[02/01/13 - 11:27 PM] Development Update: Friday, February 1 By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)
LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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CRAZY ONES, THE (CBS) - The David E. Kelley-penned, Robin Williams-led comedy - about a brilliant ad executive working alongside his daughter - is on track for a pilot order at the Eye. Said development comes as Jason Winer ("1600 Penn") has joined the project as a director and executive producer. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the hour, which Kelley will likewise executive produce alongside Bill D'Elia. (Deadline.com)DIVORCE: A LOVE STORY (A.K.A. LIFE ISN'T EVERYTHING) (ABC) - Mike Sikowitz and Daniel Lappin's comedy - about "a recently divorced couple, who were bad together but discover they're even worse apart and can't seem to stay out of each others' lives" - has found a new home at the Alphabet, which has given the project a pilot order. The multi-camera half-hour, originally set up at CBS, is based on the Israeli format "Life Isn't Everything." Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios will co-produce with Reshet's Noa Tishby executive producing alongside said duo. (Deadline.com)GABRIELS, THE (FOX) - Rob Riggle ("NTSF:SD:SUV") is in final negotiations to star in the single-camera comedy pilot, about a neurotic family with contempt for all things normal that tries their best to fit into their small Midwest town where everyone knows each other and politeness reigns. He'll play Ken, the Gabriels' patriarch who has a "child-like, devilish energy." Riggle's participation reportedly will also include a producing/development component. Andrew Gurland and Justin Hurwitz are behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based project, which has likewise tapped Jason Winer ("1600 Penn") to direct and executive produce. (Deadline.com)GATES (NBC) - Greg Germann ("House of Lies") and Echo Kellum ("Ben & Kate") have both joined the comedy pilot, about the hijinks that ensue when parents drop off and pick up their kids at school each day. Germann will play Trevor Palmer, a super-driven, successful dad with a neglected, needy, insecure stay-at-home wife (Christina Kirk). Kellum then is set as Rav Mukherjee, a "manny" who serves as a confidant to another one of the dads, Mark (Ken Marino). Germann and Kellum replace Aasif Mandvi and Justin Chon, respectively, following the show's table read. Director Marc Buckland and writers Cathy Yuspa and Josh Goldsmith are behind the 20th Century Fox Television-based half-hour, which also stars Diana Maria Riva, John Grisetti and Kathleen Rose Perkins. (Deadline.com)MOM (CBS) - Blake Garrett Rosenthal ("The Farm") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about Christy (Anna Faris), a newly sober single mom who tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley. He's on board as Roscoe, Christy's nine-year-old son. Allison Janney also stars in the Warner Bros. Television-based half-hour, from co-creators Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker. (Deadline.com)ORIGINALS, THE (The CW) - Daniella Pineda ("The Fitzgerald Family Christmas") has been cast in the proposed "Vampire Diaries" spin-off, which "centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus (Joseph Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he helped build centuries ago." She'll play Sophie, "a witch whose magic has been silenced but not snuffed. A leader and a sexy, sharp-tongued social force, she is quietly sowing the seeds of a revolution amongst her peers." Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin also star in the project, reprising their roles from the parent series. (Deadline.com)SECOND SIGHT (CBS) - Michael Cuesta and Carol Mendelsohn's drama - "a gothic psychological thriller about a detective who is suddenly afflicted with an autoimmune virus that causes hallucinations reflective of his subconscious" - is the latest to land a pilot order at the network. Said hour, from CBS Television Studios, is based on the 2000 U.K. series of the same name starring Clive Owen. Cuesta will also direct the project and executive produce alongside Mendelsohn, Julie Weitz, Paula Milne and Nick Reed with Gerald Cuesta and Phil Goldfine serving as co-executive producers. (Deadline.com)SILICON VALLEY (HBO) - Josh Brener ("Glory Daze") and Lindsey Broad ("The Office") have both been cast in the comedy pilot, "set in the high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success." The former will play Big Head, the best friend of Thomas Middleditch's Thomas, while Broad is set as Tandy, who "looks likes she could be a model, but probably just swimsuit or lingerie." T.J. Miller also stars in the project, which Mike Judge is directing from a script he co-wrote with Dave Krinsky and John Altschuler. (Deadline.com)TRUE DETECTIVE (HBO) - Kevin Dunn ("Luck") is the latest to board the upcoming drama, about two detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. He'll play their boss, "the fair but tough 3rd Squad Homicide Commander Maj. Ken Quesada." Alexandra Daddario, Brad Carter, Elizabeth Reaser, Jay O. Sanders, Lili Simmons, Michael Potts, Michelle Monaghan and Wood Harris also star in the eight-episode project, from Cary Fukunaga and Nic Pizzolatto. (Deadline.com)AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Patty Jenkins, who helmed the pilot to "The Killing," will do the same for ABC's "Betrayal"(Deadline.com); "Smash" and "Do No Harm" director Michael Mayer will likewise helm NBC's "Hatfields & McCoys" pilot (Deadline.com); Lee Majors will drop by "Dallas" for two episodes as Ken Richards, "an old flame of Sue Ellen's who finds himself crossing paths with her once again for business matters" (EW.com); FOX has greenlit "Celebrity Swan," a two-hour celebrity-themed revival of its short-lived series "The Swan" (Deadline.com); and Kyle MacLachlan will reprise his role of the Captain on "How I Met Your Mother" later this month (Vulture.com).
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