martin Scorsese's "Empire" at HBO; Mindy Moore Borman to executive produce "Dr. Oz"; and "Detective Agency" to honor the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack.
[06/20/08 - 05:57 PM] Development Update: Friday, June 20 Updates include: HBO renews "In Treatment" for second season; TBS taps new "Match Game" host and panelists; plus Brooke Elliott and Lloyd Owen land lead roles in pilots.
ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from The Weinstein Company's press release, March 2008) HBO will partner with The Weinstein Company and the BBC to bring Alexander McCall Smith's international bestselling book series THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY to television, it was announced today by Richard Plepler, co-president, HBO and Michael Lombardo, president, Programming Group and West Coast Operations, HBO. Grammy Award winner Jill Scott ("Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?," "Hounddog") stars in the series, whose two-hour pilot was recently filmed on location in Botswana under the direction of Academy Award(R) winner Anthony Minghella ("Cold Mountain," "The English Patient") from a script by Minghella and Academy Award(R) nominee Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings and a Funeral," HBO's "The Girl in the Cafe"), who also executive produce. The producers are Academy Award(R) winner Sydney Pollack ("Out of Africa") and Timothy Bricknell ("Cold Mountain") for Mirage Enterprises, along with Amy Moore for Cinechicks.