[11/13/12 - 11:14 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, November 13
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BAD JUDGE (NBC, New!) - Chad Kultgen (ABC's "Southern Discomfort") has sold a single-camera comedy to the Peacock about "a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the Criminal Court system." The Universal Television-based half-hour is based on an idea from actress Anne Heche, who will executive produce alongside Kultgen, Jill Messick and Gary Sanchez Productions' Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. (Deadline.com)

BIG THUNDER (ABC, New!) - Chris Morgan ("Fast Five") and Jason Fuch ("Ice Age: Continental Drift") are set to team for a new drama based on the Disneyland and Disney World indoor/outdoor mine train roller coaster of the same name. Said effort - "a supernatural adventure drama" - is set up at ABC Studios with Morgan and Fuch writing and executive producing. (Variety.com)

GRAVEYARD QUEEN (NBC, New!) - Amanda Stevens's novels - about a beautiful young cemetery restorer cursed with the ability to see the dead who, at great risk to her physical and mental well-being, joins forces with a haunted homicide detective to solve a string of brutal murders in Charleston, South Carolina - are being developed as a drama at the Peacock. Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts ("Revenge") are penning the hour, which comes from the ABC Studios-based Mark Gordon Co. The company's Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper then will executive produce alongside said duo. (Deadline.com)

HAVE I GOT NEWS FOR YOU (TBS) - The cable channel is the latest to take a stab at importing the U.K. series, in which two teams of celebrities and newsmakers humorously try to answer questions about current events and politics. Sam Seder hosted the recently completed pilot with comedians Sherrod Small and Michael Ian Black as team captains. Jimmy Mulville's Hat Trick Productions is behind the project, which was previously set up at NBC in March 2009. (Deadline.com)

I AM VICTOR (NBC, New!) - Mark Goffman ("White Collar") has landed a potential drama at the Peacock described as "House" as a divorce attorney. Said hour is based on Norwegian novelist Jo Nesbo's book of the same name with Katie Jacobs, Niclas Salomonsson and Television 360's Daniel Rappaport and Meghan Lyvers also serving as executive producers for Universal Television. (Deadline.com)

S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) - Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker are the latest additions to the pilot, a drama set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following the small screen adventures of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, better known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Henstridge will play "science whiz" Agent Gemma Simmons, while De Caestecker will play Agent Leo Fitz, "a technology guru." They join the previously cast Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg in the ABC Studios-based hour, from Jed Whedon, Joss Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. (THR.com)

SICK (The CW, New!) - Trey Callaway ("CSI: NY") and Sean Hood ("Conan the Barbarian") are set to team for a potential drama at the netlet set in "a world where youths are quarantined after a mysterious virus makes adults allergic to teenagers" and centers on "a band of teens who escape from their containment units and go on the run from authorities." They'll write and executive produce for a yet-to-be-determined studio. (Deadline.com)

TOMORROW PEOPLE, THE (The CW, New!) - Phil Klemmer ("Chuck") is looking to import Roger Price's U.K. series which follows "the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically." Greg Berlanti ("Arrow"), Melissa Kellner Berman, Julie Plec ("The Vampire Diaries") and FremantleMedia North America's Tony Optican are also on board to executive produce the hour via the former's Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti Productions. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED JOSH DUHAMEL PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Actor Josh Duhamel is developing a new drama at the Alphabet which "takes place behind the scenes of a daytime soap and explores the loves, lives, and lunacy at an on-the-bubble series, where the antics of the cast and crew are crazier than any of the plot lines they broadcast." Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts ("Revenge") are on board to pen the hour with the ABC Studios-based Mark Gordon Co. producing. Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper, Berg, Harberts, Duhamel and Oliver Hudson are the executive producers. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - TV Land has ordered a second season of "The Soul Man" while sophomore comedy "The Exes" has been picked up for 10 more episodes (@CedEntertainer, Deadline.com); Rob Kazinsky has joined the cast of "True Blood" as Ben, "a highly charismatic faerie who takes a liking to Sookie and vice-versa" (Deadline.com); Grace Gummer will recur on "The Newsroom" an embedded reporter covering the Mitt Romney campaign (Deadline.com); Stephen Schneider likewise has landed an arc on NBC's "Save Me" as a high school pal of Michael Landes's character (Deadline.com);

Sarah Baker's Sonia has been upped to series regular on "Go On" (Deadline.com); Kyle MacLachlan will recur on "The Good Wife" as a yet-to-be-revealed character (EW.com); Dylan Walsh is bound for "Revenge" as a rival hedge fund manager to Henry Czerny's Conrad Grayson (EW.com); Seth Gabel will guest on "Arrow" as a character based on DC Comics villain Count Vertigo (TVLine.com); director Michael Bay will appear as himself on an upcoming episode of "The Neighbors" (TVLine.com); and Jeanine Mason and Niko Pepaj will visit "Bunheads" as "close-knit siblings, a well-traveled, educated and artistic duo who are new to the town of Paradise" (THR.com).

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