[11/29/12 - 11:12 PM] Development Update: Thursday, November 29 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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AMAZON (The CW) - The netlet has hired casting directors Barbara Fiorentino and Danielle Aufiero to begin the search for the titular role, which is based on the DC Comics heroine Wonder Woman. Allan Heinberg is behind the Warner Bros. Television-based hour, which envisions Diana as a Tarzan-esque fish-out-of-water, chronicling the superhero's life as a young Amazonian, before she becomes a warrior princess with super powers. Adrianne Palicki previously played said role in David E. Kelley's much-ballyhooed incarnation at NBC, which didn't move forward. (Deadline.com)FAIRY TALE THEATER: 18 AND OVER (FX, New!) - J. Michael Feldman's comedic stage show - which "features puppets in satirical, twisted fables that center on contemporary topics like sex, relationships and finances" - is being eyed as a potential comedy at the cable channel. Feldman (MTV's "The Inbetweeners") will pen the project and executive produce alongside Billy Crystal. (Variety.com)KINGPIN (Cinemax, New!) - Newcomer Chad St. John has sold a potential drama to the pay channel about "a crafty and careful mid-level drug trafficker trying to get out of the business only to be blackmailed back into it by a dirty DEA agent." Overbrook Entertainment is behind the hour with Viruna Arend and the company's James Lassiter also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)PAPER (HBO, New!) - Jake Halpern's New Yorker essay - about "a notorious ex-gangster and single father in Buffalo, N.Y., who is trying to reform himself by also serving as a professional debt collector" - is being developed as a drama at the pay channel. Plan B Entertainment's Dede Gardner and Brad Pitt are executive producing the project, to be penned and co-executive produced by Wells Tower. (Variety.com)RUBÍ (FOX, New!) - Screenwriter Lisa Loomer ("Girl, Interrupted") is developing a domestic take on the 2004 telenovela of the same name, about "a beautiful but poor woman who will do anything to make her dream a reality and become rich, even giving up the greatest love of her life." 20th Century Fox Television and Televisa USA are behind the hour, which Loomer and Michael Garcia will executive produce. (Deadline.com)SLATY FORK (FOX, New!) - David Holstein ("Weeds") has booked a potential single-camera comedy at the network about "the relationship between a young female cop and her dad, the former police chief, as well as other local police and volunteer firefighters in an offbeat resort town." Said half-hour is set up at 20th Century Fox Television and FishBowl Worldwide Media with the latter's Vin Di Bona, Bruce Gersh, Susan Levison and Shaleen Desai executive producing and creator Holstein serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)WATCHLIST (FOX, New!) - Chad St. John likewise has set up a drama at FOX about "two ex-clandestine Special Ops teammates who sacrifice their normal lives to come to the rescue of a third former teammate who is framed by a powerful CIA faction for a political assassination." Overbrook Entertainment likewise is behind the hour with John presumably executive producing alongside Will Smith and James Lassiter. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Richard Dean Anderson will make a cameo as himself on "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"(THR.com); Olympian David Boudia has signed on as the second of three judges on ABC's upcoming competitive diving series "Celebrity Splash"(THR.com); Ken Olin will drop by "Criminal Minds" as a father who may be responsible for the disappearance of his two teenage girls, an installment to be directed by series star Thomas Gibson (Deadline.com); Richard Karn will reunite with fellow "Home Improvement" alum Tim Allen on "Last Man Standing" as "a gruff good old boy and the Outdoor Man's original architect" (TVLine.com); Regina King is set to guest on "The Big Bang Theory" as the director of employee relations at the university (THR.com); and Diane Farr will recur on the final episodes of "Private Practice" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (TVGuide.com).