[02/05/14 - 11:33 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, February 5
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!

AGATHA (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Tom Donaghy; D: Jace Alexander) - Jace Alexander ("The Blacklist") has been tapped to direct the drama pilot, about a former convict turned big city criminologist who is brought in to help local police - including her estranged chief detective father - crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance. He'll work from a script by Tom Donaghy. (Deadline.com)

CLEMENTINE (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Dean Georgaris; D: Michael Dinner) - Michael Dinner ("Justified") has signed on to direct the drama pilot, about Clementine Ross (yet to be cast), a habitual criminal who digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil. Dean Georgaris is behind the hour. (Deadline.com)

DMZ (Syfy, New!) - Andre and Maria Jacquemetton ("Mad Men") are looking to bring Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli's DC Comics title - "set in the near future and centers on a young man trapped in Manhattan, which has been turned into a demilitarized zone (DMZ) after a second American civil war" - to the small screen at the cable channel. David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films are also on board to executive produce alongside the Jacquemettons via their Warner Horizon Television-based Slim Chance Productions. (Deadline.com)

LEGENDS (Comedy Central, New!) - The cable channel has given a pilot order to a new animated comedy about Jamal, Grover and Milk, "a trio of high school basketball players who are legends in their own minds - and really, nowhere else." Said effort comes from Bento Box Entertainment with Brad Abelson, Mike Clements, Quinn Hawking, Josiah Johnson and Michael Starburry among the creative auspices. In addition, Hawking will voice Jamal with Johnson as Grover and Milk. The company's Scott Greenberg, Mark McJimsey and Joel Kuwahara will also serve as executive producers. (Deadline.com)

THE MASON TWINS (NBC/ABC Studios; W: Casey Wilson & June Diane Raphael; D: Robert Duncan McNeill) - Erinn Hayes ("Guys with Kids") is set to star opposite June Diane Raphael in the comedy pilot, about fraternal twins, Pender (Raphael) and Lizzie (Hayes), who reconnect after 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. Raphael co-wrote the single-camera project alongside Casey Wilson. (Deadline.com)

ODYSSEY (NBC/Universal; W: Adam Armus, Kay Foster & Peter Horton; D: Peter Horton) - Daniella Pineda ("The Originals") has landed a role on the drama pilot, about three people - a stranded soldier, Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel); a disillusioned corporate attorney, Peter Drucker (yet to be cast); and a disrespected political activist, Harrison Wolcott (Jake Robinson) - who are pulled into a shocking international military conspiracy. She'll play Molly Simms, "a reporter for Time magazine who becomes a love interest for a leading protester against the G8 summit (Robinson)." Elena Kampouris and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje also star. (TVLine.com)

ONLY HUMAN (A.K.A. RAN QUARTET) (CBS/CTS; W: David Marshall Grant; D: TBA) - David Marshall Grant's import of the Israeli drama - about four siblings who had their entire lives documented by a filmmaker until age 32, when the documentary stops and everyone comes to find the four's real lives are quite different from the way they had been portrayed on TV - is heading to pilot at the Eye. Said take was set up back in October 2012 at CBS Television Studios with Yona Wiesenthal, Avi Armoza, Eilon Ratzkovsky, Tariq Jalil and David Garrett executive producing alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly as well as the format's creators Giyora Yahalom and Oren Jakobi. Writers Mike and Chris Kelley and director Mimi Leder were behind the previous incarnation, "The Quinn-Tuplets," which went to pilot in 2010. (Deadline.com)

PUBLIC MORALS (TNT; W/D: Ed Burns) - Brian Wiles ("Person of Interest") has been added to the cast of the drama pilot, about New York City's Public Morals Division circa 1967, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vice can get the better of them. His role was not specified. Austin Stowell, Ed Burns, Elizabeth Masucci, Keith Nobbs, Lyndon Smith, Michael Rapaport, Patrick Murney, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Wass Stevens also star. (Deadline.com)

SECRETS & LIES (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Barbie Kligman; D: Charles McDougall) - Natalie Martinez ("Under the Dome") is the latest to board the drama pilot, based on the Australian format about Ben Garner (Ryan Phillippe), a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. She's set as Jess Mullen, the "beautiful, broken" mother of the aforementioned four-year-old, Tom. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED KZK PROJECT (Netflix/Sony; W: Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman & Glenn Kessler; D: TBA) - Sissy Spacek ("Big Love") has scored a role on the upcoming drama, about a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home. She'll play the family's matriarch Sally Rayburn, wife to Robert and mother to John (Kyle Chandler), Meg (Linda Cardellini), Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) and Kevin (yet to be cast). (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED WALL STREET PILOT (CBS, New!) - The Eye has given a pilot order to a new drama about "set in the world of Wall Street power and money." Taylor Elmore and Ben Cavell ("Justified") co-write the script from a story they conceived with actor John Cusack and Kevin McCabe. Said quartet will presumably executive produce alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly via their CBS Television Studios-based Timberman-Beverly Productions. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - ABC has upped its commitment to its drama pilot "The Astronaut Wives Club," ordering 10 episodes with an eye towards a summer event style rollout (Deadline.com); Tyler Ross, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden are among the new faces bound for the final season of "The Killing," due on Netflix (Deadline.com); Dylan Minnette and Madeline Carroll have been cast as Fitz and Mellie's children on "Scandal" (TVLine.com); Andy Richter will guest on "The Millers" as "a naive co-worker whom Nathan befriends in an attempt to raise his social profile around the news station" (TVLine.com);

B.J. Novak will make a cameo appearance in the first half of "Community's" two-part season finale (EW.com); Eric Lange is set to visit "Once Upon a Time" as the young Prince Leopold (EOnline.com); Grace Victoria Cox is the latest addition to "Under the Dome" as "the lithe, mysterious, beautiful and almost regal Melanie, who catches the eye of Joe (Colin Ford)" (THR.com); CBS Television Distribution's total off-network sales of "Elementary" are reportedly valued at $3 million per episode (THR.com); and Lance Reddick is bound for "The Blacklist" as "one of Red's (James Spader) many assets" (TVGuide.com).

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