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[12/06/12 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, December 6
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BASTARDS (ABC, New!) - "Ugly Betty" alums Silvio Horta and Salma Hayek are set to re-team for a new drama at the Alphabet about "a colorful Cuban-American family who have their lives turned upside down when it's revealed that the family patriarch had a child with the family maid over 25 years ago." ABC Studios is behind the hour, which Horta will write and executive produce alongside Ventanarosa's Jose Tamez as well as The Mark Gordon Company's Mark Gordon and Nicholas Pepper. (Deadline.com)


LEVERAGE (TNT) - Executive producer Dean Devlin has released a letter indicating the show's upcoming December 25 season finale was written as a series finale due to uncertainty over if there will be a sixth season. "The episode that will air on Christmas is, in fact, the series finale we had always envisioned," he wrote. "This is not to say we would not do a season six should we get the opportunity." (LeverageFans.com)


UNTITLED HANNIBAL BURESS PROJECT (ABC, New!) - Comedian Hannibal Buress is set to star in a potential comedy at the Alphabet "inspired by Buress' standup and has him starring as a cop in a small town." Buress will co-write and serving as a co-executive producer on the half-hour alongside Rob Sheridan ("18 to Life") with 3 Arts Entertainment's Dave Becky also executive producing for ABC Studios. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - NBC has asked for two additional episodes of "Law & Order: SVU" bring its season 14 total to 24 installments (Deadline.com); Linda Wallem has been tapped as the new showrunner of the multi-camera incarnation of "Up All Night," replacing Tucker Cawley who's transitioning to a consulting producer role on fellow studio-based "The Mindy Project" (Deadline.com); David Clayton Rogers will guest on "Nashville" as "an ex-con who made the wrong choices in his young life" who crosses paths with Sam Palladio's Gunnar (THR.com); "Scandal" co-star Tony Goldwyn is set to helm an upcoming installment of the series (THR.com); Gregory Itzin is bound for "Once Upon a Time" as Alphonse, the father of David Anders's Dr. Victor Frankenstein (TVLine.com); and Treat Williams will likewise recur on "Chicago Fire" as the father of Taylor Kinney's character (TVGuide.com).






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· 18 TO LIFE (CW)
· BASTARDS (ABC)
· CHICAGO FIRE (NBC)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (NBC)
· LEVERAGE (TNT)
· MINDY PROJECT, THE (FOX)
· NASHVILLE (ABC)
· ONCE UPON A TIME (ABC)
· SCANDAL (ABC)
· UGLY BETTY (ABC)
· UNTITLED HANNIBAL BURESS PROJECT (ABC)
· UP ALL NIGHT (NBC)









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