or


[08/26/19 - 11:12 PM]
Development Update: Monday, August 26
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!


BOOMERANG (BET) - R.J. Walker's David Wright and Brittany Inge's Crystal Garrett have both been named regulars for the series' second season. (Deadline.com)
CLICKBAIT (Netflix, New!) - Australian writer Tony Ayres has sold an eight-episode series to the streaming service which "explores the ways in which our most dangerous and uncontrolled impulses are fueled in the age of social media, and reveals the ever widening fractures we find between our virtual and real life personas." NBCUniversal International Studios and Matchbox Pictures are behind the project, with Tony Ayres Productions' Ayres and Heyday Television's David Heyman executive producing. Christian White is co-creator and co-producer while Brad Anderson is lead director. (Deadline.com)
FIRST LADIES (Showtime, New!) - Viola Davis is attached to star as Michelle Obama in a potential drama for the pay channel "set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history's most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America's charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies." Aaron Cooley is behind the hour, which has a three-script commitment, with season one focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama. Cooley; JuVee Productions' Davis and Julius Tennon; Welle Entertainment's Cathy Schulman; Gaspin Media's Jeff Gaspin; and LINK Entertainment's Brad Kaplan are the executive producers for Lionsgate Television. (Deadline.com)
FLIPPED (Quibi, New!) - Will Forte and Kaitlin Olson have signed on to star in a new comedy series for the short-form video service and Funny or Die about "chronically underemployed couple Jann (Forte) and Cricket Melfi (Olson), self-proclaimed home renovation "experts" who are more than confident they are television's next great home design celebrity duo." Steve Mallory and Damon Jones are behind the project, which also features Eva Longoria, Arturo Castro and Andy Garcia as members of a drug cartel who kidnap the clueless pair to renovate their sprawling homes. Director Ryan Case, Joe Farrell and Jim Ziegler also executive produce while Steve Burgess co-executive produces and Adrien Finkel and Whitney Hodack serve as producers. (Deadline.com)
GOLDBERGS, THE (ABC) - Adam F. Goldberg is stepping down as showrunner of the veteran comedy. Chris Bishop and Alex Barnow will succeed Goldberg as the creator, who is expected to focus on development for ABC Studios via his new overall deal. (Deadline.com)
MAD ABOUT YOU (Spectrum) - Original cast members John Pankow and Richard Kind have booked return trips for the revival series as Ira Buchman and Mark Devanow, respectively. (Deadline.com)
MARVEL'S LOKI (Disney+) - Kate Herron has been confirmed as director of the upcoming series. (@iamkateherron)
MOODY CHRISTMAS, A (FOX) - Chelsea Frei is the latest addition to the holiday event series as Bridget, "the middle child, the over-achiever, dry-witted and perceptive, even cynical. An attorney, married, Bridget prides herself on being the most put-together one of the kids, but at present is harboring a secret that could doom her seemingly-perfect marriage." (Deadline.com)
PANDORA (The CW) - Manu Bennett and Charisma Carpenter will both drop by the summer drama. The former will play Leone Vokk, "an intergalactic bounty hunter sent by the malevolent Parallax Corporation to capture Jax (Priscilla Quintana) and gain the secret of portal technology." The latter then is "a mysterious woman named Laura, who might have all the answers to Jax's questions about her origins, but who also might be Jax's most dangerous enemy yet." (ComicBook.com)
ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO (The CW) - Justina Adorno is joining the cast of the show's second season as Steph who is a "witty, sharp-tongued, well-educated young woman, who isn't afraid to express her opinions - even though they tend toward controversial in some circles." (EW.com)
UNPROFESSIONALS (CBS, New!) - Andy Schwartz is set to team with fellow writers Randy and Jason Sklar and director Jay Chandrasekhar for a new single-camera comedy at the Eye billed as "a behind the scenes look at a group of the least important people working at one of the world's most important places: The United Nations." Lionsgate Television-based Point Grey Pictures is behind the project with the company's Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver and Alex McAtee also executive producing. (Deadline.com)
WHAT/IF (Netflix) - Actress Renee Zellweger has signed a two-year, exclusive first-look deal with MGM Television. The pact gives the company first crack at the output from Zellweger and Carmella Casinelli's The Big Picture Co. banner. (THR.com)
WOKE (Hulu) - The Lamorne Morris-led comedy pilot - about "a cartoonist living in San Francisco on the cusp of mainstream success when an unexpected incident involving cops changes everything, putting him in a state of "woke" - has been ordered to series by the streaming service. Keith Knight and Marshall Todd are behind the Sony Pictures Television-based project with Olive Bridge Entertainment's Will Gluck and Richie Schwartz; Cloud Nine Productions' Eric Christian Olsen and Kate Schumaecker; John Will and showrunner Aeysha Carr also executive producing. Mo Marable helmed the pilot. (Deadline.com)





  [august 2019]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· BOOMERANG (BET)
· CLICKBAIT (NETFLIX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FIRST LADIES (SHOWTIME)
· FLIPPED (QUIBI)
· GOLDBERGS, THE (ABC)
· MAD ABOUT YOU (SPECTRUM)
· MARVEL'S LOKI (DISNEY PLUS)
· MOODYS, THE (FOX)
· PANDORA (CW)
· ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO (CW)
· UNPROFESSIONALS (CBS)
· WHAT / IF (NETFLIX)
· WOKE (HULU)





[08/10/20 - 12:43 PM]
OWN Says Farewell to Hit Megachurch Drama "Greenleaf" with Post-Finale Special
The special will feature "Greenleaf" cast including Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, and Deborah Joy Winans sharing favorite moments from the past five seasons and answering questions from the devoted fans.

[08/10/20 - 11:45 AM]
MotorTrend TV Renews Three Most Watched Series - "Bitchin' Rides," "Iron Resurrection" and "Texas Metal"
Season five of "Iron Resurrection" and season four of "Texas Metal" will premiere in 2021 with season seven of "Bitchin' Rides" scheduled to premiere this fall on MotorTrend TV.

[08/10/20 - 11:01 AM]
"The Dan Patrick Show" to Stream Exclusively on Peacock
Starting August 24, Emmy Award-winning, multiplatform host Dan Patrick will be live on Peacock each weekday from 9:00 a.m. to noon ET.

[08/10/20 - 10:39 AM]
Sony Pictures Television and Get Lifted Film Co. to Develop "Paper Gods" for ABC
Nia Long will star in and executive produce the project, which is based off Goldie Taylor's novel of the same name.

[08/10/20 - 10:35 AM]
Disney Television Studios Will Rebrand Its Three Iconic Studios with New Names, Logos and "Motion End Cards," Starting This Fall
ABC Studios and its subsidiary ABC Signature will merge into one studio entitled ABC Signature; Fox 21 Television Studios will be renamed Touchstone Television; and 20th Century Fox Television will become 20th Television.

[08/10/20 - 10:00 AM]
Award-Winning Director and Producer Ben Hibon to Direct Nickelodeon's Animated Series, "Star Trek: Prodigy"
The CG-animated series, which expands the Star Trek Universe, follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation.

[08/10/20 - 10:00 AM]
HBO Documentary Films, Rise Films and Apatow Productions in Production on Two-Part Documentary on Legendary Comedian George Carlin
"George Carlin's work becomes more relevant every day," said Apatow. "It is an honor to be given the opportunity to tell the story of his life and work."

[08/10/20 - 09:51 AM]
Peacock Announces Powerhouse Series, All-Star Castings and New Topical Late-Night Block
Among the highlights: the action comedy series "MacGruber" has been picked up to series.

[08/10/20 - 09:42 AM]
Chef Carla Hall Joins Food Network's Talent Roster with New Exclusive Multi-Platform Agreement
"The shows that I've been a part of over the years have been near and dear to my heart, and I'm looking forward to being on both the creative and talent side," said Carla Hall.

[08/10/20 - 09:27 AM]
Hulu Announces Original Film "Books of Blood," Based on Clive Barker's Horror Anthology, Will Premiere on Wednesday, October 7
Britt Robertson, Rafi Gavron, Anna Friel, Yul Vazquez, and Freda Foh Shen star in the project.

[08/10/20 - 09:06 AM]
Video: "Magic Camp" - Official Trailer - Disney+
A group of misfit campers help a down-on-his-luck magician rediscover his love of magic in Disney's "Magic Camp," a heartwarming comedy about finding joy and confidence in self-acceptance.

[08/10/20 - 09:01 AM]
Video: "All Together Now" - Based on "Sorta Like A Rock Star" - Official Trailer - Netflix
Amber Appleton (Auli'i Cravalho) remains an optimist even when her personal life is far less stable than it appears on the surface.

[08/10/20 - 08:35 AM]
Season Five of HLN's Longest Running Original Series "How It Really Happened with Hill Harper" Premieres Sunday, August 23 with Two-Hour Expose on "The Atlanta Serial Killer"
Also profiled in this six-episode season are enduring and timely stories on Siegfried & Roy, the Boston bombing, the murder of Michael Jordan's father, the mysterious death of rock legend Tom Petty, and the bizarre case of the Yosemite Mountain Murders.

[08/10/20 - 08:22 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: PGA Championship Leads CBS to Victory
The Eye once again is sparked to the top spot in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[08/10/20 - 08:10 AM]
TV One Makes Double-Digit Ratings Gains in Second Quarter
TV One further spins the numbers for the quarter to date.