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[01/07/13 - 11:12 PM]
Development Update: Monday, January 7
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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OFF SEASON (Starz, New!) - Eric Amadio ("Shadows & Lies") has sold a new drama to the pay channel about "the newly promoted, youngest head coach in professional football as he handles harsh competition." Said effort is inspired by the lives of ex-NFL players Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly, who will executive produce alongside Amadio and Jeremy Elice via the latter's newly launched Elice Island Entertainment, which has a first-look deal at the channel. (THR.com)


TOMORROW (ABC, New!) - Barry Schindel ("Castle") and Brett Ratner ("Chaos") are set to team for potential drama at the Alphabet about "an FBI agent who gets trapped in a time travel scenario." Georgeville Television is behind the hour, which is being eyed for a straight-to-series order. Katherine Lindberg and Ted Cyr created the project with Ratner attached to direct and Schindel set to serve as showrunner. Anonymous Content's Michael Sugar and Nicole Romano also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED CHER & RON ZIMMERMAN PROJECT (Logo, New!) - Comedian Ron Zimmerman and iconic singer Cher are set to team for a period drama at the cable channel set in early 1960s Hollywood. No other details were given about the project, which was announced during the Viacom portion of the TCA Winter Press Tour. It's not clear if Cher will have an on-camera role on the potential series, which she and Zimmerman are co-writing.


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - 20th Century Fox Television and writer Shepard Boucher are developing a Sarah Michelle Gellar-led comedy which "chronicles the hijinks parents get into while their kids are not at home" (TVLine.com); "Up All Night" creator Emily Spivey has exited the series as it begins its transition to the multi-camera format (Deadline.com); Barry Bostwick has been cast as President Grant's "funny and overbearing" father on "Scandal" (TVLine.com); Julian Ovenden will recur on "Smash" as the actor who will play "Bombshell's" John F. Kennedy (TVLine.com); and Burn Gorman is bound for "Revenge" as a representative from the group responsible for Emily's father's wrongful conviction (THR.com).






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· CASTLE (ABC)
· CHAOS (CBS)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· OFF SEASON (STARZ)
· REVENGE (ABC)
· SCANDAL (ABC)
· SMASH (NBC)
· TOMORROW (ABC)
· UNTITLED CHER & ZIMMERMAN PROJECT (LOGO)
· UP ALL NIGHT (NBC)











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