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[09/09/13 - 11:08 PM]
Development Update: Monday, September 9
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!


BELLICHER (FOX, New!) - Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air) has booked a potential drama at the network about "an arrogant and entitled corporate consultant who gets embroiled in a grand conspiracy that forces him to go on the run. As his entire life unravels, he'll come to realize that the only man who can help him is a perpetually paranoid and possibly delusional former NSA agent." Sony Pictures Television is behind the hour, which has a penalty attached and is based on Charles den Tex's book-turned-Dutch mini-series "The Power of Mr. Miller." Turner and Jennifer Klein will executive produce via their studio-based Vendetta Productions alongside Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya of Scripted World Entertainment. (Deadline.com)


CRUSHED (HBO, New!) - Tina Gordon Chism (Peeples) is developing a new comedy at the pay channel about "an African-American family who stumbles into a successful wine business in Napa." Chism then will executive producing alongside Stephanie Allain Bray with C. Deneen Brown co-producing. (THR.com)


DEAD BOSS (FOX, New!) - Patricia Breen ("Suburgatory") has snagged a put pilot commitment from the Alphabet for a single-camera comedy about "a woman trying to prove her innocence after being falsely accused and convicted of killing her boss." Said effort, from Warner Bros. Television, is based on the BBC3 series of the same name created by Sharon Horgan and Holly Walsh. Breen and Horgan then are executive producing alongside Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan. (Deadline.com)


UNTITLED KATHERINE HEIGL PROJECT (NBC, New!) - The proposed Katherine Heigl-led drama has found a home at the Peacock, where it was a put pilot commitment. Alexi Hawley ("Body of Proof") is behind the hour, about "a key CIA analyst whose job it is to debrief and strategize with the president on the most pressing global and national matters." Said effort is set up at Universal Television with Robert Simonds, Julia Franz, Henry Crumpton and Rodney Faraon executive producing alongside Hawley, Heigl and her mom Nancy Heigl via the latter duo's Abishag Productions. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Naren Shankar has exited FOX's "Almost Human," leaving creator J.H. Wyman as the sole showrunner (Deadline.com); Danny Huston has been cast as Jessica Lange's "sexy (and dangerous) BF this year" on "American Horror Story: Coven" (@MrRPMurphy); Paul Adelstein is set to recur on "Scandal" in a top secret role (TVLine.com); Kim Dickens will drop by "White Collar" as "a fiery agent from the FBI's Special Surveillance Group who also happens to be Peter's ex" (ETOnline.com); Matt Davis has snared an arc on "CSI" as "a smart, athletic and competitive son of a decorated fireman" (TVLine.com);

Simon Merrells is bound for The CW's "The Tomorrow People" as "somebody who has a lot of power over" Mark Pellegrino's Jedikiah (TVLine.com); D.B. Sweeney will visit ABC's "Betrayal" as "the ambitious, intense and formidable new director of the criminal division of the state attorney's office" (THR.com); Stephen Rider will recur on ABC's "Lucky 7" as "a charming and handsome Yale-educated attorney who takes on Leanne's (Anastasia Phillips) custody case - and maybe more" (THR.com); and Style Network, not G4, will now be rebranded as Esquire Network when it launches on September 23 (THR.com).






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· ALMOST HUMAN (FOX)
· AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX)
· BELLICHER (FOX)
· BETRAYAL (ABC)
· BODY OF PROOF (ABC)
· CRUSHED HBO (HBO)
· CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (CBS)
· DEAD BOSS (FOX)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· LUCKY 7 (ABC)
· SCANDAL (ABC)
· STATE OF AFFAIRS (NBC)
· SUBURGATORY (ABC)
· TOMORROW PEOPLE, THE (CW)
· WHITE COLLAR (USA)











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