[11/16/12 - 11:11 PM] Development Update: Friday, November 16 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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BLACKWOOD (MTV, New!) - Gwenda Bond's young adult novel - about "19-year-old Miranda Blackwood who, when 114 people, including her father, suddenly vanish off Roanoke Island, begins to investigate the mass disappearance, teaming with her high school sweetheart" - is being developed as a drama at the cable channel. Peter Calloway ("Brothers & Sisters") is on board to pen the adaptation with Kelsey Grammer, Stella Bulochnikov and Brian Sher also executive producing via their Lionsgate Television-based Grammnet Productions. (Deadline.com)PARANORMAL HOUSEWIVES (Lifetime, New!) - Katie Ford ("Chaos") has sold a potential drama to the cable channel inspired by a real-life group of female professional paranormal investigators in Southern California. Said members - Erin Potter, Kirsten Thorne and Marsha Covert-Garcia - will serve as consultants on the project, to be executive produced by Ford, Red Om Films' Julia Roberts, 3 Arts Entertainment's Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Madhouse Entertainment's Robyn Meisinger for ABC Studios. Red Om's Lisa Gillan and Marissa Yeres Gill are also set as producers as are German Michael Torres of GMT Films and Rick Telles. (Deadline.com)UNTITLED BOSTON WOMEN PROJECT (A&E, New!) - Mark Wahlberg ("Teamsters") has scored a pilot order from the network for a half-hour reality series featuring "the day-to-day life of four of tough, hard-as-nails women who juggle family, work, and relationships all while remaining true to their way of life" in Boston. Leverage Management's Stephen Levinson, Bill Thompson Productions' Bill Thompson and 44 Blue Productions' Stephanie Drachkovitch will executive produce the project alongside Wahlberg via his Closest to the Hole Productions. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Kim Delaney is set to exit Lifetime's flagship drama "Army Wives" while Sally Pressman will be back, but not as a series regular (TVLine.com); Constance Zimmer has booked an arc on "Grey's Anatomy" as a "confident, self-possessed, laser-focused professional with a wicked sense of humor" (EW.com); Janina Gavankar will guest on "Arrow" as "a Starling City PD vice cop [who] knew Oliver Queen back in his pre-island bad boy days" (EW.com); Spencer Grammer and Lenny Jacobson will both visit "CSI" in an episode revolving around a murder at a news station (THR.com); Annabella Sciorra will drop by "Blue Bloods" as an NYPD psychologist who works with Will Estes's Jamie after a fatal shooting (TVLine.com); and Greg Germann has been cast as a deputy director on "NCIS"(TVLine.com).