[02/11/13 - 11:16 PM]
Development Update: Monday, February 11
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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BONNIE & CLYDE (Lifetime) - Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch have snagged the title roles in the mini-series, about the infamous bank-robbing couple: charismatic felon Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the small-town waitress he swept off her feet. Director Bruce Beresford and writers John Rice and Joe Batteer are behind the project, which is set up at Craig Zadan and Neil Meron's Sony Pictures Television-based Storyline Entertainment. Holly Hunter and William Hurt also star. (Deadline.com)

DRACULA (NBC) - Thomas Kretschmann and Oliver Jackson-Cohen have both booked key roles on the upcoming drama, which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the title character, who poses as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society but in reality hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. Kretschmann will play Abraham Van Helsing, "a brilliant professor with a seemingly cool exterior whose obsession with revenge and power may make him a more dangerous threat to the public than Dracula himself." Jackson-Cohen then is set as Jonathan Harker, "a tenacious and slightly gauche journalist desperate to climb the ranks of aristocracy." Jessica de Gouw, Katie McGrath, Nonso Anozie and Victoria Smurfit co-star in the 10-episode series. (Deadline.com)

EDGE, THE (USA, New!) - Newcomers Justin Herber and Adam Hoff have sold a potential drama to the cable channel about "an idealistic Harvard Business School graduate who joins a progressive financial firm where he discovers the company's dark secrets while becoming entangled in a high-stakes FBI investigation." John Legend's Universal Cable Productions-based Get Lifted Film Co. is behind the hour, which he'll executive produce alongside Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius. (THR.com)

INTELLIGENCE (CBS) - Josh Holloway ("Lost") is set to topline the drama pilot, about Gabriel Black, a former Navy SEAL and dedicated intelligence officer who has a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. David Semel is directing the hour from script by Michael Seitzman based on John Dixon's unpublished book "Dissident." ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios are co-producing. (Deadline.com)

MOM (CBS) - Nate Corddry, Matt Jones and Spencer Daniels have all been cast in the multi-camera comedy pilot, about Christy (Anna Faris), a newly sober single mom who tries to pull her life together as a waitress in Napa Valley. Corddry will play Gabriel, Christy's manager at the restaurant; with Jones as Baxter, her scruffy ex and father of her nine-year-old son, Roscoe (Blake Garrett Rosenthal). Daniels then is set as Luke, the boyfriend of Christy's 16-year-old daughter, Violet (yet to be cast). Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker are behind the Warner Bros. Television-based project, who also stars Allison Janney. Pamela Fryman is directing. (Deadline.com, TVLine.com)

ORIGINALS, THE (The CW) - Leah Pipes ("The Deep End") will round out the cast of the proposed "Vampire Diaries" spin-off, which revolves around Klaus (Joseph Morgan) as he returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he helped build centuries ago. She'll play Camille, "a college psychology student fascinated by the study of human behavior unaware of the supernatural universe that exists around her." Charles Michael Davis, Daniel Gillies, Daniella Pineda, Danielle Campbell and Phoebe Tonkin also star in the project, which airs as a backdoor pilot on April 25. (Deadline.com)

REIGN (The CW) - Adelaide Kane ("Teen Wolf") has been tapped for the lead role on the drama pilot, about the teenage years of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1557 France. Said character is billed as "a fresh-faced Scottish beauty and a natural athlete." CBS Television Studios is behind the hour, to be directed by Brad Silberling from a script by Stephanie Sengupta and Laurie McCarthy. (Deadline.com)

RIVER DOGS (Comedy Central, New!) - Andrea Savage ("Step Brothers") is set to star in a potential comedy at the cable channel about "an odd group of young poker pros who are dying to prove to the world that they are legitimate athletes, but the very thing that makes them great at poker makes them totally awkward in real life." She'll likewise write and executive produce the half-hour, which is set up at Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED CRAIG ROBINSON PROJECT (NBC) - Amanda Lund ("Friend Me") has scored a role on the comedy pilot, about an impulsive, good-hearted musician (Craig Robinson) who adjusts to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school. She'll play Elizabeth Dravecky, a perky, earnest dance teacher. Her involvement is presumably in second position to "Friend Me," which has yet to be scheduled. Owen Ellickson is behind the single-camera project, which is set up at Greg Daniels's Universal Television-based Deedle-Dee Productions. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED CULLEN BROTHERS PILOT (ABC) - Maggie Lawson ("Psych") has been tapped for the lead role on the comed pilot, about Terry Gannon, a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player. She'll play said character in the single-camera project, which is actually in first position to "Psych" however won't interfere with filming on the eighth - and potentially final season - of the USA series. 20th Century Fox Television is behind the half-hour, from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and writers Mark Cullen and Robb Cullen. Ben Koldyke and Griffin Gluck also star. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED GOOR & SCHUR PROJECT (FOX) - Andre Braugher ("Last Resort") has boarded the single-camera comedy pilot, about a diverse group of detectives in New York's 191st Precinct. He's set as Captain Bob Holt née Morales, the squad's tough-as-nails Commanding Officer, who's kicked some ass in his day and clearly still can. Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz and Terry Crews also star in the Universal Television-based half-hour, from co-directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord and co-creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED NCIS: LOS ANGELES SPIN-OFF PROJECT (CBS) - Kim Raver and Kenneth Mitchell have booked the final principal roles on the potential spin-off, about a mobile team of agents who are forced to live and work together as they crisscross the country solving crimes. Raver will play Paris, the team's athletic, smart, witty and bold leader; while Mitchell is on board as their respected and likable Logistics Officer Danny Gallagher. Edwin Hodge, Gillian Alexy, John Corbett, Miguel Ferrer and Scott Grimes, also star in the project, which airs as a backdoor pilot episode next month. (Deadline.com)

ZOMBIELAND (Amazon) - Maiara Walsh ("Switched at Birth") has scored the female lead on the comedy pilot, a small screen continuation of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick's 2009 movie about four humans who band together to survive the zombie apocalypse. She'll play Wichita, a role originated by Emma Stone in the feature. Tyler Ross and Izabela Vidovic also star in the project, from Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios. (THR.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Catherine Hardwicke and Lesli Linka Glatter will direct the drama pilots "Reckless" and "Anatomy of Violence," respectively, at CBS (Deadline.com); Warner Horizon Television is developing "Red Brick Road," described as a dark and edgy sequel to L. Frank Baum's "Wizard of Oz," from producers Roy Lee and Adrian Askarieh (Variety.com); Nick Kroll, Bill Burr and Ellen Abertini Dow have been cast as Nick's (Jake Johnson) younger brother, cousin and aunt, respectively, on "New Girl" (EW.com); Lisa Edelstein is bound for "Scandal" as a client of Olivia Pope and Associates (TVLine.com); and Frank Whaley will recur on Showtime's "Ray Donovan" as "an FBI agent who is investigating illegal activity in Hollywood" (THR.com).

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