or


[03/20/15 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Friday, March 20
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!


CUCKOO (NBC/Lionsgate; W: Kieron Quirke & Robin French; D: TBA) - Michael Chiklis and Cheryl Hines are the latest to be cast in the comedy pilot, based on the British series about Rachel (Rachel DiPillo), a daughter who comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo (Flula Borg), much to her father's annoyance. He'll play said father, Ken, with Hines as her mom, Lori. Griffin Gluck also stars. (Deadline.com)


DICE (Showtime, New!) - Comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay is set to star in a new single-camera comedy at the pay channel which "follows the comedian as he works in Las Vegas to resurrect his career while supporting his family. And his girlfriend. And his ex-fiancé. And his ex-wife. And his mother-in-law. And his son's band." The project, which has a six-episode order, comes from writer Scot Armstrong. Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, Richard Shepard, Bruce Rubenstein, Clay and Armstrong are the executive producers for Fox 21. Production is slated to begin this year for a 2016 premiere. (Deadline.com)


HAPPY LIFE (A.K.A. JOE TIME) (CBS/WBT; W: Bill Wrubel; D: James Burrows) - Minnie Driver ("About a Boy") and Bill Smitrovich have both been cast in the multi-camera comedy pilot, about Joe (Steven Weber), a family man who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying life more than he is. She'll play his wife Maggie, "a former doctor who left that grind to embark on a new career teaching people mindful meditation out of her home studio." Said role is in second position to the NBC comedy. Smitrovich then is set as Mitch, "Judy's (Rita Moreno) husband. He's retired and quite happy about it, after handing over the family business to his sons, Joe and Scott (Eric Petersen). Mitch has recently surprised his family with the announcement that he's always been interested in music and is about to become a cabaret performer." Duane Martin, Alli Kinzel and Noland Ammon also star. (Deadline.com)


LA CRIME (ABC/ABCS; W: Steven Baigelman; D: Tom Shankland) - David Sullivan (Argo) has snagged a role in the anthology series pilot, about two LA cops as they track a Bonnie & Clyde-esque serial killer team amidst the rock-and-roll, coke-infused revelry of the 1980s Sunset Strip. He's set as Lou Bukowski, "a crass, loudmouth detective in charge of heading up the ongoing investigation of a possible Sunset Strip serial killer." Adam Rothenberg, Anne Winters, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Ed Westwick, Erika Christensen, Gabriel Luna, Holley Fain, Karolina Wydra and Taissa Farmiga also star. (Variety.com)


LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD (NBC/20th; W: Diana Son; D: George Tillman) - LeToya Luckett ("Single Ladies") has been cast in the drama pilot, in which race, sexuality and gender roles collide when three diverse couples put modern marriage to the test. She'll play Tandi, "a happily married woman and mother, who is experiencing difficulties fulfilling her dream of having a second child." In addition, George Tillman has signed on to direct and executive produce. Brian Tee, Colin Donnell, Cynthia McWilliams, Monet Mazur, Nadine Velazquez and Rockmund Dunbar also star. (THR.com)


SHARING (NBC/Universal; W: Jeremy Bronson; D: Beth McCarthy-Miller) - Actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse and director Beth McCarthy-Miller have both been added to the pilot, a workplace comedy about the different groups of people working side by side in a shared office space. He'll play Grant, "an eager-to-please and confident office receptionist who tries hard and wants everyone to like him, but isn't that competent." Christine Taylor, Jack Carpenter, Greta Lee, Jerry Minor and Stephen Schneider also star. (Variety.com)


SONGLAND (NBC, New!) - "The Voice" executive producer Audrey Morrissey and coach Adam Levine are set to team with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dave Stewart for a new reality series which "will pull back the curtain on the song marketplace and the power brokers within it. The project is expected to feature everyday people with compelling stories who get the opportunity to pitch original compositions to the music industry's biggest producers and artists, all hunting for the next global smash." Morrissey, Dave Stewart Entertainment's Stewart, Live Animals' Ivan Dudynsky and 222 Productions' Levine and Jordan Feldstein are the executive producers of the pilot. (THR.com)


UNTITLED TOMMY JOHNAGIN PROJECT (CBS/WBT; W: Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker & Tommy Johnagin; D: TBA) - Kevin Nealon and Jane Kaczmarek are the latest additions to the multi-camera project, which revolves around a stand-up comic (Tommy Johnagin) raising a family in a small Midwestern town. He'll play "Tommy's dad Jack, a charming but manipulative loose cannon who flirts with every woman and says everything with a smile - but has a self-destructive streak and ruined his marriage to Linda (Kaczmarek), Tommy's responsible mother who owns a local diner. Linda still treats her adult children like babies and loves a chance to brag about Tommy's talk-show appearances and career path. She has held her ex-husband in absolute contempt for the past 17 years and forces him to eat at the crappiest seat in her restaurant." JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Talia Tabin also star. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - HBO has reportedly given a six-episode limited series order to Matthew Michael Carnahan and Steve McQueen's drama pilot "Codes of Conduct" (Deadline.com); Henry Zebrowski, Ryan Guzman and Gatlin Green are the latest additions to NBC's "Heroes Reborn" revival (Deadline.com); Tim Guinee's Collis Potter Huntington has been upped to series regular on "Hell on Wheels" (Deadline.com); Andrew Howard has booked a six-episode arc on TNT's "Agent X" as "a physically lethal and diabolically brilliant man who is an international chaos merchant" (Deadline.com); Lindsey Gort will recur on TV Land's "Impastor" as "a high-end escort" (Deadline.com); and Zachary Levi has inked a first-look deal with Universal Television (Deadline.com).






  [march 2015]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· ABOUT A BOY (NBC)
· AGENT X (TNT)
· CODES OF CONDUCT (HBO)
· CUCKOO (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· DICE (SHOWTIME)
· HAPPY LIFE (CBS)
· HELL ON WHEELS (AMC)
· HEROES (NBC)
· IMPASTOR (TV LAND)
· LOVE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD (NBC)
· SHARING (NBC)
· SINGLE LADIES (CENTRIC)
· SONGLAND (NBC)
· UNTITLED TOMMY JOHNAGIN PROJECT (CBS)
· VOICE, THE (NBC)
· WICKED CITY (ABC)





[08/18/22 - 12:25 PM]
Bobby Flay Is Looking for the Best-of-the-Best to Compete Against His Culinary Titans in New Food Network Series "Bobby's Triple Threat"
In each one-hour episode, one extraordinarily talented and eager chef is challenged to go against the trio of culinary titans handpicked by Bobby himself for a chance to take home $25,000.

[08/18/22 - 12:01 PM]
Syfy's "Recipe for Disaster" Stunt Starts Thursday, Aug. 25
The six-night event features fan-favorite disaster movies leading into the cable premiere of Peacock's new series "The End Is Nye," which sees Bill Nye explore the most epic global disasters imaginable.

[08/18/22 - 11:31 AM]
"RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" and "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Untucked" Renewed for New Seasons
Season seven is the service's most-watched original reality series to date in the U.S., with total streams up nearly 60% over the previous season.

[08/18/22 - 11:02 AM]
Showtime Picks Up Hit Drama Series "The Chi" for Sixth Season
Season five is on pace to set a new record for the series in streaming, growing that audience by over 20% from last season.

[08/18/22 - 10:48 AM]
Netflix Announces New Period Soap Drama Series, "The Decameron"
The soapy period drama aims to examine the timely themes of class systems, power struggles and survival in a time of pandemic with a touch of levity, brought together by a charming and riotous ensemble of characters.

[08/18/22 - 10:10 AM]
From Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy's Intrepid Pictures, and Leah Fong, "The Midnight Club" Comes to Netflix on October 7
At a hospice with a mysterious history, the eight members of the Midnight Club meet each night at midnight to tell sinister stories - and to look for signs of the supernatural from the beyond.

[08/18/22 - 10:02 AM]
Paramount+ Invites Fans to a Special Global "Star Trek Day" Celebration on Sept. 8
"Star Trek Day" will feature back-to-back, in-person conversations with cast members from the "Star Trek" universe, along with exciting announcements and reveals throughout.

[08/18/22 - 10:00 AM]
Tubi Gets Real with New Unscripted Docuseries "TMZ No BS"
The docuseries will give an honest, unfiltered look at some of the biggest names in pop culture, across entertainment, sports, politics and more.

[08/18/22 - 09:36 AM]
Lifetime Rounds Out October "Ripped from the Headlines" Slate with Two New Titles
Premiering on Saturday October 22, "Swindler Seduction" features Colton Haynes in a dual role, playing crooked twin brothers, starring alongside Gabrielle Graham.

[08/18/22 - 09:33 AM]
Trailblazing Hip Hop Award Show, "BET Hip Hop Awards" 2022 Returns to Atlanta, GA Friday, September 30
Look for the broadcast premiere airing Tuesday, October 4 at 9:00/8:00c on BET.

[08/18/22 - 09:10 AM]
Comedy Central's "Out of Office" Set to premiere Monday, September 5th at 8PM ET/PT
Ken Jeong, Leslie Jones, Jason Alexander, Cheri Oteri, Jay Pharoah, Milana Vayntrub, and more to star in new film from Paul Lieberstein.

[08/18/22 - 09:00 AM]
New Series "Kiddie Kai" Premieres Tuesday, September 6 Exclusively on discovery+
In a region of the southeast United States, lies a legendary martial arts hot spot known simply as The Blackbelt Byway.

[08/18/22 - 08:31 AM]
Video: "American Gigolo" Official Trailer #2 - Showtime
Exonerated after fifteen years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, former gigolo Julian Kaye (Jon Bernthal) faces the challenge of picking up the pieces as the detective who put him behind bars tries to unravel the mystery that led to his incarceration.

[08/18/22 - 08:31 AM]
Video: "A Friend of the Family" - Official Teaser - Peacock Original
The series is based on the harrowing true story of the Broberg family, whose daughter Jan was kidnapped multiple times over a period of years by a charismatic, obsessed family "friend."

[08/18/22 - 08:31 AM]
Video: "Buy My House" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Homeowners from across the US pitch properties for sale to four experienced real estate investors, hoping to make a life-changing deal on the spot.