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[01/15/13 - 11:21 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, January 15
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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UNTITLED JESSICA SIMPSON PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Jessica Simpson ("Fashion Star") is set to topline a potential single-camera comedy at the Peacock inspired by her own life. Nick Bakay will pen the proposed pilot presentation off a story he conceived with his wife, Robin. He'll also executive produce alongside Simpson, her father/manager Joe Simpson and Electus' Ben Silverman for Universal Television with the latter's Jimmy Fox also serving as a co-executive producer. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Oxygen has pulled the plug on its one-hour special "All My Babies' Mamas" following complaints from Change.org, The Parents Television Council and other organizations (Deadline.com); TNT has passed on its Mira Sorvino-led drama pilot "Trooper," which was previously filmed by CBS and since reshot for the cable channel (Deadline.com); Bethenny Frankel will guest on "The Neighbors" as "a businesswoman who offers to help launch Debbie Weaver's (Jami Gertz) handbag business" (EW.com); Debra Jo Rupp is set to visit "Hart of Dixie" as Wanda's "gin-loving mom who comes to Bluebell for a visit" (TVLine.com);

Audra McDonald will drop by "The Good Wife" as Alicia's (Julianna Margulies) "nemesis" from their days at Georgetown law school (THR.com); Scott Foley has landed an arc on "Scandal" in a top-secret role (TVLine.com); Keshia Knight Pulliam will guest on "Guys With Kids" as Marny's (Tempestt Bledsoe) "fun and irresponsible baby sister who comes to town for a few days on the heels of a bad break up" (TVGuide.com); Deborah Shelton and Cathy Podewell are among the latest "Dallas" alums set to appear on the show's farewell episode to J.R. Ewing (TVGuide.com); and Mark Moses will guest on "Blue Bloods" as "a racist, xenophobic talk-radio host who visits New York for a live broadcast of his show" (TVGuide.com).






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· BLUE BLOODS (CBS)
· DALLAS (TNT)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· FASHION STAR (NBC)
· GOOD WIFE, THE (CBS)
· GUYS WITH KIDS (NBC)
· HART OF DIXIE (CW)
· NEIGHBORS, THE (ABC)
· SCANDAL (ABC)
· TROOPER (CBS)
· TROOPER (TNT)
· UNTITLED JESSICA SIMPSON PROJECT (NBC)









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