[12/12/12 - 11:24 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, December 12
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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CLARENCE (Cartoon Network, New!) - "Adventure Time" storyboard artist Skyler Page has scored a 12-episode order from the cable channel for an animated comedy about "an optimistic boy who wants to do everything because everything is amazing." The quarter-hour series is the result of the shorts development initiative at Cartoon Network Studios this year, which also spawned the upcoming "Steven Universe" and "Uncle Grandpa." (Deadline.com)

FLESH & BLOOD (Lifetime, New!) - Nina Colman ("Dr. Dolittle 3") has booked a potential drama at the network about "a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who infiltrates a very powerful New York family." She'll write and presumably executive produce alongside Electus' Ben Silverman and Yellow Brick Road's Teri Weinberg. No studio was indicated. (Deadline.com)

RETURNED, THE (ABC, New!) - Jason Mott's upcoming novel, about "a worldwide event in which loved ones return from the dead exactly as they last were in life," is being developed as a drama at the Alphabet. Aaron Zelman ("The Killing") is penning the hour, which will track a family whose dead eight-year-old son inexplicably returns as part of said event. Plan B Entertainment's Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner as well as Brillstein Entertainment Partners' JoAnn Alfano and Jon Liebman are executive producing alongside Zelman for ABC Studios. (Deadline.com, PublishersWeekly.com)

UNTITLED JOHN LEGUIZAMO PROJECT (ABC) - Chris Sheridan ("Family Guy") has been tapped to co-write the John Leguizamo-led comedy based on the actor/comedian's life as "a husband, father and fish out of water on the upper West Side of New York." ABC Studios and Mandeville Films and Television are behind the single-camera project - which will also feature "his privileged wife, his friends from his life back in the Bronx, his mother and grandfather who try to keep him grounded in his Latin roots, and his own kids who he worries are getting spoiled and losing touch with reality" - with David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and The Collective's Jeff Golenberg executive producing alongside said duo. (Deadline.com)

WTF (NBC, New!) - Nina Colman ("Dr. Dolittle 3") has also sold "a dark comedy about four friends whose bad luck suddenly turns into a golden opportunity" to the Peacock. Universal Television is behind the half-hour with Electus' Ben Silverman and Yellow Brick Road's Teri Weinberg executive producing alongside Colman. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - "The Killing" co-stars Billy Campbell, Brent Sexton and Michelle Forbes won't return for the show's proposed third season revival at AMC (Variety.com); Gillian Anderson will recur on NBC's "Hannibal" as murderous psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter's (Mads Mikkelsen) own therapist (EW.com); Colton Haynes has booked an arc on "Arrow" as Roy Harper, Green Arrow's sidekick in the original DC Comics (EW.com); Sandra Vergara will guest on "CSI" as "a beautiful Latin pop star who is set to make her long-awaited U.S. debut in Las Vegas when her sister Marta is murdered" (TVLine.com); Ashley Benson will guest on "How I Met Your Mother" as "Barney's ????" (TVGuide.com); and Gail O'Grady will visit "Castle" as "one of the stars of the hit Real Housewives-esque reality show 'The Wives of Wall Street'" alongside the previously announced Gina Torres (TVGuide.com).

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