[04/04/13 - 11:26 PM] Development Update: Thursday, April 4 Updates include: Steven Weber joins TNT's "Murder in the First"; Arden Myrin to star in Adult Swim's "Hole to Hole"; and Paul Reubens cast in ABC's "Once Upon a Time" spin-off.
[03/18/13 - 11:39 PM] Development Update: Monday, March 18 Updates include: Rainn Wilson tapped as "Backstrom" at CBS; Amber Tamblyn joins "Anatomy of Violence," also at CBS; and ABC's "Bachelor Pad" won't return this summer.
[03/14/13 - 11:22 PM] Development Update: Thursday, March 14 Updates include: Kathleen Robertson, Taye Diggs to lead TNT's "Murder in the First"; Christopher Meloni joins FOX's "I Suck at Girls"; and Sean Astin reports to CBS's "Surgeon General."
[03/13/13 - 11:13 PM] Development Update: Wednesday, March 13 Updates include: NBC begins casting a fourth season of "The Sing-Off"; the fan-funded "Veronica Mars" movie is a go; and Kristin Davis joins "Bad Teacher" at CBS.
[03/05/13 - 11:56 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, March 5 Updates include: Ben McKenzie to star in "The Advocates" at CBS; Matt Lanter tapped for lead in The CW's "Oxygen"; and ABC asks for yet another episode of "Shark Tank."
[02/28/13 - 11:31 PM] Development Update: Thursday, February 28 Updates include: Sophia Bush, Rebecca De Mornay board NBC's "Hatfields & McCoys"; John C. McGinley gets in on "Ground Floor" at TBS; and John Benjamin Hickey to "Blink" for The CW.
[02/22/13 - 11:36 PM] Development Update: Friday, February 22 Updates include: Ken Jeong reports to "Spy" at ABC; James Van Der Beek has "Friends With Better Lives" at CBS; and Henry Ian Cusick boards "The Hundred" at The CW.
[02/12/13 - 11:28 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, February 12 Updates include: NBC rolls back "Up All Night" revival; the BBC nixes "The Hour"; and Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Beals and Billy Campbell land pilots.
[01/22/13 - 11:35 PM] Development Update: Tuesday, January 22 Updates include: "Betrayal," "Venice" among ABC's go pilots; FOX greenlights "Delirium," "I Suck at Girls"; and NBC, CBS round out today's 23 pilot orders.
[08/06/12 - 11:15 PM] Development Update: Monday, August 6 Updates include: FOX plots small screen take on "The Beach"; Nick Jonas eyed for "American Judge" slot; and Sharon Osbourne affirms exit from NBC's "America's Got Talent."
STATUS: previously in development (2013-2014 season)
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: ordered to pilot
ADDITIONAL NOTES: network passed on 5/10/13
DESCRIPTION: (from ABC's press release, April 2013) A forbidden and dangerous romance emerges between 2 lovers of rival families causing an all-out war in a modern day telling of Romeo and Juliet. Welcome to Venice-California's most seductive city, mecca of surfing, skating and a laid back beach lifestyle coveted the world over. It's also the headquarters of surf and apparel brand Swell, founded 25 years ago by two best friends, Jay Carver and Gordy Nance (Bruce Greenwood, THE RIVER). But with big success came greed, betrayal and excesses causing a bitter schism between the partners. When Jay Carver died of a drug overdose, his wife Lisa (Jennifer Beals, THE L WORD) was pushed out of the business, left with next to nothing, and forced to raise her children Chris, Shealy and Nico alone while the billion-dollar Swell empire was left in the hands of Gordy Nance. Years later, son Chris Carver has just returned home from a 6 year prison stint for a crime he took the fall for only to find that the hatred that divided these 2 families runs as deep as ever. Unbeknownst to anyone, Swell is in rocky financial shape due in part to Gordy's nefarious association with an organized crime ring. Gordy is determined to take the last asset the Carvers own: their original flagship store. Chris' uncle Robbie is resolved to bring retribution upon the Nance family and becomes involved in dangerous activities that can lead to murder. It's more than Chris can deal with and he vows to start his life over far away from Venice until he reconnects with Gordy's now grown-up daughter, the stunning Sophie (Odette Annable, CLOVERFIELD, BROTHERS AND SISTERS). The two begin a secret relationship that will further tear their families apart. When his uncle is brought to the brink of death at the hands of Nance's henchmen, Chris realizes his place is in Venice and he vows to rebuild his family's business and revive his father's legendary name and legacy. From Executive producer / Creator Byron Balasco (WITHOUT A TRACE) and EP /director McG (CHARLIES ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE & THE O.C.) comes a juicy soap about sex, betrayal and family loyalties between bitter rivals struggling for control of WESTSIDE.