[01/31/13 - 11:15 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, January 31
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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ALL DRESSED UP AND EVERYWHERE TO GO (HBO, New!) - The life of Betty Halbreich is set to be the focus of a potential comedy at the pay channel from "Girls" executive producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. Said effort, based on Halbreich's upcoming memoir of the same name, will track her Bergdorf-based personal shopping service, where she has spent decades working with the rich and famous. No other details were given. (Deadline.com)

ALPHA HOUSE (Amazon) - John Goodman is the first to be cast in the comedy pilot, about four senators who live together in a rented house in Washington, D.C. He'll play North Carolina Senator Gil John Biggs, "a large man with large appetites. His cranky sense of entitlement comes from years of being revered as a successful basketball coach, but when the Duke basketball coach decides to run against him, he finds his Senate seat in jeopardy." Garry Trudeau is behind the half-hour, which will be produced by Amazon Studios. (Deadline.com)

DADS (FOX) - Brenda Song ("New Girl") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about two successful video game developers - family man Warner and perpetually single Eli - who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them. She'll play their assistant Veronica, who has an odd and entitled sensibility. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the multi-camera project with Alec Sulkin, Seth MacFarlane and Wellesley Wild executive producing. (Deadline.com)

LUCKY 7 (ABC, New!) - The Alphabet has added a 12th drama to its pilot roster, this time an import of Kay Mellor's U.K. series "The Syndicate." The domestic take, from David Zabel and Jason Richman, will revolve around "seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot." ABC Studios and Amblin Television are behind the hour with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey executive producing alongside said duo as well as Mellor through her company Rollem. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Gary Fleder has been tapped to helm The CW's drama pilot "Oxygen" while Jeffrey Reiner is on board to direct NBC's small screen take on "The Sixth Gun" (Deadline.com); Roseanne Barr and Steven Greener have inked a development deal with NBC and Universal Television where they'll spearhead a potential half-hour for the comedian (Deadline.com); Rashida Jones and Will McCormack have signed a two-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television (Deadline.com); Bryan Cranston has inked a first-look deal with "Breaking Bad" producer Sony Pictures Television (Deadline.com);

Dan Schneider has struck a hefty three-year development pact with Nickelodeon beginning with his "iCarly" and "Victorious" spin-off "Sam and Cat" (Variety.com); Sabrina Carpenter has been cast as Maya Fox on Disney Channel's pilot "Girl Meets World," the rebellious best friend of the title character (EW.com); Michaela McManus and David Cassidy are among the latest faces to drop by "CSI" (TVGuide.com, TVLine.com); and Ellen Muth will guest on NBC's "Hannibal" as Georgia, details of which weren't given (TVLine.com).

  [december 2015]  


[11/30/15 - 12:54 PM]
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[11/30/15 - 12:32 PM]
CBS Announces Winter and Spring Scheduling Plans
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[11/30/15 - 12:17 PM]
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[11/30/15 - 11:33 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 11:32 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 11:06 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 11:00 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 10:05 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 09:18 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 09:04 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 09:02 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 09:01 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 08:58 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 08:58 AM]
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[11/30/15 - 08:21 AM]
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