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[10/19/12 - 11:17 PM]
Development Update: Friday, October 19
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


BIG EASY, THE (CBS, New!) - Joshua Harto and Liz W. Garcia ("Memphis Beat") have landed a new drama at the Eye "centered on the complex life and cases of Jack Lyons, a hard-living trumpet player and paranormal investigator in New Orleans with a dark personal tie to his work." They'll write and executive produce alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly for the CBS Television Studios-based Timberman-Beverly Productions. (Deadline.com)


DARKNESS FALLS (CBS, New!) - "Criminal Minds" executive producers Erica Messer and Janine Sherman Barrois are set to team for a new drama at the Eye "described as a character procedural that will explore the complex dynamic of an FBI psychologist and a homicide specialist as they journey into small communities around the country to solve the darkest, most twisted single murders." Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper of The Mark Gordon Co. will likewise executive produce for ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios. (Deadline.com)


SCARLATTI (FOX, New!) - Marjorie David ("90210") has booked a potential drama at the network about "a multi-generational dynasty struggling for control of their billion-dollar fashion empire." Ken Mok ("America's Next Top Model") is also on board to executive produce the hour, which is set up at 20th Century Fox Television. (Deadline.com)


SPINSTERS (NBC, New!) - Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein ("Cougar Town") have sold a new single-camera comedy to the Peacock about "three modern-day spinsters and the one guy who might be able to help them." Said duo will write and executive produce via their overall deal with ABC Studios alongside The Mark Gordon Co.'s Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED CRAIG ROBINSON PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Craig Robinson ("The Office") is set to topline a potential comedy at the Peacock about "a talented musician (Robinson) with rough edges who adjusts to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school, where he encounters teacher politics and the temptations of single moms." Owen Ellickson is penning the Universal Television-based project and will executive produce alongside Greg Daniels and Tracy Katsky of Deedle-Dee Productions and Howard Klein and Mark Schulman of 3 Arts Entertainment. Robinson will also receive a producer credit. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED TOM HERTZ PROJECT (CBS, New!) - "Rules of Engagement" creator Tom Hertz has snagged a put pilot order from the Eye for a multi-camera comedy about "a young couple that meets and moves in together very quickly and then has to navigate their very different ways of looking at life." The semi-autobiographical project is based at Sony Pictures Television with Happy Madison's Doug Robinson executive producing alongside writer Hertz. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Mark-Paul Gosselaar will guest on "Men at Work" as Amy's (Meredith Hagner) ex, "a handsome and successful and the ideal doctor who spends his time saving kids' lives in Africa" (THR.com); Rory O'Malley will reunite with fellow "Book of Mormon" alum Josh Gad on "1600 Penn" as "a rule-abiding White House tour guide who competes with First Son Skip (Gad) to offer the best tour to visitors" (TVGuide.com); Wyclef Jean will recur on "Nashville" as the head of a music label (THR.com); Carl Weathers, Judy Greer, Scott Baio, Mae Whitman and Jeff Garlin are among the latest "Arrested Development" alums set to drop by Netflix's revival (Vulture.com); Kuno Becker will visit "Dallas" as Elena's (Jordana Brewster) troubled brother (TVGuide.com); David and Melissa Fumero will both drop by "CSI: NY" in separate upcoming installments (TVLine.com); and Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are reportedly mulling a follow up to "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific," this time about the aerial battles in the Pacific (Indiewire.com).






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· 1600 PENN (NBC)
· 90210 (CW)
· ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (NETFLIX)
· BAND OF BROTHERS (HBO)
· BIG EASY, THE (CBS)
· COUGAR TOWN (TBS)
· CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)
· CSI: NEW YORK (CBS)
· DALLAS (TNT)
· DARKNESS FALLS (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· MASTERS OF THE AIR (HBO)
· MEMPHIS BEAT (TNT)
· MEN AT WORK (TBS)
· MR ROBINSON (NBC)
· NASHVILLE (CMT)
· OFFICE, THE (NBC)
· PACIFIC, THE (HBO)
· RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (CBS)
· SCARLATTI (FOX)
· SPINSTERS (NBC)
· UNTITLED TOM HERTZ PROJECT (CBS)





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