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[12/04/12 - 11:16 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, December 4
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!


BADLANDS (HBO, New!) - Ron Fitzgerald ("Last Resort") and Rolin Jones ("Smash") have sold a new drama to the pay channel about "the challenges and joys of love and family, as well as the struggles of living in the blue-collar mining town of Tar River, Wyoming, that's fighting for its life during this economic hardship." Sony Pictures Television-based MiddKid Productions is behind the hour with the company's Shawn Ryan and Marney Hochman presumably executive producing alongside said duo. (Deadline.com)


GIANT BABY (TV Land) - Michael Richards ("Seinfeld") and Gilles Marini ("Switched at Birth") have both landed roles on the comedy pilot, about Madison "Maddie" Banks (Kirstie Alley), a Broadway star who finds her life turned upside down when Arlo (Eric Petersen), the son she gave up for adoption 26 years ago, turns up looking to connect after his adopted mother has died. Richards will play Maddie's limo driver with Marini guest starring as her chef. Rhea Perlman also stars in the half-hour, from creator Marco Pennette. (Deadline.com)


HIT (TNT, New!) - Actor Jamie Foxx ("The Jamie Foxx Show") and writer Robert Port ("NUMB3RS") are set to team for a new drama about "two former high school football teammates and best friends - one a QB, one a WR - who years later are 'drafted' by the Miami P.D. and assigned to HIT (High Impact Team)." They'll co-write the potential hour and executive produce alongside Foxx's producing partner Jaime King. (Deadline.com)


IRONSIDE (NBC, New!) - Screenwriter Michael Caleo ("Malavita") and director David Semel ("Person of Interest") are set to team for a potential revival of Raymond Burr-led 1967-1975 series of the same name, about "a San Francisco police detective who's forced to find new ways of fighting crime after being paralyzed by a gunshot." Universal Television will presumably produce the new incarnation. (Vulture.com)


LEGENDS (TNT) - Sean Bean ("Missing") has booked the lead role on the drama pilot, about a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. He'll take over for Brendan Fraser, who bowed out of the project last month. Alexander Cary, Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Jonathan Levin are all behind the Fox 21-based hour, which is based on a book by master spy novelist Robert Littell. David Semel is directing. (Deadline.com)


RIGHTS OF BILL (AMC, New!) - Alex Winter and Steven Pearl have sold a new drama to the cable channel about "a Sheriff who forms his own militia in Wisconsin, becoming both the law and an outlaw simultaneously." No other details were given about the project. (Deadline.com)


UNDEREMPLOYED (MTV) - The cable channel has quietly bumped the scripted drama to Saturday nights at 8:00/7:00c. The newcomer posted a series low 342,000 viewers this past Tuesday and a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49. Said numbers are well short of its already modest premiere numbers from October 16 - 654,000 viewers and a 0.3 adults 18-49 rating. (@InbarLavi)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Jason Alexander will guest on "Community" in a yet-to-be-revealed role (@IJasonAlexander);Justin Bruening will recur on "Grey's Anatomy" as "a paramedic who crosses paths with several of Seattle Grace docs" (TVLine.com);and Elizabeth Banks will return as Mitch & Cam's wild and hard-partying best girlfriend on "Modern Family" later this season (EW.com).






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· BADLANDS (HBO)
· COMMUNITY (YAHOO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· HIT (TNT)
· IRONSIDE (NBC)
· JAMIE FOXX SHOW, THE (WB)
· KIRSTIE (TV LAND)
· LAST RESORT (ABC)
· LEGENDS (TNT)
· MISSING (ABC)
· MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
· NUMB3RS (CBS)
· PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS)
· RIGHTS OF BILL (AMC)
· SMASH (NBC)
· SWITCHED AT BIRTH (FREEFORM)
· UNDEREMPLOYED (MTV)





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