[04/01/14 - 11:26 PM]
Development Update: Tuesday, April 1
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!

ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB, THE (ABC/ABC Studios; W: Stephanie Savage; D: Nick Cassavetes) - Erin Cummings ("Made in Jersey") is the latest to be cast in the upcoming drama, which tells the true story of the women behind NASA's early astronauts and the struggles they face when their lives and families are catapulted into the spotlight overnight. She'll play Marge, "Deke Slayton's outspoken wife, whose colorful past is not in keeping with the cookie-cutter image that the astronaut wives are expected to present to the world." Azure Parsons, Desmond Harrington, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Odette Annable and Zoe Boyle also star. (Deadline.com)

GOOD SESSION (CBS/Warner Bros.; W: John Hamburg & Matt Miller; D: John Hamburg) - Danielle Nicolet ("Family Tools") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, about Joel (James Roday) and Lindsay (yet to be cast), a happy couple that goes to a therapist (Tracey Ullman) to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss. She'll play Andrea Fisher, "the no-nonsense, straight-talking wife of Joel's best friend Seth (Rich Sommer)." Ana Nogueira also stars. (Deadline.com)

GOTHAM (FOX/Warner Bros.; W: Bruno Heller; D: Danny Cannon) - Cory Michael Smith has been tapped to play Edward Nygma on the pilot, a drama exploring the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and the villains that made Gotham famous. Nygma, who is destined to become future supervillain The Riddler, is detailed as "a brilliant but socially awkward forensic scientist who's eccentric and outgoing and desperate to be liked." Camren Bicondova, David Mazouz, Donal Logue, Drew Powell, Erin Richards, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee and Alfred Pennyworth also star. (Deadline.com)

KEEP IT TOGETHER (ABC/20th; W: Kevin Hart, Garrett Donovan & Neil Goldman; D: TBA) - Ryan Michelle Bathe ("Retired at 35") has joined the cast of the comedy pilot, a candid look at the post-divorce life of a couple, Derek (Romany Malco) and Lorraine (Bresha Webb), trying to forge a friendship for the sake of their kids, despite differences. She'll succeed Amber Stevens as Mandy (formerly Mircea), "Derek's optimistic girlfriend who fears she may have gotten in over her head when she encourages Derek to make peace with his over-dramatic, overbearing, ex-wife." Said change was made following the table read. Bryant Tardy, Corinne Massiah, Jayson Blair, Jeff Ross and Kevin Hart also star. (Deadline.com)

RED ZONE (CBS/CTS/Universal; W: Nikki Toscano; D: James Foley) - Oscar-nominee David Paymer (Mr. Saturday Night) has been cast in the drama pilot, about Holden Weller (Anthony LaPaglia), a retired CIA operative who, when a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., is pulled back into action, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists are being bred. He'll guest star as Jerry Banks, "the very smart, resourceful, dedicated and focused head of counter-terrorism for the CIA who unapologetically believes in the use of enhanced interrogation techniques as a means of inquiring intel about terrorist organizations." Aimee Garcia, David Castro, Graham Rogers, Kevin Rahm, Kim Dickens, Samantha Mathis and Sepideh Moafi also star. (Deadline.com)

SELFIE (ABC/Warner Bros.; W: Emily Kapnek; D: Julie Anne Robinson) - Natasha Henstridge ("The Secret Circle") is the latest bound for the comedy pilot, about Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a self-obsessed 20-something woman who enlists the help of Henry Higenbottam (John Cho), a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image after she becomes the subject of a viral video. She's set as Mrs. Saperstein, "the attractive wife of Sam Saperstein (David Harewood), the rich, handsome, confident but eccentric President of Kinderlab Pharmaceuticals who is very involved in the lives of his employees and not afraid to show affection." Allyn Rachel, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, David Harewood and Tim Peper also star. (Deadline.com)

UNTITLED WALL STREET PILOT (CBS/CTS; W: Ben Cavell, John Cusack, Kevin McCabe & Taylor Elmore; D: Niels Arden Oplev) - A.J. Buckley ("Justified") has snagged a role on the drama pilot, about Jackson Holliday (Charlie Cox), a smart, sophisticated, hedge fund trader trying to keep his integrity in the world of Wall Street power and money. He'll guest as Seth, "a slick, cocky trader with Conklin's (David Morse) hedge fund and Jackson, Dean and Ritchie's immediate boss." David Morse, Maggie Grace, John Cusack, Joseph Lyle Taylor and Sophie Okonedo also star. (Deadline.com)

WOMEN IN SPACE (HBO, New!) - Director Jay Roach ("Recount") is set to team with Al Gore's daughter, author/screenwriter Kristin Gore, for a potential comedy at the pay channel about "a group of women exploring the final frontier on a mission to colonize another planet." Roach and Gore will both executive produce the half-hour, which is set up via the former's overall deal at the network. (Deadline.com)

AND IN OTHER NEWS... - NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's "Trisha Goddard" won't return for a third season, while CBS Television Distribution's "The Test" and "Serch" likewise aren't moving forward beyond their current runs (THR.com); Brittany Daniel's Kelly Pitts is set to return as a series regular on "The Game" (Deadline.com); "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" co-star Michael Socha is expected to join the cast of its parent series "Once Upon a Time" as a series regular next season (EW.com); CBS Television Studios is developing Aisha Tyler's book "Self-Inflicted Wounds" as a comedy series (THR.com); George Wendt and Kurt Fuller will both visit an upcoming installment of "Franklin & Bash" (TVGuide.com); Bruno Bichir, the brother of star Demian Bichir, will recur on "The Bridge" as "a wealthy Mexican business leader to winds up involved with Marco (Demian Bichir)" (TVGuide.com); and Lindsey McKeon will return to "Supernatural" later this season as Tessa the Reaper. (@MyLindseyMckeon)

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