4/28 development news

TV Arts

from the futon critic

the Alphabet's summer programming details released earlier this week
(read the story), industry insiders have confirmed "Brat Camp" will
launch on Wednesday, July 13, where it will take over for "Dancing
With the Stars" (which wraps its run the previous week) in the

the six-week series will debut on Sunday, July 10 with a special


COMPLETE SAVAGES/EYES (ABC) - The Alphabet has confirmed the four
previously unaired installments of "Complete Savages" will begin

Simple Rules" will then take over the time period on June 24 following
"Savages's" four-week return. As for "Eyes," the freshman drama
doesn't appear on the network's preliminary June schedule meaning a
July return (if it does indeed return this summer at all) would be the
earliest it could resume its run. ABC is expected to have at least
eight episodes of "Eyes" on the shelf following its May 11 broadcast.

EARLY BIRD (NBC) - Writer/producer Jonathan Groff ("Late Night With
Conan O'Brien") has signed a new two-year, seven-figure overall deal
with NBC Universal Television. The pact covers Groff's executive
producing duties on the Rodney Rothman-created comedy pilot "Early
Bird" at the Peacock as well as calls for him to develop other new and
existing projects at the studio.

NASHVILLE STAR (USA) - 3.36 million viewers tuned into the show's
90-minute finale on Tuesday. Said number was up nearly 26% from its
third season premiere (2.5 million on 3/1/05). Among adults 18-49 and
25-54, "Star" netted a 4 share in each, double that of its
aforementioned season premiere (2 share).

Central) - The cable channel is moving forward with its D.L.
Hughley-hosted talk show, ordering 39 half-hour episodes of the
series. The project, which now features the title "Weekends at the
D.L.," is said to be targeted for a late July premiere and will air on

designed to give the network fresh programming every night at

Mondays-Thursdays and "D.L." on Fridays-Sundays. As for specifics,
"D.L." will be more along the lines of one-time Comedy Central
mainstay "Politically Incorrect" as Hughley will open with a monologue
and then lead a round-table discussion about the week's news and
entertainment headlines with three other guests. Robert Morton is
executive producing "D.L." along with Hughley's managers at 3 Arts
Entertainment, Michael Rotenberg and Dave Becky.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters
Complete Savages - I remember reading when the series first came out
that Mel Gibson had it in ABC's contract that if they ever cancelled
the series, ABC had to complete the show's airings.  It didn't
stipulate when just that they had to air them.