[08/13/08 - 06:59 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, August 13 Updates include: ABC locks casting on 18 pilots; Cynthia Stevenson set for "Surviving Suburbia" at The CW; and Jennifer Lopez to bring "Maid in Manhattan" to the small screen at ABC.
[06/26/08 - 05:04 PM] Development Update: Thursday, June 26 Updates include: Hart Bochner, Brielle Barbusca and others land "Starter Wife" roles; Timothy Olyphant joins FX's "Damages"; and a trio is cast on ABC's "Prince of Motor City."
[06/11/08 - 05:52 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, June 11 Updates include: Sarah Paulson named the female lead on ABC's "Cupid" revival; Sharon Lawrence visits ABC's "Motor City"; and Seth Green is set to stop by NBC's "My Name Is Earl."
[06/09/08 - 05:21 PM] Development Update: Monday, June 9 Updates include: FX buries "Dirt" after two seasons; Amber Tamblyn to topline ABC's "The Unusuals"; and VH1 looks for "Screams Queens."
[06/05/08 - 05:46 PM] Development Update: Thursday, June 5 Updates include: Ty Burrell to be one of ABC's "Fourplay"; Gary Cole to play husband to Catherine O'Hara on "Good Behavior" for ABC; and Kerry Bishe reports for FOX's "Virtuality."
[05/13/08 - 02:59 PM] The Futon's Upfront Notes: Abc Updates include: "Boston Legal" to end; "Here Come the Newlyweds" and "Dance War" may return; and details on the 17 pilots under consideration for midseason.
[05/02/08 - 05:41 PM] Development Update: Friday, May 2 Updates include: Warren Christie to play ABC's "Prince of Motor City"; History to revisit "Ancient Discoveries"; and Tristan Wilds and Michael Steger expand The CW's "90210" cast.
[05/01/08 - 06:11 PM] Development Update: Thursday, May 1 Updates include: Damon Wayans is "Never Better" for ABC; David Alan Basche to be the new ex of Debra Messing on USA's "Starter Wife"; and Jessica Stroup to move to The CW's "90210."
[04/25/08 - 06:16 PM] Development Update: Friday, April 25 Updates include: Alyssa Milano and Nathan Fillion tapped for ABC pilots; A&E and ION to share "Criminal Minds"; and Tom Everett Scott to visit "Law & Order."
STATUS: previously in development (2008-2009 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release) To be an auto tycoon… or not to be? That's the problem plaguing philosophy lecturer Jamie Hamilton. His father, the legendary James Hamilton III of Hamilton Motor Works, was just killed in a mysterious accident. And when Jamie returns home for the funeral, he's shocked to discover that his father left him… everything. The factory. The assets. Detroit's fourth-biggest auto plant. All the power and wealth he can imagine. But Jamie's not sure if he wants it. Because the situation back home has gotten strange indeed. Company CFO and family friend Paul Riley is outraged that he wasn't given the keys to the kingdom. Jamie's unfinished romance with Riley's spunky daughter Meg is heating up again. And Jamie's mom and his Uncle Charlie seem to be consoling one another in much too cozy a fashion—do they know more about James' death than they're letting on? But all this pales in comparison to the eerie goings-on around the plant. Jamie's being haunted by a song… a moody Elvis song that was his father's favorite. He's getting mysterious, meaningful messages from complete strangers. At a dinner party, he chats with an empty seat next to him—which chats back. Finally, a ghost that could only be his father tells Jamie in a croaking voice: "I want revenge." An epic, Gothic, family melodrama with overtones of Hamlet, The Prince of Motor City injects corporate and familial intrigue with supernatural suspense. Produced by actor Hamish Linklater of The New Adventures of Old Christine, this riveting drama tells the story of a modern-day monarch with method in his madness… and vengeance in his heart.