[11/12/12 - 11:02 PM]
Development Update: Monday, November 12
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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AMERICA'S BEST DANCE CREW (MTV) - The cable channel has pulled the plug on its veteran competition series after seven seasons. "We are grateful to Randy Jackson and Warner Horizon for having brought our audience seven amazing seasons of dance with 'ABDC,' and look forward to more successful and dynamic entertaining collaborations in the future," the network said in a statement. The show's most recent run averaged 1.158 million viewers and a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49, a steep decline from 2011 when it averaged 2.112 million viewers and a 0.9 adults 18-49 rating. (Variety.com)

BRIDGE, THE (FX) - Matthew Lillard ("The Descendants") has boarded the drama pilot, about two detectives from the United States (Diane Kruger) and Mexico (Demián Bichir) who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the American-Mexican border. He'll recur as Daniel Frye, "a cocky reporter with the El Paso Times whose hard partying ways have taken a toll on his once promising journalism career." Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid are behind the hour, which also stars Annabeth Gish, Emily Rios, Ted Levine and Thomas M. Wright. (THR.com)

JANE WHITEFIELD (A.K.A. VANISHING ACT) (The CW) - Thomas Perry's "Vanishing Act" book series - about "a quirky young woman in search of her biological parents and her own identity who runs a private investigation/eraser company in Portland" - is now being developed as a drama by the netlet. Natalie Chaidez is penning the hour, which is set up at the CBS Television Studios-based Carol Mendelsohn Productions. Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz - who previously set up the project at CBS in October 2010 with Craig Sweeny as the writer - then will executive produce alongside Perry, Chaidez and Bob Wunsch. (Deadline.com)

STALKERS (Lifetime) - Mena Suvari and Henry Simmons have both landed roles on the backdoor pilot movie, about Diane Harper (Drea de Matteo), a hot-headed cop with a troubled past, and a polished, ambitious District Attorney (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) who team up to bring a stalker (Suvari), obsessed with her former lover, to justice. Simmons will play Harper's partner Cliff with Suvari as the aforementioned stalker. Mark Tonderai is helming the Pilgrim Studios-based project, which is based on Rhonda Saunders's book "Whisper of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers" and penned by David Wiener. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Lyndon Smith will recur on "90210" as an exceptional singer who "has an unexpected connection to the gang" while Joey McIntyre will guest as an up and coming music manager who has some business with Tristan Wilds's Dixon and Terrell Owens will drop by as himself (Deadline.com, EW.com, TVLine.com); Amir Arison likewise is bound for "Zero Hour" as scientist Theo Molars (Deadline.com); Ernie Hudson has been cast as Speaker of the House Conrad Buell on "Last Resort" as well as the father of Jennifer Hudson's character on Lifetime's "Five More" (Deadline.com);

Tehmina Sunny has booked an arc on ABC's "Mistresses" in an unspecified role (Deadline.com); "Wilfred" executive producer Randall Einhorn has inked an overall deal with producer FX Productions (Deadline.com); New Regency Productions has optioned the right to Yoram Kanuik's novel "Kesem Al Yam Kineret" to develop it as a TV series (Deadline.com); and Lorraine Toussaint will recur on "Body of Proof" as a police chief who goes head to head with Mark Valley's Tommy and Dana Delaney's Megan (THR.com).

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