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[11/13/13 - 11:06 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, November 13
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!


BEOWULF (Syfy, New!) - Matt Greenberg (1408) is developing a new drama at the cable channel based on the famed anonymous epic poem, which "examines the hero's rise to power and his feud with the monster Grendel." Brian Hamilton, Michael Chechik, Andrew Cosby and Paulo de Oliveira are also on board to executive produce the hour alongside Greenberg for Omni and Universal Cable Productions. (Deadline.com)


OPEN (HBO/Fox 21; W: Lauren Gussis & Ryan Murphy; D: TBA) - Aisha Tyler ("Whose Line Is It Anyway?") is the latest to score a role on the drama pilot, billed as "a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships." She'll guest star as Monica, "a happily married nurse at Grace's (Michelle Monaghan) practice who possesses a modern outlook on matrimony." Cheyenne Jackson, Anna Torv, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley also star. (TVLine.com)


UNTITLED MAYA RUDOLPH PROJECT (NBC, New!) - Maya Rudolph ("Up All Night") is set to re-team with Lorne Michaels ("Saturday Night Live") for a potential primetime variety series at the Peacock. The network has commissioned a pilot for the project, which is being eyed to air as a special following its upcoming Winter Olympics coverage. Erin David and Dave Becky will also serve as executive producers alongside Rudolph and Michaels. No other specifics were given. (Deadline.com)


AND IN OTHER NEWS... - Brooke Shields has booked a three-episode arc on "The Michael J. Fox Show" as "a smart and beautiful single mother" whom Ian (Conor Romero) meets at a ballroom dance class and "the chemistry between the two is unmistakable" (THR.com); Dee Wallace and Chris Mulkey have been cast as Monroe's (Silas Weir Mitchell) parents on "Grimm" who "may not like the idea of their son being romantically involved with Rosalee (Bree Turner), a Fuchsbau" (TVLine.com); Andrew Leeds has scored a recurring role on "NCIS: Los Angeles" as "the team's newest tech operator who is smart, guarded, focused and curt" (TVLine.com); and Christopher Hampton has teamed with Tony Krantz and Colin Callender for a small screen take on Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's novel "Les Liaisons dangereuses" (Deadline.com).






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· BEOWULF (SYFY)
· DEVELOPMENT UPDATE (TFC)
· GRIMM (NBC)
· MAYA & MARTY (NBC)
· MICHAEL J FOX SHOW, THE (NBC)
· NCIS: LOS ANGELES (CBS)
· OPEN (HBO)
· SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)
· UP ALL NIGHT (NBC)
· WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (CW)





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[12/13/17 - 11:10 AM]
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[12/13/17 - 09:58 AM]
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[12/13/17 - 09:01 AM]
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[12/13/17 - 08:22 AM]
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