[10/04/12 - 11:32 PM] Development Update: Thursday, October 4 Updates include: Avan Jogia is ABC Family's "Socio"; "Homeland" co-creators get pilot order from CBS; and Martin Henderson joins NBC's "Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives."
[04/25/12 - 11:14 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, April 25 Updates include: Sundance Channel books "Rectify" cast; ABC officially shelves comedy pilot "Counter Culture"; and "Robot Chicken" to film a DC Comics special.
[04/17/12 - 11:11 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, April 17 Updates include: Delta Burke injury halts production on ABC's "Counter Culture"; NBC orders "Howie Mandel's White Elephant"; and Linda Wallem and Liz Brixius to exit Showtime's "Nurse Jackie."
[04/04/12 - 11:04 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, April 4 Updates include: Martha MacIsaac to replace Brittany Snow on NBC's "1600 Penn"; Ryan Hansen boards second pilot at CBS; and Jeffrey Nordling is bound for ABC's "Malibu Country."
[03/27/12 - 11:04 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, March 27 Updates include: Ken Howard reports to ABC's "Counter Culture"; Lindsay Lohan, Whoopi Goldberg to visit FOX's "Glee"; and Nestor Carbonell lands role on "The Smart One" at ABC.
[03/23/12 - 11:17 PM] Development Update: Friday, March 23 Updates include: Jaime Pressly reports to "Bad Girls" at NBC; Delta Burke joins ABC's "Counter Culture"; and Dakota Johnson tapped for "Ned Fox Is My Manny" at FOX.
[03/19/12 - 11:02 PM] Development Update: Monday, March 19 Updates include: Jason O'Mara lands CBS pilot; Nelson Franklin to lead "The Family Trap" at ABC; and Tom Papa to host TBS's "Naked Truth."
[03/12/12 - 11:52 PM] Development Update: Monday, March 12 Updates include: Amir Talai is bound for ABC's "Devious Maids"; Michael Imperioli reports to NBC's "County"; and Jay Mohr joins "Applebaum" at CBS.
[02/29/12 - 11:50 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, February 29 Updates include: Dane Cook to star in NBC's "Next Caller Please"; Hayden Panettiere is bound for ABC's "Nashville"; and Ashley Greene is the latest to "Americana" at ABC.
[02/27/12 - 11:40 PM] Development Update: Monday, February 27 Updates include: Cuba Gooding Jr. to play "Guilty" for FOX; AnnaSophia Robb to star in The CW's "Carrie Diaries"; and Lucy Liu set as Watson in CBS's "Elementary."
[02/23/12 - 11:46 PM] Development Update: Thursday, February 23 Updates include: Scott Foley to play "The Goodwin Games" at FOX; Judy Reyes, Roselyn Sanchez set as "Devious Maids" on ABC; and Aimee Teegarden to lead The CW's "Selection."
[01/13/12 - 10:49 PM] Development Update: Friday, January 13 Updates include: NBC orders three dramas, one comedy to pilot; ABC greenlights comedy, drama; and Syfy to expand "Warehouse 13" season to 20 episodes.
[10/07/10 - 06:15 PM] Development Update: Thursday, October 7 Updates include: Wilmer Valderrama to topline ABC comedy; Lifetime orders "Brighton Beach"; and CBS is developing a drama based on "The Locator's" Troy Dunn.
STATUS: previously in development (2012-2013 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: script
ADDITIONAL NOTES: pilot order rescinded/was set to film on wednesday, april 18
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, March 2012) Welcome to the Wagon Wheel Diner. Proudly serving Waverly, Texas since 1952. You could call it a greasy spoon, but the Haynes sisters might make you eat your words, right along with the Blue Plate Special. Here, every order comes with a side of Texas style sass mixed with sibling rivalry, which is why the regulars love this place. Meet Joyce, Nonie, and Billie Haynes, co-owners of the Wagon Wheel. They're opinionated, often inappropriate, and sometimes politically incorrect (hummus = "terrorist food"). They have a habit of letting their family drama get in the way of running the diner. But when they stir up the hornet's nest, it always comes from a place of love. Through the years, between the broken hearts and broken dreams, their family roles haven't changed a bit. Joyce (Emmy Award Winner Margo Martindale) is the oldest sister and always knows what's best. She's about to become a first-time grandma and is pretty darn certain "Corduroy" is a bad name for her grandson. Having survived cancer, Joyce can be tough as nails, and won't hesitate to play the "cancer card" when it suits her. Nonie, the middle child, is a dreamer who still to this day, at the age of 55, wants to fly the coop but just can't quite get up the nerve. And then there's Billie, the baby, who's working on putting her wild ways behind her. After an AA meeting, she used the church baptismal pool to do a little "freshening up," which led to an embarrassing excommunication. Oops! Keeping a watchful eye over everything is Aunt Lee (Doris Roberts), the high-haired Southern Belle who strives to keep the Haynes sisters on the straight and narrow, along with Alonzo the cook. While manning the grille, Alonzo dispenses advice to the sisters in short order, like their own personal philosopher/guru. Executive producers Stephnie Weir (MadTV) and Claudia Lonow (Accidently on Purpose, Cashmere Mafia) create an ensemble comedy that combines southern charm and family values with a heaping helping of down-home humor.