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[04/11/13 - 11:25 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, April 11
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

Looking to keep track of all the various projects in development? Click here to visit our signature "Devwatch" section. There visitors can view our listings by network, genre, studio and even development stage (ordered to pilot, cast-contingent, script, etc.). It's updated every day!


BABYSELLERS (Lifetime, New!) - Kirstie Alley and Jennifer Finnigan are set to topline a new original movie at the cable channel about "the dark international crime enterprise of infant trafficking under the guise of seemingly regulated adoption." Alley will play Carla Hughes, "a well-respected, influential owner of a major U.S.-based adoption agency that helps prospective parents fulfill their dream of having a family"; while Finnigan is set as Nic Kingman, "the dedicated, tough-as-nails ICE agent who believes Hughes is fueling a global business that stops at nothing to find the right child for the right owner." Nick Willing is directing the project from a script by Suzette Couture with Robert Halmi, Sr. and Reunion Pictures' Mathew O'Connor executive producing. (Deadline.com)


SONS OF LIBERTY (History, New!) - Stephen David Entertainment ("The Men Who Built America") is developing a potential mini-series at the network about "a defiant and radical group of young men - including Samuel Adams, John Hancock, John Adams, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry and Benedict Arnold - as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation." No auspices however were given. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Patricia Arquette is set to recur on "Boardwalk Empire" as a tough-as-nails Tampa speakeasy owner with connections to local gangsters" (Deadline.com); Ned Bellamy will recur on CBS's summer drama "Under the Dome" as Reverend Coggins (Deadline.com); Matt Kane has booked an arc on "Switched at Birth" as "a brilliant and intense coffee shop barista and potential love interest to Kate Leclerc's character" (Deadline.com); Drea de Matteo will reprise her role of Wendy Teller on the upcoming season of "Sons of Anarchy" (TVLine.com); David Marciano won't return as a series regular on season three of "Homeland" (Deadline.com); and Jennifer Ferrin has joined the cast of "Hell on Wheels" as Louise Ellison, "a smart, witty and flirtatious journalist" covering the building of the Transcontinental Railroad (TVLine.com).






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· BABY SELLERS (LIFETIME)
· BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· HELL ON WHEELS (AMC)
· HOMELAND (SHOWTIME)
· MEN WHO BUILT AMERICA, THE (HISTORY)
· SONS OF ANARCHY (FX)
· SONS OF LIBERTY (HISTORY)
· SWITCHED AT BIRTH (ABC FAMILY)
· UNDER THE DOME (CBS)









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