[01/10/14 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Friday, January 10
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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

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A TO Z (NBC/Warner Bros.; W: Ben Queen; D: TBA) - Ben Queen's comedy - "set in the world of an online dating company that details the A to Zs of a relationship, from meeting to break-up" - has been order to pilot by the Peacock. Warner Bros. Television is behind the half-hour with Le Train Train Productions' Rashida Jones and Will McCormack executive producing alongside Queen. The company's Jeff Grosvenor will also receive a producing credit. (Deadline.com)

AN AMERICAN EDUCATION (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Alex Gregory, Ben Cavey, Jack Whitehall & Peter Huyck; D: Craig Zisk) - Brittany Snow (Pitch Perfect) has booked the female lead on the comedy pilot, about British transplant Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall), an unorthodox young teacher in the San Diego public school system. She'll play Sarah McIntyre, "an earnest and book-smart chemistry teacher who is the object of Alfie's eye as her current boyfriend is leaving the country." Craig Zisk ("Bent") has likewise signed on to helm the half-hour, which also stars Rosie Perez. (Deadline.com)

COERCION (A.K.A. MICE) (NBC/Universal; W: George Nolfi; D: TBA) - The Peacock's import of the Israeli drama "The Gordin Cell" has scored a pilot order at the network. George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) is behind the hour, billed as "a high-octane thriller revolves around the O'Connor family and their son, Alex, a decorated American war hero and CIA analyst who is a true patriot and loves his country and family. Unbeknownst to him, both of his parents and his sister are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. Once the parents are reluctantly pulled back in, the stakes rise they are coerced into spying on their own son and turning him against his country." Nolfi succeeds Film 44's Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey, who originally set up the project in 2012. Universal Television, Keshet Media Group and Tedy Productions are co-producing with Avi Nir, Ron Lesham, Amit Cohen, Yona Wiesenthal and Giora Yahalom also among the executive producers. (Deadline.com)

GRACEPOINT (FOX; W: Chris Chibnall; D: James Strong) - Jessica Lucas ("Cult") is the latest to board the event series, a gripping crime drama which follows the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen. She'll play Renee Clemons, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who "sniffs another big story with the death of a young boy named Danny Lasseter." Anna Gunn, David Tennant, Jacki Weaver, Josh Hamilton, Kevin Rankin, Kevin Zegers, Michael Peña, Nick Nolte and Virginia Kull. (Deadline.com)

THE MASON TWINS (NBC, New!) - Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael (Bride Wars) have landed a pilot commitment from the Peacock for a new comedy about "fraternal twins Pender and Lizzie Mason who reconnect after 15 years when Lizzie's perfect city life has fallen apart, and she returns to her suburban town to find that her sister hasn't matured past her teen queen days." Stacy Traub is supervising the Single-camera project, which is set up at ABC Studios. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED BEVERLY D'ANGELO/CHEVY CHASE PROJECT (ABC, New!) - National Lampoon's Vacation alums Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are set to re-team for a potential single-camera comedy at the network about "spouses in their 60s who are finally enjoying their golden years [who] now are forced to raise their grandchildren." Kapital Entertainment's Aaron Kaplan conceived the project, which has a production commitment targeted for the 2015-16 season. The search is underway for a writer. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - HBO has commissioned Larry Kramer to pen a follow-up to his Tony-winning play-turned-upcoming original movie "The Normal Heart" (Deadline.com); Steven S. DeKnight's sci-fi project "Incursion" remains in the works at Starz (Deadline.com); Starz is likewise interested in "The White Princess," the sequel to its recent "The White Queen" limited series (Deadline.com); actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are developing a scripted TV series loosely based on the life of hip-hop artist Q-Tip (Deadline.com); Michael Rapaport will guest on "Raising Hope" as Michael, "who enters the scene when Burt (Garret Dillahunt) and Virginia (Martha Plimpton) are looking to adopt a puppy" (TVGuide.com); Gwyneth Paltrow is in talks to return to "Glee" for its 100th episode (THR.com); and Tara Reid will visit "Melissa & Joey" as "the development director for a museum who hits it off with Joe (Joey Lawrence) at a bar while she's supposed to be acting as a wingman for a friend" (TVGuide.com).

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· A TO Z (NBC)

[12/01/15 - 05:40 PM]
ABC's "Marvel's Agent Carter" Season Premiere Moves to January 19
Due to the scheduling of the State of the Union Address on January 12, "Marvel's Agent Carter" will return for a second season of adventure and intrigue on a new date.

[12/01/15 - 12:13 PM]
Hollywood's A-List Heads to Ovation TV for No-Holds-Barred Interview Show, "Los Angeles Times' The Envelope"
The series is hosted by Rebecca Keegan and Mark Olsen who sit down with the year's critically acclaimed directors and actors for an in-depth discussion of their awards-worthy films and the filmmaking process.

[12/01/15 - 12:10 PM]
truTV Expands Scripted Slate with Pre-Launch Renewal of "Those Who Can't," And Begins Development on Three New Scripted Projects
"Those Who Can't" centers on a trio of trouble-making high school teachers played by show creators and executive producers Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy.

[12/01/15 - 11:46 AM]
"War & Peace" Reimagined for a New Generation Premieres on Lifetime, A&E and History January 18
The epic features an award-winning cast including Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton, Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson and others.

[12/01/15 - 10:49 AM]
TV One Celebrates Eddie Murphy in PBS' "18th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor" Special This Friday, December 4 at 8 P.M. ET
Originally broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, the special taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and features star-studded appearances by leading entertainers and comedians.

[12/01/15 - 10:13 AM]
Video: Starz Releases First Look at "Outlander" Season Two
The Season Two teaser is the first release for Starz' 25 Days of #OutlanderOfferings.

[12/01/15 - 10:07 AM]
"Behind the Magic: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to Air on ABC, Sunday, December 13
Ginnifer Goodwin narrates the one-hour special, which explores the moment where folklore met filmmaking.

[12/01/15 - 09:46 AM]
An All-New "The Biggest Loser" Returns January 4 with a New Host, Theme, Logo, Gym and Format and Eight Compelling Contestant Teams of Two
Dolvett Quince and Jen Widerstrom return to train eight contestant teams of two, all with compelling stories.

[12/01/15 - 08:35 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Tops Charts with "The Voice," "Superstore"
The Peacock wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49 by wide margins.

[12/01/15 - 08:06 AM]
Video: Netflix Presents "A Very Murray Christmas"
In just 4 days, Bill Murray and his celebrity friends will bring joy and laughter to people all around the world with the Netflix original holiday special.

[12/01/15 - 07:41 AM]
"Bolshoi Babylon," An Unprecedented Inside Look at the Famed Russian Ballet Company in the Wake of Scandal, Debuts Dec. 21 on HBO
The film was previously slated to debut the week prior on Monday, December 14.

[12/01/15 - 07:35 AM]
Nickelodeon Presents Series Finale of Landmark "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee," Commemorating 25 Years on Air, Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 8PM (ET/PT)
Ellerbee, who has announced her retirement, will highlight some of Nick News' most poignant episodes and discussions, while presenting the story and philosophy behind the award-winning series.

[12/01/15 - 07:30 AM]
Juanes, Seth MacFarlane and Trisha Yearwood Added to Lineup for "Sinatra 100 - An All-Star Grammy Concert," Sunday, Dec. 6 on CBS
They join previously announced performers Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Zac Brown, Harry Connick, Jr., Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood and Usher.

[12/01/15 - 07:03 AM]
Luke Bryan, Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, and Demi Lovato to Perform in Times Square During "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2016"
They join previously announced performers One Direction, who will headline the Billboard Hollywood Party in Los Angeles.

[12/01/15 - 06:51 AM]
Video: MTV Reveals Stunning Opening Title Sequence for "The Shannara Chronicles"
The show open features powerful and stunning visuals of the post-apocalyptic world of "Shannara," harmonized with artist Ruelle's haunting hit song, "Until We Go Down."