[10/31/14 - 11:29 PM] Development Update: Friday, October 31 Updates include: AMC passes on "Knifeman," "Galyntine"; Craig Sweeny brings "Limitless" to the small screen at CBS; and TNT orders supernatural drama "Breed" to pilot.
[05/14/14 - 11:15 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, May 14 Updates include: AMC casts leads for "Knifeman"; TNT expands "Major Crimes" season to 19 episodes; and Lifetime is developing "The Michelle Knight Story."
[05/05/14 - 11:11 PM] Development Update: Monday, May 5 - Odds & Ends Updates include: Netflix to renew "Orange Is the New Black"; Alex Roe tapped as lead in ABC Family's "Unstrung"; and Damon Wayans, Jr. to return as regular on FOX's "New Girl."
[05/01/14 - 11:28 PM] Development Update: Thursday, May 1 Updates include: Queen Latifah to play Bessie Smith for HBO; ABC Family's "Unstrung" casts first pair; and Marcella Plunkett is set for two roles in FX's "How and Why."
STATUS: previously in development (2014-2015 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES: network passed on 10/31/14
DESCRIPTION: (from AMC's press release, November 2013) Set in 18th century London, Knifeman will focus on the untold story of a charming, arrogant, decorum-breaking genius who challenges societal norms to transform his visions into cutting-edge discoveries. A surgeon or "barber" in a time when blood-letting and praying was the norm, John Tattersal is a hard drinking, hard living man not afraid to push the boundaries of modern medicine, even if it takes digging up a few graves to do it. While he makes his living running an unlicensed operating theatre out of his residence, he picks up extra cash harvesting organs for his brother Julian, favorite son and prized physician of the St. Stephen's teaching hospital. Knifeman is a fast paced, entertaining romp filled with emotion, tackling dark themes with a biting wit. The pilot was written by Rolin Jones (United States of Tara, Friday Night Lights, Weeds, Low Winter Sun) and developed by Jones and Ron Fitzgerald (Last Resort, Prime Suspect, United States of Tara, Friday Night Lights, Weeds), both of whom will serve as executive producers. Media Rights Capital (House of Cards), Josh Donnen and Robert Zotnowski are also executive producers. Knifeman is inspired by the biography of John Hunter by Wendy Moore, "The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching and the Birth of Modern Surgery".