[06/02/11 - 10:21 PM] Development Update: Thursday, June 2 Updates include: Jennifer Grey joins Lifetime's "Bling Ring"; Michael Pressman latest to join CBS's "Blue Bloods"; and NBC begins casting a "Fear Factor" revival.
DESCRIPTION: (from Lifetime's press release, September 2011) The infamous Hollywood burglary ring led by a group of Southern California middle-class teenagers who made international headlines by robbing the homes of high-profile Hollywood celebrities is the inspiration for the Lifetime Original Movie The Bling Ring. Starring Golden Globe?Award nominated actress Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing, Dancing with the Stars), Austin Butler (Life Unexpected, Hannah Montana) and Yin Chang (Gossip Girl), The Bling Ring will make its world premiere on Monday, September 26, at 9PM ET/PT. Inspired by a true story, The Bling Ring centers around "Zack" (Butler), a shy, awkward middle-class boy searching to be accepted by his high school classmates. When he meets "Natalie" (Chang), a seemingly nice girl but in actuality a bit more nefarious than one would think, the promise of popularity and friendship soon becomes a reality when they begin 'shopping' in the closets of the rich and famous. Empowered by the thrill of not getting caught and under the impression the stolen goods will make them popular, Zack, Natalie and a few other friends begin breaking into the homes of a number of major celebrities, robbing them of millions of dollars in clothes, shoes and jewelry. As their crimes begin to attract the attention of the media, the group succeeds in becoming the envy of their peers. Meanwhile, Zack's mother, "Iris" (Grey), happy to see that her son has finally made friends, is blissfully unaware of his crime spree... until it begins to attract the wrong kind of attention and the authorities arrest the culprits, bringing their Bling Ring to a halt.